Oct 30 AT 4:33 PM Dustin Earley 59 Comments

Nexus 4 will launch with HSPA+ 42, not 21 as originally listed


As the debate on whether or not the lack of LTE makes the Nexus 4 dead on arrival wages on, Google has clarified the network connectivity listing for the device, adding a correction as to just what kind of speeds it’s capable of.

It has been confirmed by Google that the Nexus 4 has a Dual-Cell HSPA+42 penta-band radio inside, not HSPA+21. For anyone planning to use the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile in the US, or any smaller carriers operating on the same bands, this is great news.

In a study performed by PC Mag this past June, T-Mobile’s HSPA+42 network was able to keep up with and outperform Verizon LTE in several locations across the country. Of course it was bested in some areas by both Verizon and AT&T, but the point is that HSPA+42 is more than capable of holding its own.

For a list of global carriers capable of utilizing HSPA+42, check out this Wikipedia article. The Nexus 4 will be available online via the Google Play store in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia November 13. Offline availability is expected in Europe, Asia, CIS, the Middle East, Central and South America by the end of November.

Anyone now reconsidering the Nexus 4 after the orignal lack of LTE turned them away? Or is this just an added bonus for a device you already planned on buying?

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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