Android grows up
Google has finally unveiled their long awaited Nexus 4 to the world, which we first covered (and then called the “Nexus LG” a couple of weeks ago). The Nexus 4 is Google’s response to the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy S III, and the next wave of Windows Phone 8 devices – an HSPA+ phone with a 4.7″ 1280 x 768 IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an 8MP megapixel camera, 8GB of internal storage standard, an all-glass back design (remind you of something?), 2GB of RAM, and of course the newest version of Android, Android 4.2.
One point of contention that you may have noticed – much like the just announced Nexus 7 model with data, the Nexus 4 does not come with an LTE radio, meaning speeds will be restricted to HSPA+ speeds (which can still be good, but really it’s no contest when compared to LTE). Google says that they’ve decided to forgo carrier partnerships at this time, meaning you won’t be able to walk into an AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, or T-Mobile store and walk out with a shiny new Nexus 4 this time around. Google is only offering the device unlocked from their Google Play store starting November 13th, and it only supports T-Mobile and AT&T for $299 with 8GB of internal storage standard. Google is offering a $100 discount if you purchase an 8GB model with a two-year T-Mobile contract, bringing the total down to a more competitive $199.
The Verge got a hands on with the Nexus 4 and walked away decently impressed, claiming that the device felt “high-end” and like a premium device worthy of its high price tag. They also found the display to be stunning and claimed it’s “competitive” with Apple’s iPhone 5 Retina Display.
Again, the Nexus 4 goes on sale November 13th for $299 for a 8GB of internal Storage. Google is also offering a 16GB model for $349.
Source: The Verge