In South Korea, the market for smartphones is vicious: Samsung leads the pack, as is the case almost everywhere, with fellow Korean company LG behind them in second place. It's strange, then, that the Play Store has not sold LG's own Nexus 4 to the Republic of Korea itself. That changed yesterday, as the Nexus 4 goes on sale in the Play Store in South Korea for the first time... just six and a half months after it launched. Better late than never, I suppose. Previously only the Nexus 7 was available.


The 8GB N4 is on sale for 399,000 won, just about $50 more than the US price tag, with the 16GB model coming in at 459,000 won, a bit over $407 at the current exchange rate. Other than some localized software, it's the same Nexus 4 that you know and possibly love. Both models are currently marked in stock and ready to ship within 1-2 business days.

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South Korea has also been added to the availability list for the N4 on Google's support page, so this isn't just some fleeting trial. Koreans are still a bit underserved by the hardware side of the Google Play Store, since the Nexus 10 is nowhere to be found. Our readers in South Korea can check out the listings at the links below - everyone else will be redirected to their local Play Store with a language change. 

Google Play Store (South Korea) - Nexus 4 8GB

Google Play Store (South Korea) - Nexus 4 16GB

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Matt

    "The 8GB N4 is on sale for 399,000 won, just about equal to its $350 US price tag"

    But that's $50 more than the 8GB US price tag...unless you're considering shipping/taxes.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Yup, you're right - I glanced at the US Play Store and didn't notice it defaulted to the 16GB model.

  • TY

    ...And the third place is Pantech, which actually makes quite interesting phones. The VEGA Iron, for example, has excellent construction with extremely thin bezel, protected by a one-piece metal bumper which also acts as the antenna, plus a hidden notification light in the corner. More importantly, by default it has a control scheme which is essentially PIE control from PA (yes, it uses on-screen buttons). Wish Android Police could get hold of this phone and play around with it,

    • Jeremiah Rice

      You and me both. Pantech makes some pretty amazing hardware that never sees the light of day outside Asia.

      • Justin Swanson

        hey, if you want to pay for them, I can send a few devices over ;)

  • Gustavo Parrado

    Oh, sure, f*ck latinamerica, better go sell it in Korea!

    • Humberto Hernandez

      Yeah right! >:(

    • basteagow

      You realize it's _made_ in Korea, right? It should have sold there from day one.

      • Lukasz

        I think it's also made in Brazil.

        • Tom

          The third character in the serial will tell you where the phone is made: K for Korea, C for China.

  • Justin Swanson

    This is really funny. I was just talking to someone about how they _still_ hadn't starting selling the N4 here...

    Price isn't too terrible for those who actually want the N4, however most people buy their phones here from the cell phone shops for T-Mobile style payment breakdown over 24 months (they've had it for several years, they didn't actually copy T-Mobile).

    The problem with bringing it over here is "A/S", after service. If it breaks, do you call Google or LG. Most people would take it to the LG Service Center (which is what I did with my SGS1) so they were figuring out how to handle all of that.

    • HitokiriX

      So the N4 sold in the US playstore won't work in Korea?

      • Justin Swanson

        Yeah it will! That's how I got my Galaxy Nexus. HSPA+ is widely used here, but you can't get some of the same speeds as in the states (usually maxes out between 2-3 Mbps). You just couldn't buy the N4 prior to this announcement. I don't even know if you can buy it from a cell phone shop. I think you can only buy it online at the moment.

        • HitokiriX

          I thought so... I'll be heading back to Korea again this August and I'm still unsure about what phone I want to buy. I was thinking of getting a N4 since I will only be there a year this time but I'm not going to overpay for one.

          • Justin Swanson

            I recommend the N4 then :)

            However of you have an unlocked smart phone, most likely you'll be able to use it here. Just make sure it's GSM. :)

            But if you want a new one and you want to use out here N4 is a good choice

          • HitokiriX

            Unfortunately my carrier stateside is Verizon so I'd have no luck using my phone over there. Thanks for the reply to my comment and the tip, this will help in my decision making.

          • Justin Swanson

            Oh. That sucks. You could try swappa. Don't make a point of getting a US LTE phone. I believe the frequencies are different. Most fully unlocked GSM phones work fine :)

          • HitokiriX

            Never heard of that until now. I think you've pointed me to a gold mine now :)

  • milksop held

    When I got my n4 it said made in Korea on the box so its good its coming to its birthplace