Lo and behold! Google has made the LG Nexus 4 official. Though the special Android event scheduled for today got cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, Google has surprised everyone, by going ahead and launching their next flagship Nexus smartphone, the LG Nexus 4.
Nexus 4 – Specifications
The Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and a nerve-wrecking 8GB & 16GB storage options.
Google claims that the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor is the fastest in the market right now. Clocked at 1.5 GHz, the quad-core Krait CPU has got some stunning scores in some benchmarking tests and is surely a spec to look forward to. Moreover, the LG Nexus 4 will be the first Android phone to come with the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. Google is yet to disclose what exactly is new in the 4.2, but it is expected to be faster than 4.1 for sure.
Other important specs include 2100 mAh Li-Polymer battery, which promises 15.3 hours of talk-time and 390 hours of standby. At 139g, Nexus 4 isn’t the lightest ones around, but it features a stunning glass back-panel and sturdy build, unlike most of the top-end Android smartphones these days. And yeah, it comes with Wireless charging & NFC too.
Not everything is rosy with Nexus 4
With this press release, Google has actually confirmed most of the rumors and leaks surrounding the Nexus 4, including the name. As we feared, Nexus 4 will come in the dubious 8GB & 16GB versions. If that isn’t bad enough, it doesn’t come with a microSD slot as well. That’s a bummer really. Few folks will also be sad to know that there isn’t 4G LTE either on Nexus 4.
Nexus 4 Pricing & Availability
The Nexus 4 will come in 8GB and 16GB versions for $299 and $349, respectively. It’ll be available starting Tuesday, November 13th in the U.S., 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.
Though the starting price of $299 looks attractive, unavailability of microSD slot and pretty ridiculous internal memory of 8GB is a downer for many. In Nexus 7, we had seen that the 8GB variant has just 5.3 GB of usable space. Expect something similar with Nexus 4 as well.
But the awesome Snapdragon S4 processor provides stunning features like 360-degree Panaromic pictures, which Google calls as “Photo Sphere images“. Even the screen looks great with 320ppi display, protected by Gorilla Corning glass 2. We hope to get a hands-on pretty soon. Stay tuned.