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LG Announces the White Nexus 4, Starts Arriving in Markets May 29

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Last night, LG finally made the white version of the Nexus 4 official. The device, as expected, is the exact same as the black version of the Nexus 4 that has been out for months only it comes in a different color. In fact, the press release states that this is the “Same popular smartphone, different color.” So for the 1,000th time, this does not have 32GB of storage or 4G LTE.

We’re looking at a 4.7″ 720p display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 2GB of RAM, along with Android 4.2, Google Now, and Photosphere.

The device goes on sale in Hong Kong tomorrow, May 29, and will hit other markets including North America over the next several weeks. No pricing was mentioned, though we’d expect it to arrive on Google Play for the same prices the black one currently sells for – $299 (8GB) and $349 (16GB). 

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Same Popular Smartphone, Different Color

SEOUL, May 28, 2013 ㅡ LG Electronics (LG) today announced the launch of Nexus 4 White, the newest edition of the popular smartphone developed in collaboration with Google. Nexus 4 White features the same stellar Android™ experience as the original Nexus 4, combining LG’s sophisticated hardware design and popular Google Services such as Google Now and Photosphere for an outstanding overall user experience.

“Nexus 4 set the standard for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphones,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “Nexus 4 White delivers the same Google experience to consumers in a stylish and attractive color option.”

Nexus 4 White comes with the superb 4.7-inch 1280-by-768 True HD IPS Plus display (320ppi) supported by Zerogap Touch technology. At its heart is the high performing Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM.

Starting in Hong Kong on May 29, Nexus 4 White will roll out globally in select markets in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East over the next several weeks.

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  • Blue Sun

    White plastics tend to not be as durable in the long run as black plastics. I wonder if the front face being black has something to do with this.

  • MrWicket

    I’ve said before but I’ll say it again… It looks like a Stormtrooper to me and that kinda makes me want one! 😀

  • Spencer

    White is for iPhone. Why couldn’t they go out of the box with green or purple?

  • dmagicp

    This just looks like a black phone with a white battery cover. FAIL.

  • REAL6

    Come on LG. Announce the Optimus G Pro for Europe already!!!

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  • jer85008

    It’s only white on the back? Big deal, get a white case if you like white. No way you can use this phone without a case anyway.

    • JMonkeYJ

      i’ve used mine without a case since day 1, and it even survived a fall onto the sidewalk with no cracking. i’m surprised, but the build quality has definitely held up for me.

  • Tim242

    A white phone is white on front and back. I don’t get why they make these phones that are black on the front and call them white phones.

  • MikeCiggy

    Cool phone but sorry, This should be nearing EOL with devices that are 2 years ahead in specs now.

    • Justin Winker

      Two years ahead in specs? This quad core just came out last fall, and devices are still being released with the S4 Pro Quad. It’s not a bad processor and it’s not much behind the 600.

  • callumshell1

    Why is is that Apple and Samsung are the only companies capable of making decent white phones?

    • Tim242

      I wonder that myself. My brand new $700 S4 is my first white phone. It is sexy! Haha

      • JMonkeYJ

        you think i would carry boxes in this $4000 suit??? c’mon!!

      • Chris

        First white phone too. Totally dig it! Except I got to upgrade my Grandpa’s basic line to the S4, then downgrade back and transfer the S4 to my number, so I only paid $250 😀

        • Tim242

          Glad you were able to get it for that price! I hope you thanked your grandpa for that wonderful price cut haha. I had a Note 2 before I got the S4. What did you have?

          • Chris

            HTC Rezound. Before that the Thunderbolt, before that the original Droid Incredible. It’s weird to own a Samsung, and I’m still getting used to certain TouchWiz features. I really like everything about the phone overall!

          • Tim242

            I have owned 7 HTC phones, but not the Rezound. My mom has the Rezound though. Before the S4, I had the Note 2, Gnex, Thunderbolt, and OG Incredible on Verizon. In my Sprint days, I had the OG HTC Evo, HTC Hero, Palm Pre, HTC Touch Pro, HTC Touch Diamond, and the OG HTC Touch. Damn. I go through phones. I am going to stick with the S4 for a while though…at least until the S5 haha. In case you prefer more natural colors, you can change the display mode to movie. I love it. It looks more like LCD, but you still have the deep blacks.

          • Chris

            The OG HTC Evo was the first Android smartphone I ever saw. I fell in love lol. And yeah my friends think I am crazy by being on my 4th phone in two years, but you have gone through more 😛

            And yeah, I wanted to get a new phone because I’ve never had a new phone. I bought the Thunderbolt last year, and I bought the Rezound last year, and they both were already at least a year old. This time I have the best of the best and I love it!! But yeah, I would like to keep this for around 2 years if possible.

            I totally prefer the look of LCD screens, but I chose Professional Photo. Movie mode is a little too..plain. I was fooling with my S4 next to my Rezound and movie mode looked too plain and boring compared to the Rezound. Professional is a little over the top, but not as bad as the default setting. Just my suggestion!

          • Tim242

            We have a lot of old phones in common haha. I can sense your excitement for the S4. Maybe we’ll be on parallel phone paths from here on out lol

          • Chris

            Haha that would be funny. We’ll just have to wait and see!

  • trwb

    So I have been hearing about thermal throttle/heat issues, battery life problems, camera quality issues and general poor quality issues on the Nex4. Are these issues anything really to worry about? I was thinking about getting a Nex because I want to get back to custom Roms, but these issues are holding me back. I have One X+ which is super fast but the bootloader isn’t fully unlockable and one needs a pc computer when flashing roms.

    • mplacido9

      I’ve had mine since October and have not had any of the issues you mentioned. Except maybe the camera could be better quality. I don’t expect a cell phone to take amazing DSLR quality pics anyway though. The camera does just fine as a point and shoot.

      • trwb

        Thanks for the info. The camera on my Galaxy Nexus was horrible, just don’t want to go back to that type of quality. The One X+ takes great photos, but bloat and sense are becoming a real problem on that device. Might need to go back to a Nexus device.

        • mplacido9

          I think the One X+ camera is probably better than the Nexus 4 camera. I haven’t used a One X so I’m not really sure. Nexus 4 camera is definitely better than Gnex camera. I had a Gnex before the N4. N4 wins for sure.

          • trwb

            Ok. Cool. Thats a plus. Thanks! N4 doesn’t sound too bad then.

  • brkshr

    I wonder when someone is going to start selling the white back piece. 2 screws & you’ve got yourself a new white Nexus 4.

  • WP8_Android_iOS

    what is the point of launching a different color so late, why they couldnt launch both colors at the same time. who is going to buy last year Android Tech this year?

    • Justin Winker

      This is something not many companies understand. Apple began releasing their only color variant (the white one) at the same time as their black one at the same time, but not many companies release all the color variants at the same time (Samsung and their two initial colors, followed by 8 other colors throughout the next year, Moto’s Red/Blue/Platinum follow-ups, etc.).

      • fauxshizzl

        Apple learned the hard way just like everyone else. There were so many “leaks” of a white iPhone that it hit unicorn status by the time it was actually released well after the same phone in black. Then from there they released them both at the same time. To be fair though, no company is worse about adding new color choices to old phones than Motorola.

        • Justin Winker

          “No company is worse about adding new color choices to old phones than Motorola.”

          I disagree… Have you seen the number of off-shoots of colors that the S3 has? They’ve already begin with the S4 (though the S4 hasn’t hit “old” status yet).

    • i agree with them releasing so late…should have been an option from the get go.
      but this still is THE BEST android phone you can buy for $300 off contract.

      • WP8_Android_iOS

        it has alot of hardware issues specially the wifi signal is very weak, the network signal flactuatues too much and power button to wake the phone gets harder and harder as you use it. overall it is a good useless phone running second class ios which makes it even featurelesss

        • 1st, you had me up to the very last sentence…not even sure what to say about that becuase you either have no idea what you are talking about, or you made a couple type-o’s

          2nd, I’ll admit, i haven’t heard about any signal (wifi/cellular) issues with the device from the couple people i know that have one, same thing with the power button…but i haven’t followed the forums on the device either

          but please explain that last sentence…and proof read before you hit the submit button

          • WP8_Android_iOS

            i have been using it since October last year, every word i have written about is accurate. my partner has iphone 5, she makes fun of my signal strength cuz i have to go out in order to make a call while she enjoys sitting on sofa and using her phone. wifi reach is so weak that i cant use things like viber, skype and tango to talk to people abroad, i have to use her phone. power button feel stiffer now. about pure android it is just useless compared to what i had in Galaxy S2.

          • fair enough. my 2 friends that have it dont have any signal issues like i said. Wifi is stronger than my G-nex at my home. as for stock android being useless, that is a matter of ones opinion. we are going to have to agree to disagree. i LOVE stock android. its not feature packed like touchwiz, but it also doesn’t have a crap load of stuff i will never use and it is always smooth as butter.

  • Well they messed this up. Why isn’t the whole phone white?? That would be a better look. Some of these companies go half-assed to get over on people, and some don’t even realize it.

    • Tim242

      Preach it! I totally agree.

  • Redsun

    Hey Manufacturers, you know how it sometimes happens when consumers keep asking you about a missing feature over and over and over?

    Might mean that people consider it important.

  • Ray Gray

    I wouldn’t call the color white it’s more of a Oreo

  • MichaelFranz

    why is the power button not white…and i agree white bezel would look better. Look at the RAZR HD front white bezel, looks better with no buttons…just a nasty Verzion logo

    • anezarati

      i think the power button is silver, just like the black version. you can tell easier on the last picture. it looks like the shadowing used in the pics make it look black

  • mechapathy

    LOL “Same Popular Smartphone, Different Color.” Way to be excited, LG.

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      Kill yourself

  • fauxshizzl

    It has to be more than coincidence that so many advertisments for phones have the clock set to 4:20.

    • mechapathy

      It’s a Google thing. Maybe when 4.3 rolls around all the clocks will say 4:30.

      • fauxshizzl

        I have noticed this since Froyo. Not only in Google or Nexus ads, but phones in general.

    • brkshr

      I noticed that ALL of their screen shots at I/O had 4:20 set as the time.

  • metal > glass

  • NAM37

    I’d buy this today if they’d cram some 4GLTE in there…

  • s2knj

    does anyone else find it strange that the front is still black? Considering how delicate the back of these phones are, most people will use a case, covering up the only part that’s white. Not a big fan of design decision

    • schoat333

      Agreed, white bezel or GTFO.

      • Tim242

        No white bezel = not a white phone

    • Butters619

      White bezels make the display looked washed out. It’s the way your brain processes the straight lines and contrast.

      Also, the white Nexus S and G-Nex both had black bezels, so it is consistent that the N4 has one as well.

      • Tim242

        A phone is not white unless the whole thing is white. The white S4 is my first white phone, and I’m loving it

        • Butters619

          The HTC One X is a white phone but has a black bezel.

          But if you want to do a quick eye test to demonstrate my point go look at two iPads (yeah boo hiss but it’s easy to do in an Apple store). Sit a black iPad and a white iPad next to each other. The black iPad will appear to have a better display. It doesn’t, but your eyes/brain interpret it that way.

          • Tim242

            If that’s your preference, then buy a black phone. I have always had black phones. I have been wanting a white one for a while, because I like the look of them. If the front is black, I don’t feel like I have a white phone. Samsung and Apple are the only companies that do white phones right.

          • Butters619

            I’m not saying it is my preference. I’m saying that scientifically a display with a black bezel will look better than the same display with a white bezel. It is a known phenomenon. We covered it in college. Sure the display isn’t better, but the majority of the population will perceive it as better. It is the reason many manufacturers choose a black bezel.

            Again, I’m not saying which I would rather have. Or which makes the overall phone look better. I am just saying there is reasoning behind the choice.

          • Tim242

            I just looked at both S4’s side by side in my store. The displays look the same to me. Samsung Apple, and HTC make all white phones, and customers prefer them. My guess is that they don’t TTY think the display looks inferior. I’ve had nothing but black phones. I started thinking white phones look better when the white iPhone 4 came out. Then I saw the S2, Note, S3, and Note 2. I really liked the all white look. When I bought the Note 2 in November, still skipped the white one. The white S4 is beautiful. I took the plunge and bought my first white phone. Have not regretted it one bit…best display and camera available. I get your point. But, people can choose a black phone if they have that issue. For those of us that don’t, we want our all white phones : )

          • Butters619

            Yeah I completely understand.

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    • Justin Winker

      I disagree… I don’t want a phone with a white front bezel and a screen that’s not white as well… Then it just looks tacky. Wasn’t there a Sony device that looked like this? It (IMO) looked like crap.

      • Tim242

        Most white phones are all white. Not sure why some do this [email protected] crap. I just boight my first white phone, because I like the contrast on the front. Black front, and white back…that is what looks tacky.

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  • Alec Boyle

    Without a white bezel, what is the point of this?

    • no white nexus device has shipped with a white Bezel….this shouldn’t come as any surprise. see the Nexus s, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 7…all white backs, and black fronts.

      • Alec Boyle

        Thus leaving them all pointless.

        • Tim242

          You’re on a roll!

        • to each their own…i personally loved the white Nexus S and Galaxy nexus…and even the Nexus 7. this one, not sure why, but it isn’t doing it for me.

    • r0lct

      Having my first phone with a white bezel I doubt I’ll do it again. I think this is preferable to all white.

      • Tim242

        Then buy a black phone.

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      My sentiments exactly!

  • eli

    This changes everything….

  • DoneWithVerizon

    Been debating making the switch from Verizon to T-Mobile to keep unlimited data and save some $$$. Anyone here have T-Mobile and can give me advice?

    • Chris

      Went over to them 3 weeks ago… It’s no Verizon speeds… But honestly you can’t even feel the difference over time! And I’m saving about $20 a month… ZERO complaints. Then again it always depends on here you live.

      • DoneWithVerizon

        Yeah I’m East Coast, in VA. There coverage appears to be pretty good here, just need to make the switch and dump Verizon!

      • KleenDroid

        Did you have other reasons for leaving? Because $20 a month doesnt seem worth the loss of verizons network.

        I also have been considering whether to make the switch but just paid full price for two S4’s. So I think I’ll stick around for awhile.

        • Chris

          For me that was just it! I will do anything to keep my unlimited data… and to save a few bucks is a plus. I had the exact same reservations you have right now… Scared as hell!!! LOL But so far so good!

          • JRomeo

            Tmobile already offers unlimited data……… so you dont really sacrifice anything there…. they don’t even throttle you once you pass a threshold, it stays fast unlimited if that’s the option you choose in your plan.

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          You have to be registered! I guess it’s about time anyways 🙂

    • If you live in or around a major city then go for it. The service is great. Of course, you won’t be getting Verizon speeds, but I had a 20mbps download and 4 upload with a 60ms ping when I still had my Nexus 4. Great phone, but I had to sell it for some car parts.

      • Larizard

        i lol’d at the car parts. just was too unexpected. no offense.

        • Rusty Shackleford

          I laugh at it too. It’s the only thing that’s motivating me to get these upgrades done lol.

    • sgtguthrie

      I was thinking the same way, but I don’t think it’s really worth it for me now. I don’t live my life in Metropolitan areas alone, so I’m really not ready to leave VZW’s coverage area. My plan would only be about 7 dollars cheaper on T-Mobile, and I’d have to pay full retail for my device on either carrier now that T-Mobile has gone “un-carrier”. Doesn’t seem worth it as long as my Unlimited data and $20 “Talk & Text Discount” are intact 😉

      • DoneWithVerizon

        Yeah, but my contract is up and I can upgrade. So either I pay full retail on Verizon to keep unlimited, or switch to T-Mobile and pay full retail. (I would buy a a Nexus 4 can’t beat it for the price)

        • sgtguthrie

          I’m the same way, but a couple hundred dollars to have a phone that actually has connectivity is worth it to me…what good is it with no signal? At least that is how it would be for me some of the places I go…

          • DoneWithVerizon

            Good point, just hate Verizon and looking for any reason to leave LOL

          • sgtguthrie

            Trust me, I was the same way. I just studied the networks and there’s actually no comparison. T-Mobile wouldn’t be bad if you never leave the city. I love the outdoors though…

    • I only pay $80 a month on Verizon. Use Google Voice for texts and cancel your text plan. I have 450 anytime minutes but unlimited data.

    • mechapathy

      I just did this. In my area (Western NY) it’s almost exactly the same coverage. It doesn’t have quite the reach of Verizon out in more rural areas, but other than that it’s fine. Speeds are roughly the same, or even better than the over-saturated VZ LTE network in my area.