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.