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LG and Google Announce the Nexus 4, Available November 13

LG and Google surprised us this morning by announcing the Nexus 4. After having cancelled their unveiling event for the phone due to Hurricane Sandy, we weren’t sure when this would be announced. Today, is still the day. The device will go on sale November 13 in both 8GB ($299) and 16GB ($349) models.



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 Ru-bin, 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.

Key specifications
• 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

  • infamous926

    RAZR maxx HD it is then lol can’t leave Verizon for At&T and sure as hell not T-Mo

  • G8KeaPoR

    My Galaxy Nexus has no LTE (international version) and when compared with the neighbors LTE version Mine with the smaller battery lasted about a day longer plus in terms of data speed I consistently had a higher data speed with HSPA+ on T Mobile. That said I am not happy with Google’s choice of LG since LG is typically garbage.

  • master94

    $300 unlocked, that’s not a bad price. Half the price of the iphone but with a larger screen and better OS.

  • PowersUSA

    So as an Android developer I want/need this. But as a Verizon customer it’s useless. Can I run wifi only?

  • shamu11

    so can I put this on AT&T?

  • paul_cus

    Don’t care too much that it doesn’t have LTE. I understand Google didn’t want to be hamstrung by the carriers. I’ll be getting one, the price point is excellent for an unlocked phone.

  • The lack of LTE and minimal storage space leads me to believe there is going to be another Nexus phone coming in the near future. I think this was more for an introduction to the Nexus line type of deal. I am expecting that we will see a much stronger Nexus phone. At least I hope so!

  • joejoe5709

    My opinion: The LG Nexus 4 is a way to give the little guys a chance. Give it to T-mobile first and give LG a chance to prove themselves as a relevant part of the Android community. I think Google (and Verizon) knows the vast majority of the Nexus’s demographic is locked in a 2 year contract and probably not willing/able to upgrade until next year. So why not give someone else a chance? The Nexus is intended to hallmark the year’s worth of improvements to the Android world and the Nexus4 does just that. It introduces a relatively minor bump in software and it brings quad core to the devs. My bet is that we’ll be getting another Nexus phone in the next six months that will bring Key Lime Pie. I don’t expect Key Lime Pie to be a massive overhaul so a mid-year Nexus won’t be too sacrilegious. It will probably just bring a lot more customization and refinement to Android. With some careful tweaking, ICS/Jelly Bean is good enough to hold off Apple for at least another year or two.

  • jcorf

    I have been thinking about dumping Verizon for awhile now, so if this thing has a good camera and battery, I’ll definitely switch to T-Mobile.

  • Holy Christmas. I was planning on keeping my Gnex for two full years anyways (first time with any smartphone), but if the next Nexus doesn’t come to Verizon, I WILL be leaving. I don’t want to, but I will switch to keep Nexus phones. AT&T or Tmobile will become my new home. Tired of this nonGSM bs.

  • AG

    Thats going backwards. All the market is looking into LTE, specially in United State that is the biggest market in mobile. I dont know how google is competing in the market to sell their phone in just two carriers in United State. I dont know why people say verizon is not a good carrier when is the biggest one and has the better ratings for more than five years. I was a customer of all three carries and I travel the country every week and i can say verizon is ahead of all those carries. http://news.consumerreports.org/electronics/2011/12/att-rated-lowestagainin-our-annual-satisfaction-survey.html

  • Tyler

    I don’t understand why everyone keeps talking just about Verizon. No LTE means slow data speeds on AT&T as well. Even Tmobile will be deploying LTE next year. This is a fast phone limited by slow data speeds and lack of storage. Boo.

  • CharlesJorgenson

    no 4g LTE, thats just silly

  • hars

    Amazing price, great vfm, hope the camera doesn’t suck as much as the test sample camera did. Finally the nexus comes to India.

  • Bionic

    Most of you know that I was totally downing this phone yesterday. I still think the lack of LTE support sucks for Verizon customers. But $350 for an unlocked, off contract phone is no joke. So I applaud Google for this phone, but it’s not for me. And I still say 32GB at $350 is better.

  • seryozha

    is that a super tiny notification light?

    • MrSteve920

      It does have a notification light but it is not that small, it’s actually about the same size and in the same position as the light on the G-Nex.

  • dumb dudumb dumb dumb!!!!!! No lte, 8, 16 gig only, complete and utter failure. I have unlimited data on my 4G LTE phone and hence use my phone for internet connection at home saving myself at least 50 bucks a month because I don’t have to go with my local high speed internet provider…..gay!!!!!!!!!!

    • Your the reason for us no longer having Unlimited Data.. I understand tethering when your on the road, but using your phone as home internet is abusing your unlimited data.. Even a broke college kid working 2 jobs, I still pony up for cable internet at home just so I am not being “that guy” that abuses my unlimited data.. Hell I felt guilty the 2 weeks I did use it because the cable company took almost 2 weeks to get internet set up..

      • Um Nick I guarantee you you would do the same thing if you could. That’s why it’s unlimited man. It saves me money throughout the year. Everyone used it that way when they had it not just me. You’d be a fool not to use it when you have it if it means saving you money. Also, we aren’t the reason for that going away, all other carriers were doing the same thing and they all have to follow suit. Also, buying a phone outright is going to let you keep ur unlimited data now which is fine by me since I usually buy and test the latest and greatest when it comes out, especially since I can sell the phone I had before for close to what I pay for it.

        • No I wouldnt..I very easily could do it if I wanted to, my LTE is slightly faster then my cable internet.. but I believe that using your unlimited data as your home internet is abusing the network.. I know that I can buy my phones outright, and I plan on buying the Note 2 after saving money aside for the last few months just for this purchase..
          There is a difference between tethering while out on the road and while not at home.. I tether it quite a bit for that, but the people that tether their Xbox’s, Desktops, PS3, Tablet, computer and everything else all the time at home are abusing the system..
          And I know the carriers say that they did away with unlimited due to most users using under 2GB, but I guarentee that part of their motiv was that they really wanted to get rid of those people that use huge ammounts of data a month as a home internet access point..

  • PhillipCun

    I keep looking at this phone and wonder what Google was thinking. the two deal breakers are LTE and 8GB/16GB. The non-removable battery is also a huge deal, IMO 2,100mAh is not enough, but it might be since it isn’t LTE.

    But regardless, LTE and small storage space is unacceptable. This device would have been great if they addressed those two issues. Shoot, offer an LTE variant with 32gb for $500 for all I care, I’ll buy it!

  • John Simonelli

    Well its official, no LTE love. Hopefully the rumored Moto Nexus will have it. Otherwise I might have to join Google’s rebellion against VZW and make the change… :-/ Until then, gonna stick it out with 4.2 on my Gnex. Looks pretty slick!

  • MatthewSimmons

    Another day where I think, why am I with Verizon.

  • BrianLipp


    so yea, probably never going to be a CDMA/LTE Verizon version (or any kind of CDMA version)

  • daryle barden jr

    No LTE and and low on board storage. No! I’d rather buy a RAZR HD or something. This is crazy!

    • YankInDaSouth

      I am loving my Razr Maxx HD … was waiting for final N4 details as to return it or not – looks like I am keeping it!

      • daryle barden jr

        What about the Camera? I love the pure Nexus experience but i already see i won’t get what i’m looking for in a phone until next year sometime. So does the camera really suck that bad?

        • YankInDaSouth

          It’s definitely not as bad as lead on to believe… It’s not great by any means, but it gets the job done for me. I am a home inspector and use my camera phone while on site conducting my inspections. Exterior pics are no problems, interior in certain lights take some work. I don’t mind, and all the great pros far outweigh that one con IMO.

          • daryle barden jr

            Nice to know. When the RAZR came out last year everyone here was saying how it had a better camera than the Nexus. #LIES lol i had both phones and i like my Nexus camera way better.

  • CHRIS42060

    Hmm I wonder how T-mobile service is in my area……..

  • As weird as this sounds, I am kind of glad that Google is punishing Verizon this way. VZW needs to rethink their stance on open phones and timely updates. When Verizon continues to muck up timely update released, it isn’t Verizon that suffers – it is Google that sells less phones on Verizon.

    Hopefully this will make Verizon think long and hard about being good to its customers.

  • fauxshizzl

    Bummed they put the headphone jack on top again, but all in all a nice phone. I have had LTE over a year now and I won’t miss it a bit, or VZ for that matter. Also, I like the time they opted to put on the home screen for the advertising pic.

    • LionStone

      Oh hell no, they didn’t!! I missed that, good eye…hehe

  • 2easilyamused

    This is just the initial release… calm down everybody. Of course there’ll be variants, just give them 5 more minutes to announce them.

    • MrSteve920

      “Introducing the Nexus 4 Pro Edition with 32gb of on board storage, an sd card slot, and a built in can opener!!” And to all the people who bought the Nexus 4 16gb when it was $350, sucks to be you, the Nexus 4 Pro is starting at $150, hahahahahahhaha”

      • 2easilyamused

        I’m more than just a little miffed that my $250 Nexus 7 is now cheaper. I can’t even sell it for enough to justify buying the 32gb one… Oh well, early adopter tax.

    • Sivan

      I sure hope you are right. I want a Nexus phone, but I also want 32GB of storage on it as well.

  • beng8686

    Here’s to hoping a CDMA model is in the works………

  • MyNex

    I’ll be surprised if this phone sell over 100,000 units. No LTE is a huge negative.

  • kane

    Couldn’t they at least stream an event. I think this hurricane madness is…well overblown (sorry had to)

  • mjmedstarved

    Just crossing fingers for an unlocked Moto Nexus on big red….

  • Chris

    I feel I’m one of the very few who weren’t all that excited over the phone in the first place. Having a gnex I don’t see a need to upgrade to a newer nexus.

  • James Jackson

    I love my GNex but i want an integrated LTE, 3G radio chip… so, i guess they wont get my money

  • Q’s

    I’m honestly kinda of glad Verizon isn’t getting this. I mean don’t get me wrong 8mp camera would be great and quad core is awesome too. But with my Gnex in my hand I don’t really see this as much of an upgrade. It kind of reminds me of when apple announced the 4s lol same phone but with a few enhancements

  • Wes

    It’s DOA without LTE. They tried the online-only approach with the Nexus 1, and it was a colossal failure.

    • Sean Livingston

      Wasn’t the Nexus 1 minimal 500 dollars or more?

    • Jeff Craig

      No Nexus devices will be LTE on initial release from now on. If you didn’t already know this, and you don’t know why, then you don’t understand the whole reason Google has Nexus devices in the first place.

  • Got a question for you guys. Do you think that the Galaxy Nexus will be having a price drop, as in eBay or 3rd party. I don’t want a new contract, but with the new Nexus 4 coming out, I might try to nab myself a Galaxy Nexus again. Had one launch day, sold for a RAZR, now I want one again… how about that!

    • Zoloft_User

      Not a bad idea to get back on the Nexus train, at least the Galaxy Nexus has LTE…

    • Sean Livingston

      I’m sure it will drop.

  • Asimoalex

    Hopefully they will get a cdma version….

  • Zoloft_User

    This is a bit of a fail…no LTE, max of 16GB…built-in battery that is under 3000 mAh…Lets only hope the remaining upcoming Nexus devices can offer some more to the name, “NEXUS”

  • Droidz

    This will fail much like the Nexus One did. Google can’t expect to shut out CDMA and LTE and have a good showing in the states.

    Biggest issue for most of us is we are locked into contracts with Verizon and no intent on leaving until it expires.

    This in my mind is a step forward in some tech but taking steps back in others. Specifically no LTE and lack of storage space. Google should use the Nexus to show what it can do and push android with beading edge technology. Really Google? Apple finally gets LTE in their phones and you take a giant leap backward this year? Just look at Samsung’s aproch in the states…. every carrier and beading edge technology.

    Maybe this dose okay in Europe but will likely reach very few in the states and be DOA. BTW if your only going to put 8 MB storage on a device $300 isn’t much of a deal. I’m thinking more like Nexus 7 pricing at $200 .

    • Sean Livingston

      they aren’t trying to have a good showing in just the states, they are trying to have a good show globally. I’m sure LTE and CDMA variants will be released. but off contract, those phones are steals. I don’t know how much cameras add to a phone, but remember the Nexus 7 had no rear camera as this phone does.

    • Jeff Craig

      No Nexus devices will be LTE on initial release from now on. If you didn’t already know this, and you don’t know why, then you don’t understand the whole reason Google has Nexus devices in the first place.

      I’m just going to keep copy-pastaing this until everyone shuts the f up about ‘omg! no LTE!’. LTE isn’t supported by ASOP, so Nexus isnt LTE anymore… end of story. Just buy a Optimus G if you have to stick with Verizon. They’re the exact same phone anyway.

  • EC8CH

    If I could buy this on VZW I would even without LTE… true story.

  • Droid Burgundy

    I smell a new DL poll….. BIGGEST LET DOWN OF NEXUS 4:

    * no LTE ?
    * non removable batt ?
    * made by LG
    * only 16GB ?

    • schoat333

      All of the above.

    • manda

      you mean only 8gb.. 16gb is the more expensive model.

      and don’t forget “No SD card slot.”

      • Droid Burgundy

        well…. tbh I thought the comunity by and large was over the whole no SD card thing… Of course this was when we all ran out and got 32GB Gnexii from Verizon. 32GB w/o SD card was fine for my needs.

  • *yawn*

  • Sean Livingston

    349 in the playstore!? SOLD!

  • The Verge was reporting it has a glass back. Didn’t they learn anything from Apple, a glass phone= fail.

  • F you Verizon!!!!!

  • Droid Burgundy

    Def not getting this as an upgrade from my Gnex on Verizon.. Y NO 32 GB? :((((

    • chris125

      Its not on verizon anyway sadly

      • Droid Burgundy

        Maybe they didnt sell well with the 32 gig Gnex? I can’t see why they would cut out a large chunk of customers like that.

        • chris125

          Its because Verizon wouldn’t let Google do the updating and had to have their hand in it

    • Heh, you can’t anyway…

  • Jigga_Z

    I know I’ll get flack for saying they made a good move on this, but Google just changed the game in a huge way. Yes, there’s no LTE/CDMA, but that’s because this phone isn’t targeted to us (us being Verizon). They’re clearly looking at global markets where most people buy unlocked phones and pick a carrier based on that. Seeing as most countries don’t have LTE, it doesn’t make sense to put it in, jack up the price, and potentially lower battery life (though Qualcomm’s integrated radios are quite excellent)

    They just released a major phone that the majority of the world can use at an incredible price point of $300 and $350. Do you recall how much the GS III is unlocked? It costs twice as much.

    So yes, Verizon is out in the cold, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone! We knew this was coming.

    As for storage, worth noting that the Galaxy Nexus didn’t launch with 32GB of storage anywhere but in the states (Sprint & Verizon variants). Clearly Google recognizes that these markets either don’t need as much storage, or aren’t dissuaded by it from buying.

    TL;DR: The Nexus 4 is a great phone for its intended market, just about everyone but people in the USA. If you’re in the USA, clearly it isn’t for you, but that’s because you aren’t the intended market.

    • EDNYLaw

      Unfortunately for Google, the US is one of the biggest consumers of mobile technology and here, you have to pay to play. VZW has the mobile scene on lock down here and people here are really prone to upgrade fever. Google’s shortchanging itself by potentially hundreds of millions of dollars. And let’s not forget, one of the major selling points of Android is it’s adoption of LTE. Just because it isn’t everywhere yet, doesn’t mean it won’t be. Most of the US is covered in LTE now, other countries are jumping on board. This is a bone head move. Alienating US consumers (well VZW which is the largest consumer base for mobile tech in the US) is not the greatest business move ever. I understand the reasoning, but I’m not going to be dumping VZW with unlimited data to go GSM, when VZW’s LTE network will cover 100% of their 3G footprint by the end of next year. Since LTE is an outgrowth of GSM and it does not have the licensing problems of CDMA, this is just a bad move by Google.

      • Jigga_Z

        Worth noting, the phone is still compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile, so a good chunk of the US can play in the market. Verizon is big, yes, but the rest of the world is a lot bigger. If you had to pick one, I’d go with the latter.

      • michael arazan

        vzw has over 90 million customers, almost 1/3 of the U.S.. Really don’t want a piece of that action Google?

        I was even preparing to buy it at full retail on Vzw too, because of unlimited.

        Compromise and Cooperation have become Four letter words now when it comes to corporations. I’m in my 30’s and remember times when corporations used to work with each other for the greater good of customers. Now customers are just replaced with dollar signs. America used to be by the people for the people, now its by the money for the money.

        • G8KeaPoR

          There was a NON LTE version which was the only model available from Play store it outsold Verizon’s LTE model.

        • Sean Livingston

          I agree with you, but I think Google is actually for the customer more than the money. This phone as a top of the line phone with regards to the hardware necessary for performance. That combination of hardware sounds like it will perform well overall and have great battery life, and the max price for such a phone is 350. I remember when GNex came out, day 1 it was like 650 unlocked, nearly double the price of this one, and this phone is far greater than last year’s Nexus. Google understands that its customers do not like being delayed updates for months at a time, or even a whole year. I for one m glad to see them not bend to verizon or any other carrier.

          Even look at the Nexus 10 tablet, that is a top of the line tablet, if not at the top, and its very competitively priced at 399. 499 for the 32 gig version is obviously about money considering how they priced the two versions of the N4, but I can understand why they did so because of how they want to compete against Apple in the tablet market.

      • G8KeaPoR

        Actually VZ didn’t promote the phone and a majority of the sales of the Gnex were the HSPA+ only model meaning most of their customers avoided VZ like the plague. Just saying. You do realize the gnex HSPA+ version got updates ota from google the day they were available too not down the road by a crappy VZ schedule.

    • Sean Livingston

      Thank-you my Lord Jesus, someone with sense has spoken. I totally agree with you Jigga. There is not a single phone on the market with these specs that is this cheap. A phone for 299 or 349 off contact, put on an HSPA + network for 45-50 dollars a month is such a great deal in my opinion. And you are right, this is a global phone, and it would have been dumb for them to include LTE. I am looking forward to canceling verizon and selling off this gnex. My eyes have been blinded by major carriers for too long. It will either be solavei, straight talk, or simple mobile from this point.

    • Jeff Craig

      The reason for not having an LTE model is simple: they require signed radio signatures from the cellular networks, and because of that, they are not supported by the ASOP program. No new Nexus devices will be LTE from here on out, at least not on the initial release. Like you said, this shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone.

      • By late 2013, LTE will be the major network throughout the world. The next Nexus will undoubtedly have LTE. Its the natural extension of GSM, HSPA is just the over-extension of current 3G.

    • manda

      This is all fairly true, but it is also fair to point out that if this was an iPhone with no sd card slot and no LTE, the Android community would be ripping it to shreds. But Google/LG gets a huge pass and “Oh, the US isn’t the intended market” instead? Meh.

      8gb is a paltry amount regardless of your market. I don’t care about the SD card slot (like the majority of smartphone owners) but flash memory is really not expensive. I’d rather see the price go up $50 and have 16gb at least.

      • Jigga_Z

        I think regardless of who releases what, people on the other side would be ripping it,and there’s definitely people in the Android camp who are as well, and I think they have strong arguments for doing so!

        As far as space goes, I think having a 16GB option is great, and an 8GB option never really hurts, right? There are plenty of people who don’t use 8GB of storage (granted, very few of them are visitors of this website) but there’s an entire demographic that’s content to browse the net, play a few games, text and make calls. Admittidly, this demographic gets smaller and smaller over time, but there are plenty of people (think age 40+) that will be what we would consider “casual” phone owners.

        That being said, I’d love a 32GB variant.

        As for the “intended market” comment, it’s worth noting that this is more in relation to price and the lack of LTE. That being said, if the market data shows that people are happy with 16GB, then why push it and add what would be considered unnecessary cost?

    • Ketan

      I am India Android User and I totally agree with jigga_Z

  • Crazydog

    No LTE on any devices. I am dissapoint.

    Even if it did, I wouldn’t buy one, because the only LTE where I live is Verizon…

  • Jackson

    I wonder if the galaxy nexus will be like 250 now or 200 lol

  • G-Nexx 22

    I hate to say it, but Google has gone back in time with no LTE…

    • Well if LTE drivers could be signed in AOSP it wouldn’t be a problem.

    • Jon Gee

      I’d have to say that with the proprietary bits in CDMA networks I think we have seen the first and only “Nexus” device on Verizonl I hope that T-Mobile in my area doesn’t suck…

    • Butters619

      I will skip this phone because of the lack of LTE, however quad core, 2GB of Ram, beautiful display, and solid battery all for $300-$350 is quite impressive.

  • TimXer

    Design seems blah, memory lacking, but other specs seems great! and unlocked at that lower price point is awesome – too bad no VZ!