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.
|Release date||Q4 2012 (Rumored 10/30/12)|
|Storage||8GB and 16GB|
|Processor||1.5 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064)|
|Battery||2100 mAh (non-removable)|
|Cellular radio||HSPA+ 3G (LTE unknown)|
|LED notification||Yes. (RGB)|
|Wifi||802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4Ghz and 5GHz|
|Sources:||GLBenchmark, @evleaks, FCC|
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.
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.