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Google and LG officially announce the LG Nexus 4

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Google and LG officially announce the LG Nexus 4
The weather may have cancelled Google's event, but that doesn't mean that the announcement of the new Nexus device would be stopped. We're less than an hour away from Microsoft's own event, and Google and LG have officially announced the LG Nexus 4. A lot of the details are what we already knew, there is at least one new detail, and a few bits of info that we still don't have. 

The specs of the LG Nexus 4 are what we expected them to be: a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Krait CPUs (meaning this thing should be crazy fast), a 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels) display with Zerogap Touch technology and Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, and a 2100 mAh battery rated for upwards of 15.3 hours of talk time. 

Google and LG officially announce the LG Nexus 4
The device has NFC as expected, and will support wireless charging. The announcement does say that it will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, but it only mentions one new feature of the 4.2 update called "PhotoSphere", which sounds like Microsoft's PhotoSynth, where you take pictures all around and they are stitched together into a full scene. From the leaked video earlier, we do know that there is a new quick settings menu, but that's all we know for sure. For a full rundown of the Android 4.2 features, check our overview.

The phone will be 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm and weigh 139g, which makes it slightly shorter, slightly wider, and slightly thicker than the Galaxy Nexus,so it should feel pretty identical to the Galaxy Nexus in the hand.

The announcement only lists GSM/HSPA+, and no LTE model, and it seems from what we're hearing that an LTE model simply isn't going to happen. But, while that may be disappointing for some, we think it is a significant move that helps bring Google and the Nexus brand back to its roots.

The Nexus 4 will come in both an 8GB model for $299 and 16GB models for $349. Those are pretty incredible price points considering these are unlocked devices. For comparison, an unlocked 16GB iPhone 5 (which isn't yet available) will end up costing you $649. It will be available in the Google Play Store on November 13th in US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia, and will come to retail stores at the end of November. T-Mobile also looks to have the device at launch for $199 on a 2-year contract. The listing is up in the Play Store, but no pre-orders just yet. 

source: LG & Google Play

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posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:29 28

1. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


$300 for the 8 GB Nexus 4! I know it's not much, but I dont use much! I'll take one!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:46 14

11. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Google will kill the carriers slowly but surely.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:13 3

55. bigdawg23 (Posts: 455; Member since: 25 May 2011)


I wouldn't jump so quickly. If the report is correct on no LTE, this phone is worthless on VZW and Sprint. It is viable on TMO and ATT. However, many consumers want LTE if available.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:23 1

57. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Well its a GSM phone so it already doesn't run on sprint. Secondly it will likely come with come in another version but with LTE and 32 GB this release is no different than last year, the galaxy nexus was released with 16 GB and HSPA+ only on the play store Verizon came out with a 32 gb LTE version. I would expect the same thing to happen here but i wouldn't expect a release for at least a month after, and expect a heavier price tag like 550 or 600. Which I would pay without blinking for a Nexus phone. This is just a guess on what we will see.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:29 3

60. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Most people have no idea of the differences between LTE and HSPA+. They just blindly follow adversiting.
In reality as proven by multiple national tests, the speeds are about the same.

There may/will most likely be a CDMA variant at some point. Rumor has it that google is pissed at VZW for their slow updates of the G-Nex, so maybe not though.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 01:57

91. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14269; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


"Rumor has it that google is pissed at VZW for their slow updates of the G-Nex"

Source?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:46 11

12. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


I love Google's reasonable pricing on all their new Nexus devices. So getting one but not sure which. :D

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:48 5

14. ahomad (Posts: 175; Member since: 15 May 2012)


this price is awasome. google make their phones more powerful and cheaper, while apple make their phone taller and more expensive, I feel sorry for apple fans, LOL

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:53 5

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs - Good! :)

Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean - Good! :)

Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels) - Good! :)

Memory: 8GB / 16GB - Too small capacity! :(

RAM: 2GB - Good! :)

Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP HD front - 8MP is enough but for some reasons I feel that quality will be not very well! :\

Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer - Capacity isn't very big but this battery should have good lifespan! :)

Other: Wireless charging - Useless! :(

Other: NFC - Good! :)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:53 6

24. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


ALL THE FEATURES OF ANDROID 4.2 ARE LISTED AT

http://www.android.com/whatsnew/

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:55 2

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Thanks for link. :)

+1 for you.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:58 3

29. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Whoa $299 from the Play Store! Its the cloud age, who cares about internal storage...I already use 50gb on the cloud...I'll take one Nexus 4 and a whole lot of awesomeness!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:11 5

39. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


What you will do with your cloud if there is no internet access?

What you will do with your cloud if internet access is restricted at the place you are?

What you will do with your cloud if signal is weak?

What you will do with your cloud if internet traffic cost too much?

What you will do with your cloud if internet is too slow?

Also remember that when you are using internet battery drains faster!

Cloud may be a good thing but at the moment it can't replace main storage...

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:36

45. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


buddy I live in the Middle East where all the factors you mentioned above do not really apply here so I am good to go:)
And if you haven't noticed then start that the evolution of tech is such that in future specs will not decide a better device but it'll be the cloud integration and compatibility of the device that'll make or break it!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:27 2

59. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm from Europe and believe factors which I have mentioned above do really apply in many countries.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:41

72. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


yeah in many countries but not in Bahrain buddy :)
So as i said I am good to go!
Nexus here I come....Woohoo!

And if you dont like the phone dont buy it...simple!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 22:16

83. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In my comment #39 I was talking about Cloud disadvantages not about LG Nexus 4.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:40

46. sgogeta4 (Posts: 394; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


It's called SD card.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 13:24 2

58. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, SD card is good thing but what if there is no slot for SD card ?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:27 2

66. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Maybe you should delete some of your porn if 8 GB is not enough for you. Or just shut up and don't buy it, simple.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:36 2

71. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Why should I shut up? We are here all free to commen and discuss!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:28 1

73. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Just buy an OTG USB cable and bring your memory cards/readers/keys. Not ideal but it can certainly works well for me, already doing that with my GNex

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 22:17

84. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I know about that it is good solution. :)

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 22:18 1

85. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Bingo.

Cloud storage is a nice idea and all, but we're in an age where flash storage just gets cheaper and cheaper, while mobile data gets more and more expensive.

At the very least, Google should have offered a 32GB model.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 12:52 2

51. cjjohnson86 (Posts: 29; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


I'm more shocked that its so cheap.....$349.00 for a 16gb model....does anyone actually remember what the retail price to the first few nexus's where?($499.99-549.99) This is a dam good price!!!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:31

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


just release the nexus 10

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:31 2

3. yougotkilled1 (Posts: 167; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


According to engadget, the 8gb is $299 and the 16gb is $349. Also, they mentioned that a T-mobile version is priced at $199 with a 2 year contract.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:32

4. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Price please !! Only then i can decide whether to buy GSIII or this one ..

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:58 1

28. theBankRobber (Posts: 681; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Just wait for the SGS4, from recent leaks its got a 2.ghz quad core, ( not snapdragon) 3gb of ram, 4.8" screen, and a 3200mah battery. Also 13 Megapixal camera.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 11:32 2

5. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I know Google is focusing on affordability here but they should have also released a super high end version with a larger display in1080p

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