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New Batches of Nexus 4 Receive Slight Hardware Modification

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New shipments of Google’s Nexus 4 are arriving with a couple of tweaks that were not a part of the original device. As you can see from the images above and below from Mobiflip, the changes are incredibly minor, yet still may offer something we could have used a couple of months ago – protection for that glass back. 

The first addition – and most important – is a rubber nipple or nub placed at the four corners of the backside of the device (top image). These should allow for the phone to rest slightly above surfaces and hopefully prevent scratching or in my case, full-on cracks. There is a chance that it will also help audio to escape from the backside speaker while the phone is lying back down.

The second change affects the camera, though it may not be much. As you can see from the image below, the cut out for the camera lens is slightly smaller in the new hardware. Will this cause the device to magically take better pictures? Eh, probably not.

And that’s it – minor, minor changes, one of which we are big fans of.

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Via:  Mobiflip

  • We just switched to T-Mobile, so I bought two Nexii off the Google Play Store a couple days ago. One 8GB model and one 16GB model. They weren’t scheduled to ship until today, but they showed up two days after ordering, and both have the little bumps and smaller camera cutout. So far our experience in the NY metro area has been that these Nexus phones are faster on T-Mobile than our Galaxy Nexii were on Verizon w/LTE, at least according to SpeedTest. Weird. I’m not complaining. Coverage is not as good inside our workplaces, but I can live with that.

  • Okay I wasn’t gong to RMA for the Bluetooth but may be I will

  • Sam

    I wish they did this with the GNex when it had radio problems.

  • ouch1976

    Is there no mention of the non-sparkled glass back????

    • Kevin Olson

      It’s still the same sparkly back

  • Ray

    Rubber nipple(s) or not, the Nexus 4 is still the best smartphone available.

    • Calvin Williams

      Lack of LTE with a small and non removable battery.. No. I’d rather have a Note 2 over a N4 any day.

      • Austin Wang

        the Note 2 is too big for my taste

      • Seriously, who ever really honestly NEEDS LTE over HSPA+?

        • Nathaniel Webb

          it’s the reduced latency of LTE , rather than the speed that makes it attractive to me. having said that, I love my nexus 4 and wouldn’t go back to Verizon for anything.

          • Cowboydroid

            I’ve not expreienced this “reduced latency.” In fact, latency seems to be the bottleneck for my device. Then again, I live in Dallas, where ATT owns most of the LTE spectrum. Verizon’s LTE speeds and coverage are sporadic, at best, and seem to be getting worse. I remember the good ole days of +20Mb/s. Now I constantly get 2-6Mb/s. No better than TMo’s speeds.

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  • Justin Y.

    received my Nexus4 (8gb) two weeks ago. It had these new revisions.

  • Rich Koos

    Ohhhh so that’s what the shipping delays were about, adding plastic bumps.

  • Nexus 4: Jennifer Aniston edition.

    • kkloster

      Nexus 4: Clooney Batman edition

  • Liderc

    Definitely looks like it’s missing the original back cover design.

  • nvitone23

    X PHONE!!!!!

    • meh

      lol rumors.

      • nvitone23

        He is VERY credible though…

      • Calvin Williams

        Panda is famous for his rumors

    • EC8CH

      ahem panda man!

  • MichaelFranz

    Bet Kellex is pretty PO’d, didnt your glass break like a week into owning it when ti first came out…

  • zepfloyd

    Wonder if they’ve REALLY disabled LTE now…

    • Party like a Ninja Star

      It’s been disabled with a software upgrade to 4.2.2.

      • zepfloyd

        Well obviously we know that, but that can be undone with a radio reflash, the question is did they physically do/remove something with the board that would prevent it from working.

        • Party like a Ninja Star

          I doubt it.

          • zepfloyd

            Your personal opinion is free but irrelevant. What would be relevant is if someone with a new one would actually try.

        • chris125

          most likely not, because that would require them to do a whole lot and most likely get it retested by the fcc

        • zwade


  • Brandon Golway

    From the looks of it they also have a new matte back cover.

    • Steve Benson

      No, it’s still sparkly.

  • Is it just me or did they changed the design on the back to where it no longer looks glittery?

    • Kevin Olson

      It’s still glittery

    • onDroid

      Kellex has a skin on his which makes it look carbon fibery

      • tyguy829

        That isn’t kellen’s…it’s from that German Mobiflip site that first reported this

        • onDroid

          Well, whoever’s it is has a carbon fiber skin on it. I know DL did a review of them and did a give away a couple weeks back so you can understand the confusion.

  • Kevin Olson

    I have one of these new revisions. The bumps are only on the bottom rear of the phone, not the top

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Uncomfortable at all?

  • Droidzilla

    I thought they should have had those little bumps from the get-go; glad to see they’ve made that change. Minor, but very important.

  • Bigwavedave25

    So, are the new “bumps” going to mess up integration with the Bumper or other slim Cases?

    • Futbolrunner

      They’re so minor I doubt it

      • moelsen8

        i’ve already read somewhere today that the ringke slim cases are confirmed not to fit by the company. can’t find where now though.

        • rossi46

          I got one of the updated devices as a replacement just yesterday. It fits in my Ringke Slim cases just fine.

          On a side note, the power button tactile feel is a lot better on the updated Nexus, whether that’s incidental or not, don’t know.

          • moelsen8

            damn, i would love an improved power button.

    • 4n1m4L

      I’d be very suprised. Cases have some slop in tolerances just to assist in installation and removal. these bumps are tiny.

    • Kevin Olson

      Works fine with my Body Glove Nova case

  • tyguy829

    they should call is the Nexus 4S!

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


    • JoshGroff

      Go figure, I just bought the 4 too, fml.

    • Austin Warren

      It’s funny cause its true – Chow

    • One down vote=one person who thought this was Mac Rumors

  • ddevito

    “Is it my imagination, or do I see…a nipple?” 🙂

  • ddevito

    A slight “bump” upgrade indeed.