Sandy might have caused Google to cancel its Android event in New York today, but in no way was Google ready to halt its announcements. With a move that may have taken the Web by surprise, Google suddenly announced the new Nexus line-up on its blog just minutes ago. The first device of three, the LG Nexus 4, rolls in as a stunning successor to Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus.
The new Nexus phone from LG sports specs largely in agreement with what the recent leaks have tossed around. This phone is no slouch:
- 4.7″ 1280×768 WXGA IPS Display w/ Corning Gorilla Glass 2 (320 PPI, for you pixel density geeks)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro – 1.5 GHz Quad-Core SoC w/ an Adreno 320 GPU
- Android 4.2 – Feat. Photo Sphere, Gesture Typing, and enhanced Google Now features
- 2 GB RAM
- Network: GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Wireless charging capable (Charging dock sold separately)
- 8 MP Rear-facing camera, 1.3 MP Front-facing camera
- 2,100 mAh Lithium polymer battery
- 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm; 139 g
- $299.00 – 8 GB, Wi-Fi, HSPA+
- $349.00 – 16 GB, Wi-Fi, HSPA+
For those wondering how they’ll get this tasty new device in their hands, the Nexus 4 is launching with a single carrier partner in the US: T-Mobile. You’ll be able to get the device through T-Mobile for $200 with a two-year contract. If contracts aren’t your style, you can also opt to buy the unlocked version directly from the Play Store for just a bit more cash up front. Also, the Nexus 4 is a GSM HSPA+ pentaband device, meaning you can buy it unlocked and use it on both T-Mobile and AT&T’s wireless networks here in the States.
Coming in at an entry price that bests even the previous Nexus flagship — the Galaxy Nexus — for $299.00, the Nexus 4 is a big leap over its predecessor. Last year’s Galaxy Nexus might have been a letdown for some when it launched with rather yawn-inducing hardware (TI OMAP 4430 1.2 GHz Dual-Core SoC), but this year LG brought a real speed demon to the table. The new Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-Core offerings from Qualcomm are besting many other SoCs in the benchmarks at the moment, so you’ll be sure the hardware of the LG Nexus 4 will showcase every buttery second Android 4.2 has to offer. In addition to a much needed SoC bump, the LG Nexus 4 sports an improved rear-facing camera over the Galaxy Nexus’s mediocre 5 MP offering (as a Galaxy Nexus owner myself, I have to say that the camera was really one of the few letdowns, in my opinion).
After the many leaks of this device hinting that the phone would ship with 8 GB of storage, many were worried they wouldn’t have enough space available to fit all their music, photos, apps, and games (especially for those without all the Google cloud services available to them). Luckily, a 16 GB model arrived at the same $349 price point at which the previous Nexus phone sold. No doubt the more cloud-oriented/frugal Nexus fans will still be pleased by the $299 8 GB offering.
When will you be able to throw your money at this new device? Google’s blog says it will be “available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, and Canada.”