Why there is no LTE connectivity on the Google Nexus 4
posted by Alan F. / Nov 26, 2012, 12:08 AM
APQ8064 processor. This is the chipset that allows quad-core and LTE to play together nicely, unlike previous versions of Qualcomm's quad-core chips. The chipset comes with a processor and a modem which will not work separately. Since LG wanted to use the specific processor, they had to include the Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip. But for 4G connectivity to happen, important hardware would have to be added like a signal amplifier and a filter. Thus, according to LG, a software update alone cannot make the Google Nexus 4 connect to an LTE pipeline.
LG adds that the use of the Qualcomm APQ8064 gives the Google Nexus 4 the same "processing performance" as the LG Optimus G except for 3G connectivity. And without the necessary 4G parts, it also keeps the price of the phone down to extremely reasonable levels. And that is why you can't find the Google Nexus 4 except at some retailers or for an inflated price on eBay.
There is a little mystery here. LG says that the phone could not connect to an LG pipeline without the excluded hardware. Yet, there are some who claim to have switched on the LTE chip in the phone and received the speedy 4G signal over Telus' band 4 in Canada. A SpeedTest showed faster speeds (over 16Mbps down) than the Canadian carrier's HSPA+ signal which seems to prove that LTE was running on the phone. Others claim to have been able to receive a very low powered LTE signal using the tweak. Interesting, hmm?
Google Nexus 4 OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop, 4.4.4, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4, 4.3, 4.2.2, 4.2.1, 4.2 View Full specs
- 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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posted on Nov 26, 2012, 12:12 AM 3
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Million $$$ Question.. WHEN WILL IT GET RESTOCKED???
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 12:16 AM 4
Isn't Google has explained that the 4g lte is gimmick and cost added?? Google wanna make sure the poor can able to get this beast since the rich has chosen the iPhone 5...
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 12:22 AM 7
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wrong!!! it is not about rich or poor. Smart people picks Android whether it is Expensive or not, While Persons who doesn't care for their money always pick expensive things like apple.
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 12:37 AM 17
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Actually wendygarett is right, that't the truth about some Asians. To be known that they are rich they always tend to buy expensive things like iphone/ipad.. Try to take a walk in Cebu and you will see average people who are holding galaxy Y duos, while Rich looking people holding iPhone
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 12:37 AM 0
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The signal amplifier and filter enable a 4G connection to be far more stable, but as long as the 4G chipset is there, the 4G signal is sufficiently strong and the phone/SIM is properly identified by the carrier, then the Nexus 4 can be an LTE device, but be warned, it will be sucking down the juice at a rate you won't believe.
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 12:37 AM 2
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Because it wasnt made by samsung who invented 4g lte and is now suing apple for using it
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 12:50 AM 0
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Since i lose unlimited if I go to upgrade with verizon the google nexus 4 is a great option due to pricing off contract. However it missing the 1 feature I want from my phone that I don't already have(iphone 4). LTE. Plus its gsm only. I would pick up an android phone if someone did 350 off contract with lte and cdma. Iphone 5 at 650 is too much. Hopefully that phone is the next nexus with a maxx type battery. If not I will continue to wait. If nothing like this happens might have to take a harder look at share plans and see how uch data I use.
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 12:54 AM 0
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I understand wanting LTE. I did too. I got it with the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. It's fast. Blazing fast. But, I think you would be surprised at how fast T-Mobile HSPA+ is. AT&T HSPA+ is quite fast too, but not as fast as T-Mobile. LTE is great but it is a battery hog. If you use a lot of data, LTE will suck your battery dry. I recently dropped VZW, paid the ETF and went with Straight Talk. Couldn't be happier. If you are not downloading huge files, LTE is no big deal. If you are streaming music, video, browsing the web and other normal web usage, than LTE is not necessary. I know this from first hand experience. You'll be surprised at how much faster data is on GSM vs. CDMA 3G. Ultimately it's up to you, but for me it wasn't enough of an upgrade to warrant the price of post paid contracts any longer. The only time I got good usage out of LTE, was when I did a speed test to brag to people at how fast it is. These things of course are MY opinion and MY experience. Others may say different. I just wanted to put my $0.02 in.
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 12:52 PM 0
sooooo........it can use lte??
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 1:15 AM 1
I'm also thinking the same thing... Title says incompatible lte... And yet the picture says it has lte... This article has no conclusion... Mystery!!!
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 2:06 AM 1
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Google never claimed or advertised the N4 as a LTE device. So you know what you get for your money. BUT the not working host mode / usb OTG is another story!!! Both Goggle's Nexus 4 support page and the N4 Guidebook say that OTG is working on the N4, so that you are able to connect a mouse, keyboard or even a flash drive (with root). BUT it's working and called FALSE ADVERTISEMENT!
posted on Nov 26, 2012, 1:30 AM 0
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I think lg cant afford to totally shy away from lte on nexus 4. my concern only is how do they plan to go about it when software update can't do that...probably a 'recall' will solve that. Hmnn. Still wondering why why why lg?!
posted on Nov 30, 2012, 2:04 PM 0
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