LG Nexus 4 tipped to be released on October 29 for $399 with 8 GB of storage

by: AdrianOctober 12, 2012

To say we’ve had a plethora of rumors and leaks surrounding the LG Nexus 4 (aka Optimus G Nexus) would be a major understatement. How about to say that this is the most hyped and thoroughly-leaked Android phone since the Samsung Galaxy S3? Yep, that sounds about right.

But if there was one piece of the puzzle still missing, and a very important one for that matter, that was definitely the device’s pricing. No tipster has mentioned any numbers, despite having a seemingly full spec sheet and a release timeframe on our hands for about a week now.

No tipster until today that is, when an “anonymous source” spilled the beans in an exclusive talk with ByteNow. Now I know what you’re thinking. How do we know that the source is legit? And if it is, why did it decide to leak the info to such a small website? Well, we have no idea, but before refuting it, let’s see what it has to say.

First and most importantly, the LG Nexus 4 will only cost $399 off-contract and will be sold directly from the Google Play Store, according to the source. Trustworthy? Highly so, especially about the selling through Google Play.

As far as pricing goes, that may sound a bit low at first, but Google is thought to have cut a few corners in storage and connectivity terms. The LG Nexus 4 is thus expected to come with 8 GB of internal memory and no LTE radio, so 400 bucks makes sense.


The phone’s name is not yet set in stone, with Google still pondering two possibilities. There’s a 60% chance that the final name will be “Nexus 4”, but also a 40% chance of an “LG Optimus Nexus” branding. This again sounds plausible, although I, for one, am crossing my fingers for the shorter and more straightforward name.

The release date could be October 29, and this is the first part of the report we’re not really buying. Earlier rumors mentioned mid-November as the probable ETA, and we’d still bet on that. Why? Well, mostly because we think LG wants to get the Optimus G out first, and that looks to be a couple of weeks away.

In the design department, ByteNow’s source has confirmed nothing, saying only that there is a “possibility” that the device’s rear will be strengthened with glass or “premium” plastic. Fortunately, we already have a bunch of high-quality pictures starring the new Nexus device, and we are quite convinced of their credibility .

Finally, as far as specs go, aside from the internal storage, the lack of SD support seems set in stone, as well as the presence of a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch display with 1280 x 768 pixels resolution, and a non-removable battery (most likely a 2,100 mAh unit). In short, no surprises here, but we still can’t stop dreaming about a Nexus phone with expandable storage and a removable battery.

While we again advise you to take today’s info with a big grain of salt, one thing is clear nevertheless – the LG Nexus 4 (or whatever it’ll be called) is very close, folks, and we should get ready for one heck of a ride.

  • Bradley Larcher

    Why in 2012 would Google & LG decide on a pitiful 8 GB of storage and no SD card support. That just doesn’t make sense. 16, 32, 64 are all good options, but not 8

    • Matt Attwood

      To get you to use their cloud storage and apps.

      • Elijah Carter

        with no LTE support? that makes absolutely no sense. And is a bad decision …people would want a screen like that big so that they can watch their media on there, having a shitty 3g speed and only 8 gig mean they won’t be able to do that

      • Evostance

        Don’t forget outside the USA ,mobile data connections are pretty poor. Even in the UK 3G data is patchy. I tried to stream music rather than having it on my phone, it doesn’t work.

  • yasser

    Need advice here,should I get the GS3 now or wait for the announcement of the nexus ? Keeping in mind that nexus phones take MONTHS to be available in my country for some reason…Also if will really be only 8GB,it’s probably a no-buy for me.If there’s a 16gb variant,I might think about it.

    • fresh_TD

      yasser, If I were you i just get the NOTE 2 over the S3 or nexus phone

  • metalcated

    I wouldn’t buy an LG phone if you paid me… Nexus or not. I have yet to be impressed by an LG phone.

    • True_Neutral

      Have you tried the Optimus 4X? It’s actually a very good phone for the price ($300 lesser than the S3 here in Singapore). Historically LG’s drawbacks have been software. With this being a Nexus, that downside is fixed.

      • Anonymous

        G2X display. ’nuff said

        • True_Neutral

          Just because that screen sucked doesn’t mean that this Nexus 4 screen will suck. Apple used to suck. Samsung used to suck. Nokia used to dominate. We should examine this new device from a clean slate, especially since it’s a Nexus device.

  • I think Galaxy Nexus will stay with me during the next year…

  • tomn1ce

    I wouldn’t get this nexus even if they give me 100GB of life time storage on google drive or dropbox…8GB of internal storage is unacceptable we’re in 2012 and this is the best they could do in terms of storage on this device. Memory chips are not expensive anymore…. I hope that the rumors of the multiple nexus phones are true and that this is only one of a few nexus phones that google will be releasing this time around.

    • True_Neutral

      I really do not believe that this will ship with 8GB of storage. Yes, currently preproduction devices only have 8GB, but they are, after all, preproduction devices. Let’s see what the final product is like before making any conclusions.

  • Lashawn

    I’m not happy about this Nexus at all. I’m not biting at all. I’ll wait for something better already own the gs3 nothing better but the note 2 . That’s my point of view.

    • Jon1123

      Your whole comment makes no sense at all. This nexus’s CPU/gpu take a massive shit on the galaxy 3’s or galaxy note 2 handily. It’s just much faster has a much higher memory bandwidth, twice the l2 cache, it’s the first arm CPU with l3 cache, the device arguably has a better screen. Lets not forget that with a glass front and back it has the best build quality on the android side. Samsung s great but this is the best phone period.

      • Anonymous

        LG and best phone in the same sentence. LOLOLOLOLOL

  • Tatsuya

    Lost interest already.
    Show us the Padfone2.

    • vikings football

      yup, no lte radio just killed it for me :o(

  • AndroidBrian

    I’m actually happy. We T-Mobile users are fine with just 3g and a half. Removable battery doesn’t bug me because I have a portable charger. 8gb kinda sucks but no deal breaker for me. I don’t store movies or music on my phone anymore. I’m buying it! Only $409! Couldn’t be happier. If this is true of course.

  • droidbeat

    Down-spec is not where I want to see Nexus go. No LTE, seriously???

  • Madhusanka Lakmal

    I can’t believe ‘LG Nexus 4 comes with 8GB of internal Storage’ and ‘it has no LTE’! this is quite impossible and if somehow it happens, then it will be a rather fault/mistake that google made!

  • Noel

    Seriously even tho this will be a LG made Nexus..this thing is packing spec wise except for the rumored 8GB internal storage with no SD CARD slot and removable battery. But if this Nexus doesn’t come with a 16/32GB internal memory options, I will seriously consider buying the HTC One X + instead. I love the design and look of the One X +…boy I wish that was the new Nexus phone or at least if it came with pure JB. I will wait and see how much storage the device actually comes with and also the reviews. Since the GT-i9260 has now proven not to be a Nexus, i will also wait and see if there will be a variant of the HTC DLX/X5 that comes with pure Android. For now it is between this new Nexus and the One X+

  • icecore

    *Non-removable battery?
    How it possible to do that? every Nexus ,something really bad idea maked as always…
    I would feed like iPhone with that :O

  • ray01000101010101

    Keep your eyes open, your mind clear there maybe other nexus out there like Xperia Nexus, Galaxy Nexus 2, HTC 5 inch nexus, and more

  • The SoC in the this phone will do terrible things to any Exynos A9 / Tegra 3, combined with a pure Google OS it will fly, in fact it will be a gaming beast.

    8 GB would suck, but the leaked Antutu benchmark showed a phone with 16 GB storage (actually 13 GB, after the OS took its share).http://androidheadlines.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/lg-nexus-benchmark-2.jpg

  • vikings football

    i seriously had considered the lg nexus, but now…without lte radio (if its true), i dont think so…NEXT!!!!

  • We’ll just have to wait and see what Google and LG (and possibly Motorola and Samsung, which reportedly also happen to have rumored fourth-gen Nexus devices in the pipeline to be released around the same time as this apparently confirmed device) say at this year’s Nexus press release (like the one in Hong Kong last year). With that being said, if none of the three rumored Nexus devices are available via an AT&T contract, I’m switching carriers instead of upgrading in December, that’s it.

  • meghu doshi

    LG Nexus 4 leaked smartphone gets good look. They offer some good features such as camera is good 8 megapixel camera, 1.5 GHz with quad-core Snapdragon processor, 4.7 inches IPS display , 1280 by 768 resolution. http://www.techiecop.com/cellphones/lg-cellphones/lg-nexus-4-review.html

  • 8GB with no SD slot =DOA imo.

  • dirk

    Nexus 4?