Nexus 4 teardown shows hepta-band LTE chip

Nexus 4 teardown shows hepta-band LTE chip
This is a bit strange. We reported on the teardown of the Nexus 4 yesterday, but we didn't notice an interesting thing that was uncovered. Luckily, a reader sent us a tip. Apparently, the Nexus 4 has a hepta-band Qualcomm LTE chip built-in. 

This is strange for a couple reasons. First, Google said there was no LTE. That is obviously strange when iFixit has found that there is a Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip on the front of the Nexus 4 motherboard (listed on Step 17). 

The second reason why this is strange is because the LTE chip is accompanied by a Qualcomm MDM9215M 4G GSM/CDMA modem on the back side of the motherboard (listed on Step 18). So, the radio chip has world-compatible LTE built-in, but the modem doesn't seem to have the capability to run LTE. 

So, it seems that Google was telling the truth when it said that adding LTE would have been too expensive, added too much bulk, and been difficult because of the varying LTE compatibility around the world. The radio chip is small, and easy, but the modem is the piece that would have added the cost, bulk, and battery drain that Google was talking about. 

Still, it's a strange sight to see an LTE radio on the teardown. But, it likely won't come of anything without heavy modification, because a modder would have to replace the modem to get LTE running. So, don't get your hopes up. 

source: iFixit
Thanks to Tushar for the tip!

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)

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15 Comments

1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

even if it had LTE I still wouldnt buy it

3. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

why don't you like it??

2. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

still wish that it could be hacked to get LTE..

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

i wish it was available here in India:( but most probably LG would never launch it here(might be pissed with the fan following of nexus)

6. TarunV

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

Why don't you order one from ebay.in? They have the 16 GB one at Rs. 29,999 with shipping date before 1st December! I personally think it's the best phone ever, the only downside is the LG logo (I hate LG) and the limited storage (I personally found 32 GB to be adequate, and 16 GB too less). Nevertheless, I'm getting either this or iPhone 5 or Droid DNA (If HTC launches it here) Cheers! ^_^ P.S. I couldn't post the link to ebay Nexus 4 because I have less than 30 posts here :/

7. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

With lte or without lte- nexus 4 is one awesome phone.

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

I have the link for ebay(cart2india) but I dont wanna pay $560 (INR 30k) for it. I might try to get it from US through a friend or something else I will stick with my GneX.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

screw LTE, I'm averaging 15mbs+ on HSPA+. you can pay a lot more for LTE to get a higher number and feel special, but in real world its all instant over 10mbs on a phone.

10. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

I agree with remix, i dont see a real reason for lte other than marketing! Home usage maybe, but not mobile phones....

15. Gbrunner24

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

Why is everyone under This ridiculous assumption that lte is more expensive? I'm not sure about outside of the USA but with the major carriers here lte is the same exact price as any other data plan, and I know because I work as a dealer of all four major carriers. Also I'll take my 50+mbps over your 15 on hspa+ any day. The no lte on the 4 was a complete deal breaker for me. With a top of the line phone I expect to get top of the line data speeds along with it.

11. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

I average 25mbps with my iPhone 5 on my Verizon. Never looking back and glad I got it

13. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

From the "A vision for Google Wireless and the troubles it would face," article previously posted - "As for the wireless bands, Google prefers global standards, so we would expect that the network would be built on GSM/HSPA+ and LTE. LTE of course would be the trouble spot as different regions use different frequency bands. The USA uses the 700MHz spectrum, while the majority of the rest of the world uses the 1800MHz, 2100MHz, and 2600MHz spectrum, and a few others. Even worse, within those frequencies, there are different bands being used by different carriers. For example, Verizon and AT&T both use the 700MHz frequency, but Verizon is band 13 and AT&T is band 17, so the same radio wouldn't work for both." So is this hepta-band LTE chip preparation to make the Nexus 4 more compatible with Google Wireless once that launches in late 2013???

14. mr_stepik

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

MDM9215M DOES support LTE.

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