After months of anticipation and rumors, the Google Nexus 4 smartphone is now available for purchase with the price tag of $199.99 through T-Mobile and the Play Store which is offering the unlocked carrier-free versions. The device is the Mountain View giant’s latest flagship Android handset running on the updated version of Jelly Bean.
Fitted within the phone’s 0.35-inch thick form factor is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS plus touch panel and 16GB of memory. Apart from capturing stills and recording 1080p full HD videos through the 8MP rear facing camera, users will be able to snap up 360-degree panorama pictures through Photo Sphere. There’s also a 1.3MP front-facing lens for video conferencing. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC as well as access to the carrier’s 4G network.
The Nexus 4 is manufactured by LG through collaboration with Google. The device was under heavy speculation soon after the South Korean conglomerate’s next generation flagship handset, the Optimus G, made its debut. The device was officially unveiled along with a 32GB as well as a 3G enabled version of the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 tablet which boasts off a high-resolution display. Apart from introducing new hardware, the search giant also showed off its latest edition to the Android OS. The new version is 4.2 and retains the Jelly Bean moniker. The fresh OS features the latest release of Google Now with enhanced voice search, a smarter keyboard with better prediction and gesture typing.
The full retail cost for the Google Nexus 4 is pegged at $499.99 which is higher than the $349 tag affixed onto the carrier-free 16GB variant from the Google Play store. Both 8GB and 16GB unlocked models are currently sold out with no information as to when they will be in stock once again.
Quick overview of specifications:
– OS: Android 4.2 (Jellybean)
– Processor: 1.5GHz quad core SOC with dual Krait CPUs
– Display: 4.7-inch 720p True IPS+ HD panel
– Graphics: Adreno 320
– RAM: 2GB
– Dimension: 0.35 x 2.7 x 5.27 inches
– Weight: 4.9 ounces
– Battery: 2100mAh capacity, 12 hours of talktime, 24 days of standby