Autumn is the season of the Nexus it seems as Google continued its trend of introducing a new smartphone that becomes the test bed for the latest Android OS. Having worked with Samsung on the Galaxy Nexus, the Google Nexus 4 sees the company let LG have a piece of the action this time around.
Joining the iPhone 5, the Nokia Lumia 920 and a raft of Windows Phone 8 phones set to land before the end of the year, we've pinpointed the key specs and features that could convince you to buy the LG Optimus G-inspired Google Nexus 4 smartphone instead.
Boasting a 4.7-inch IPS display, the Nexus 4 has a screen resolution of 1280x768 which is up there with the resolution of the iPhone 5 (1136x640) but with a 300 ppi it’s a little behind the 326 ppi packed into the Apple smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy S3 (306ppi) but it should still mean impressive levels of clarity for text, images and video playback. It also features made from Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which should benefit viewing angles and increase screen durability.
Just as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the first smartphone to taste Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, the Google Nexus 4 will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (not Key Lime Pie) which should bring all the slickness of Android 4.1 but add some new features including the ability to take 360 degree photos with the 8-Megapixel camera, a smarter more intuitive gestured based keyboard plus more cards will be added to Google Now.
After Nokia announced the cable-free powering experience for the Lumia 920 recently, Google has followed suit offering the ability to revitalize the 2,100 mAh capacity battery back to full using a range of devices, one of which is the Wireless Charging Orb that also doubles as a viewing stand as the Google Phone powers up.
The Google Nexus 4 runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor which to put it into perspective should surpass the NVIDIA chip architecture nestling in the Nexus 7. There’s also a handy 2GB of RAM on board which means it is primed for all your mobile multitasking.
Notably missing from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 tablet, Google and LG has added SlimPort HDMI support which means you will be able to hook it up to a HD TV and spread the 1080p joy to much bigger surroundings.
UK price and release date
The device is set to go on sale in the UK from November 13th, coming in at the comparatively low price of £239 for 8BG of onboard storage and £279 for 16GB of onboard storage.
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