The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was announced a little over a year ago, and right on queue, Google has officially shared its latest pure-Android flagship device, simply dubbed the Nexus 4 ($299+). As the slew of early leaks suggested, the LG handset touts plenty of impressive hardware specs — and we’re not talking about that Gorilla Glass 2 disco-fabulous back. The most notable enhancements include a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display with a resolution of 1,280 x 768 (also coated in Gorilla Glass 2), Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5Ghz processor (which Google claims is the fastest out there), 2GB of RAM, NFC, a 2100mAh battery, 8GB or 16GB of internal storage and an 8MP rear camera.
Right in step with Nokia’s 920 flagship, the Nexus 4 boasts support for Qi wireless charging protocol as well when paired with the newly announced Wireless Charging Orb accessory, which
looks eerily similar to the old Touchstone — an accessory that Director of Android User Experience, Matias duarte, helped no-so-coincidentally spearhead during his tenure at Palm.
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Like all Nexus devices before it, buyers can expect the best and brightest of Google’s software offerings, including Android 4.2 (still called Jelly Bean), sporting a few notable improvements. The most important upgrade is Miracast, an industry-standard wi-fi display sharing solution that will compete directly with AirPlay and will be supported by a slew of TVs and other home theater products from a variety manufacturers later this year. Other goodies such as widgets on the lock screen, Swype-like gesture typing, a completely redesigned camera UI optimized for single-handed input, updates to the real-time info service Google Now and even a panorama-backhanding photo mode called “Photo Sphere” (think DIY Street View) top it all off.
What isn’t present is support for LTE. That’s a serious letdown, especially in light of the iPhone 5 finally getting with the high speed times, and may very well make this device dead on arrival for bleeding edge Android fans. Google skipped on the high speed data antenna largely to skirt the strict carrier partnership regulations that prevented previous OS updates from following Google’s schedule. The one upside is that phone will be sold unlocked and supported by over 200 carriers globally based on GSM / HSPA+ technology — starting as early as November 13th for many markets. Only T-Mobile will offer the Nexus 4 on contract in the U.S.
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