In addition to the Nexus 10, today Google unleashed the Nexus 4, their latest, and great smartphone to date. Surprisingly it’s made by LG – past Nexus phones were made by Samsung, like the Nexus 10 – and shares many similarities to that of the Optimus G.
Under the hood is a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, presumably the same one found in the Optimus G, though by way of The Verge Google is saying it is the fastest on the market. Unfortunately, the Nexus 4 will not be LTE enabled. So if you’re looking to nab one from T-Mobile (it will come unlocked) you’ll have to settle with HSPA+. It will surely prove a deterrent for many, especially as many phones, including the iPhone 5, sport such connectivity, though it should provide greater flexibility in carrier optioning.
Google is laying claim to the “first phone with 360 degree panoramas”, which comes by way of an 8-megapixel camera. That said, it may not be a 13-megapixel shooter as found on other phones, but we’re hearing that Google has gone to great lengths to improve the Nexus 4′s low light capabilities, so here’s hoping it can compete if not beat the iPhone 5′s camera.
The screen of the Nexus 4 measures 4.7-inch, sports a resolution of 1280×762 (just like the Optimus G), and uses an IPS LCD panel protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2. Like the iPhone 4s, the back of the Nexus 4 is etched layered glass. There is no telling how fragile it really is, but anyone that has owned and dropped an iPhone 4s, they should enter with trepidation.
Furthering the gap, in terms of a lead over the iPhone 5, the Nexus 4 will sports 2GB of RAM. Fold in the ultra fast processor, wireless charging, NFC, and a 2,100mAh battery, and the iPhone 5, as well as many other Android devices begins to look questionable. When the phone launches on November 13th, it will ship with Android 4.2, which also launches with the Nexus 10 (it ships on the 11th). Included will be some Google specific widgets as well as shortcuts on the lock screen, but until we get a review unit it’s a bit difficult to say how useful they’ll really be. That said, bloatware should be minimal on this handset, which for the purest Android user this will be a big draw.
When the Nexus 4 goes on sale you’ll be able to pick one up from Google direct starting at $299. It will include 8GB of storage, though for an extra $50 you can double your storage. If you’re really pinching the pennies, T-Mobile will sell and unlocked Nexus 4 on contract (2-years) for $199.