Google may have had to cancel its Android event in New York today due to Hurricane Sandy, but that did not stop the company from officially announcing the next Nexus handset – the LG Nexus 4.
The Nexus 4 is the first Nexus branded handset to be made by LG and is a beast in every sense. The handset has leaked numerous times over the last few weeks, and the press release from Google just confirms it.
Inside the 9.1mm thin body of the Nexus 4 is a quad-core Krait processor from Qualcomm clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 8MP camera in the back, 1.3MP in the front, 4.7-inch WXGA (1280 x 768) resolution, 8 or 16GB of internal memory, NFC and wireless charging. A beefy non-removable 2100mAh battery gives the handset a talk time of 15.3 hours.
“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.”
The handset will come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean on-board that brings with it certain new features including enhanced security, quick settings in the notification bar and more.
The Nexus 4 will be sold unlocked and is compatible with GSM/HSPA+ networks on more than 200 different network providers. The handset will be available for purchase on Google Play from November 13th in the U.S, United States, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. Asia, Europe and other major regions of the world should get the handset sometime towards the end of November.
The price tag of the LG Nexus 4 is what that makes it interesting. Google will be selling the unlocked Nexus 4 for only $299 for the 8GB variant, while the 16GB variant will cost only $349. A T-Mobile variant of the Nexus 4 will also be available soon for $199 on a two-year contract.