Update: Sellers in forum.lowyat.net are selling Nexus 5 16GB for around RM1400-RM1600 depending on seller/version and Nexus 5 32GB can be found from RM1600-RM1750. However, keep in mind that sellers from forum.lowyat.net typically does not provide warranty but may assist you in claiming for warranty but all costs would be borne by the buyer. Still, if nothing happens to your phone, these prices are far more attractive compared to those found in lelong.com.my. Added link to forum.lowyat.net below.
In less than a week after the Nexus 5 launch by Google, mobile phone dealers in Malaysia has already started bringing in the Android 4.4 KitKat powered device for sale. Malaysia typically doesn’t get Nexus devices that quickly since Google does not sell it via the PlayStore in Malaysia. Therefore, these dealers are selling it with a local/shop warranty (usually 2 years). However, the prices are currently a little high. The only sets available so far are 16GB versions in either black or white and priced very unattractively at RM1999 (not inclusive of shipping). The same price can be found from 3 lelong.com.my retailers, namely DirectD, Paul1978 and SatuGadgetDotCom.
Like with all AP (local warranty) sets that are brought in before the official launch of the device locally, the price will be high and will most definitely come down in a few weeks time (or sometimes less). My advice for anyone looking for a Nexus 5 currently to reign in your impulsive purchase tendencies for now. A USD349 price tag for a Nexus 5 16GB with tax and shipping usually comes to around RM1200-RM1300. A source has revealed to me a rumor that the Nexus 5 will retail locally for around RM1400 for the 16GB model. With this info in mind, I’d pay probably no more than RM1500 for a Nexus 5 16GB and RM1700 for a Nexus 5 32GB. Of course, I would prefer it if LG Malaysia would release prices like RM1200 and RM1400 for a Nexus 5 16GB and 32GB respectively.
One thing to keep in mind for those who are looking to purchase an AP Nexus 5 or to get a Nexus 5 from your friends/relatives overseas, please make sure that you do not get the North America (D820) version as this version does not support the local LTE bands offered by Maxis, DiGi, Celcom or UMobile. Only the International Nexus 5 (D821) version supports the local LTE bands. Of course, if you don’t intend to use LTE, it won’t impact you but it is always better to be safe rather than sorry.
Do keep in mind that LG Malaysia has not revealed any plans to bring in the phone so far. However, given that a Nexus 5 was spotted at a LG Service Center in KL, I do believe that LG intends to release the phone locally. The only questions remain: When and at what cost.
Lastly, SuperBuy.my plans to offer the LG Nexus 5 16GB/32GB with local LG Malaysia warranty (official/original sets) but pricing and availability are unknown as of now but you can subscribe to be notified when the device becomes available for sale.