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?


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