LG Nexus 4 is the next smartphone launched under the Google badge and it promises high-end hardware configuration and the latest version of the Android operating system. Amit Gujral, head, of LG Mobile Product Planning, confirmed for IBN Live India that “Google will unveil the LG Nexus on October 29.”
Everybody is talking about the LG Nexus 4 lately and a Belorussian blog even got to review a prototype ahead of the official launch event.
I terms of design, LG Nexus 4 is a reminiscent of the Galaxy Nexus, the Samsung model it will soon replace: it has no physical buttons on the front panel and even shares its notification LED located at bottom end of the terminal. The main difference is the back lid. Nexus 4 has a shiny plastic back, textured with numerous dots that are there to hide the fingerprints. The smartphone now has a unibody design, therefore you will no longer have access to the battery.
LG Nexus 4 will be the first Google Nexus phone that ditches the AMOLED technology over an IPS display that will reportedly bring more realistic colors. According to the guys that got their hands on the device, it comes with a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels with great contrast and brightness, very close to what the iPhone 5 (its main rival) offers.
The hardware platform is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with a quad-core Krait CPU at 1.5 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU, plus not less than 2 GB of RAM.
Even though the prototype tested by our source has 8 GB of internal storage, it seems that the model that will go on sale will have 16 GB of memory, but no miroSD card slot. LG Nexus 4 also comes with an 8 megapixel camera.
Despite its promising technical specifications, LG Nexus 4 didn’t impress in benchmarks, as it was outscored by HTC One X or Galaxy Note 2. There might be an explanation for this: the model tested by the guys at Onliner is a prototype.
The LG Nexus 4 prototype is running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and even though this is the latest firmware available for the users, the final version of the smartphone will come pre-loaded with Android 4.2, which will be unveiled by Google at the event scheduled for October 29th.
LG is the manufacturer of the Nexus 4 and this might look as a surprising option for Google, as, until now, the Mountain View-based giant co-developed its devices with the biggest players of the market at that time like HTC (for Nexus One), Samsung (for Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus), or ASUS (see Nexus 7). This strategical change might suggest that Google will not limit itself to teaming up with just one company, therefore we might see other Nexus smartphones in the months to come.
Least, but not last, the name chosen by Google and LG for the new smartphone generated confusion. Unlike the Nexus 7 tablet, LG Nexus 4 is not about its display size. As you probably know LG Nexus 4 will be the fourth Nexus device, succeeding HTC Nexus One (January 2010), Samsung Nexus S (December 2010) and Samsung Galaxy Nexus (November 2011).
Summing up, we will definitely see the LG Nexus 4 on October 29th at the event hosted by Google where the search engine giant will also unveil Andorid 4.2