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As we already know, the white Nexus 4 is very much real. Months after first showing up on the web, it re-appeared at Google I/O in all its glory, with June 10th tipped as a possible launch date by AndroidAndMe's co-founder Taylor Wimberly. Alongside it, according to Taylor, Android 4.3 would be unveiled as well.

While I can't confirm the date (even if the information was correct at the time of I/O, plans can change for any reason), what I can show you today are some of the press images of the white Nexus 4, model number E960W (the original Nexus 4 is E960). Press images usually indicate that a device is indeed set to come to market, likely sooner rather than later.

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A lot of people are interested in seeing the 32GB variant, but unfortunately I don't have good news today. According to the tipster who sent us the pictures, the white Nexus will come in 8GB and 16GB varieties, which means no 32GB+ options (at least for now).

All the other specs remain the same, including Android 4.2, so I can't confirm or deny whether Android 4.3's release will be coupled with the white Nexus or not. It's possible, especially if the white version indeed launches on the 10th, but it's also possible that we'll see the white Nexus show up even sooner. If something changes on that front, you'll be the first to know.

This is all I have to share for now. Is anyone interested in picking this black-and-white hybrid up? I can't continue calling it white, I just can't.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

    Only if it has legit LTE. Which it looks like it won't. Shame :(

    • Qbancelli

      What the heck is legit LTE?
      My N4 has LTE, I'm on it right now.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        LTE that has been officially and legitimately mentioned on the techical specifications and activated by default. That is "legit LTE".

        • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

          Yep. Also, LTE that works on AT&T in my area would be nice. AFAIK, the N4 only has 1700, which is not what AT&T uses except for a very select few areas.

        • Qbancelli

          The LTE for band 4 was in my phone when I bought it, so thats legit to me. I don't care what the specs say. Also I wasn't as foolish as to install the Google 4.2.2 update that disabled LET. I used CM10.1. to update my phone.

          • andy_o

            cm10.1 is not officially supported with the older radios, and there were many reports of some sensors not working correctly, the most prominent of which was autofocus problems. You may or may not have these, but the point is that it's buggy and unpredictable.

          • Qbancelli

            CM do not mess with the radio. What are you talking about?
            If you bought the N4 before the 4.2.2 update, and didn't install it(like me), you should have zero issues.

          • andy_o

            Clearly you don't follow the xda thread. I said CM does not officially support older radios and I meant it. You need to install the new radio of you wanna keep getting support from the developers. Check out the thread for the numerous problems people were having with the older 4.2.1 radio.

          • Qbancelli

            And you clearly didn't read what I just wrote above.

            That thread is about folks who updated to 4.2.2 and have the .48 radio.or bought their phone already on 4.2.2.
            I didn't, so my .33 radio is intact.
            My Nexus 4 has perfectly "legit" LTE.

          • andy_o

            Jesus christ on a stick. Read the goddamn thread. Search for "radio".

            People have to update to the .48 radio because CM devs cannot support it, cause it's not meant for 4.2.2. What's so hard to understand about that?

            And you don't know what "legit" means, but that's already been explained that to you above by Hal Motely, so I don't think you'll get it this time either.

          • Qbancelli

            Are you dense? I don't have to read that ONE goddamn thead.
            I have a Nexus 4 running CM10.1 with the .33 radio. I update to every nightly thats been released and have no issues with audio and LTE.
            Am I the only one? Nope. There are prenty of other theads in that forum, READ THEM!

            For the last time, IF YOU NEVER UPDATED TO 4.2.2 THROUGH GOOGLE YOU SHOULD HAVE NO ISSUES.
            Now, you say I'm wrong? Link me to anyone in that thead that never upgraded the .33 and have problems.
            Go ahead, I'm waiting.

          • andy_o

            Are you dense? I don't have to
            read that ONE goddamn thead to know what I'm talking about. Although I
            have followed it since it started months ago.
            I have a Nexus 4
            running CM10.1 with the .33 radio. I update to every nightly thats been
            released and have no issues with audio and LTE.
            Am I the only one? Nope. There are prenty of other theads in that forum, READ THEM!

            For the last time, IF YOU NEVER UPDATED TO 4.2.2 THROUGH GOOGLE YOU SHOULD HAVE NO ISSUES.
            Now, you say I'm wrong? Link me to anyone in that thead that never upgraded the .33 radio and have problems.
            Go ahead, I'm waiting.

            Normally I wouldn't do this since it's extremely easy for you to do, but I'm only doing this cause I think you're stupid and I don't wanna make your life harder.
            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=41136727&highlight=radio#post41136727

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=40905202&highlight=radio#post40905202

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=40848453#post40848453

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=40847002#post40847002

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=40432226&highlight=radio#post40432226

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=40432147&highlight=radio#post40432147

            And that's only some of the first page of the search results.

          • andy_o

            Also, you're moving the goalposts. First you dismiss all those "foolish" people who updated the radio, which you didn't cause you updated CM instead. I point out that CM is not officially supported, and you say if you didn't install Google's 4.2.2 (meaning the .48 radio) "you should have zero issues".

            I point out that there are several people having problems. I give a source for my claims, which you refuse to check, make an absurd pronouncement about it ("That thread is about folks who updated to 4.2.2 and have the .48 radio.or bought their phone already on 4.2.2.") and bizarrely keep going on about the "legit" bullshit.

            I keep reiterating the same but in other words so maybe you'll finally get it, and you respond with another Dunning-Krugeresque diatribe saying that YOU don't have any problems with audio and LTE, which nobody said you would particularly.

            But by all means, keep digging.

  • Ritz

    No

  • Edward Germanotta

    Why they cant make it 100% white?

    • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

      Maybe because it messes up the seamless look of the on-screen buttons?

      • http://twitter.com/jordanharrell_ Jordan Harrell

        Make the buttons white too?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

          Maybe it don't wanna be all white, fool! XD

        • patapongirl

          Coz the screen looks hideous when it's turned off.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1470850958 Peter ‘Firefox’ Fox

    Interesting but a bit late to market I'd thinl, being at such a cheap price I'd imagine most people who wanted a Nexus 4 would have one now regardless of colour, but hey, I'd want one in white if I had the option when they came out, on the other side, paranoia about breaking the glass means having a good case which kind of hides the aspect of what colour it is anyways

  • Corey Buttel

    Why is the front still black? This looks awful.

    • Ashutos Don Jain

      True, front should be white too.

      • Haunter

        I disagree. It's actually a pretty brilliant design. I have a white Galaxy Nexus and was a bit put off by the black face, but ended up buying it anyways (it's colored exactly like this). I quickly noticed that the black face makes a big difference when watching videos or prolonged use. For instance, my lady has a white iPhone4S, and the white borders distract the eye when watching video, but the black face on mine helps everything melt into the bezel much better, helping focus stay where it belongs, on the media.

        • Rob

          Agreed.

        • mikeym0p

          Exactly why I preferred the white GNex and Nexus S, it looks gorgeous with amoled and I hate seeing the frame around my screen.

        • Ashutos Don Jain

          I own a black nexus but I wanted to use a white galaxy nexus

    • nsnsmj

      I like the two-tone look. All white phones look ugly to me. The black front looks better because the screen blends in perfectly with the bezel when showing black or when off.

    • Carlos Gonçalves

      Indeed. it reminds when I switch the back cover of my white nokia 3330 with someone elses blue nokia 3310 cover.

      • mikeym0p

        I did that with my old Krzr, my sister had the white one, it looks cooler on her phone though, like the white droid razr almost.

    • Serge

      White front looks ugly when the phone is off.

    • heat361

      That's how Google usually make white nexus device, with the front black and the back white (ex. Galaxy nexus, nexus 7 I/O edition). I think it looks alright, its not a bad looking.

    • patapongirl

      I LOVE the fact that they front is black instead of all white. If not the front will looked like a tiny framed up screen and it's also why I never bothered with most white phones.

      A white front is especially hideous when the screen is off.

  • Dylan Patel

    It takes 6 months to make a white version for Google... I guess this is just like Apple did with their white iPhone

    • qpinto

      its the same thing LG did with the P999 in other markets. im pretty sure its not Google who had this decision....

  • Paul

    Looks like a cheap back cover replacement from eBay, to be honest. They should make it all white, as already mentioned.

  • evertjr

    Looks awful, terrible I'd say...

  • Lasse

    I like the black front with the white back. I also changed my Galaxy Nexus to white and think it looks awesome.

  • WestOkid

    Black front? Bush league!

  • TechGuy22

    back is white. nothing serious. meh

    • Paulus Net

      Still me wanting!

  • redthunda69

    I do love the white and black. Beautiful, like a grand piano.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    Yes, but does it have 32GB and LTE. Those are the killer things, I want in my Nexus!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No LTE from what I know. And no 32GB as I mentioned.

      • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

        Yeah I'm willing to bet it's just going to be the same devices we've already seen just in white variations I couldn't see them changing anything up, hopefully we at least 4.3 with it.

  • Angel Penabad

    The camera looks different from the hands-on androidandme pictures. In this ones it's black.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Maybe theirs was prerelease? Didn't Apple try white camera covers at first and found light was leaking onto the camera lens or something?

  • Rob

    I'll wait for the white replacement battery covers to show up on Ebay for $60. BAM! Black Nexus 4 just became a White Nexus 4 for $60.

  • david coffey

    If I want the back of my nexus 4 to be white, I'll just look into dbrand.

  • Rob

    It's not 100% terrible, Artem, and since this used GSM Galaxy Nexus I just bought is a bit flaky I may be in the market for a Nexus 4. At least now I'll have a choice of black or white. ;-)

  • sid

    hi from few days im planing to buy nexus 4
    is this good for me or i try some other cell.
    could you sugges me i have to wait for new or i can buy the black thnku

  • mechapathy

    Black-face is NOT cool.

    • Eric Lega-c Smith

      You win

    • bitch_please

      That's... racist.

      • southernfanboy26

        maybe depending on the person. Im black and I thought it was clever and funny

        • bitch_please

          I also found this funny, I even liked his comment. I wasn't actually saying that's racist. :P

      • mechapathy

        Black-face is when a white person paints their face to appear (not very convincingly) to be black. Usually accompanied by derogatory and stereotypical behaviors. I find THAT racist.

  • mikeym0p

    I loved the block front on the previous models because of the AMOLED screen. I'd actually love to see a white front bezel with white notification bar and nav bar.
    I still do like the two tone look, if it's a worthwhile endeavor I'd try to get the white one, or even mod a white back onto my existing phone.

  • MrWicket

    can't help but think "Stormtrooper" whenever I see the White N4. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/9davidandres David Molina

    I don't know why.. but.. this photos make see better the white phone (and black front) that in real. I like it!

  • Kharl Martin

    what is the new consensus on buying the nexus 4 now? Considering one.

    • mechapathy

      I got one this week. It's fantastic, and this white version doesn't interest me at all. There was a video of the white version, and the way the shimmer effect looks on the white back really turned me off.

      • Kharl Martin

        ok will be purchasing one today

        • http://www.facebook.com/george.zimmerman.792 Xgsvgsdfgds Zdfzvzdv

          Buy a Galaxy Nexus off fleabay for like @150, sell when new nexus comes out.

  • Steven M

    How on this sweet earth did it take an entire *year* to come up with a white version?

    • Chris

      like the white iphone 4...

  • Ferhan Moton

    Hate to say this, but it's possibly fake. Later generations of the Nexus 4 included two rubber nubs near the bottom on the back of the device. Don't see those in the picture.

    http://i.imgur.com/pOOWcNY.jpg

    • mechapathy

      I think it's fairly safe to say it's real. There are numerous videos which surfaced last week from many different sources. Whether it's going to be made available to the public or not remains to be seen.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's not fake, I have full confidence in the source.

    • Thomas

      The actual real leaks of the phone did also have the rubber nubs, so probably just a detail that was forgotten in the press shot.

    • Simon Belmont

      I noticed the lack of nubs, too, in leaked photos from a week ago. I thought it was weird at the time.

      But, since then, I've read that people have indeed spotted nubs in some of the photos. I'm pretty sure AP wouldn't bother posting this unless they were confident it was legit. They are police, after all. Official business.

  • DforDesign

    Looks like some DIY project... Front should be white too.

  • Simon Belmont

    I think I'm just going to go with my plan of waiting till the fall for the next Nexus, as my EVO 3D running CM10.1 is great. No complaints. A white version of a phone released six months ago doesn't really interest me.

    Really, REALLY, hoping the next Nexus has a 32GB option. If it had that, I wouldn't even care if it lacked LTE, and I'd be more than willing to pay extra for it.

    • southernfanboy26

      with the release of the gs4 google edition idk if google will release another nexus phone. I would hope so but it seems like they start on a lot of projects but don't see them to completion. I willing to concede that in q4 they will do something big with Motorola, maybe a nexus maybe not

      • Simon Belmont

        That would be a shame if they quit making Nexus phones. I'd be really surprised if that were the case.

        If that happened, the only thing I'd be remotely interested in is the HTC One Google Edition. Which is, of course, just a rumor.

        • southernfanboy26

          Nope, the HTC One Google edition has been confirmed. see cnet.com or phandroid.com

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. I'm aware of that. ;)

            For me, nothing is confirmed until I see it announced. Just the way I am. :)

  • eilegz

    i rather have 32gb over some fraudulent white, which its not entirely white

  • LanceMiller

    So am I to believe that the back is still made of "Glass"? I hope they went to something a bit more durable..

  • mario

    Nexus 4 not coming to Sprint, funk Google for that. Went ahead and bought the Galaxy S4.

    Please release the Nexus 5 on Sprint google lol

  • http://www.Moridin.pl Moridin

    Why the hell are you branding LG's press photos? They're not yours to brand.

  • Rio Darmansah

    Very Nice

  • shiva kakkar

    The option of a White Nexus 4 has ben listed on an Indian e-tailers site: Here's the link: http://www.saholic.com/mobile-phones/lg-nexus-4-e960-16gb-1005331

  • rasty++

    the time on Nexus 4.... 4.23.... WTF?!

  • Alain Alemany Arana

    Totally against the black front. And by the way, I would like to see if the white back has the same great texture that the black version has.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
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