LG, Google Announce The Nexus 4, Available In Play Store Beginning November 13th

Boom, here it is, despite the cancelation of Google’s Playground event, LG and Google have come together to formally announce the Nexus 4 via press release. Available for $299 on November 13th, the Nexus 4 will work on more than 200 carriers worldwide. Available in both 8GB and 16GB versions, the Nexus 4 features:

Note: No word on pentaband availability, but given that the device will work on more than 200 carriers and previous Nexus devices have all offered T-Mobile compatibility, we’re hopeful.


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


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 avail-ability 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 Com-munications 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 Ru-bin, 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 technol-ogy. 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 touch-ing 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 snappi-est 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 confir-mations 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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  • AndroidProfit

    Wow what a great price! May have to buy this and switch to the Tmobile value plan!

    • GwapoAko

      If you will switcht to Tmobile make sure you buy NExus 4 from Google Play. It is cheaper than Tmo website.

  • JB

    Sweet! I probably won’t get it for myself, but my sis is looking to move on from her Sidekick 4G… though I’m sure she’ll be happy with that over a Galaxy S III, right? LOL

  • davehomeless

    can you tell me where you got the price, i dont see 299 anywhere on the press release

  • frigadroid

    $299 that’s priced low enough to reconsider buying a LG.

  • Guest

    David, on Engadget they state that TMobile will be carrying this device. Can you confirm?

    • Srt4john

      16 gb version available on a 2 year contract for $199

  • I’d love to get it, but I hate LG. I’m torn.

    • Klink77

      I’m in the same boat buddy. Had two different LG phones and they were great for about a week. Then the more I used them the more little quirks and bugs they would have that no other android phones seemed to have. I’ll stick with my Galaxy Nexus, its the most stable phone I’ve ever had. Only thing that I don’t like with it is its tiny speaker.

  • Oh hell, I might sell my HTC One S get me one, I’m not too excited about the camera tho. I mean I love the camera on my phone.

    • the HTC One S is greatness. I sometimes like it better then the GS3 camera

      • It is. I love it, I just really fell like I need a 4.7″ screen.I don’t have massive hands, but my fingers aren’t skinny either. I had a Galaxy Nexus before this, but it got stole in the middle of a car accident aftermath. & that’s one thing I really loved about the Nexus. That’s my only itch with it.

  • contriver87

    Pretty sure the T-Mobile comparability will be fine. “The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract”
    Source: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/nexus-best-of-google-now-in-three-sizes.html

  • DuvallMariano

    $299 for the 8gb and $349 for the 16gb. im going to just sell my galaxy nexus and pay the difference. GREAT price

  • wcdude18

    YEAH BUDDY. LG Nexus for $199 w/contract on t-Mobile!

    • mattcat03

      Don’t use a 2 year contract for that. A 16gb at google store is $349 a diff of $150 or a 8gb is $299 a diff of $100. Do the Math first.

  • Deon Davis

    T-mo will have the 16gb version for 199 on 2 year contract!

    • Dakota

      Pay 149 more & save tons on prepaid over 2 years…unless you need totally unlimited data

  • Andrew

    T-Mobile just announced the LG Nexus 4 on Facebook! Coming 11/14


      Confirmed!!! just got an internal message!!! Premier U.S. Carrier is T-Mobile!

  • Josue

    great price not a huge fan of LG tho


    ENGADGET: “It’ll be made available in both 8GB and 16GB versions starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia, with pricing set for $299 (8GB) / $349 (16GB). The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract.”

    Can’t see the $200 T-Mobile being an option for anyone who simply can’t afford the additional $150. Through the Classic plan, they will end up paying $480 ($20/month x 24-months), additional $330 instead of buying it outright. T-Mobile should offer this phone for FREE and still make about $130 for their customer. But it will undermine their other offerings, including SGS3 and One S.

    • PiCASSiMO
    • Dakota

      I agree..I love all the $$ I save w prepaid. Only logical for someone who uses more than 5gb & need totally unlimited which most don’t. Google needs to make an arrangement with the GSM prep aids to promote this to the avg consumer. Guess value of my GNex just dropped dramatically..but hopefully could still get 250 on Craigslist unless Google starts selling it dirt cheap

    • JR

      I just don’t understand how a phone that is $300, let’s say T-Mo is selling the $350 option (16gb)…$200 upfront, $20/mo for 20 months…so you purchased it from T-Mo for $600 instead of from Google for $350… W…T…F…? Yeah pretty crazy, I’m with ya, this is one of those where T-Mo is trying to show you that their Value plan is best with phones you buy outright elsewhere and bring into their network. I’m fine with that, just sucks for those that won’t know better…

  • live2ski

    hmm, will the TMO version have wifi calling capabilities? will that or carrier locked delay future updates (aka current nexus CDMA versions).

  • Oh yea. My next phone!!!! Throwing this G2X in the trash soooo fast!

    • Enzowned

      Don’t throw it away, donate it to me =P.

  • redman12

    Does it have a micro-SD slot?

    • That’s what I would like to know. If so… I’m sold!

      • live2ski

        no sd slot. nexus has not had one since the nexus one.

  • FILA

    Damn,m Google did it again, another bang for your buck, best deal in Android, great phone, sad to see the Galaxy Nexus go away, i’ll hold onto mine for another year.

  • squiggleslash

    If the battery is “embedded” (not replaceable) the battery life better live up to those extremely optimistic looking specs!

  • pick me a winner

    1.3mp hd front camera? is that like the iphone where its more fine? i got the g2x and it has 1.3mp front facing camera and its grainy

  • despite the disdain for LG phones by most, it’s Nexus .. pure Google experience .. their first right? so should i expect the horrible LG history to stop with this phone? it’s looking like my first Nexus if so.

    • Enzowned

      Same, never gone close to an LG, what should we expect? or just ignore because it’s a nexus?

  • How the hell can they throw all those great specs at this phone and leave out what I consider one of the most important elements, (int storage). Completely ridiculous. I like to keep my music and a few great movies on my phone all the time just so if I am out of Carrier reach so I can still enjoy them. It’s great to have that on the job site during lunch or just down time. Really think Google is going the wrong way, I think I will get the Note 2 to go along with my SGS3 with 32gb of int storage and a 64gb sd card. That’s right I am a memory junkie, never have enough and I love this freaken phone. I think the Note 2 will make a great package.
    I have had every Google device, who am I kidding I will probably still buy it, just wish they could put together a piece of hardware that has it all, it isn’t that difficult.

    • Enzowned

      It isn’t about them failing. They DON’T WANT to give you a micro-SD slot. People need to understand this. Vote with your wallet. I myself don’t care for extra storage. They obviously want you to move to the cloud and stream everything. I don’t stream much, but I only need a few gigs for apps.

    • If you use Google music and know you will be out of range, you can pin songs from the cloud to your phone so you can still listen to the pinned songs until you unpin them. That way, you only have the songs you need for that time saved on your phone and you can switch them out whenever you are connected again.

    • As stated previously they don’t want to include micro sd not a “fail”…They have a choice…and you have a choice…that simple you’re not forced to buy the phone

  • Dakota

    Those are some amazing prices for an unlocked phone (if that’s what the 299/349) are. That’s the same price as last years GNex, which seems to have dissapeared..is it kaput or coming back at even lower price. No wonder Google sent my friend a free GNex last month after he complained @ Android & posted on his websi

  • 7 days ago I said “I imagine that the rumors are true about a 8gb and a 16gb. I see them selling the 8gb for $299 and the 16gb for 349.” and people STRAIGHT laughed at me. Especially @NotQuite. I am vindicated.

  • Dakota

    How can all of you buy the latest phone every few months. At least that’s what it always sounds like..do u pay full prices? First it was gnex, then HTC, then sg3, note & now all are flipping out over nexus4

    • 21stNow

      I save my money in a hobby account to buy phones with. Most people sell their “old” phones on ebay or craiglist to cover the cost of their phones.

    • thepanttherlady

      My vices in life are cell phones and nail polish. I budget for both. I also do as the OP below me said: trade on Craigslist. :)

      Trading my S3 today for a sealed, white Note 2 today. Christmas in October!! <3

      • Are you loving it? Because I sure am !!!! This Nexus is GREAT for enthusiast who want “pure” Google. Unless android does something SUPER HOT I am FINE with my NOTE the way it is and I can’t believe I am saying that I just love everything about this phone its so executive so corporate n regal.

        • thepanttherlady

          Still 2 hours before I have this thing in my hands!!! Almost 3 until I can actually sit down and play with it. Patience has never been my strong point. LOL

        • Same here girl ! Anyways you will LOVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVE it

    • JR

      Yeah the way it works is you get a phone, and you save up some $200 extra. Every few months, you want to try something new, you trade up your phone or sell it, and with the money you had saved up, you can have the newest and greatest. Best Buy will give you 50% back if used for less than 6 months, of whatever the original price on the phone was . That is, get a phone on contract, let’s say the phone was free with a deal, but original price was $699. Use it for 6 months, you get $350. Now you have enough to add a little more to buy another phone, and you keep going and going…it’s a vicious cycle for those that do it. There are other ways, and most often than not Craigslist is a great place to trade phones, oddly enough.

  • trey

    Does anyone know if u buy the tmo version of the nexus 4, will u be able to use it as a mobile hotspot for free, as u can wit the GNex? I don’t want to lose that feature by buying it from tmo. I’d buy it out right if tmo will screw with the features.

  • lattelady

    So we finally get another Nexus phone with great specs & they chose LG to mfg?? After my husband had the G2X I saidno more LG crap. I want to get back to a pure OS even though I like my GS2 hardware, OS updates have made the phone a mess. How long will we have to wait for the next Nexus?

    • Rob Daman

      i couldn’t agree more. google seems to just hook up with the lowest bidder or something. asus for the 7 inch tablet, then samsung for the 10 inch then lg for this phone.

    • Scott Sheinfeld

      I agree. My G2X and my G-Slate were both nightmares that had me leave LG behind. This will be the first Nexus device I have not owned.

    • JR

      From what I’ve heard, what people complained about on LG Android Phones wasn’t the hardware, but rather the software overlays on the UI, and crapware, and lack of updates. I just got a Note II from T-Mobile, and keeping it, but my wife is looking into new phones, and at $300 without contract extension, with all those specs AND the newest and greatest OS, with first dibs at updates? my wife would be thrilled, without breaking the bank. The G2X and G-Slate were two products I was really looking forward to, but I wasn’t on T-Mo then, and by the time I got into T-Mo they were in the lower side of the spectrum (G-Slate unavailable for purchase), or other newer things had shown up. The looks of the G2X were pretty good, too, and the specs were not bad at all for its time. But it wasn’t a “nexus” phone.

      So, don’t just drop it because it’s an LG device with LG crapware. It IS an LG devices…none of the crapware, though

  • animaleyezz

    Any word on a micro SD slot. IF not I’ll stick to my Galaxy S III

  • Noel

    I hope there will be cases and screen shields available at the play store by 11/13…i don’t want any scratches on my brand new spanking N4. Or hopefully N4 cases & screen shields from Amazon and other accessory outlets.

    • JR

      Getting accessories for the Galaxy Note II is being a pain in the rear end. Such a huge screen, trying to protect it is a full time job. T-Mo still has nothing for it, Amazon has very little, and everything on eBay comes from the eastern nations, with delivery times on the 15-40 days…

      I believe Google had some cases for the Nexus 7 when it came out. Hoping they do the same for the N4!

      • thepanttherlady

        I purchased 3 folio cases from Ebay for the Note 2 a week ago and all were rec’d yesterday. Shipping was from Hong Kong. :)

        Next purchase: PhantomSkinz full body protection!

  • LG G2x Critic

    NEVER EVER will I purchase another product from LG after the G2x debacle. If LG and T-Mobile cared about their customers they would offer a subsidy to G2x owners to attempt to win back some of their loaylty. I thought I would wait until T-Mobile rolled out LTE before considering a switch to Verizon, but I really can’t stand another month of the G2x. I don’t mean to hate, but to charge $400+ for a phone the barely works as a basic phone much less a smart phone is simply inexcusable.
    T-Mobile and LG would do well to figure out some way to partner with each other to attempt to remedy those of us stuck with the G2x. If not, they will BOTH start losing customers very soon

  • Ziggy123

    Really excited about the specs, but am I the only one that thinks this phone is ugly?