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Google Nexus 4

Announced
Oct 29, 2012
Market status
Released
Release date
Nov 13, 2012

US carrier availability

Discontinued: T-Mobile

Pros

  • Big display (4.7 inches)
  • High-resolution display (768 x 1280 pixels)
  • High pixel densitiy screen, over 300ppi (318 ppi)
  • High-resolution camera (8 megapixels)
  • Quad core processor
  • Lots of RAM (2048 MB RAM)
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • NFC
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (via microUSB)

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Battery is not user replaceable

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Description

Google Nexus 4 has 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. The device has NFC as expected, and will support wireless charging. It will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.90 oz (139 g)
      the average is 4.8 oz (138 g)
  • Body material:
    • Glass
  • Side Keys:
    • Left: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key
  • Colors:
    • Black, White

Displaybenchmark

  • Physical size:
    • 4.7 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 318 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 2)

Camerabenchmark

  • Camera:
      • Popup8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Camera sensor size:
      • 1/4"
    • Features:
      • PopupCMOS image sensor, Autofocus, Face detection, Smile detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes, Effects, Voice activation
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.3 megapixels

Hardwarebenchmark

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad core, 1500 MHz, Krait
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 320
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 2048 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 533 MHz) / LPDDR2
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB

Batterybenchmark

  • Talk time:
    • 15.30 hours
      the average is 12 h (713 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 16.2 days (390 hours)
      the average is 20 days (489 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 40.00 hours
  • Video playback:
    • 8.00 hours
  • Capacity:
    • 2100 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Polymer
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes
  • Wireless charging:
    • Built-in

MultimediaPopupbenchmark

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback, Preset equalizer
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+, FLAC, WAV
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • Data:
    • HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
  • Micro SIM:
    • Yes
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • PopupUnlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • PopupCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer (Office, PDF), Calculator, World clock, Stopwatch
  • Messaging:
    • PopupSMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input (T9)
  • E-mail:
    • Popup
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
    • Profiles:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Attribute Protocol, Audio/Video Control Transport Protocol (AVCTP), Audio/Video Distribution Transport Protocol (AVDTP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Bluetooth Network Encapsulation Protocol (BNEP), File Transfer (FTP), Generic Access (GAP), Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Human Interface Device (HID), Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol, Message Access Profile (MAP), Object Push (OPP), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Phone Book Access (PBAP), Security Manager Protocol, Serial Port (SPP), Service Discovery Application (SDAP), Service Discovery Protocol (SDP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n, n 5GHz
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
    • Wi-Fi Direct:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • HDMI:
      • via microUSB
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Other:
    • TV-Out, NFC, DLNA, Miracast, SlimPort, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
  • Hearing aid compatibility:
      • M3
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 07 Sep 2012
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        ZNFE960 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - The exposure standard for mobile devices employs a unit of measurement known as the Specific Absorption Rate, or SAR. The SAR limit stated in the international guidelines is 2.0 W/ kg*. Tests for SAR are conducted using standard operating positions with the device transmitting at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands. Although the SAR is determined at the highest certified power level, the actual SAR of the device while operating can be well below the maximum value.

    • Head:
      • 0.55 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 1.27 W/kg
    • Product Specific Use:
      • 1.27 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.50 W/kg

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 29 Oct 2012

Shopping information

  • Accessories:
    • USB sync/charge cable, AC Adapter and cable, SIM ejection tool, Safety and Warranty information, Quick start guide
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This device is also known as LG Nexus 4, LG Optimus G Nexus, LG E960, LG Optimus Nexus, LG Mako


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Google Nexus 8GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB

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