Probable LTE Nexus 4 passes through Bluetooth SIG

Probable LTE Nexus 4 passes through Bluetooth SIG
There have been rumors that Google may be introducing the Nexus 5 at a slightly higher price point (although Google Play's "accidental" posting don't support the idea), and adding in an official LTE variant of the Nexus 4 as the low-end model in the lineup. There hadn't been much proof to support the idea, but a new filing at the Bluetooth SIG seems to confirm an LTE Nexus 4 on the way.

The original Nexus 4 had an LTE radio, but it was never certified for use, and so the only way to get it working was with some hacking. It looks like this model won't require anything so extreme. Yesterday, the Bluetooth SIG saw a filing for an LG device labeled as "LGE LTE Mobile Phone LG-E960"; and, the interesting bit is that the original Nexus 4 was model LG-E960. 

That seems like as close to confirmation as you can get without an official announcement. Of course, that leaves the real question of the price. Assuming the Nexus 5 will be in the $349 price point as seen in the Play Store listing, that would make it seem like the LTE Nexus 4 would likely keep the pricing that the original saw at the end of its life of $199 for the 8GB model, and $249 for the 16GB model. It is possible that would mean the Nexus 5 would start at $299 for an 8GB model, but Google could leave that out and have the $349 16GB Nexus 5 as the base new model.

*Update* It turns out that there is evidence that this may have been a sloppy posting by the Bluetooth SIG. So, we can't reasonably assume that this is confirmation that there will be an LTE version of the Nexus 4. However, there are still questions as to why this filing has surfaced, so we'll continue to monitor the story and see where it goes.


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13 Comments

1. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

They'd better update the original Nexus 4 to let it work with LTE bands...

13. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Phonearena: hey we found another mob inspiring rumor to publish! Even though we know its just an error let's write an article anyway! Just imagine the ad revenue we'll receive when a trustworthy source like droidlife references our bs article!

2. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I'm pretty sure Droid Life said this was a mistake and was from a sloppy filing.

4. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Yes it did.

3. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

You are assuming that there will be a 8 GB Nexus 5, which isn´t very likely. I would bet more on: Nexus 4: $249 for the 8GB model, and $299 for the 16GB model Nexus 5: $349 for the 16GB model, and $399 for the 32GB model Or even the dissapearance of the Nexus 4 8 GB model and go even cheaper. I´m just saying this cause a $199 phone could actually lose money, and Google may want to give the phones "as cheap as possible", but I doubt that losing money is in their plans (or any other company for the matter).

5. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Google was already selling the 8GB Nexus 4 at $199. Why raise it when the Nexus 5 is out? It costs around $110 to make (by analyst estimates). Also, this rumor is wrong. It's a re-certification for bluetooth low energy. But speculation is fun too.

7. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

$110?! I would think $130-140, the specs are dated but I didn't think they were that dated.

6. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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8. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Seems real.

9. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

I only have one question. Where, is Nexus 5? (Harvey Dent)

10. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I have been thinking about geeting a Nexus 5 but my only reason to upgrade is the slightly bigger screen. If it wasn't because my carrier is T-mobile I buy the old LG G-Pro because of its 5.5" screen (but the phone is designed to work in AT&T). But having LTE is not an advantage for me yet because T-mobile still don't have LTE in NYC. And even when my Nexus 4 is set to receive in the T-mobile LTE band I still have not being able to find not even one place in NYC were T-mobile LTE works. Even in 4G T-mobile is molasses slow in NYC (it averages 0.01 to 0.09 Mbps downloads). And I don't consider any other of the changes important for me. In fact, I consider the N5 less beautiful than the N4 because of its cheapy plastic looks construction.

11. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

I don't see why the Nexus 4 should resurface for sale when the Nexus 5 is supposedly being released soon. Who chooses the past iteration when the new version is available?

12. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Another week gone without an official Nexus 5 reveal/announcement. Starting to resent Google for not meeting the release date rumors. Insane, I know.

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