LG has confirmed what we basically now know exist – the Nexus 4. The new smartphone, that becomes Google’s next flagship device for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (The Samsung-produced Galaxy Nexus was for Ice Cream Sandwich), will be sold next month in selected markets. And despite being scarred by the Optimus-line of smartphones, reading the hardware specifications, it does look pretty good.
First the basics: it has an 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus screen, protected with Gorilla Glass. It also has a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 2GB of RAM – making it the “snappiest” Nexus smartphone produced – and comes in 8GB and 16GB capacities. And of course, it will feature Jelly Bean.
The Nexus 4 has an 8-megapixel camera, though it’s marketing it as “it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen” because of a new feature called Photo Sphere – where you can snap pictures in any and every direction and they come together and put you inside the scene. There is also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
For those wanting to have 4G connectivity, you’re out of luck. The phone only supports 3G and HSPA+ speeds. Other features, however, it does support include wireless charging and NFC.
The phone will be on sale on November 13 from the Google Play store in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. The Nexus 4 is priced at $349 for the 8GB and $399 for the 16GB – which, compared to the iPhone, is pretty cheap. And given this is an ‘unlocked’ phone – why not?