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The elusive white Nexus 4 has popped up on our radar on more than one occasion in the past, but as of yesterday, things got really real. And by real, I mean heavily augmented, stylized, and touched-up in Photoshop. We were provided some press photos of the device, leading us to believe that this baby (this baby being a pearly-white Nexus 4) is coming. The rumored released date, according to AndroidAndMe, is June 10th. Oddly, our tipster indicated that the phone is listed as running Android 4.2, though that doesn't exactly seem likely, given we know 4.3 is a thing and probably on the way soon enough. Someone even saw it in Thailand at a trade convention, apparently on vacation from the rigors of being developed.

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But is a white Nexus 4 too little, too late? Given that some people were for some utterly inexplicable reason holding out for an all-new Nexus 5 at Google I/O - an unlikelihood somewhere on the level of Matias Duarte wearing an uninteresting outfit - a partially-bleached Nexus 4 with a [potential] software revision just may not get your juices flowing at this point.

As far as we can tell, the whitening will not bring about a model of higher storage capacity, and entails the same internals as the noire Nexus of old. That means the reliable-but-no-longer-cutting-edge APQ8064 quad-core chip, an HSPA+ radio, and a 720p display that is best classified as good enough for most human retinas. The Nexus 4 is obviously a very solid phone, but even a well-placed Apple jab can't distract from the fact that it simply isn't as competitive on a spec-for-spec basis as the latest and greatest from Samsung and HTC.

So, why release it now, then? I mean, I also don't really see why not, but it's kind of hard to get excited about a non-LTE phone with a 720p display and crack-prone posterior. What about you - does the white Nexus 4 leave you drawing a blanc, or is the long hunt for your Moby Dick (you know, if a whale was a phone or whatever) finally nearing an end? Vote in the poll below.

[Mostly] White Nexus 4 - will Google be shutting up and taking your money?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Marcell Lévai

    In my opinion it looks cheaper and scratches and dirt are more likely to be seen on the white plastic. Meh... it's a no-go for me.

    • Angel Penabad

      It's the opposite, scratches are easier to see in black surfaces. That's why fingerprints are more visible with the screen off.

      • Marcell Lévai

        Sir, you are talking about scratches and fingerprints which are two completely different things. Fingerprints are visible because the oil creates a layer on your screen/backplate that reflects light differently than the surface of your phone. I haven't mentioned fingerprints in my comment though. Dirt/dust (not fingerprints but rather the dust that gets stuck in the oil) however will be more likely to be visible on white *plastic* (not the glass on the back) because it has a darker color.

        The visibility of scratches mostly depends on the material/paint used. Scratches on a matt colored surface are less likely to be seen.

        In my opinion, scratches on the *glass back* will be less noticeable in the white version.

        All in all, I wouldn't buy the Nexus 4 in white. Time will tell, who was right. Also it's a matter of personal preference. I still consider it cheap-looking based on the images.

    • http://el86.com/ Dewa DeeGee

      That's why I prefer black. Agreed with you :v

  • Craig M

    I don't think the Oreo Nexus looks very good. It needs the face of it under the glass to be white as well.

    I would probably get it all dirty with my greazy mits anyways :)

    • Michael Ta

      I've seen people saying it's a good design with front being black because it'll not interfere with your focus during watching movie...etc blah blah blahhh but really, look at iPhones, people went crazy over it and it was a success. I really wished the front was white as well, this looks off. I doubt that many people would buy it.

    • Waleed Al Suwaimel

      I think that part of the N4 sexy looks is how the bottom bezel blends with the black navigation bar. It wouldn't look as sleek if the front was white as well.

  • Waleed Al Suwaimel

    If these rumors are true and this white Nexus 4 gets released. I'll be waiting for OEM parts to appear on eBay so I can replace the silver bezel and power/volume buttons in my N4 for an all-black looks! ;)

  • Angel Penabad

    I already have a Nexus 4, but I voted "I like" because I like the look of the ice cream sandwich Nexus and I'd bought it if I already haven't one..

  • chris125

    No thanks, either make it all white or nothing. The half and half looks ugly IMO, that and I've never really been a fan of white phones.

  • mechapathy

    "does the white Nexus 4 leave you drawing a blanc?" haha nice.
    I saw a video in which the shimmer effect of the back was shown off on the white version, and I really didn't like it compared to the black version. I did just pick up a Nexus 4 this weekend, and coming from a toro GNex, I friggin love this thing.

  • sb

    I'm waiting for the next Nexus

  • http://techtage.com/ Rohit Palit

    Next best thing to the next Nexus.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    I love it, but if there's a developer edition of the HTC ONE running stock Android... then caring about the white N4 is gonna be hard.

    • LanceMiller

      only problem is the HTC One will be double the cost. Even as great as the HTC phone is I can't justify buying another $550 phone that in less than 2 yrs is outdated.

      • troph

        Again, this is looking only at initial cost. Phones like this don't just get dated in 2 years and are worth nothing... The Galaxy Nexus still sells for ~200-300 used/good condition. Keep a great case on it and In a couple years you'll still be able to sell it in the 300's for unlocked (just look at trends of other flagship phones over the time)

        • LanceMiller

          I'm a big fan of timely updates, which the Nexus provides, & I'm concerned that the HTC will take forever to release. I waited over a year for the SGS2 update & refuse to be put in that position again. My Google Nexus & Nexus 7 have already received 2 updates & the 4.3 update should be released to us way before most oems have even began testing. Quick updates adds a lot of value to any phone in my opinion & we'll have to wait & see how seriously HTC takes providing those.

  • Edward Germanotta

    Nexus 4 Oreo Edition!

  • LanceMiller

    Since the back is going to be white the fancy glass back isn't needed. With that in mind I sure hope they went to something a bit more durable, like a polymer back. If they got rid of the glass I'm ordering ASAP but if they didn't I'll wait for the next Google Nexus.

    Has anyone heard if this is the case or not.

  • mesmorino

    "but it's kind of hard to get excited about a non-LTE phone with a 720p display and crack-prone posterior"

    Don't forget the non-removable battery and the fixed storage. Is there ANY practical reason to get a nexus phone these days?

    • Phill_S

      It is cheap and combined with the right contract will save you a huge amount of money overall.

      • mesmorino

        lots of phones are cheap and will save money with the right contract

        • Phill_S

          But none are as good as the N4 at the N4's price. Most arent as good at twice the N4's price.

        • VoiceofSky

          name one With Equal internals or higher of the Nexus 4?..for 300 off contract
          EDIT: lol nvm you already beat me too it

        • Rob

          There are only a few phones that came out just recently with better specs than the N4. The only thing missing is LTE but I not posting a carrier many more dollars than I paying now just for LTE. You get a top end phone for $300 less than a comparable model. I not paying $650 for a phone that costs $250 to build.

    • jivester

      Yes, price!

    • WestIndiesKING

      other then price and stock android, sigh no.

    • forbore

      It's LTE here in Canada...

      • mechapathy

        And in the US on T-Mobile.

  • Rob

    Like I said, I'll just wait until the White Battery covers pop up on Ebay.

  • Phill_S

    They should have made a transparent version.

  • yash khatri

    I would love a purple nexus 4 like the one available in xperia z it would be awesome

    • AltayKai

      You should stick to masturbating on monkeys. Your nation is really a messed up one. You know that, right?

  • Quattrodos

    This is making me hungry and miss my Oreo colored cousin all at the same time... I'll take it!

    • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

      Sorry, miss your what..?

  • blahmoomoo

    I have a case on my Nexus 4 because of the glass back, so the white back doesn't change anything for me.

  • JensAstrup

    Depends, is it going to be 32GB?

  • arjunamin

    If it was all white, then Yes. But I quite dislike the white back and the black front. It just looks dumb!

  • xriderx66

    I think the entire thing white would look pretty bad too... since the software buttons/notification bar are black and all..

  • Kenny O

    I have no interest in any white phone, but I am very interested in this coming out if it brings 4.3 along with it.

    • Taurus_G4

      second that!

  • WestIndiesKING

    It just doesnt make any sense honestly. Unless they are selling it for dirt cheap. Doesnt make any sense to buy this phone with all that is out right now AND the next Nexus being 6 months away. Just wouldnt make sense.

    • mechapathy

      Um. The Nexus 4 IS dirt cheap.

  • Sajjad Sarwar

    Me want!

  • Bruce Gavin Ward

    frankly i am totally sick of hearing about "the white Nexus"; Constant repetition of articles is annoying, and leads one to consider sending certain RSS feeds into cyberSpace like a Mars mission!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    ...but it isn't even ALL white?!

  • Gabriel Ortiz

    Im just going to add a skin to my Nexus 4 from Skinit and call it a white Nexus. Or if you want the same Oreo Effect on your Nexus, just go to DBrand.com and get a skin for the back of your nexus, they look and feel premium and for $9 can't beat buying another Nexus.

  • Breanna Cherry Cherry Burress

    No thanks. I'd rather wait for the Galaxy S4 Google Edition. Great specs, stock Android and fast updates like a Nexus.

    • Zach B.

      Wait for the HTC One Google Edition then. Great specs, stock Android, and fast updates like a Nexus. But with a premium design. =P

      • Breanna Cherry Cherry Burress

        Thank you but I always just get a Samsung phone. I have the Note 2 right now and tired of Touchwiz. I love Samsung's hardware but also stock Android. So the Google Edition S4 will be perfect for me.

      • LanceMiller

        You hit the nail on the head regarding the fast updates. I really like the HTC but until I'm certain I won't get stuck waiting 6 to 9 months for them to test & release updates I'm not a buyer. It drove me crazy having to wait for OEM's to get off their lazy asses & test / release updates & refuse to ever go thru that again.

        • Zach B.

          Exactly! I love HTC's phones but their Sense UI takes a long time to integrate with the latest Android update, heck the HTC One was outdated the day it was announced. By the time the update is ready your already two versions behind.

          I was really looking forward to a new pure Nexus phone at Google IO, but all we got was the Google Edition S4. The HTC One Google Edition would be better IMO, just from a design perspective. But a lot of the HTC One's features rely on HTC Sense, which if incorporated would defeat the purpose of a Google Edition phone. :( We need a true new Nexus phone!

  • zlebors

    ofcourse...NOT! I prefer Oppo Find 5

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    On my want list? Yes
    Can i use it? No
    Why? Verizon

  • firethorn

    I like my Nexus like my coffee: black and awesome.

  • Joseph Cascio

    If that paint job came with 32/64 GBs then, Yes!

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I just want the next version of android to give me a clear all option for the app switches, some more toggles, and a refresh for the camera software rendering.

  • paxmos

    $12 case will do the same thing...

  • lensgrabber

    Give me a Galaxy Nexus shell, Snapdragon 800, 32gb + microsd slot, a 8 megapixel ultrapixel camera, 1080p, and I would by happy. A white Nexus 4 with only LTE added isn't going to cut it for me.

    • LanceMiller

      The one thing you're missing is the "Nexus Media Importer" app & an OTG cable works great. I have two 32gb sdcards, one with tv episoded & one with movies, for when I travel & they solve all my problems. These really come in handy when I don't have a strong enough connection to use the cloud. Most times between Google Drive & Dropbox I have access to anything I need but when I don't the "NMI" app works great.. As Far as LTE goes I get 8 to 12 mb connection via 4G & don't have to concern myself with the additional battery drain that LTE phones seem to suffer from. There is nothing I've ever downloaded that 4G didn't perform as well as I needed. Take Care....

  • MrWicket

    I think the Stormtrooper Nexus looks pretty cool but I'll probably still go with the Lord Vader edition. ;)

  • noname001

    Well...it should be black and white...not just white...there is nothing white in front!

  • LeoVainio

    You are a moron if you buy a Nexus 4 now. In modern day mobile market terms... it is "outdated". No I don't mean legit outdated.. it runs extremely fast, But it's semi-"old". Many newer phones have come out with much better specs etc, and a new Nexus phone should not be too far away. Buying a Nexus 4 now is the dumbest thing I could imagine, why would they even begin manufacturing white N4's at this point in the product's life cycle? Give us the next flagship!

  • park kyokeun

    I'll just use my black one thanks :p

  • http://el86.com/ Dewa DeeGee

    I still prefer black xD

  • Lee Marcus

    if i had to do another RMA id ask if i could get a white model , just as something different after all ive been through 2 black ones already.

  • sgtguthrie

    Black, white, I don't give a shit. I need more storage and one that will work on VZW :-(

  • Mike C.

    The Nexus 4 is really nice in both outfits but the lack of onboard storage makes it useless for me. Unfortunately it seems that this is how Google wants it. But maybe the trend started with the SG IV where you can choose Android without Samsungs crappy customization's is the way forward for people like me who wants the best HW married to plain Android. The HTC One in a google version would be my dream phone right now ...

  • Paul

    My brother was going to buy a Nexus 4 for his wife a couple of days ago. He liked the $299 price and then he could put T-Mobile in it, no contract. He shows her a picture of the phone and the first thing she asks!? "Does it come in any other colors?" I'd told him a white model was coming out in a few weeks and he said he didn't want to wait, but I guess he ate those words, he told her about the white model coming out and she says "Cool, I'll wait"