Oct 29 AT 11:07 AM Taylor Wimberly 55 Comments

LG and Google announce the Nexus 4 [Press release]


Sleek, New Smartphone Combines LG’s Best-in-Class Hardware with the Best of Google

SEOUL, Oct. 30, 2012 — Designed collaboratively by LG and Google, Nexus 4, the newest smartphone in the Nexus line-up from Google, was announced today for availability starting next month in select markets. With a sophisticated hardware design from LG, your favorite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.

“LG is proud and excited to play this role in helping build the latest Nexus smart-phone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Users will be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of form and function with the latest generation of Android.”

“This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google. “They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast under the hood.”

Capture and share your world
Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images, letting you capture every detail of the world around you. Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen; with Nexus 4, you can snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive Photo Spheres that put you right inside the scene. Plus, photos upload themselves with Instant Upload so you’ll never lose a shot.

All of this comes to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant 1280-by-768 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technology. Gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, while cutting edge display technology means you feel like you’re touching every pixel, protected by scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2.

Built for speed
Nexus 4 comes with a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, so you’ve got speed and power to spare. Zip around the web, experience rich 3D graphics and gameplay, and effortlessly switch between multiple apps without ever missing a beat. With 2GB of RAM and the fastest version of Android ever, Nexus 4 is the snappiest Nexus smartphone yet.

Information at your fingertips
Nexus 4 comes with the latest Google apps, putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. The latest version of Google Now is built-in, which keeps you even more organized — get reminders about upcoming flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and even nearby photo opportunities — when and where you need them.

Get to the places you care about quickly and easily with Google Maps for Android. With turn-by-turn GPS navigation, live traffic info, and integrated driving, walking and public transit directions, getting from A to B has never been easier. 3D Maps and rich satellite imagery give you a more realistic sense of what’s around you while features like Street View and Indoor Maps make sure you always know what’s in front of you.

Nexus 4 is sold unlocked and is GSM/HSPA+ compatible so it will operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide. Just pop in a supported SIM card and be up and running in no time. It will be available to purchase in both an 8GB version and a 16GB version on Google Play starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin from the end of November.

Key specifications
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
- Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
- Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
- Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
- Memory: 8GB / 16GB
- RAM: 2GB
- Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP HD front
- Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby: 390 hours
- Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm
- Weight: 139g
- Other: Wireless charging, NFC

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Holy crap! i want!!! I’ll take 3!

    • LukeT32

      Where is my LTE version!?

      • Nate B.

        If you read the verge review you’ll realize why hey didn’t have one or wasn’t quick to show of one. The user experience they had with Sprint and Verizon made it hard to do so. It’s popular but the technology to have two radios and battery drain is an issue.

  • tmoore4075

    At least there is a 16gb version. Will have to wait and see how the reviews come in. I am in no need for a phone just yet.

  • zeepzorp

    Interesting. No sign of a CDMA version as of yet. That doesn’t affect me ;)

    • koorsr

      Also no mention of LTE either. Switch from Sprint to a pay as you go plan is looking more and more enticing.

  • sandwich

    Ooh, so now phones are all screen, perfectly rectangular, and wide instead of tall? Interesting… ;)

  • Arthur

    Finally we got a date. You are going to be mine Nexus 4, just wait and see :)

  • nipun

    google does it again…..the best of android is here ….all hail to the mighty nexus

  • Johannes

    wow, 15 hours talk time sounds alot! But i still want a 32GB version!

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I’m gonna play me some Chrono Trigger on my Nexus 4 here in a couple weeks!!

  • Tritaru

    Does it come in WHITE ?!

  • n25philly


    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for LG

      • Adrien C.

        And the rebirth of Nexus Brand. If QC on this one is good, LG will get some market share.
        It’s the first nexus that I’ll think that will draw attention from non geeks.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Any word on the price? Should we be expecting cheap (ala Galaxy Nexus) ~$400 or should we be expecting carrier-inflated premium prices ($600+)? Not saying it’s not a beast that isn’t worth it – just curious. Definitely would love to see this come in under $500!

    • Adam

      According to The Verge, it’s $299 and $349.

      • androidadd1ct

        if that’s true, count me in

        • singhmd03

          thats true, confirmed on by google

  • Ken

    With no mention of cdma which I believe sprint is. Looks like I’ll be going with the 32gb optimus G

  • swazedahustla

    Man this is no different from the one x or GS3 running jb. Except it has more ram but I have way more storage.

    • scott

      this software is completely different from jelly bean. More gestures and options then the other 4.1 jelly bean

    • drcmda

      ? this is a nexus phone. onex and s3 do not even run the same OS, sense and touchwizz are not jellybean, the only thing they have in common are some low level java/dalvik updates, pretty much all the innovation executed by duarte + team will be lost. even IF some of it finds its way to you through an update it’ll mean half a year waiting time for you.

  • heat361

    They couldn’t take the leaks and sandy anymore so they released it :)

  • hwb

    no single word about the price? :S

    • Augustus

      299.99 for 8gb and .349.99 for 16gb without contracts

  • Tim

    I’ll stick with my Note 2.

  • Hinds2009

    I’ll take just one lol:-)! My pre order will be on the 13th.

  • AChackes
    • iamXiV92a

      PREFECT price – Way to go Google!!!

  • kinderdm

    No info on price? That’s what I really need to know if I can get one or not… Definitely want though.

    • kinderdm

      Nevermind, some helpful posters were ahead of me. Ill take it then for sure at this price.

  • Chris

    so, no LTE ?

  • hector

    HELL YES!! Sold through Play Store in spain. I’m going to be hitting F5 till I burn google’s servers.

  • JohnnyCage

    Any chance the carrier may release a 32G? 16G doesn’t cut it for me.

  • Chad

    I can’t say I’m super impressed by the Nexus 4, and I’m still skeptical of LG (former G2x owners know the pain) But going by the prices Google announced, the price is right, I’ll still keep my GNEX as a backup :)

    • Mitch

      current G2x owner since its release (rooted, and many roms later)… while the phone hasn’t been perfect… I don’t know that it is always the vendor thats at fault… as we’ve seen the carriers have alot of influence over the phones(moto v. verizon?)… and the G2x was obviously rushed. Here’s to Google and the Nexus brand to hopefully loosen their grip, and phones get released when they’re ready and carriers… become just that… my mobile isp.

      • Chad

        Amen. I agree with all your points. I know T-Mobile has half the blame to share for that mess, LG gets the brunt of it though because it’s their product. Here’s to Google x Nexus.

  • poler166

    Wireless charger, hopefully this turns out good :)

  • Roberto Cocchiararo

    I read somewhere else it would be 299 (8gb) / 349 (16gb). Also 199 on TMOBILE.

    Im from Argentina (South America).

    It says there it WILL be available in “central/south americas”.

    It would make me VERY happy, and it would be the first nexus to get here.

  • Mix

    I am not going to lie, I am butt hurt over the 16gb of max storage available but if this phone is $350 for 16gb I will have to bite the bullet and go for it but I would rather pay more and get a 32gb version.

  • Ardrid

    Absolutely sick device! Can’t wait to purchase one. My only debate know is whether I can swing picking up the 8GB model for $300. I’ll probably grab the 16GB. While I’m only using 4.5GB now, who knows whether I’ll want more 2 years from now.

  • jamal adam

    For a broke guy like me, that 8GB Nexus 4 for $299 is beautiful. It’s like Google is telling me that they haven’t forgotten about me. I love it.

  • aranea

    Great! I’m going to preorder the 16gb version of N4 and 32gb version of N10 :)

  • A.Woodbury

    And here I thought there were no more surprises about the Nexus 4 with all of the leaks. Wow! At this price I’ll take 2!

  • Ben

    I’m a little confused. Does this phone really come without lte? I always thought the nexus phones were supposed to be top of the line phones not budget phones. So everyone bashed apple for not having lte until iPhone 5 and now google/lg is going backwards to not offer it? Color me confused.

  • skyflakes

    Immediately stopped watching the liveblog for Windows Phone 8 upon seeing the headline! I want this.

  • halo0

    Wow, I just now noticed they confirmed wireless charging! Kick. Ass.

  • matthew

    £279.00!! UK! how cheap is that! Ill be buying straight away :0 :)

    • tom

      Count me in! Tempted to pick up the nexus 10 as well for these prices.

  • Nathan D.

    I’ll take one please!

  • Alex Belko

    So will there be another brands releasing nexus phones? I hope for galaxy nexus 2, or HTC one nexus)

  • zeropps

    not support LTE???

  • vanessaelizebeth

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this phone. I am so glad I waited and didn’t buy other ones.