Although Google cancelled its Monday Android event due to Hurricane Sandy, the company jointly announced the Nexus 4 handset with LG. The phone will be sold unlocked for GSM/HSPA+ networks starting on Nov. 13 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia with availability in Europe, Central and South America, Asia, CIS and the Middle East towards the end of November. Google also announced new versions of its Nexus 7 tablet and the anticipated Nexus 10 slate.
As expected, the Nexus 4 will be sold in both an 8 GB and 16 GB version. The handset will cost $299 for 8GB and $349 for 16GB without contract. A T-Mobile version with contract will cost $199. With so many leaks about the product there aren’t many surprises. Here’s a rundown of the specifications:
- 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: 139 g
- Other: Wireless charging, NFC
As nice as the Nexus 4 looks on paper, I plan to stick with my strategy of upgrading to every other Nexus phone. I’ll also keep my current Nexus 7 tablet, although you can now get more storage for less money: A 16 GB version costs $199, while a doubling of storage is available for $249. Google is also adding an HSPA+ model with 32 GB of storage capacity for $299; this model works on AT&T’s frequencies in the U.S.
And as expected, Samsung is the hardware partner Google chose for the Nexus 10 tablet, available in both 16 GB ($399) and 32 GB ($499) models starting Nov. 13 in the Google Play Store in the U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. The large tablet uses a 2560 x 1600 resolution touchscreen that runs Android 4.2. Google is touting the ability to share the slate with others as the new version of Android supports multiple user accounts.