While Google cancelled today's press event for the launch of their new Nexus 4 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet, the company has still announced the technical specifics, launch dates, and prices of the new Android devices. According to a post over at the Google blog, the new Nexus 4 smartphone made by LG sports a 4.7" (320 ppi) display, Android 4.2, 8 megapixel camera, wireless charging, and a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor -- which Google is insisting is the fastest on the market.
Most interesting however is that the device will not have an LTE radio. Google, as we saw with early Nexus implementations, wants to bypass the carrier subsidy model and will instead be selling the Nexus 4 directly to consumers as an unlocked HSPA+ phone.
That leaves it technically behind the iPhone 5, but it's an interesting play all the same -- by appealing directly to Android fans who prefer the stock experience and want to minimize carrier device meddling. Still, by making it HSPA+ only you're limiting the consumer experience to fewer carriers (just T-Mobile and AT&T here in the States), though you can likely expect an LTE model(s) as LTE Becomes more ubiquitous.
The Nexus 4 is expected to ship on November 13, the 8GB version costing $300, and the 16 GB version costing $350. T-Mobile will offer users the 16 GB version for $200 through T-Mobile, but only if you sign a two-year contract. The company has also announced a revamped Nexus 7 tablet, and a new, larger Nexus 10 tablet, both of which will also ship on November 13.
The pricing and launch dates of the various devices:
•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.
•Nexus 7: 16GB for $199 and 32GB for $249; available in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan, and also through our retail partners Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Walmart.
•Nexus 7 with 32GB and mobile data: $299 and unlocked, on sale 11/13 in the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada.
•Nexus 10•: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
This is crazy: $350 16GB to apples $650 (no contract) and a phone w/ superior specs. A pure google phone, no carrier lock. Who cares about the DMCA.
This phone w/ work on any GSM carrier and HSPA for most. In the US that is TMO and T (ATT) or ANY of the dozens of prepaid MVNO. Slap this on straighttalk for $45 a month.
The reason why they didn't do LTE:
1. LTE phones run in different frequencies on different carriers. They would have to create a different phone for each carrier and likely kiss some serious a$$. 2. No provider currently allows LTE on MVNO (Sprint coming) 3. Cost, can keep it simple to support 4. The MVNO market is not small anymore, in fact that is where all the growth is happening. The big guys are simply churning product at this time, and slowly killing off phone subsidies. American Movil is almost as big as Tmobile (24 million subs) and that is only one MVNO. 5. Seriously undercut Apple. This shows a rocking phone for almost half the price, and no contract. This is an all out assault to Apples ridiculous margins. Apple puts out subpar stripper ipad mini with a resolution that my $100 china android pad has. I think my days of buying Apple stuff is done....