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Well, sounds like Google decided to go ahead and announce its new Nexus devices without the fanfare or mega-event today, and just spill the beans to the world via the web. First to be announced was the Nexus 4, by LG.

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Basically, this confirms everything we've seen thus far - it looks exactly like the leaks, has the same specifications, and will come in 8GB and 16GB flavors, at $299 and $349, respectively. And no, there's no SD card slot. Availability for the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Australia is slated for November 13th.

The Nexus 4 is a GSM HSPA+ pentaband device, and will launch with one carrier partner: T-Mobile. T-Mobile will sell the device at $200 on a 2-year contract, but frankly, you'd have to be an idiot of monumental proportions to make that choice over the $300 commitment-free version. Here are the major specs, excerpted from the press release at the bottom of this post - A lack of LTE support is definitely a bit of a bummer for those of us in the US.

Key specifications

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
  • 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: 139g
  • Other: Wireless charging, NFC

As you can see, it's exactly what we pretty much knew for a certainty it would be - even the wireless charging. There are some cool new things that have been announced alongside the Nexus 4, though, like the 360 degree camera mode, called "Photo Sphere" - an Android 4.2 feature - that allows you to take Street View-like images that presumably can be navigated in Google+. You can also upload these images to Google Maps, which is pretty neat.

Google Now has seen improvements, as well - you can now see flight information, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, and shipping details (this is scraped from Gmail). Movie times, nearby attractions, and events have also been added. And yes, the "Swype-like" keyboard (dubbed "Gesture Typing") is part of Android 4.2, too. Rounding out the new 4.2 features is Miracast wireless display support.

To learn more, check out the official Android blog, which has posted up all the details.

Full press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LG AND GOOGLE ANNOUNCE NEXUS 4

Sleek, New Smartphone Combines LG’s Best-in-Class Hardware with the Best of Google

SEOUL, Oct. 30, 2012 – Designed collaboratively by LG and Google, Nexus 4, the newest smartphone in the Nexus line-up from Google, was announced today for availa-bility starting next month in select markets. With a sophisticated hardware design from LG, your favorite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android™, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.

“LG is proud and excited to play this role in helping build the latest Nexus smartphone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Users will be delighted by the perfectly balanced combi-nation of form and function with the latest generation of Android.”

“This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google. “They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast under the hood.”

Capture and share your world

Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images, letting you capture every detail of the world around you. Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen; with Nexus 4, you can snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive Photo Spheres that put you right inside the scene. Plus, photos upload themselves with Instant Upload so you’ll never lose a shot.

All of this comes to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant 1280-by-768 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technology. Gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, while cutting edge display technology means you feel like you’re touching every pixel, protected by scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2.

Built for speed

Nexus 4 comes with a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, so you’ve got speed and power to spare. Zip around the web, experience rich 3D graphics and gameplay, and effortlessly switch between multiple apps without ever missing a beat. With 2GB of RAM and the fastest version of Android ever, Nexus 4 is the snappi-est Nexus smartphone yet.
Information at your fingertips

Nexus 4 comes with the latest Google apps, putting the best of Google in the palm of your hand. The latest version of Google Now is built-in, which keeps you even more organized – get reminders about upcoming flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confir-mations and even nearby photo opportunities – when and where you need them.

Get to the places you care about quickly and easily with Google Maps™ for Android. With turn-by-turn GPS navigation, live traffic info, and integrated driving, walking and public transit directions, getting from A to B has never been easier. 3D Maps and rich satellite imagery give you a more realistic sense of what’s around you while features like Street View and Indoor Maps make sure you always know what’s in front of you.

Nexus 4 is sold unlocked and is GSM/HSPA+ compatible so it will operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide. Just pop in a supported SIM card and be up and running in no time. It will be available to purchase in both an 8GB version and a 16GB version on Google Play™ starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin from the end of November.

Key specifications

• Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
• 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: 139g
• Other: Wireless charging, NFC

About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company

The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a global leader and innovator in mobile communications. With its breakthrough technologies and innovative designs, LG continues to establish a number of benchmarks in the smartphone market, while also helping create a better lifestyle for consumers by delivering a wholly enhanced smartphone experience. As a leader in 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, LG continues its commitment to developing groundbreaking LTE technologies and fulfilling consumer demands with differentiated LTE devices of the highest quality, all of which are based on the company’s wealth of LTE patents and technical knowledge. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cristi.istrate Cristi Istrate

    300$
    Take my money google

  • Outrager

    "T-Mobile will sell the device at $200 on a 2-year contract, but frankly, you'd have to be an idiot of monumental proportions to make that choice over the $300 commitment-free version."

    COMPLETELY agree. If you buy it off contract for $300 and then get the T-Mobile Value plan over the Classic plan to get the phone for $200, over the 2 years you'll have saved more money than the $150 difference.

    • Kenny O

      I wondering if I will be able to walk into a T-Mobile store on Nov 13 and buy the unlocked 16GB for $350 or if they are going to sell it for more.

      • Outrager

        Wow. I think T-mobile wants $600 for it. That's pretty stupid if true. Tmonews said its $200+($20 for 20 months) on a value plan which is usually their price to just buy the phone.

        • Kenny O

          Wow indeed. If that is the case I am going in the store to ask for one and then when they tell me that it's $600, I am going to use their Wifi to buy it from the play store. Idiots.

    • http://twitter.com/Loomis2 Loomis2

      I don't agree. If the only carrier you can use it with is T-Mobile, and you have to be on their network anyway (or like me have been on it since the G1 and have the old unlimited data plan grandfathered in), then what is the point of spending $150 more? You will be using it on their network regardless.

      • Outrager

        I'm not talking about people with super cheap grandfathered plans. Obviously you should do the math on your own to see what saves you the most money, but if you were to get a new T-Mobile contract going with the off-contract phone is the way to go.

        • http://twitter.com/Loomis2 Loomis2

          That I definitely agree with. And I might just get the unlocked one and see where phone tech has gone in a year or so without being locked into another two year plan. Options are good to have.

      • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

        You can use it on plenty more carriers than T-Mobile. It's an unlocked GSM/HSPA+ phone, meaning you can use it on any GSM carrier on the planet (which would be T Mobile and AT&T in the US, but also the vast, vast majority of carriers worldwide).

        However, it's still a better deal to buy the unlocked version even if you plan on using it with T-Mobile. If you buy it unlocked, you can use T-Mobile's bring-your-own-phone value plans, which are cheaper than the exact same plan with a subsidized phone. Over the course of a 2-year contract you'll save a lot more money than the original $150 difference up front.

        • http://twitter.com/Loomis2 Loomis2

          I will have to look into this more, but I have the unlimited plan T-Mobile had when the original G1 came out. I wonder if the Bring-your-own plan is a better deal?

          • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

            You can get unlimited minutes, text, and 4G data for $89.99 on the Classic Plan, or the exact same thing (unlimited minutes, text, and 4G) for $69.99 on the Value Plans. That's a difference of $20 a month - so within 5 months you would have made up the difference between the $199 phone and the $299 phone, and within a further 2 and a half months you will have made up the difference of the $349 version.

            Over the course of the 2-year contract, the Value Plans are $480 cheaper. So you're option is to save $100/$150 up front on the phone, but pay $480 more over the contract - for a total increased cost of $380/$330.

  • http://twitter.com/SportsAndTV Brian Pearcy

    GSM only and no LTE = fail

    • Bariman43

      LTE can kiss my ass. I didn't notice a difference, it guzzles bettery-life, and it costs me a fuck-ton every month. Fuck LTE, and fuck Verizon.

      • fixxmyhead

        hell yea

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        you dont notice a difference? lol ok get used to LTE since every major carrier is going that way

        • Bariman43

          I'm not getting a contract after this. I don't understand how you're so content with getting ass-raped by these carriers. $80 a month for the lowest tier plan, forget it.

      • jwtsonga

        legend :-)

  • Kenny O

    Throwing my credit card at my computer screen......

    • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

      Why won't they take pre-orders?!?!?!

      • Kenny O

        My thoughts exactly.

  • SilverRubicon

    If you have information that can clarify the t-mobile situation, I would much appreciate hearing it. Will the phone as sold by Google work on t-mobile? Or must I purchase a phone from t-mobile? The press release was not crystal clear.

    • SilverRubicon

      This is what I found vague...

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      http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/nexus-best-of-google-now-in-three-sizes.html

      Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
      -----------

      Your post is much more positive and what I was expecting to hear.

      • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

        The unlocked version available on the Play Store will work perfectly fine on any GSM carrier - which is T-Mobile and AT&T in the United States. It is the exact same phone T-Mobile will be offering subsidized, with the exception that the T-Mobile version might be locked to their network.

    • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

      Like the Galaxy Nexus before it, the unlocked version will also work on T-Mobile (and AT&T).

    • ralphwiggum1

      it looks like one through t-mobile will be capable of 42Mbps HSPA+, while the one from the Play Store maxes out at 21Mbps. The T-Mobile version also may not be unlocked, and may not run on AT&T's HSPA+ like the Play Store version. So it will probably not be worth $200 down + contract compared to the unlocked $350 phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

    HSPA+42 compatible????

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      nope

      • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

        Damn oh well im still getting it lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

        Actually the Tmobile version is HSPA+42

  • John

    Two finger swipe down for quick settings is awesome.

  • Ron Hamelin

    I'm still in shock that there's no 32 gb version. Ridiculous!

    • exa

      Ever heard of google music ?

      • qak

        Ever heard of 60+ gigs of music, 100+ gigs of movies and tv, plus apps,games, pics and videos? SD card slot needed please.

        • qak

          *And I mean that as in, I literally can't stream everywhere, anytime.

        • mgamerz

          You have an SD card with over 160GB of space? Where can I get one?

        • MeCampbell30

          Why you would want to have that much content on your phone is beyond me.

          • JG

            I can't speak for everyone but personally I prefer to have my media (especially video) local rather than streamed - even with my grandfathered unlimited data plan.

            First off, I'd say maybe a quarter to a third of the time out, I find my phone dropping down to 1X speeds... And while riding in a moving car, even 3G is basically useless as it takes "forever" for the phone to load text-heavy websites. Watching them from a local source would prevent the phone from having to stop every 5/10/15min to buffer out another section of the movie, and allow for a nice smooth continuous playback.

            Second, with the files local, I'm not using my 3G (or 4G if applicable) radio as often. Which translates into a lot of saved battery life, which means I can use the phone longer.

            Third, depending on how aggressive your provider is, simply watching 2-3 SD Netflix flicks a month could get you labeled as a "Data hog" as just that would use at least 4GBs of data (2-3 per movie), let alone whatever else you might be doing on your phone, and could potentially impose various restrictions on your account, including possibly classifying you as abusing the network & forcing you to switch to a tiered data plan.

            And yes, I could always just load a little at a time, watch that, then cycle in some new material, but.... I like doing it in batch mode - transferring a whole season of whatever show over. Or if I'm going on holiday, I could set up a couple SD cards have them ready in case I get stranded at the airport over night thanks to Frankenstorm & don't have access to a computer to get more.... I just yank the card with my vacation pictures out, slide in my movie card & start watching....

          • damien

            Don't get this phone then? The note 2 is the best media phone, get that.

          • Matthew

            TLDR

        • fixxmyhead

          ur the minory that google doesnt care about for the rest its good enough

        • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

          Do you seriously need to carry about 60+ gigs of music and 100+ gigs of movies with you at all times? That's a little outrageous. They shouldn't cater to the 0.001% of users with your demands, when 16GB will work just fine for the vast majority of users.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=58400438 Gary Graf

            Don't assume you're the vast majority of users

          • qak

            Basically, yes. I used to have an iPod classic until I broke it. It had all of my songs and most movies and my tv shows. Putting everything on at once and leaving it rather than constantly switching what I want to listen to one week and then the next, is way more efficient and less time consuming. Why have an iPod and a phone, when i could just have a phone with larger built in memory plus a microSD?

        • jwtsonga

          why do u keep 100 gigs of TV on your phone lol??? music i can understand.

        • MindFever

          You need all that at once ,on the go?

      • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

        Ever heard of data caps?

        • rauk

          No, whats that? *smug*

      • Abhisshack D

        No what is it , is it eatable or putting in my hair

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        Sorry, There are a lot of people making comments similar to this, so I just picked yours to reply to.

        Rather than point out the stuff everybody else is using (music/tv/movies), all things that others argue Google is trying to stream (despite very limiting data caps)...Let's talk about the stuff where you've got no choice.

        Games - Sure, most games aren't 2-3 gb, but increasing numbers are. If you're into racing games, FPS, or almost anything from Gameloft, you're lucky if you get under a gig. Put two very graphical games onto a phone that you want to play frequently (not unreasonable at all), you could easily chew up 3 gb. Add a VERY common situation that many parents also put a couple of games on their phones for their kids. Most kids games aren't crossing in the multiple gig territory, but 2-3 games that often weigh in at 250-400 mb will add up to that really fast.

        Videos - Nope, I'm not talking about the latest thing you scooped off of a torrent site, I'm talking about the high def videos you've taken with that wonderful new camera. If you're going to advertise a great feature, don't cripple it by limiting the space people have available to use it. I've got some video I took at a conference a last month, one of the videos is 2.67 gb for just over 30 minutes (remember, they don't do much in the way of live compression).

        Both of those things are common use cases and they can't be solved with streaming. Sure, I want to keep some movies or tv shows so I don't have to burn battery by streaming them or if I want to watch them on a flight. I want to keep some music on the device so I've got something to listen to if I pass into dead zones (I live in Oregon, dead zones are not super common, but data rates aren't good enough for streaming in many areas outside of cities).

        I could add more uses: Nandroid backups and ROM flashing, space for recording phone calls (for which plenty of legal and legitimate reasons exist), books and magazines from the Play Store (think of cookbooks with lots of high res pictures, some of these get to be huge). The list goes on...

        Nobody is saying that everybody needs 32 or 64 gb phones, or that there aren't people who will be perfectly happy with 8 gb phones, but some of us want more space. Let's be honest, a fair number of people are going to be reasonably pissed when 5 months from now we find out that Google is going to release a 32 gb version as we're in the middle of cursing about files we have to delete to make free space.

    • jwtsonga

      they'll release one in a few months

  • ken

    new wallpaper, and the status bar icons look like a different tint. Or thats probably my crappy computer screen lol

  • Ivellios

    T-Mobile only?!

    • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

      No. T-Mobile is the only one offering it subsidized, but it's being sold unlocked on the Play Store for any GSM carrier.

  • Taylor Hunt

    I'm almost glad it doesn't have LTE so I don't have to try and wrap my head around living with only 16gigs of storage. :-(

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      what does one have to do with the other?

  • Aman Srivastava

    350 for 16 GB! Even less than the GN!

  • Brandon Roberts

    Amazing price! Even though no sd card, this is a good deal for most.

  • http://www.facebook.com/d.v.s.rajesh Rajesh ‘Rajee’ Dwarapureddi

    I LOVE YOU GOOGLE!!!!! :-D

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    Wow, no love for CDMA carriers?

    • http://twitter.com/DuffinCaprous Duffin Caprous

      Not right away, anyway. Maybe sometime. I'd love for Sprint to get it. As much as I like the Evo LTE, it's buggy and I'm worried it'll never get Jelly Bean at this point, so I'd rather just get a Nexus. Plus, at only $299 unlocked, that's amazing for a smartphone.

    • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

      Sounds like it will never get CDMA/LTE. Google is sick of the carriers having all the control.

      http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/29/3569688/why-nexus-4-does-not-have-4g-lte

  • diomed

    AT&T's HSPA+ data speeds here in Las Vegas on my Galaxy Nexus are abysmal. I'm talking something like 500kbps down is average. I really was looking forward to the next Nexus, but no way can I justify it when LTE is easily 10X+ faster.

  • papa

    Great price! good that it's coming to India!

    • randana

      hope the pricing is just the same... wanted to buy a nexus since Gingerbread!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688596687 Loren Wildcard Cogar

    EPIC FAIL!!!! No LTE, WTF??

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shad0wguy Chris Jutting

    Damnit, Cheaper than the Galaxy Nexus I bought back in July.

  • Lien Wee Hoo

    A real 360deg! up, down, left, right, all angles. That will speed up street view with contribution from users.

  • http://twitter.com/dynomike666 Mike

    Sigh...so disappointed. I really hope they release another SKU in the Dec/Jan timeframe for CDMA/LTE customers. The back of the phone looks awesome, btw..glad they kept that from the Optimus G.

  • Peter Llewelyn

    I'm a bit underwhelmed, I'd of liked more internal storage, LTE and SD card storage. Let's see if they release an upgraded one in in the next few months

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      get over the SD slot thing. The nexus line will not use them. This has been said time and time again

  • Kris

    I don't think 16GB is enough for me... Sure wish there was an SD card slot....

    • Dean Smith

      I hate to sound ignorant---but I am, and that's why I'm asking this question: What do you do with 16 or more GB?
      I have ALL of my music (450 songs), ALL of my photos (150 pics), tons of apps---and I have yet to use 1GB much less 16 of them on any of my devices.
      What am I missing?

      • Kris

        I have a 32GB sd card in my SGS2 and it has 15GB full after I deleted a bunch of stuff with about 7GB full on the internal memory. I have maybe 4GB of music, 3GB of photos, over 1GB of apps and I don't even play some of the huge games that are available, there is also TiBu backups which is probably almost 2GB. You must not flash custom ROMs or make modifications to the software because if you have a few custom ROMs and some nandroid backups on your phone that could hit 10GB easily.

      • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

        Because very few people have entire music collections of only 450 songs. Most people have thousands and thousands more than that. And much more than 150 photos.

        That said, I find 16GB to be perfect. Plenty of space for photos, apps, some videos, and some music. Use Google Music for the rest. There is no reason to have your entire ~30GB music library on your phone at all times, or have dozens of HD videos either.

      • Name

        My iTunes library - all compressed to 192kbps or lower - is currently 14.81GB, at least 8GB of which I listen to regularly.

        On top of that, there's a couple of GB of videos, then apps, games, backups, ROMs etc.

    • An Vo

      I agree. I bought myself a 32gb micro SD card and I almost always fill it up all the time. :(

      I have about 15gbs of nandroid backups, 8 gbs of music, about 3 gbs of games, 2gbs of pictures.

  • nctrnl

    I still get annoyed that there's no SD slot. I have a 32GB Galaxy Nexus and it's full. Most of that is music with a couple of backups. I'd rather have music local to the device rather than streaming it. It forces me to have an iPod in my car even though I hate crapple. :-/ I'll probably have to go with the 16.

    • MeCampbell30

      Cloud content is the future.

      • YouTool

        So Are data limits.

      • Bryan Cantos

        Thats the problem for me. I live in NYC and use the subway EVERYDAY. I need to have music stored inside my phone, otherwise i can't listen to anything.

        • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

          You can still use Google Music, and have it save your most-listened to playlists locally (or anything else you'd want). That way, you have the stuff you really want available locally, but you also have wider access to your entire library through Google Music.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=58400438 Gary Graf

            Yeah, that's too much work especially when something as simple and cost effective as a sd card slot is available

      • Matt Alexander

        I agree. Unfortunately it doesn't have LTE either, so they probably should have included a card slot

        • MindFever

          The dual channel HSPA supports 21mbit download speeds. To stream music with a decent bitrate it would be enough something like 1mbit or so...

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      because you listen to all 32 gigs of music every day?

      • nctrnl

        Here is why I have that much music on my phone:

        1. Data Limits have ruined the concept of using the cloud.
        2. I work in a high rise and don't get a very good data connection up high.
        3. I like to listen to my music on shuffle. I don't have a plan on what I'm going to listen to on a particular day.

        • Matthew

          The majority of people that stream music or video are on WiFi Or i guess people with unlimited data plans.

          • MindFever

            Exactly...

  • Ivellios

    The Nexus phone brand will never be a big seller as long as they limit it's release to the smallest US carriers.

    • John Walker Harmon

      The Nexus brand has not been limited to the smallest US carriers. Verizon, the largest carrier in the USA, sells the Galaxy Nexus. Sprint, the third largest, has sold both the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. Every unlocked GSM Nexus phone has been available for both AT&T and T-Mobile, the second and fourth largest carriers respectively. If anything, it would be the smallest carriers who use CDMA that have been left out.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        Verizon only got ONE nexus and it didnt sell well . Now Verizon doesnt get this beast. How do you not put it on america's largest carrier?

        • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

          For multiple reasons.

          First, Verizon is CDMA, while the rest of the world (except Sprint) uses GSM. They have to manufacture an entirely different version of the phone specifically for the CDMA networks (Verizon and Sprint), and then have a different version (the unlocked GSM one) for virtually every other carrier on the planet.

          Second, Verizon refuses to allow the Nexus brand to be what it is intended: unadulterated Android, with no carrier branding, changes, apps/crapware, or tweaks, and with updates directly from Google. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon was a joke - it was delayed for months by Verizon because they wanted to hype up their current "Droid" phone, because they get a bigger cut of those profits. Then, when it was finally released they blocked Google Wallet. Whenever there is an update, the unlocked GSM version gets it within days, while the CDMA Verizon version has to wait for 4-10 weeks for the same exact update.

          In short, Verizon is pushy, greedy, and tries to take over the Nexus line as their own - so Google is completely in the right in telling them to screw off.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=58400438 Gary Graf

      And make mid-range devices like this.

  • Matti

    Waiting to see how Google handles updates for this device. If it's anything like the yakju debacle from the previous Galaxy Nexus (Samsung's fault, I realize), where the firmware varies with region and I have to flash the "pure Google" firmware just to get timely updates, count me out.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    One carrier. No LTE. Non removable battery.Limited onboard storage with no expansion slot.

    IMHO, these are huge steps backward, and combined are a deal breaker for me. And honestly, the limited storage and non removable battery are probably deal breakers even if it comes to other carriers.

    This is a step backwards in areas that are really important to me. I am honestly quite disappointed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      I thought the horrible camera on the GNEX was a mistake...this Nexus is just full of mistakes.

    • http://twitter.com/Loomis2 Loomis2

      If it wasn't for being able to replace the battery on my G2 with a much bigger one I would have thrown the damn thing out the window months ago. I wonder what the battery life will be on this thing after a year-and-a-half? 2 hours?

      • http://twitter.com/Loomis2 Loomis2

        It says 2100mAh battery, which is pretty good. We will see, I guess. This phone looks like the best option available right now. I just wish someone would come out with a top-end phone with a physical keyboard.

    • aiden9

      It works on AT&T and T-mobile.

    • http://twitter.com/tyrellaagard Tyrell Aagard

      It's not only on one carrier. It's an unlocked GSM phone, like every Nexus before it. It is perfectly compatible with every single GSM carrier on the planet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bella.pease.75 Bella Pease

    Dudes use your heads!! They will follow the same strategy as the Nexus 7, if there is sufficient initial demand, and they can then squeeze their supply chain on price, Google will release a LTE 32 GB model in a few months. In Europe this will be a major hit, LTE is barely available in the EU. It is a quad core krait with Adreno 320, on pure Android 4.2, bargain.

    • CodeMonkey

      Well said - I'm with Orange (now EE) in the UK and their roll out pricing of LTE is plain ridiculous. Considering they've only just provided a semi-reliable HSPA+ connection in the areas where I live and work I've no interest in LTE for the moment. Why pay through the nose for a short burst of high speed data before I hit a cap on the rare occasion I visit an early rollout area (especially with the associated battery penalty).
      TBH I'd stick with my Galaxy Nexus if it had Gorilla Glass, but at these prices I'll happily take a 16GB N4 and make my GN a test phone for my clumsy Android coding attempts.

      • Matthew

        Why don't you want to be like a wireless carrier customer in the United States and pay more for less.

  • Tucker Chastain

    What's with Google's naming stuff department? Sorry Cameron, better acquire a taste for shoe. It's a 4.7" device, no need to confuse folks, also Apple fan boys are gonna say we are already at 5.

    Also $300 for only 8GeeBees? Android 4.2 Jelly Bean? Sorry to be so negative, just makes it harder for me to explain to people who aren't as big into Android to understand.

    • aiden9

      $300 for those kind of specs is amazing, if you can't deal with 8gb then you'll have to spend $50 to get 16gb.

      The naming deal is pretty messed up though. The tablet side goes by size, while the phone side doesn't really have a common theme yet. There's the Nexus One and Nexus 4 going with the numbering scheme then there's the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus going with a manufacturer theme. Not sure what route they'll take if they ever straighten it out.

  • MeCampbell30

    LTE!

  • MeCampbell30

    $300 dollars commitment free is an insane price.

  • http://twitter.com/danlocker Daniel Locker

    Nothing new or special here. Getting bored of phones and tablets now. Same things over and over just with a different face. Saying that though, this phone even looks the same as the previous nexus.

  • Speedy

    Please get this available in the Netherlands asap!
    I want it so badly :D

  • Gabe

    The Google Play specs only list HSPA+21... so am I correct that this will not take advantage of T-Mobile's HSPA+42 in areas where it is deployed? That's pretty disappointing.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=58400438 Gary Graf

      If you buy it from the Play Store, you only get HSPA+21, If you get the T-Mo version, you can take advantage of HSPA+42

  • James Barr

    "Memory" is RAM, by the way...8GB/16GB should be labeled as "storage", or some such. Despite the internal storage being essentially "flash memory", it's still a misnomer to just call it "memory".

    I am also disappointed in no LTE version, as I'm on Verizon and even though I hate them as well as every other carrier, there's no getting around the fact that Verizon's network owns all.

    • aiden9

      Their network is pretty great but they're control over it is repulsive. They would just end up delaying the phone launch so they could sell more of what ever flagship phone they may have at the time. Then some more delays as they try to strip out features and add crapware. Lets not forget about the delayed updates because they have to "test" them too. They just have to have their finger in every single aspect.

  • http://twitter.com/micleftic Michael Nickel

    I will definately buy it since my NExus S ist about 2 years old now... THe price is awesome and well I don'T really need that much space... Wireless charging is really nice... so looking forward to November 13th...

  • Freak4Dell

    $300 unlocked? That's insane! Everybody go and buy this so that phone prices as a whole will be driven down.

  • Stylus_XL

    I honestly think the prospect of LTE connectivity is being widely overrated at present. It's not really worth it unless you're gonna get an affordable unlimited data allowance, or are willing to tolerate the inevitable battery drain.

    I'm more than satisfied sticking with 3G/HSPA+ until 4G prices come down and battery performance improves. I don't need an LTE radio in my phone to open emails or surf the net, and if I need to download anything large I can just connect to WiFi anyway.

    • Freak4Dell

      You're absolutely right. Unfortunately, marketing has done its job, and a lot of people are convinced that LTE is absolutely necessary. Sure, it's nice to have, especially on a CDMA carrier where EVDO speeds are very low in comparison, but good HSPA+ coverage gives you plenty of speed for a phone or tablet.

  • tomqz

    This may bring as closer to new family Nexus :D http://youtu.be/66-4uMQqerA

  • Bang Bang

    Too bad it's only 16GB. I need at least 32GB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/idan.yael Idan Yael

    Am I the only one thinking that this hardware improvement over the latest nexus (gnex) is not sufficient for a "new" nexus device???