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LG manufactured Google Nexus 4 unveiled running Android 4.2

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Having been forced to cancel its planned Nexus launch event due to the imposing hurricane Sandy, Google has officially unveiled the new LG manufactured Google Nexus 4 smartphone.

Repeatedly rumoured prior to its officially unveiling, the Google Nexus 4 is the latest Google branded smartphone to be announced with the 4.7-inch device running Android 4.2, a new version of Google’s popular mobile operating system, that will also fall under the header of Android Jelly Bean.

Announced alongside the Google Nexus 10, a 10-inch tablet that will follow-on from the hugely successful Google Nexus 7, the Nexus 4 is the first Google tagged smartphone to be unveiled since the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Google Nexus 4 Specs

Not quiet the ground-breaking game changer that has come to be expected from Google Nexus launches, the LG branded Nexus 4 plays host to a more conservative, albeit still impressive collection of innards that are wrapped around the new Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Available in 8GB and 16GB storage capacities, the Google Nexus 4, which does not feature microSD port expansion, boasts a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor alongside an Adreno 320 GPU.

Taking its name from its 4.7-inch display, the Google Nexus 4, which lines up as a slightly larger rival to the iPhone 5, features a 1280 x 768p touchscreen display with a 320 pixels-per-inch image density further bolstering the handset’s visual output.

On the entertainment, an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera features on the Galaxy Nexus follow-on whilst a second, 1.3-megapixel snapper, resides on the handset’s fore. Like the market leading Samsung Galaxy S3, the LG Google Nexus 4 incorporates wireless charging capabilities although a separate charging pad is needed to utilise this.

Google Nexus 4 UK Release Date and Price

Despite the relatively high-end spec sheet, the Google Nexus 4 is sure to appeal to those with shallower wallets with the tech giant confirming Nexus 4 UK prices will start from £239 SIM-free for the 8GB edition whilst the larger, 16GB option will set wannabe owners back £279.

With a November 13 Google Nexus 4 UK release date confirmed and ready to be pencilled into your diary, tech blog PocketLint has reported that the Nexus 4 will launch exclusive to O2 in the UK for the first month with those eager to snap up the Android 4.2 handset being rewarded with the first 100 purchases snagging themselves a free LG TV.

What do you make of the LG manufactured Google Nexus 4, worth the wait or an over hyped anticlimax? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comments boxes below.

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October 29, 2012, 10:43 pm

You've got it wrong on the screen size - it's 4.7", not 4".


October 30, 2012, 1:42 am

I totally disagree with this article. You have a phone here with perhaps the best mobile cpu/graphics card combination, a resolution as high as high as anything else and comfortably in the retina category, 2GB Ram, a nice big battery, wireless charging as standard and it runs stock, always updated android.

All this for £279(£239 if you can do without the memory and a lot of folk can), I think its the very definition of a ground breaking game changer. Your in the price range of the HTC One S, the RazrI, Galaxy SII etc

A ultra high end smartphone priced at the lower mid range.

Charm El Snake

October 30, 2012, 1:06 pm

"Despite the relatively high-end spec sheet"
"Not quiet the ground-breaking game changer that has come to be expected from Google"

Exactly which phones are better spec'd than the Google 4? If you wanted a money-no-object phone, I still can't think of anything better at the moment. It's almost as if the reviewer is dismissing the phone because it is too cheap.

If your review was of a phone you'd actually played with, then I could understand you might be underwhelmed, but as you are basically reviewing the tech specs, it seems a very strange slant to put on it.

Martin Daler

October 30, 2012, 2:44 pm

so then that would be:
"Taking its name from its 4.7-inch display, the Google Nexus 4..."

Actually, just maybe TR is right, sort of - since the display is 4", if you are measuring the long side instead of the diagonal.


October 30, 2012, 2:50 pm

From my opinion the handset is great value for money, but is underwhelming. No LTE from what I read, (not that I care being on Vodafone currently in the UK) and no SD Card, atleast they could have released 16Gb and 32Gb variants.

The one big attraction to a nexus phone is the generally they get Android updates very quickly compared to the non nexus phones, with this in mind you can not tell me the nexus phones would appeal more to techies who would love more space.

Considering the SD card is one of Android's trump cards over Apple and IOS this phone would not be on any potential list of mine even considering the bargain price it offers.

I currently run around with a 64 Gb Iphone 4s, and a 32 Gb Samsung Galaxy S3 with a 64Gb card.

Martin Daler

October 30, 2012, 2:53 pm

You have a point there. The performace/price ratio looks exceptional. Comparable-ish phones, Samsung Note 1 (old model) sells for about £365, the Note 2 for nearly a monkey, and the SG3 nearly £400. The Nexus 4 at £279 is a steal. That is groundbreaking, gamechanging, whatever.


October 30, 2012, 3:27 pm

The 64GB iPhone 4 was £699 on release. The Galaxy S3 was £499. This is £279. It also has a better screen, proc, graphics card and software than the 4s or S3, you are willing to pay more than double for extra memory to slum it in other areas, it doesn't mean that everyone will though.

Martin Daler

October 31, 2012, 2:02 pm

oh no! I can't believe they did actually write that..."taking its name from its 4.7-inch display, the Google Nexus 4..."

Guys, I was joking above!


October 31, 2012, 3:54 pm

I see your point, about the price, it is very attractive. I was lucky enough to buy my 4s in the US. I still stand by what I say however. The reason I prefer Apple/IOS is that in general when the updates are released they are immediately available and most times the older hardware is still supported. Which is why I find the android world frustrating. Class in point the S3 is slowly now getting 4.1.1 (not 4.1.2) and the world is already talking 4.2. Going with a nexus phone would remove a lot of that frustration. But with only 8Gb and 16Gb variants and no SD card I would never purchase one.

I'm sure 'most' people would be willing to pay say an extra £50 for the phone with sd card capability, at that price the phone is still very competitive.

Also the trend is 16/32/64 variants why release at 8/16, Yes some of the specs at release are better but there is always this compromise, e.g the last nexus also had no sd card and a 5 MP camera when the standard was 8.

The nexus phones need to be more on par with current options.

I will also admit that IOS really needs a refresh in terms of look though, rows of icons is getting very boring.

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