Rumor talks Nexus 5 price, and possible Nexus 4 LTE model

Rumor talks Nexus 5 price, and possible Nexus 4 LTE model
Remember back when Google redesigned the Nexus landing page and left open some room for speculation by labeling the phone section with the plural "phones"? We had hoped against hope that little clue would mean two new Nexus handsets this year, and a new rumor has an interesting theory on what may be accompanying the new Nexus 5 this year.

A new (and completely unverifiable rumor) is claiming that along with the Nexus 5, Google will be releasing an LTE model of the Nexus 4. The reasoning for this would be to keep the $299 price point with a 16GB model Nexus 4 LTE, and the models would bump up $50 from there. That would put the 32GB Nexus 4 LTE at $349, the base 16GB Nexus 5 at $399, and the 32GB Nexus 5 at $449.

Some would call this a $100 increase for the Nexus 5 over last year's Nexus 4, but as with the Nexus 7, let's compare things properly. The 16GB Nexus 4 launched at $349, which would put this year's base 16GB Nexus 5 at a $50 premium. (Similarly, the original Nexus 7 launched with an 8GB model at $199, and 16GB model at $249, so this year's base 16GB Nexus 7 launching at $229 was actually a drop in pricing compared to last year.)

Also, if this rumor proves to be true, it would push us towards thinking that the new Nexus handset will indeed be called the Nexus 5, because it would be odd for Google to have the Nexus 4 LTE right next to the Nexus 4 (2013) in Google Play. That could cause some confusion. 

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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)
Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)

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65 Comments

1. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Fully functioning LTE Nexus 4.. sweet.

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Another baseless rumor called news to generate web traffic brought to you by phonearena

13. Gsizzle

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

How do you find this information useless? The pricing leak is definitely essential to those who are saving up for to buy the device.

21. jellmoo

Posts: 2529; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

For the love of... It's called a rumour for a reason. It's tip based speculation. Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong. It's clearly labeled as a rumour, so nobody will mistake it for hard news. They wrote a bloody article about this only a couple of days ago. It's one of the reasons people read tech blogs. Are you seriously suggesting that they stop publishing rumours altogether?

47. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Unverifiable rumors should not be published. Its disgraceful of a media outlet to publish every half baked second hand rumor they come across. Clearly, phonearena doesn't care.

51. jeck77

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Clearly, you care about rumors, otherwise you wouldn't have clicked on an article with the word "Rumor" right in the headline.

53. jellmoo

Posts: 2529; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

So then you never wish to hear anything about upcoming devices? You never want to hear tidbits of information? None of these things are ever 100% verifiable. Some of them pan out, some do not. If you find it insulting and disgraceful, might I suggest not clicking on articles that have the word "Rumour" in the title.

57. ChazzMatt

Posts: 104; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

This article is complete hogwash. There will be no "Nexus 4 LTE" . Google only releases one model per year, to influence design. The Nexus 5 is 2013 Nexus phone, there will be no others. It's unlocked, has multiple LTE bands, CDMA, HSPA+ is 4.96" with full HD 1080p, 2GB RAM, 8PM OIS camera and comes with Snapdragon 800. PLUS, it's a hair smaller than the Nexus 4. Yeah, they packed a 4.96" 1080p display into a case a hair smaller than last year's 4.7" 720 Nexus 4. And it will be PRICED close to last year's Nexus 4. If they re-released a Nexus 4, even with LTE, it would LOSE in all the benchmark tests as CPUs have moved on. Google is not going to do something stupid like that. They have a winner with the LG G2-based Nexus 5 -- and they will be going full throttle with that. Google looks forward, they don't look back. There will not be a "runner up" Nexus, it will only be the gen5 Nexus 5.

35. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

it better have some badass specs bump up or a cheap ass price other wise why wouldnt i get a n5

56. ChazzMatt

Posts: 104; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

This article is complete hogwash. There will be no "Nexus 4 LTE" . Google only releases one model per year, to influence design. The Nexus 5 is 2013 Nexus phone, there will be no others. It's unlocked, has multiple LTE bands, CDMA, HSPA+ is 4.96" with full HD 1080p, 2GB RAM, 8PM OIS camera and comes with Snapdragon 800. PLUS, it's a hair smaller than the Nexus 4. Yeah, they packed a 4.96" 1080p display into a case a hair smaller than last year's 4.7" 720 Nexus 4. And it will be PRICED close to last year's Nexus 4. If they re-released a Nexus 4, even with LTE, it would LOSE in all the benchmark tests as CPUs have moved on. Google is not going to do something stupid like that. They have a winner with the LG G2-based Nexus 5 -- and they will be going full throttle with that. Google looks forward, they don't look back. There will not be a "runner up" Nexus, it will only be the gen5 Nexus 5.

2. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Long live the Mako!

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Nexus + LTE + reasonable price = tech lover's dream come true.

4. jackwins

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

WHEN IS THIS DEVICE COMING OUT!?!?! I WANT IT!!!

7. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Nobody knows. No press invites have been received for the launch. This is why everybody is going mad with excitement.

5. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I think the rumor is ridiculous. Why would they have been selling the Nexus 4 at $199 amd $249 then? That would mean a perception on the consumer of a $50 increase for the same phone in all areas with no 4G wich is the mayority of the world. The rumor would make sense is the Nexus 4 LTE starts at $249, and then $50 up for evey increase till $399 for the Nexus 5 with 32 GB. Other than that customers would be unhappy all over the world and it woul be a shame on Google.

8. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I bought the Nexus 4 for $199. And I have enabled T-Mobile 4G LTE. There would be no hardware changes required because the radio and amplifier chips are in the Nexus 4. Just a software change. This rumor is completely ridiculous. Maybe $199 or $249 for a Nexus 4 LTE and $299 or $349 for the 16GB Nexus 5.

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Both of you are calling this rumor "ridiculous" even though you're quibbling over $50-$100 on a device that would retail for $600+ if it came from anyone other than Google. Have expectations really warped that much already?

17. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

$100 difference on a $199 device is not quibbling.

28. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

At the end of the day is our money and it's in our right to quibble for $1 if we want to. But the issue is not the current price as you want to make it look. The issue is the "expectations". Google have been selling the phone really cheap and the rumor is pretty much telling there will be price increase in the N4. To release a phone a year later at a HIGHER price? That makes no sense. And you can argue all you want that it has LTE, but to pay $100 more just for that? And what about the places that do NOT have LTE? Google releases Nexus as a GLOBAL phone, not dedicated to the US, and there is where all the logic about those prices fail. I'm not saying it can be that they will release two phones or anything. Just that they will be at least $50 cheaper to maintain prices, that's all.

40. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, it makes no sense that Google would increase the price of the Nexus 4 by $100 just to include LTE, especially when it already has (some) LTE bands in it. I assume the Nexus 4 will keep the same price it has and the Nexus 5 will be $400 max for the highest memory model.

61. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Have you heard of the iPhone?

29. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And to clarify it: I'm not saying they are expensive or anything, just that is not what I would expect from Google and that they will dissapoint me. I may decide on a phone with a microSD slot then.

31. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Michael... Dont draw conclusions in this way. " the new Nexus handset will indeed be called the Nexus 5"... I guess it is wrong... If this one is Nexus 5, next would be nexus 6 & then Nexus 7...!!!!! What about Nexus 7 tablet then...?????

42. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Not necessarily. They called it the Nexus 4 because it was the 4th Nexus. They can call it Nexus 5 because it has a 5" display, and thus keep the name next year and the year after, as long as they keep the display the same size.

32. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

My 32GB nexus 4 has LTE enabled on tmobile. It is not hard.

12. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Sorry to tell you, but there are a couple of things that are off about what your stating here. 1) While it has been proven possable to turn on the LTE in the Nexus 4, It does not have the amplifier needed to pull in more than 1 bar at most and that is with in close proximity to a cell tower making your claim of LTE on your Nexus 4 what most would call B.S. You may have HSPA+ (which is what T-Mo is passing off as thier 4G network) but I call shenanigans of you having actual 4G LTE. 2) T-Mobile's LTE network is at this point is still almost nonexistent when compaired to ATT and VZW. What T-Mo has wide spread is HSPA+ and that is what they're passing off as thier 4G network. I am not saing that there is any thing wrong with HSPA+ but compared to true LTE, HSPA+ looks like dial-up. Thanks for your time. Ill be awating your angry response

15. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

You're wrong. 1. It has the amplifier. I'm not an idiot. I can tell the difference between my phone reporting LTE and HSPA+. 70Mbps is not HSPA+ and is not without the amplifier.http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?s=a9e05b9afc1af0f9b95741d15eb71e62&t=2363870&page=13 2. T-Mobile covers 200 million people on LTE. HSPA+ is at 230 million people. By the end of the year, everywhere with HSPA+ will have LTE.

22. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

And this is supposed to prove what? 1)There are 2 screen shots taken and they could be from a number of phones. I see no solid proof to back up your claims. Not just that but neather screen shot corrisponds with the other nor does the person who posted the screen shots even say that they came from an N-4. 2)while T-Mo may may "reach" 200M as they put it they don't at this point even cover 200 markets with LTE, while VZW at this point has covered almost thier entire 3g coverage area with 4G LTE coverage reaching close to or more than 500 markets. Again Ill be awaiting your angry response. Thanks for your time.

24. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6474/nexus-4-includes-support-for-lte-on-band-4-aws End of story. Nexus 4 has full T-Mobile LTE. And i'm not here to argue about T-Mobile coverage. I'm agruing your "T-Mobile's LTE network is at this point is still almost nonexistent.... What T-Mo has wide spread is HSPA+ and that is what they're passing off as thier 4G network" That is simply not true. 87% of the area T-Mobile covers with HSPA+ already has LTE.

41. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

1) What other phones have stock Android, on screen buttons, 768 x 1280 resolution, and runs on T-Mobile's LTE network? Hint: not many. There's all the reason to believe it's a Nexus 4, not any reason not to believe. 2) T-Mobile covers roughly 2/3 of the population of the U.S, they've done that in 10 months. Verizon covers 99% of the U.S, it took them 2 years. T-Mobile is well on it's way to completely covering the U.S.

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