LG Nexus 4

This thing's been leaked six ways to Sunday, and now LG and Google have finally made the Nexus 4 official. It is as we've seen this whole time -- 4.7-inch IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It'll be available starting Nov. 13 in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia.

The Nexus 4 will come in 8- and 16-gigabyte versions for $299 and $349, respectively. It'll be sold unlocked as GSM/HSPA+ compatible -- No LTE to be had, which isn't a surprise.

Full specs:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
  • Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • Memory: 8GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP HD front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby: 390 hours
  • Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm
  • Weight: 139g
  • Other: Wireless charging, NFC

Full presser is after the break.

LG AND GOOGLE ANNOUNCE NEXUS 4

Sleek, New Smartphone Combines LG’s Best-in-Class Hardware with the Best of Google
    
SEOUL, Oct. 30, 2012 – Designed collaboratively by LG and Google, Nexus 4, the newest smartphone in the Nexus line-up from Google, was announced today for avail-ability starting next month in select markets. With a sophisticated hardware design from LG, your favorite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android™, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.

“LG is proud and excited to play this role in helping build the latest Nexus smart-phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Com-munications Company. “Users will be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of form and function with the latest generation of Android.”

“This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google. “They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast under the hood.”

Capture and share your world
Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images, letting you capture every detail of the world around you. Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen; with Nexus 4, you can snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive Photo Spheres that put you right inside the scene. Plus, photos upload themselves with Instant Upload so you’ll never lose a shot.

All of this comes to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant 1280-by-768 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technol-ogy. Gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, while cutting edge display technology means you feel like you’re touch-ing every pixel, protected by scratch resistant Corning? Gorilla? Glass 2.

Built for speed
Nexus 4 comes with a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, so you’ve got speed and power to spare. Zip around the web, experience rich 3D graphics and gameplay, and effortlessly switch between multiple apps without ever missing a beat. With 2GB of RAM and the fastest version of Android ever, Nexus 4 is the snappi-est Nexus smartphone yet.

Information at your fingertips
Nexus 4 comes with the latest Google apps, putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. The latest version of Google Now is built-in, which keeps you even more organized – get reminders about upcoming flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confir-mations and even nearby photo opportunities – when and where you need them.

Get to the places you care about quickly and easily with Google Maps™ for Android. With turn-by-turn GPS navigation, live traffic info, and integrated driving, walking and public transit directions, getting from A to B has never been easier. 3D Maps and rich satellite imagery give you a more realistic sense of what’s around you while features like Street View and Indoor Maps make sure you always know what’s in front of you.

Nexus 4 is sold unlocked and is GSM/HSPA+ compatible so it will operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide. Just pop in a supported SIM card and be up and running in no time. It will be available to purchase in both an 8GB version and a 16GB version on Google Play™ starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin from the end of November.

 

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LG and Google announce the Nexus 4

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I just realized that you can live entirely in googles ecosystem lg nexus 4, nexus 7 or 10, and a samsung chromebook. I wonder if anyone is going to do it though?

It'll be made available in both 8GB and 16GB versions starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia, with pricing set for $299 (8GB) / $349 (16GB). The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract.

Via Engadget

Big enough update to make it a +.1 rather than +.01, small enough that they don't want to waste a letter of the alphabet. Also, having announced the next Nexus AND a 10" Nexus tablet, saving the KLP for another event guarantees a good bit of buzz, which is what I feel they are doing.

I could not care less about LTE at this point (and for the next couple years likely) since I will always live in a very tiny market, but I am quite surprised that the unlocked Nexus comes without it. I wonder if there will be Verizon/Sprint versions with LTE capability.

I think that the Nexus initiative went off track with it's CDMA offerings. Nexus was about giving developers (and consumers, if we're being honest) a great product that was also affordable AND allowed them to experience a cutting edge smartphone without a contract. The CDMA Nexus devices do not fit into this rubric very well, ergo - T-Mobile's involvement. If you remember, a few months ago, T-Mobile's CEO went on the record as saying that subsidized phones weren't the best course of action for consumers, and in that his company makes for the perfect companion to what the Nexus program was all about in the first place.

If you think about it, most people will trade not having LTE for having no carrier software/branding, an amazing price, and fast updates straight from Google.

Agreed. HSPA+42 is plenty fast...as fast as many people's DSL or cable modem connections. Unlocked, no contract, latest Android version with updates straight from Google at a price off contract ($349 16GB) that's less than the on-contract price T-Mobile has for the Galaxy Note 2 ($379 AFTER a $50 MIR)...I think there will be many customers interested in this phone. The only con I see is the lack of expandable storage, and we all see that hasn't slowed Apple down one bit.

What I can't wait to see are carrier versions for us locked into non-sim carriers (i.e., Verizon and Sprint).

I've got a SIM card on my VZW GNex as does my wife's GS3(world capable I believe).

I think you are thinking of Sprint with their built in authorization rather than removable SIM.

Ditto. I'm fleeing Sprint for AT&T's LTE (and superior 3G) and the last thing standing between me and the Galaxy 3 was whether the Nexus 4 was LTE or not. So disappointing. It's nearly 2013 and the new Nexus phone is ready to rock 2010.

"So disappointing." Because... what, you haven't been following any of the rumors? Going to LTE would chop the legs out of being able to move the device from one carrier to another.

I knew that LTE was pretty much a certainty to not be included. However, I'm amending my "so disappointed" to encompass the fact that Android Central didn't have an article like this one on The Verge which explains WHY there's no LTE: http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/29/3569688/why-nexus-4-does-not-have-4g-lte

After reading this, I think I'm going to jump off to AT&T with an N4 because it will get updates and I won't have to commit to a contract with AT&T in order to get an affordable phone. Still waiting for full reviews about the camera and battery life, but it's now a possibility.

Yep. Looks like I will end up with Galaxy S3 CM10.
What a shame! And not even a word on other Nexus phones? I guess it was all not true.

+1 here. Was doing an update on a guys 3G device and tried out the Browser, OMG it was like going back to dial up after being on DSL. I've had an LTE device since they were created and now that I have it on a Maxx with great battery life, I could never go back. No LTE on a device is going backwards and simply means that you'll soon have to invest in the next release of that device when it gets it. Good luck with that!

Makes sense for them to announce it. It's been the Next Best Leaked Thing for like 2 weeks now. That gives them time to prepare another announcement for the tablets and Q some for some other day. I still want to see this thing Live during their announcement and see what cool features it has in the OS. :)

Yes! Well we knew they had to make it official already with all the hoopla and leaks coming in lol ;)

$299 for the unlocked 8GB version, $349 for the unlocked 16GB version.

T-Mobile USA will also sell the 16GB version for $199, no other carries mentioned.

NO LTE
NO 32 GIG VERSION
NO SD CARD SLOT
NO advancements in camera tech
NO real reason to upgrade.

Thanks LG/Goog

1) LTE would mean making a different version for every LTE type. Not gonna happen, period. The whole point of a Nexus is to be able to use it unlocked on whatever carrier you want. Google won't be going the Verizon Galaxy Nexus route again for a while...you see the mess Verizon made of it.

2) I agree: I would prefer a 32GB version released!

3) The Galaxy Nexus didn't have removable storage, and since that goes against what Google intends for Android going forward...don't expect one on any other Nexus in the future either.

4) Past Nexus devices didn't have top-flight cameras either. Usually they were right at or slightly below top-of-the-line. Google HAS, however, made some interesting software additions like their street-view like panorama pics.

5) Considering the screen is MUCH better than the one on almost any other phone, the processor is faster than the one in any other smartphone (except its cousin the Optimus G), and it has the latest version of Jelly Bean (at a time when phones are struggling to get updated to the previous version of JB or even ICS)...I think you will find that many people will disagree with you. Especially at $349 off contract for this monster!

No LTE? smh....what a fail!
I really wanted this phone but I guess I'll wait if they decide to release an LTE version with a 32GB =)

I was really hoping this would tickle my fancy with LTE and Sprint on board! I guess I'll have to roll with the Galaxy Note 2 or LG Optimus G!

Now we know why the Optimus G launched with ICS. Didn't want to cannibalize LG Nexus sales. I am in same boat as you. Would like Optimus G, but that locked bootloader bugs me.

Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Walmart.
Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.

The lack of LTE is disappointing but somewhat understandable given how balkanized a standard it is. (that said, Apple did it)

The onboard storage limits; that's not good. I understand 8GB in order to keep cost down and meet a price point, but at least the option to move to 32 or 64GB would be nice. Again, Apple does it.

I'm sure it's a nice device, but you pay an awful penalty versus bowdlerized Android phones for the Nexus privilege. This had better come with a big Google Drive incentive, though...

Apple also has 3 different versions of the iPhone 5 in order to accommodate all the different LTE bands and CDMA. With Apple selling the kind of volume they do it makes sense to do so. Google's Nexus, however, historically has been a niche device. With them pushing purchasing it off contract so they can control the Android update cycle it really doesn't make sense to produce multiple versions of it.

I agree however on storage: 32GB would be nice. That being said, over 90% of all iPhones sold are the 16GB version. Google seems intent on making Nexus their line of consumer devices, so if the demand proves to be there you can expect them to release a 32GB version later. Look at what they did with the 32GB & HSPA+ versions of the Nexus 7.

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Great value
We’ve always focused on building great devices at great value. And we think today’s devices offer the very best that money can buy. Here are more details on when and where you can pick up your next Nexus device:
Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Walmart.
Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
A Nexus device is much more than simply a phone or tablet. It’s your connection to the best of Google—all of your stuff and entertainment, everywhere you go with no hassle. Now you have three new Nexus devices, a new improved version of Jelly Bean and more entertainment than ever before—all available in Google Play. The playground is open.

With Android 4.2, you can add multiple users and switch between them instantly right from the lockscreen. We believe that everyone should have quick and easy access to their own stuff -- email, apps, bookmarks, and more. That way, everyone can have their own home screens, their own music, and even their own high scores.

While Nexus 4 is incredibly powerful under the hood, it also features the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2—the simplest and smartest version of Android yet. Starting with the camera, we've reinvented the photo experience with Photo Sphere, which lets you capture images that are literally larger than life. Snap shots up, down and in every direction to create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences that you can share on Google+ with friends and family—or you can add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see.

Android 4.2 brings other great goodies like Gesture Typing, which lets you glide your finger over the letters you want to type on the keyboard—it makes typing fast, fun and a whole lot simpler. Android 4.2 also adds support for Miracast wireless displays so you can watch movies, YouTube videos, and play games right on your HDTV wirelessly.

No impressed; my main issue with the Galaxy Nexus is that it was too Wide to hold it comfortably and no 32 GB or SD option, and no big fuss about LTE since it wasn't that mainstream at the time! No complaints on speed though.

So now we end-up with a thicker, wider, heavier phone, with no LTE, and no 32 GB option!!! Nice to see a better Camera and wireless charging, but these should have been the icing on the cake, Google should have worked hard to reduce the bezel, and add squeeze more storage; provide a sleek form factor closer to the Motorola Razr M. Not upgrading and won't recommend.

I'm sure Google will manage to somehow sell one or two of these devices without your help.

On another note, you folks who rant about the bezels just crack me the hell up. If you had an edge to edge display you'd be constantly complaining about all the mis-touches you were getting.

I'm suggesting making bevels smaller or using a smaller form factor in general or having 2 options 4.7 - 5.0 and a 4.0 - 4.3 ..etc. otherwise they're making the same mistake Apple did by losing on market share for 'larger' phones and being fixated on smaller ones.. Anyway that was my comment on your only feedback with substance, how about the rest of the lacking features I mentioned you consider that ranting as well?

This may be a stupid question, but if I pop the SIM card out of my Galaxy Nexus and into an HSPA+ tablet, will it work?

When will Google release a Nexus phone that will blow all others out of the water and be "that phone" with all the bleeding edge tech that everyone will be after? This is definitely a "meh" moment for the Nexus line. Scrap it, go to the drawing board and try again, Google!

No LTE, no expandable SD storage option...ready for it? FAAAAIL!!

No Nexuses have expandable storage and there's an article at The Verge explaining the lack of LTE that really should've been run here at AC to calm the nerd rage over the lack of LTE.

So glad they kept the $349 price. Wireless charging is my favorite feature. Had it on my OG Evo and miss it now, but having it built in rather than using a heavy back cover will be nice. Looks like I'll be handing over a good chunk of change soon.

>Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).

$299 unlocked from the Play Store is a good price. perhaps when my Sprint contract is up in Q1 2014 i will investigate contract free options on the NEXT Nexus (N5?) if this pricing trend continues. i like the freedom of no contract and the ability to drop in a SIM card and have many carrier options from all over the world.

https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_4_8gb

All the new Nexus Devices are now listed in the Play Store as Comming Soon. Nexus 4 is the same price I payed for my Galaxy Nexus just 3 months ago! But the Gnex is no longer listed.

I don't get it. I'm specifically looking for a Sprint (CDMA) version, and I don't understand if this article says it DOES or DOES NOT exist:

First:
"it'll be sold unlocked as GSM/HSPA+ compatible -- No LTE mentioned."

...But then it says this:
"Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+"

Does that mean GSM or CDMA?

I agree.
I'm not sure why these announcements don't mention carriers ever.
People need service with a phone. And while "Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+" sounds badass to fanbois like us.

Google needs to be a bit more clear on the website as to how one can get service with this phone. and who that service is through. I think they could attract a lot more users (less tech savvy) that way

If Sprint gets this next year, it may have LTE. But then they may have to change the processor. ... I need to get off of Sprint ...

What is Google going to do with all the Galaxy Nexus they got in stock? Will they be put back on the Play store ever again for a lower price?

I was actually wondering the same thing. I would LOVE to get my hands on a Galaxy Nexus straight from Google, especially for an essentially EoL price. Sadly, I have Verizon and I don't think that was ever an option to begin with. Lol

Pretty sure LTE will be a carrier added option. At least I think that's how it worked with the Galaxy Nexus. I could be wrong though.

I would definitely be interested in this phone if it came to sprint with 32gb + LTE. I don't care about expandable storage or removable battery if the battery life is good. If this gets anything like my Galaxy Nexus then I will have to pass.

The on board storage doesn't bother me so much (although I would love to see 32GB on this phone) so the only thing left on my checklist is that the camera performs well. I love having a high quality camera on my smartphone, it's so convenient.

Not sure if it's worth the upgrade from the Gnex. i'd rather save the money and invest into the nexus 10. but one thing is for sure...i really want google to update the rest of the nexus devices to 4.2 as soon as possible

Sooo.. I wasn't thinking of leaving Sprint, I actually wanted to stay with Sprint and if the Nexus 4 didn't come to sprint I would just get an S3 since my contract is up Nov 1st..

But @ the insanely cheap price of $350 I might do just that and leave to go somewhere else.

After being a Nexus S 4G customer for 17 months & 21 days, the Nexus 4 is such a disappointment. For those of us in LTE markets such as Dallas, LTE very much matters with lower latency than HSPA+, greater speeds, better spectrum efficiency for the carriers, & LTE networks can be upgraded to LTE-Advanced with a software update.

For the same cost as a 8 GB Nexus 4, which we still have no date or confirmation on for Sprint? I got myself a brand spanking new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with 16 GB of storage, expandable storage up to 64 GB, 1.6 Ghz Exynos CPU, 5.5" HD Super Amoled display at 720p resolution, & I walk away with the phone today.

Also, this feels like Google is diluting the Nexus Brand in order to attempt to gain mass market acceptance. Without the 4G LTE that consumers are hearing about now? This will backfire with the Nexus 4.

Sorry Google & LG but the lack of LTE, lack of expandable storage, less than 5" screen, & slow rollout of updates to Google designed/influenced Nexus devices? Complete & total deal breakers. Oh and Google? LG? Really? REALLY? LG? I don't think so! Samsung gets my money. Bye, bye Nexus. Hello Galaxy Note 2.

Leaving the largest carrier in the country out of the game, stupid move. With all their Billions, they should find a way to make this universal.

I definitely plan on getting the unlocked version. My TMO contract almost up an we're not sure if we'll stay or go to AT&T. My question. can I just cut down my current SIM card or do I need to get a microsim from TMO (I think the only kit they currently have is for BYOD iphone)? I guess it will work for any of their microsim phones right?

It's sad to see the Galaxy Nexus disappear completely. It's a fine product, why not keep it on the store?
When a new iPhone comes out, Apple doesn't stop selling the older model. Google should pick a page out of Apple's book there.

Abort ! Retry ! Fail !!!!!
No LTE (that alone will make it a FLOP)
No 32 Gig versions (16 Gig ? Are you kidding me ?)
Front Cam 1.3 MP in lieu of the 1.7 found on the S3
No SD Card Slot
What is this ? The iPhone 4 ? Years behind, Thanks but NO THANKS. And why would Google put their best OS on mid level hardware and not something like the Galaxy S3 ?
Years behind. Back to the drawing board LG/Google

Seriously. I don't care if it has 10 cores and can run 100 apps at the same time. My ancient HTC thunderbolt at the bottom of my closet will have faster internet and more storage for music/whatever. Unacceptable. The S3 is unacceptable as well, don't get it twisted. Build quality is shit.

You havent even touched & used it so save the build quality for later.
Unacceptable ? It's totally acceptable for me at that price point.

It sounds like you really hate it, yet you keep reading & commenting about it. I get it that it's not fit your 'ideal' android, just move on & get a different one or switch to different OS.

It's funny that some ppl keep moaning the same thing again & again & again...

Is there any Nexus devices coming from other manufacturers?. I don't want to rush to this one. But, the price is really nice. I think I'll pick one.

4G is only arriving (partially) in UK now so lack of LTE isn't going to affect me for a good few years and the same applies to the rest of the world. Has 4G even been standardised worldwide?

Not to be resounding, but no LTE.... seriously? That is the future. I use the hell out of my unlimited LTE on Verizon, so yeah deal breaker. They are taking innovation tips from apple.

im upset that there's the big one is only 16gb and no expandable storage?? makes little sense to me and i was going to buy one for christmas.now i have to wait to buy a nexus phone till someone gets it right, and no LTE? thanks for blowing my christmas for me

Why buy this phone? It has nothing to offer like the Iphone 5.
We need LTE,SD card, 2GB ram, 16-32 gb version,NFC, FM receiver, good speakers, 4.7 screen, an unlocked for under $650.00.