It’s been almost a year since Google launched their last flagship Android smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus arrived in November 2011, packing Google’s spanking and revolutionary new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System. The Galaxy Nexus also standardized the trend of high end smartphones packing large 4.7″ HD (1280×720) displays and dual core processors with 1 GB of RAM (the HD display trend was set by the Galaxy Nexus on a more permanent note, dual core was already popular by then). Here we are nearly a year later, eagerly waiting for the 29th of October 2012 when Google will finally unveil their next Nexus smartphone, the LG Nexus 4.
LG Nexus 4: The Next Nexus
The LG Nexus 4 is Google’s next flagship Google Nexus Smartphone. The first Nexus was made by HTC, while the second and third were the Samsung Google Nexus S and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus respectively. This time however, Google approached LG for their next flagship, and rightly so.
We all have heard and read tons about the LG Optimus G. Packing a quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and 2 GB of RAM, the LG Optimus G is the definition of power in today’s world of high end smartphones. Granted it doesn’t have a 1080p diplay, but Google here is making a flagship smartphone, not phablet (the possibility of the HTC J Butterfly becoming the HTC Nexus is still wide open).
The LG Nexus 4 is essentially a slightly redesigned LG Optimus G. Let’s see what’s expected under the hood:
- Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 Chipset
- 1.5 GHz Quad Core Krait CPU
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2 GB of RAM
- 4.7″ TrueHD IPS+ (1280×768) display
- 13 / 8 MP Full HD camera
- 8 / 16 GB internal storage, SD card slot
- 2100 mAh battery
- Android 4.2 (??) Key Lime Pie
Chipset & RAM
The chipset that is said to be found under the hood of the LG Nexus 4 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 with a 1.5 GHz quad core Krait CPU and the Adreno 320 GPU. The CPU and GPU pack enough horse power to blast every opponent out of the water. The Krait CPU is much much faster than current ARM Cortex A9 based quad cores (although it slightly lags behind the Cortex A15′s per core performance). The Adreno 320 GPU loses out only to the quad core PowerVR SGX 543MP4 in the new Apple iPad. 2 GB of RAM seems to be the new standard set for the next generation of flagship smartphones, and the LG Nexus 4 does just that. 2 GB of RAM should ensure you never run out of RAM no matter how many back ground apps running (theoretically there is a limit obviously).
Display & Design
The display on the LG Nexus 4 is a TrueHD IPS+ display from LG which is LG’s latest and best display technology to date. Packing an ultra high 1280×768 display resolution, we get where the TrueHD name tag comes from. Although not a 1080p display, we weren’t looking for any such thing at all and the display resolution already hits Retina level. According to reviews of the LG Optimus G, the display is stunning and top notch.
The design of the phone bears resemblance to earlier Nexus smartphones. It packs similar curved edges and the huge display dominating the front of the smartphone. Aesthetically appealing and pleasing to the eye.
Camera & Storage
The camera on the back of the LG Nexus 4 might be an 8 MP or a 13 MP snapper. We are placing our bets on the 8 MP. The camera is capable of shooting 1080p (1920×1080) videos @ 30fps. Additionally, the 1.3 MP front camera enables video calling.
The storage on the device is either 8 GB or 16 GB internal. The good news is that it can be expanded by installing an external micro SD card. That’s a first for a Nexus.
Battery, OS & Pricing
The battery will most probably be the same 2100 mAh from the Optimus G, in which case we can expect more than a day’s backup from the smartphone. The launch OS rumors all point to Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie. However, to confirm that news we will have to wait till the 29th, when Google’s official event is scheduled.
The pricing of the phone, as per the latest Google Play Store leak is just $399 making this smartphone probably the cheapest high end hardware available for purchase. The phone should go on sale shortly after Google’s official event.