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Probable LTE Nexus 4 passes through Bluetooth SIG

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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.

Probable LTE Nexus 4 passes through Bluetooth SIG

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posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:40

1. Gulenkov (Posts: 50; Member since: 15 May 2013)

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

posted on 26 Oct 2013, 02:04 1

13. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 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!

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 11:47

2. PhoneAddiction (Posts: 79; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 12:25

4. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Yes it did.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 12:18 2

3. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1543; Member since: 16 Feb 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).

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 13:03

5. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 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.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 14:16 1

7. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 13:42 1

6. Zylam (Posts: 1121; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)

Thank you so much blackberry team. I was waiting this app. Its really great user friendly and smooth

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 14:17

8. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

Seems real.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 14:59

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

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

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 17:04

10. Professor (Posts: 223; Member since: 02 Aug 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.

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 17:18 1

11. Fuego84 (Posts: 352; Member since: 13 May 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?

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 19:22

12. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 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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