Nexus 4 apparently retired by some UK retailers, Nexus 5 coming soon?

by: Chris SmithMay 9, 2013

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A new report says that some UK electronics retailers are about to retire the five-month old Nexus 4, fueling speculation that a next-gen Nexus version could soon be launched.

With just a few days to go until Google I/O 2013 kicks off, we’re not surprised to see plenty of Nexus-related rumors hit the web, so we’ll remind you that nothing is official just yet about upcoming Nexus devices.

TechRadar now says that the Nexus 4 “has been taken off the shelves of two British retailers” including Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U. The two companies have apparently stop selling the device in the region, which is still be available from Google’s online store or local carriers including O2.

We can independently confirm that neither Carphone Warehouse nor Phones4U will let you buy the Nexus 4 from their respective online stores. When searching for it on Carphone Warehouse, the handset does appear in a drop down list of suggested products, but when it comes to checking out results, you’re only offered Nexus 7 pages. Furthermore, the product page has also been retired. Phones4U still has the Nexus 4 product page up, but you can’t buy the device anymore, and it doesn’t say why you can’t order it at this time.

Considering that only a few months ago the handset was selling like hot cakes in various markets including the UK, then the simplest explanation would be that a next-gen Nexus handset is indeed in the works. Why else would retailers discontinue the “old” Nexus 4?

Are we looking at a Nexus 5 handset, possibly made by LG? Or is it that 32GB Nexus 4 LTE model that was recently mentioned by a slew of unconfirmed reports going to be unveiled at Google I/O? We’ll be able to answer that question soon enough, as the event gets underway.

  • I say its making way for the 32GB LTE Nexus 4, and they’ll also re-certify existing Nexus 4’s for use with AWS LTE already in them through a software update and optimize it. It’s too Early for the Nexus 5, I say November/December for that.

  • Nexus 4 has awful battery life I really hope they expanded the battery if they are adding LTE…

    • Paul Taylor

      My Nexus 4 battery life is superb, and apart from Bluetooth everything is switched on all the time.


        No your battery life is terrible.

        • Paul Taylor

          Yes my battery life is terrible, but my Nexus 4’s is great. ;-)


    Sd slot
    Qualcomm 800
    5.2″ 1080p display
    Capacitive buttons
    3300 MAH battery
    32 GB storage
    3 GB RAM

    • Arsenal™

      Snapdragon 800
      4.9″ Full HD display
      On screen buttons
      32 GB (AT LEAST)
      2GB Should do just fine

    • Paul Taylor

      If you want capacitive buttons, why buy a Nexus device??? The whole point is to showcase the latest Android features, and those include (and will include further, perhaps, in Android 5.0) clever stuff relating to the on-screen buttons!

  • here’s hoping for 64GB, it may never come but it doesn’t hurt to hope.

  • Google should released the nexus 4 form the beginning lte hexaband and 32gb and 64gb higher price and 16gb cheaper

  • Paul Taylor

    Yeah, the LTE model – no Nexus 5 yet. They’d better be unveiling a new Nexus tablet though! I feel the need to self-gift!

  • Ivan Myring

    Yeah but consider this:
    Google sells the N4 for £279 (16gb)
    CPW and Phones4U sold it for £389
    They obviously went selling any.
    I even heard a member of staff in CPW tell a customer to go to Google.