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Google's Nexus 4 could trigger a price war: are smaller Android makers doomed?

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Oct 2012, 06:09

The Nexus 4 has high-end specs for a low-midrange price, and you get the latest Android edition faster than anybody else to boot, not to mention the flurry of ROM modding and feature tweaking that will keep your handset futureproof for mroe than the usual semianual upgrade cycle in green robot land...

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posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:41

27. imkyle (Posts: 1087; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

Look at it this way. Samsung Made the last two versions, and their Galaxy S series still flourished.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:51

29. ChafedBanana (Posts: 394; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Its pity the N4 won't even be LTE. So the biggest carrier (VZW) in the U.S. won't get it? Pity. Total pit.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 10:07

32. harpdogg (Posts: 18; Member since: 17 May 2012)

Unless google starts opening up google stores to sell phones. The nexus phone will not effect the current pricing model. The people that buy the Nexus are "phonies" People that read about phones all day here at phonearena and look up specs all day. The vast majority of people will buy there phones at there respective providers. At a ATT, Verizon, Tmobile stores or websites in the united states. Where being unlocked is really not that big of a deal. And most people are perfectly fine with there current provider. And all a contract means to them is a discount on a phone not a loss of freedom. Also until we start to see a real difference between dual cores vs quad cores. most people wont even notice.

Also while for "phonies" having the lastest version of andriod is cool. But for most people that just want a stable phone that lets them web browse, text, and socialze. ICS is fine. For them constanstly getting updates could be a bad thing. I think we all agree ICS is a very good OS. So for most standard users they may not even notice the difference between ICS and Jellybean.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:09

34. The_Innovation (Posts: 632; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

Hey Google!


posted on 01 Nov 2012, 00:04

35. predator93 (Posts: 122; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

It may happen, if it gets launched in China and India. Smaller Android makers are more prominent here.

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 03:20

36. Zarak (Posts: 23; Member since: 21 May 2012)

Will Google do something like trading your old Galaxy Nexus with new Nexus 4?

posted on 01 Nov 2012, 19:11

37. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

This is good news. It's about high time flagship phones came back to earth on the pricing. So many are $600+, and that includes HTC and Samsung phones. When you can buy a fully decked out laptop at that price, there's something wrong. All these ridiculous patent payments and extraneous costs that balloon the price of a smartphone. Smartphone are everyday household items, not luxury ones. Consider how high priced even midrange phones are and how the Nexus 4 with its high specs can crush them at a lower price even, there seems to be a lot of unnecessary fat that needs to be trimmed.

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