Useless 4G Chip Discovered in Google Nexus 4
Teardown reveals previously unknown feature.
Google's LG-developed Nexus 4 apparently features a previously unknown 4G chip.
Repair experts iFixit found that the recently released smartphone features a Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip situated on its motherboard. It also sports a Avago ACPM-7251 Quad-Band GSM/EDGE chip for 3G support.
Although Nexus 4 owners will be delighted with their handset boasting a 4G chip, it's still missing several key components in order for users to utilize the 4G technology itself. A 4G antenna and power amplifier is not present, which leaves no way of enabling it.
The Nexus 4 is powered by a quad-core processor, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, as well as 2GB of RAM. In addition to a 4.7-inch display with a 1,280 x 768 pixel resolution, the device also has a 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and supports wireless charging and NFC.
Within minutes of its availability on Google's Play Store, both the smartphone's 8GB and 16GB variants sold out.