Has Google accidentally shown off the Nexus 5?

Mystery Nexus handset appears in now taken down video to celebrate the launch of KitKat

Google may have accidentally shown off its much rumoured Nexus 5 smartphone before it is officially unveiled.

Following the announcement of Android KitKat 4.4, the company posted a video showing the unveiling of the new KitKat statue.

In the video, it shows staff at Google attending the unveiling; many of them filming the event on their Android smartphones and tablets.

However, one employee appears to be filming the event using an unknown Nexus device. The scene appeared 38–39 seconds. A screen capture of that moment is below.

Nexus 5 leak close up

The video has since been taken down by Google adding fire to the suggestion that we may have accidentally been privy the the first sighting of the rumoured Nexus 5.

From the size of the device, its horizontal Nexus branding and the feint LG logo at the bottom of the handset, it is more than possible this is the Nexus 5.

Rumours began emerging last month, suggested that Google has asked LG to make a five-inch Nexus smartphone based on its recently launched G2 handset.

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Those reports have suggested that on the outside, the Nexus 5 would look similar to the Nexus 4, with a glass back. The phone in the video matches that description.

Internally, the phone is rumoured to come with a 5.2-inch display and be based upon the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. Other rumours have suggested Google may opt for the slightly older Snapdragon 600 chipset in an effort to help keep prices down.

Google has so far refused to comment on whether or not the device in the video was a Nexus 5.

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Looking at previous Nexus launches, it seems about right that Google is preparing to launch a new model of its pure-Android handset line up.

Google unveiled the Nexus 4 at the end of October last year. We’d peg that as the most likely date for Google to unveil any new addition to the Nexus family.