Nexus 4: Quad-core Android 4.2 Handset wrapped in Gorilla Glass
Google just announced their newest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4. Made by LG, this device boasts of a gorgeous 1280×768 True HD IPS Plus LCD Display, a monstrous 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Processor, and the latest Android software, 4.2. Add to that the generous serving of 2GB RAM and a 8-megapixel shooter and you have a solid vanilla Android handset. For storage there are two models, 8GB and 16GB.
In terms of hardware design, Google and LG went all out. They used Gorilla Glass 2 for both the front and the back with the side wrapped by some sort of soft-touch band with chamfered edges. This will definitely look like a premium smartphone.
Here’s the promotional video that Google released that talks about the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and the new Nexus 10 (will cover that in a separate post).
It’s not all awesome though. The Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE compatibility and there is no microSD card slot (you’re stuck with either the 8GB or 16GB model you pick). The absence of the microSD is a deal breaker for me though so I don’t see this becoming my primary everyday phone.
The good news though is that the Nexus 4 will be very affordable compared to the high-end devices offered by other manufacturers. SRP is $299 (Php12,000-12,500) for the 8GB model and $349 for the 16GB model. It will be available at the Google Play Store for U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada staring November 13.
If you want know more, check out The Verge‘s comprehensive feature article or you might also want to watch the video that they made about it below.