All we know about the LG Nexus 4
Having this in mind, it turns out that we already know quite a lot about the upcoming Nexus device. In fact, we think we know almost everything about it, due to all the leaks and rumors that have occurred during the recent weeks and months. With Google's event being scheduled to take place in a about a week, let's go through all the main details that we know about the Nexus 4 and try to fit all the pieces into their rightful places.
As we're starting that "Design" part, we feel that not that much can be said about the looks of the LG Nexus 4. We've seen a good number of leaked photos of the device, and overall, we can say that it looks very well, though a bit on the generic side. The front of it is incredibly similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus from last year, due to its rounded corners and completely clean surface, deprived of all kinds of buttons, even capacitive ones! However, we do like that the bump that was present on the lower back of the Galaxy Nexus is gone now, with LG sticking to a cleaner bar shape.
Check out the following gallery for a few shots of the Nexus 4:
LG Nexus 4 full preview appears
Let's start by pointing out the fact that the Nexus 4 will most probably share quite a lot with the recently-launched Optimus G. This has been expected since the very first speculations that such a phone may exist some day. It all made sense - LG has just unveiled a killer handset in the Optimus G, why shouldn't it use that same technology for the eventual Nexus 4, or Optimus Nexus? This presumption has later been "confirmed"... by more rumors and speculation. So, what are we talking about?
The LG Nexus 4 is expected to have a large 4.7" display with the impressive resolution of 768 x 1280 pixels - just like the Optimus G. This screen should also feature the new in-cell touch technology, which is also used in the iPhone 5. Having already seen this tech used in the iPhone 5 and Optimus G, we have to say that we really like it. Not only does the screen look extremely beautiful, but it also allows the manufacturer to make the handset thinner and lighter. All of this means that we might soon see the most graceful Nexus phone ever. Judging by the Optimus G, this LCD IPS Plus display should be extremely sharp and detailed, due to the very high pixel density of 320 ppi.
Processor and Memory
Without a doubt, the processor is another key point in the LG Nexus 4's specs. It's very likely that it'll be the speedy Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, which we've already had the pleasure of testing with the Optimus G. Absolutely future-proof, this piece of silicon is one of the best, if not the best, and fastest mobile chipsets that are currently available. The CPU itself is a quad-core one, clocked at 1.5 GHz, while the GPU is the spectacular Adreno 320. Just as you'd expect from a new Nexus device, the hardware is top-notch and will allow you to run pretty much everything you want with ease. This goes for the RAM as well, which should be no less than 2 GB.
At first, we thought that in order to cut the cost of the phone as much as possible, Google wanted the Nexus 4 to come in an 8 GB flavor only, which would have been a little restricting. However, it then became known that there will also be a 16 GB version of the handset, and all was well again. Naturally, what will happen when the time comes for the phone to be announced is another story.
We've already seen how the camera of the Optimus G performs, both the 8 MP and 13 MP variants, and we can't say that we're fascinated. Not that it takes bad photos, but they are a tad below the quality of the best camera phones out there, without even counting Nokia's 808 PureView. As far as the Nexus 4 goes, it's expected to feature the 8 MP camera sensor. According to our observations, it takes slightly over-sharpened photos, which do not really shine in any aspect. Unfortunately, the 1080p video that you can record with this camera ends up lacking any kind of fine detail. Of course, we do hope that LG will be making some tweaks to the camera module in order to improve the results of the Nexus 4, but whether or not this is going to happen is yet to be seen. The Nexus 4 will most probably have a front-facing camera, as every self-respecting smartphone nowadays, and it will probably be a 1.3 MP one.
When it comes to the battery, it is once again rumored to be the same as the one of the Optimus G - a 2100 mAh unit. On the Optimus G, it is rated to deliver about 15 hours of talk-time and 14 days of stand-by, which is pretty good, in our opinion. Let us hope that with LG's own custom UI gone from the Nexus 4, the battery life will even get slightly better, though it'd be best if you file this under "Speculation and stuff."
As if to balance out our certainty in the hardware of the upcoming device, there is still some controversy surrounding its software. Although most current rumors seem to agree that the Nexus 4 will initially come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, there were some, braver reports that we might actually witness the debut of Android 4.2 with the launch of this handset. Actually, Google is still expected to unveil Android 4.2 during next Monday's event, but obviously whether this latest version of the platform is to end up on the next Nexus is up in the air yet. Well, it will end up on it of course, there can be absolutely no doubt here, but the question is if this is going to be as soon as launch day, or via an over-the-air update sometime later.
Whichever version we get on the handset, one thing is certain, and it's that there won't be a hint of software customization form LG with this device. Being a phone from the Nexus series, this guy will simply be outed with a stock version of the OS in its purest form.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
Well, don't be fooled if you read somewhere that the Nexus 4's release date is October 29. That's the date of its expected announcement, but exactly when it's going to be available for purchase is still unknown, even to the most knowledgeable of us. Sure, there is that super-slight possibility that it may indeed go on sale on the same day of its announcement, but we wouldn't hold our breath. When it comes to price, the handset is said to come at $399 for the base model (if there are different models), off-contract and available through the Google Play Store. If this turns out true, it'll be one very sweet deal.
And these were pretty much all the important details about the LG Nexus 4 right now. By the looks of it, it is going to be one top-notch handset in terms of hardware, a great successor to last year's Galaxy Nexus. Of course, it'll most probably have its flaws, just like the Galaxy Nexus, but all in all we do believe that it'll be one very well-rounded smartphone. It's still a bit early to draw any conclusions, though, seeing that there's still a week until the official announcement, when all is going to become clear.
Be sure to navigate your browsers to PhoneArena.com on October 29, when we'll be there, we'll be live at Google's Android event, ready to cover every single bit of info for you!
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5948; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Along with a 32 Mb version, there should be a 'Best' edition (as in Good, Better, Best) with a top of the line camera and phone calling experience. Google seems to be targeting the value-conscious segment. There is certainly room for an upscale offering.
9. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
Also there can be one version with OLED display it would provide a better choice to the customers.
13. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
Hey we are all a bit disappointed about this 16GB model... But after using some common sense, i found out Google's original Gnex sold on the play store has only 16 GB and only HSPA+. Chances are a carrier version will be released like last year including one on verizon and AT&T with LTE and 32 GB... That's really what I believe personally.
19. Hemlocke (unregistered)
People that buy those because they MUST have LTE should shut their traps when they fall far behind in the update department. There shouldn't be a carrier-branded Nexus, because I believe they cast a shadow on the Nexus name.
I will be happy to sell my SGS3 and buy this device, even after the disguise shell is pulled off of it, so long as it has 16GB and HSPA+ with the Optimus G hardware.
14. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1104; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
if this baby is $399 unlocked I am going to go to that event and get me one from the stage itself :)
2. ChafedBanana (Posts: 360; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
It looks like the battery is of the non removable type. :-(
4. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
looks good on paper. lets see if audio and camera is up to par. I like it but somehow i can't help but feel that it lacks something. what about rumours of other nexus devices?
5. buggerrer (Posts: 288; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
no amoled .. so the softkeys will suck on an LCD !! no true blacks :(
and why they didn't make a curved display?
25. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"no amoled .. so the softkeys will suck on an LCD !!"
Actually you are wrong because soft keys will "Burn-In" on OLED based display. So if it is soft keys then better they are on LCD than on OLED based display.
I'm happy that it has LCD based display instead of OLED based display. But I'm not happy because of soft keys in my opinion capacitive buttons would be better. No soft keys means more free space on the screen.
27. remixfa (Posts: 14123; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you forget one basic about the soft keys.. they disappear when your in an app like a movie or whatnot. They are not static.
Yea there is "burn in" on Amoled just like on LCD. Dont fool yourself into thinking there wont be. Turn down the brightness and the likiness dissapears.
28. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"you forget one basic about the soft keys.. they disappear when your in an app like a movie or whatnot. They are not static."
No, I not forgot about that but in some circumstances still better to have capacitive buttons. Until there's edge to edge screens, I don't see the point in not using the bezel for the capacitive buttons.
"Yea there is "burn in" on Amoled just like on LCD. Dont fool yourself into thinking there wont be."
Ok, just Google and look how much you will find smartphones with OLED based displays and Burn-In effect and how much smartphones with LCD based displays and Burn-In effect???
Yes, LCD can get Burn-In effect just because liquid crystals through long time affected by the same voltage (without movement) can get static load and stay in the same position for some time but the difference between OLED and LCD Burn-In is that LCD's Burn-In effect is NOT PERMANENT while OLED's Burn-In effect IS PERMANENT.
Also OLED based displays can get Burn-In effect much faster than LCD and I even don't talk that chance that LCD will get "Burn-In" effect is very very very small and namely on the phone!
"Turn down the brightness and the likiness dissapears."
Then what the purpose to have ability to use high brightness if you can't use it because you are afraid of "Burn-In" effect???
It is the same as I would say don't take your phone in to hands and the likiness that you will drop it dissapears...
Or don't take your phone anywhere and likiness that it will be stolen also dissapears...
30. remixfa (Posts: 14123; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Im using an Amoled screen.. its not Oled. Its Amoled..
It took me past the 2 year mark to get any burn in on the screen, which is only noticable when the phone is off. Where is it? the tiny clock in the upper right hand corner.
Big whoop. You cant tell its there at all when the phone is on.
31. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5497; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"Im using an Amoled screen.. its not Oled. Its Amoled.."
And AMOLED is based on OLED!
A = active
M = matrix
O = organic
L = light
E = emitting
D = diode
"It took me past the 2 year mark to get any burn in on the screen..."
It depends on various conditions it may happen even after few month. I remember long time ago I was Googling and found two big forums with vote polls in both forums voted really big number of Samsung Wave (S8500) users and in both polls ~30-40% users was claiming that after 3-4 month they have noticed 'Burn-in' effect. ~30-40% in 3-4 month it is really big numbers in such short time.
And today we can find more and more Google results about 'Burn-in' effect.
And even if it hapens after 2 years, why would I want such display??? Should it be somehow useful for me??? I don't think so!
In my opinion there is four main OLED based screen cons:
1) Really short lifespan (due to organic compounds degradation).
2) Can not handle intensive "working load" and it expressed as 'Burn-In' effect (also due to organic compounds degradation).
3) Colors are not natural.
4) Relatively not so clear and sharp images.
The problem is that because noone still has improve organic compounds which are used in OLED. They have improve matrixes and used other "tricks" but hasn't improve main element - organic compounds and that's why OLED has such short lifespan and can get 'Burn-In' effect.
"...burn in on the screen, which is only noticable when the phone is off. Where is it? the tiny clock in the upper right hand corner.
Big whoop. You cant tell its there at all when the phone is on."
Here is example of 'Burn-In' effect on Samsung Galaxy S III (watch in FullHD !):
Here is example of 'Burn-In' effect on Samsung Galaxy S (watch in HD !):
Here is another example of 'Burn-In' effect on Samsung Galaxy S:
Here is another example of 'Burn-In' effect on Samsung Galaxy S III (watch in HD !):
Smartphone display Burn-in test (LCD vs OLED):
You also can find even more and more examples of OLED based screens 'Burn-In' effect just Google or search on YouTube and you will see that it is pretty easy noticeable!
6. toiletcleaner (Posts: 211; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
I think it is a nice phone. but whit the Note 2 around and the HTC butterfly. Google need more then just one Nexus. more ways to get more people to use their apps and web browser. I would like to see this phone whit no lest then 16GB to compete whit the rest
8. PowTheBowl (Posts: 84; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
I think the Nexus phones aren't meant to compete with the Note 2, HTC Butterfly, SGS3, etc. Nexus phones would compete with each other for the best Nexus!
12. toiletcleaner (Posts: 211; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)
all the phones are in the market to compete. all kind of sizes. Goggle has only one OS. Android. but there is a lot of manufactures. HTC, SONY.MOTO.. etc..for any kind of costumer. Nexus is just one more phone in the market. ( in the good way )
10. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
Not true at all... People who buy Nexus like me buy it for the stock experience... All I care about is enough storage but besides that it is good enough for me to be buying it over ANY other Android phone no matter how much better the specs are on them... It's about the stock experience and I am sure most if not all of the other Nexus purchasers have a similar mindset.
11. structureman116 (Posts: 135; Member since: 14 Sep 2010)
This may have already been pointed out, but the front of this phone looks eerily similar to my SS GNex. The only noticeable difference I can see is the location of the ear piece being all the way at the top of the phone.
20. Hemlocke (unregistered)
I think this is a disguise. They made this shell look so much like the GNex that I cannot imagine that it is anything but a sham to keep everyone guessing.
15. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
mm...i can't get past the fact that its a Nexus from LG. not much into LG android phones in general. i'll pass on this one. does look like a copy of the Samsung Nexus though.
16. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Don't count it out just because it's LG. Remember, Google is working with LG on this; like holding their hand like a child, and keeping them from making mistakes. As long as this gets the Google approved stamp, it will be a very solid device. Also, if that doesn't do it for you, there might also be a 5 inch HTC Nexus releasing; don't be discouraged by the screen size (if you don't like phablets), because it'll be about the same size as the One X or Galaxy S3 because of bezel management.
It looks like a copy of the Galaxy Nexus because it's a Nexus. Google is trying to regulate the Nexus line and keep it clean and recognizable. It looks virtually the same on the front, but has differentiated itself with the flat crystal reflection glass back.
17. 12013E12T (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)
I can't seem to decide between this phone or the LG Optimus G. I'm with Sprint, so my Optimus G will come with 32GB of internal storage and a 13MP camera (which I'm not such a huge fan of cameras/pictures, but I am a storage whore). And seeing as how this Nexus 4 will only come with 8GB internal storage, potentially 16GB, I'm not sure if I should stick with the Optimus G to fulfill my storage needs OR if the experience of a stock version of Android will make up for it?
21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Question; how much storage do you actually use on your phone?
If it's less than 8 GB; get the Nexus
More than 8 but less than 16; probably the Nexus still.
More than 16 but less than 32; wait for confirmation that there will not be a 32 GB model for the Nexus, and get the Optimus G if you really can't live without 32 GB.
Honestly, stock Android is a WAY better option than LG's custom UI. Also, LG isn't exactly well known for their updates. However, if you absolutely need that 32 GB, then get the Optimus G. Maybe you can get a stock 4.2 rom when it comes out, if you're into rooting/modding your phone.
18. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)
Arrrgh i really wanted amoled and contour display, Why LG, WHY?!?!?!?
You Guys think i should get the Galaxy Nexus when the price drop for the nexus 4 comes? I really want contour and amoled is almost a must have for me.
22. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
hate the design, my gnex design is better than this ! (im talking about the design not the material, i know you guys will say gnex is made of cheap plastic)
26. jan25 (Posts: 418; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
the Galaxy Nexus is probably the best looking phone ever. the Nexus 4 might not have the looks, but the spec sheet alone speaks for itself.
23. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
I hope that the white model is white on both sides of the device like the iPhone. I would bet however, that the front bezel is still black.
24. Iphone4 (unregistered)
LG not for me
HTC would have been woooooo
29. elandrumiii (Posts: 109; Member since: 20 Mar 2010)
Never liked LG products Nexus name will make no difference. will either keep my GNex or move to ATT for i5.
32. TMach (Posts: 387; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
I would love to buy this having owned all the Nexus phones released to date....the 8/16gb means this is a no go for me, that is assuming there truly will be a 16gb variant as I seem to recall Samsung spouting the same line last year about a 32gb international version which never materialised! Sadly, will pass on this one, as good as it looks and may opt for the LG Optimus G.........or something else on the horizon as not really a big LG fan.