Devices, Nexus 4, Occam

What we know about the Nexus 4 (so far)

 

Google’s “Open Playground” event on October 29th is only a few days away now, and leaks regarding the LG’s Nexus 4 have been numerous. The company is set to announce multiple Nexus devices, and the Nexus 4 hasn’t exactly been a well-kept secret. With the rumor mill churning, here’s what to expect when the device is officially announced on Monday.

UPDATE: Google has cancelled the event because of Hurricane Sandy. It will be rescheduled. Keep reading anyway to learn everything we know so far.

Internal Hardware

 

Model Nexus 4
Manufacturer LG
 Release date  Q4 2012 (Rumored 10/30/12)
 Codename  Occam
 Model Number  LG-E960
 Android version  4.2
 Body thickness  9.1mm
 Screen size  4.7in
 Resolution  1280×768
 Screen panel  IPS
 Weight  139g
 Storage  8GB and 16GB
 Processor  1.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064)
 RAM  2GB
 Battery  2100 mAh (non-removable)
 Back camera  8MP
 Front camera  1.3MP
 Flash  LED
 NFC  Yes
Cellular radio HSPA+ 3G (LTE unknown)
LED notification Yes. (RGB)
Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4Ghz and 5GHz
 Bluetooth  4.0
 Pogo pins  No
 Wireless charging  Yes
 Sources:  GLBenchmark, @evleaks, FCC

 

Behind the back of the Nexus 4, courtesy androidcentral.com

The Nexus 4 is based on LG’s Optimus G. According to @evleaks, the device is sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB and 16GB storage options. Compared to the Galaxy Nexus’s dual-core, 1GB innards, this is a hefty upgrade. As seen above, the device is also reported to have a 4.5” 1280×768 screen, 8MP rear-camera, and 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

All of this hardware is being powered by a hefty 2100mAh battery, shown in Android Central’s leaked image of the device’s interior. It should be noted that this battery is reportedly non-removable, and the phone will lack any removable storage as well. While this may come as a disappointment to those who enjoy expanding their phones, the inclusion of new features such as wireless charging should be a cause for some excitement.

Design

N4 and iPhone 5

Leaked renders show a front that is surprisingly similar to the Galaxy Nexus, and is still bigger and more rounded than the iPhone 5 seen above. LG has opted not to go with the curved chassis we have grown accustomed to with the past two Nexus iterations, giving it a modern look when combined with the “crystal reflection process” design. Whether this design will look dated in six months remains to be seen, but case users won’t notice regardless.

Like the Nexus 7, “with Google” has been dropped on the back in favor of a Nexus logo — Something we should get used to as Google continues to leverage the Nexus brand to take control of Android with a consistent experience.

While these specs are all but officially confirmed, rumors will continue to be spread until Google’s event on the 29th. And with the Nexus 4 and much talked about Nexus 10 both said to be packing Android 4.2, it will be hard for Android fans to stay off the playground.