Why LG dropped the idea of 4G in Nexus 4

by: Varun RajNovember 25, 2012

LG’s Nexus phone contains an LTE chip, which is required in order to get a 4G super-fast web connection. But unfortunately, it is turned off. That is because the Qualcomm chip that’s also found inside the phone has the 4G kit built-in as standard. Other phones with the same Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE on board can access 4G but they also need a special amplifier which the Nexus 4 lacks. This 4G-chip caused some confusions lately, but LG has finally revealed the reasons why it is there.

In an interview with Tech Radar an LG spokesperson said:

In order to provide the best possible specification for Nexus 4, LG utilized the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset as can be found in its 4G LTE product, namely LG Optimus G. This powerful chipset is only available with a combined processor and modem and cannot be implemented separately. The modem contains 4G LTE capabilities but is only effective when combined with other essential hardware parts such as a signal amplifier and filter in order for it to work. It therefore cannot be upgraded to 4G LTE capability through software.

Because it lacks the appropriate 4G LTE components, the Nexus 4 is less expensive than the Optimus G and therefore more affordable to users. And the device is  apparently targeting the 3G market:

“With the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, Nexus 4 therefore offers the same amazing processing performance as LG Optimus G but for the 3G market.”

Have you purchased a Nexus 4? Is the lack of LTE support a major turn off?


  • mjolnirxz

    anandtech has found that the band 4 LTE works

  • Joshhud

    Yeah wasnt there a post talking about how people got it working on certain bands… on this site?

    • level380

      Yes Band 4 for LTE works…… Sadly the remaining ones dont. Which pisses me off a little bit, they are 98% of the way there!!

  • alphalee

    Working on mine on Telus lte

  • Went from an LTE phone to the Nexus 4. Makes a big difference on paper, but not in the real world going about daily activities. Streaming music works the same, downloads are slower, but I typically download apps at home on WiFi. Seriously $299 for a quad core unlocked phone is way worth the downgrade from LTE to 3G.

  • level380

    Not having LTE wasn’t a major turn off to me when I brought the phone, but now that I know that its SO CLOSE to having LTE for a few dollars in parts, it does piss me off a little bit!

  • Chris Bigg

    Lack of LTE and CDMA is exactly why I am not buying it. I’m stuck with Verizon.

  • AndroidBrian

    When the hell will the Orb be released??

  • Samantha Mclean

    I’ll let you know when i get one!!!!!!!!!!! whenever that will be!! how about asking LG when more will be available!!!!???!!!

  • Rick Blake

    I will still get one

  • Matt

    A bit behind the ball here AA, other sites were reporting this a couple of weeks ago. It has all the necessary components for it to work on Band 4 LTE. Since all the major carriers in Canada use Band 4 we are all in luck! The other day I got 60mbps on my Nexus 4. Hell, it’s faster than my home internet.

  • Aqil Subahan

    Im pretty sure that by now people know that the 4G can be activated on the Nexus 4 with a setting.Only works for some countries though.

  • ash

    In india its 3G so why the hell we worry about!!!

    • thank you come again

      because india sucks

  • rsanchez1

    If it was to make it affordable, they should’ve had an upgradable option for 4G.

  • “Less expensive …” yeah right, in countries where you can buy N4 from Play Store, sure. The rest of the world will be sucked dry by LG :P