Despite canceling its big US Android event today, Google and LG have still taken the time to officially announce the Nexus 4, taking the wraps off this year’s Nexus branded Android phone. It is indeed the same phone we’ve seen leaked previously , offering a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor behind a 1280×768 resolution 4.7″ IPS display, and running Android 4.2 from arrival.
The big thing from a tech perspective is support for wireless charging, which pops up as a bullet point on the official tech spec sheet, but LG and Google make no reference as to whether that comes as standard or via an additional add-on. LG also confirms 2GB of RAM and a 2,100mAh battery, NFC, plus dual cameras (8MP and 1.3MP).
Here it is, the first official Nexus 4 image:
Also, there will be two versions of the Nexus 4, with the previously leaked 8GB model accompanied by a 16GB unit. Here, finally, is the official announcement from LG. The Nexus 4 is a REAL THING now:
LG AND GOOGLE ANNOUNCE NEXUS 4
Sleek, New Smartphone Combines LG’s Best-in-Class Hardware with the Best of Google
SEOUL, Oct. 30, 2012 – Designed collaboratively by LG and Google, Nexus 4, the newest smartphone in the Nexus line-up from Google, was announced today for availability starting next month in select markets. With a sophisticated hardware design from LG, your favorite Google Apps, and the latest version of Android™, Nexus 4 puts the best of Google in the palm of your hand.
“LG is proud and excited to play this role in helping build the latest Nexus
smartphone,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “Users will be delighted by the perfectly balanced combination of form and function with the latest generation of Android.”
“This is the first time we collaborated with LG to build a Nexus device,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content at Google. “They brought an extraordinary amount of talent to the project, and the result is a feature-packed device that feels great in your hand, and blazingly fast under the hood.”
Capture and share your world
Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images, letting you capture every detail of the world around you. Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen; with Nexus 4, you can snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive Photo Spheres that put
you right inside the scene. Plus, photos upload themselves with Instant Upload so you’ll never lose a shot.
All of this comes to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant
1280-by-768 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display supported by Zerogap Touch technology. Gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi
screen, while cutting edge display technology means you feel like you’re touching every
pixel, protected by scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
Built for speed
Nexus 4 comes with a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, so
you’ve got speed and power to spare. Zip around the web, experience rich 3D graphics
and gameplay, and effortlessly switch between multiple apps without ever missing a
beat. With 2GB of RAM and the fastest version of Android ever, Nexus 4 is the snappiest Nexus smartphone yet.
Information at your fingertips
Nexus 4 comes with the latest Google apps, putting the best of Google in the palm of
your hand. The latest version of Google Now is built-in, which keeps you even more
organized – get reminders about upcoming flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations and even nearby photo opportunities – when and where you need them.
Get to the places you care about quickly and easily with Google Maps™ for Android.
With turn-by-turn GPS navigation, live traffic info, and integrated driving, walking and
public transit directions, getting from A to B has never been easier. 3D Maps and rich
satellite imagery give you a more realistic sense of what’s around you while features
like Street View and Indoor Maps make sure you always know what’s in front of you.
Nexus 4 is sold unlocked and is GSM/HSPA+ compatible so it will operate on more
than 200 network providers worldwide. Just pop in a supported SIM card and be up and
running in no time. It will be available to purchase in both an 8GB version and a 16GB
version on Google Play™ starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany,
France, Spain and Australia. Offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas,
Asia, CIS and the Middle East will begin from the end of November.
• Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core
• Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
• Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
• Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
• Memory: 8GB / 16GB
• RAM: 2GB
• Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP HD front
• Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby:
• Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm
• Weight: 139g
• Other: Wireless charging, NFC