LG Nexus 4 officially announced by Google and LG

by: Andrew GrushOctober 29, 2012

LG Nexus 4

We’ve known about the LG Nexus 4 for quite a while now, and even earlier today managed to see a leaked video showing Android 4.2 action. Still, many Android fans were afraid we would have to wait a bit longer for official confirmation of the Nexus 4 since Hurricane Sandy got in the way of today’s Android press event. Thankfully, Google went ahead and announced the good news via their blog.

What kind of power can we expect with the LG Nexus 4? No major surprises from the sounds of it. As expected, it looks like there really is no 4G LTE for the new Nexus device. Here are the full specs as we currently know them:

  • 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
  • 8GB and 16GB storage options
  • 8MP rear cam, 1.3MP front cam
  • 2,100mAh Li-Polymer battery
  • 139g weight with 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm size
  • NFC, wireless charging
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

The LG Nexus 4 will be available through the Google Play store starting Nov. 13th in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia and Spain. As for the pricing, the Nexus 4 will cost $299 for the 8GB model and $349 for the 16GB model. T-Mobile will also offer the device on-contract for $199. Are you excited to get your hands on Google’s Nexus 4?

Show Press Release


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 Rubin, 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.

  • Joachim Nilsson

    So, us scandinavian die hards have to wait? Hopefully Dustin will import from the UK again, well in time for Christmas.

  • Eli

    google did release the prices:

    Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract

    • Andrew_Grush

      Thanks Eli, you are totally correct, they have released pricing, too. Updated the article to reflect the pricing. :)

  • Still no SD External Slot :(

    • Dalbir_Singh

      Yeah, it sucks for some. But for people like me, on prepaid, this is a GREAT value! But I’ll wait for the reviews to roll out before making a jump.

      • Omar W

        Google drive (cloud) is the future of google, they will never add a micro SD.

        that being said, the technology is still in development and needs a much more stabilization

  • The Pricing is absolutely incredible. I am ordering as soon as possible.
    16 GB is kind of a bummer but the remaining hardware and JB 4.2 are phucking amazing.

  • Kassim

    Checked the prices for the Nexus 4 on the UK Play Store and I almost shed a tear…

    An unlocked 8GB N4 for £240 or 16GB N4 at £280? Now, that’s value!

    A bona fide flagship that’s not been priced at the now default £400-500 marker. It’s the Nexus 7 all over again – one or two ‘features missing but, the value is undeniable.

    After a year of searching, I think I’ve finally found my next phone…

  • whatta joke

    No LTE, stupid stupid stupid google

    • Yes, why would you want to buy a 3G phone when it is almost 2013???

      • Because there are royalties associated with LTE, controlled by carriers. Google wants control on their software, hence no LTE.

  • Jeff Weatherup

    Absolutely unbelievable! I’ve been waiting to buy a new phone for months, because of the rumors that a new Nexus device would come out. There were two things that kept me from buying the Galaxy Nexus: The sub-par camera, and the lack of MicroSD expansion. Now, after those months of waiting, there’s STILL no MicroSD expansion! UGH! I know that Google wants to push its own cloud music storage, but I actually want to have my music with me! Guess what, Google? I actually go to some places where I don’t have a signal, and might want that music! I might want to use my phone to transport a rather large file from my work computer to my home computer. That’s literally the only thing that I don’t love about this phone, but it’s enough to make me not buy it, and continue modding the brains out of my present phone to get it stable. Good job, Google – you lost a sale from me. For as much as I love Android, and have been a very outspoken advocate of Android and Google at large, I hate this decision. I wish people would realize that the cloud isn’t the only option these days. There’s such a thing as physical memory. I possess my music – you don’t.

    • Look at the price of the phone and now back at your comment. Does it make any sense? For the price you are getting just suck it up. There is something called USB otg. Connect this cable to a USB stick, transfer files. Although I agree that there should’ve been an sd card, there are somethings that needed to be taken out to maintain the overall design as it is.

      • new Nexus owner

        Yeah, all you have to do is find an otg cable. Its the one cable out just can’t fond

        • Looking back at this comment. How are you managing usb otg now that we know that it’s not supported?

  • The price won me over!! LITERALLY!!

  • sean

    Disappointed by the lack of SD card and removable battery (3G is fine by me). However, none of those are deal breakers once I saw the price. 24 hours ago I was buying a Galaxy Note 2. That has now changed.

  • Noel

    It will serve me well..it will be a gr8 improvement from my N1. Despite the few gripes i had with some missing specs and LG as OEM…it looks a well built device with some gr8 specs and a steal of a price. Yes i can’t wait for 11/13 or 11/14 to procure mine..first i will wait and see if the one offered by Tmo will have slightly different specs like HSPA+42, Wifi calling etc and at what price for full purchase

  • artxxtreme

    no 4G LTE??..mmm..no thanks, ill just wait to the next one. :-