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Google Nexus 4 Smartphone to Sell Contract-free for $299

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Google has finally made the newest Nexus phone official.

Google may have been forced to cancel its New York City launch event for the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Nexus 4, but that didn't stop the company from launching all three on time. The search giant announced two new tablets and a brand new Nexus 4 smartphone this afternoon.

 

Developed in collaboration with LG (a first for the South Korean company), the Nexus 4 packs a 4.7-inch 1280x768 IPS display (320 ppi), Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera (1.3-megapixel camera up front), a 2,100mAh Li-Polymer battery, NFC, and Android 4.2. Unfortunately, the phone doesn't have support for 4G LTE, nor does it allow for external storage via MicroSD, which means you're stuck with the capacity you choose at check out.

"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."

The Nexus 4 isn't going to be available just yet. Google says it will launch in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia through Google Play on November 13. If you prefer to buy in store, you can expect offline availability in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East from the end of November. Pricewise, in the U.S., the phone will sell for $299 or $349 (8GB and 16GB, respectively) contract-free. If you're willing to sign a 2-year agreement with T-Mobile, you can take that price down to $199.

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    southernshark , October 29, 2012 8:44 PM
    Was gonna buy a Win 8 phone contract free, but honestly at this price it looks like I will go Android.

    I don't do contracts so this is great news for me.
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    tramit , October 29, 2012 8:16 PM
    "the phone will sell for $299 or $349 (8GB and 16GB, respectively) contract-free"

    This sounds awesome! I was totally about to give up on the Nexus line. They used to be innovative in both hardware and software but it seems the last couple generations have only had the benefit of software while OEM's are pumping out killer devices. The nexus should be the one to set the bar high in the Android world.
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    tramit , October 29, 2012 8:16 PM
    "the phone will sell for $299 or $349 (8GB and 16GB, respectively) contract-free"

    This sounds awesome! I was totally about to give up on the Nexus line. They used to be innovative in both hardware and software but it seems the last couple generations have only had the benefit of software while OEM's are pumping out killer devices. The nexus should be the one to set the bar high in the Android world.
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    jhansonxi , October 29, 2012 8:16 PM
    Canonical is planning Nexus 7 support for Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail):
    http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/10/26/ubuntu-core-on-the-nexus-7/
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    bustapr , October 29, 2012 8:21 PM
    Android 4.2 on this while most of the other high end phones are waiting for 4.1...
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    alexmx , October 29, 2012 8:25 PM
    Sounds like I'll have a new cellphone by christmas, I'm getting sick of my motorola defy
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    myromance123 , October 29, 2012 8:33 PM
    jhansonxiCanonical is planning Nexus 7 support for Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail):http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/10/2 [...] e-nexus-7/

    I'm looking forward to that. It will hopefully mean that Ubuntu in general will become more optimized, so a better experience across platforms should be expected.
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    robochump , October 29, 2012 8:33 PM
    Wow! How can Google possibly sell them for so little?!? Amazing.
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    boiler1990 , October 29, 2012 8:42 PM
    robochumpWow! How can Google possibly sell them for so little?!? Amazing.


    In reality, smartphones don't cost all that much to build (somewhere between $200-$350 depending on the manufacturers, etc.). Google is probably forcing (read: paying) LG to sell the Nexus slightly above or at cost to get these phones out there. The reason unsubsidized cell phones cost so much more is because of the margins that these devices earn.
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    southernshark , October 29, 2012 8:44 PM
    Was gonna buy a Win 8 phone contract free, but honestly at this price it looks like I will go Android.

    I don't do contracts so this is great news for me.
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    shmung , October 29, 2012 9:05 PM
    Haha yeah i was planning on getting a Samsung ativ if it came to t mobile but its gonna be a Verizon exclusive and t mobile doesn't have LTE yet anyway so unless t mobile gets some spectacular windows phone that hasn't leaked yet nexus 4 is my next phone now if only it could come in white.
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    whiteodian , October 29, 2012 9:09 PM
    Yes. Excellent price. I think I will be upgrading finally. This phone and $45/month on Straight Talk beats my $100/month AT&T any day! F U big carriers and your high prices.
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    twelch82 , October 29, 2012 10:22 PM
    I like the price. It even looks pretty decent. I like the edge-to-edge screen horizontally.

    Wish the battery was bigger. It's not terrible, but now that I've had a phone with over 3,000 mA, it would be hard to go back to one with lesser battery life.
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    ronindaosohei , October 29, 2012 10:44 PM
    What's the deal with Google crippling their flagship phones in irritating ways? With the Galaxy Nexus it was the pitiful camera, with this one you've got only 8 GB or max 16 GB of storage? 16 GB should be the absolutely minimum on flagship phones these days with a more realistic minimum of 32 GB plus additional storage. Love what Google is doing but seriously they always castrate the Nexus line in one way or another.
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    monkeymonk , October 29, 2012 11:04 PM
    ronindaosoheiWhat's the deal with Google crippling their flagship phones in irritating ways? With the Galaxy Nexus it was the pitiful camera, with this one you've got only 8 GB or max 16 GB of storage? 16 GB should be the absolutely minimum on flagship phones these days with a more realistic minimum of 32 GB plus additional storage. Love what Google is doing but seriously they always castrate the Nexus line in one way or another.

    I totally agree! I have the galaxy nexus and the little thing they did wrong really really irritating. I especially hate the peel off battery cover. This nexus looked really cool to me but the lack of LTE is lame and the battery could be a bit beefier as well.
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    SneakySnake , October 29, 2012 11:21 PM
    IT HAS NO LTE
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    freiheitner , October 30, 2012 12:05 AM
    LTE only means you burn through your pitifully low download cap faster. On a phone, I can't really see 42Mbps HSDPA (4x what I get over cable at home) as being "too slow".

    This phone sounds tempting except for the lack of an SD card coupled with the low onboard storage (8GB with no expansion? Seriously?!).
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    bustapr , October 30, 2012 12:44 AM
    I'd gladly whip out an extra $50 for an SD slot. Don't really care for the lack of LTE. Just wondering if they will offer a CDMA version. I'm on Virgin Mobile which isn't compatible with SIM.
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    sna , October 30, 2012 1:34 AM
    SneakySnakeIT HAS NO LTE


    and it is 299$ only WAKE UP , with High end hardware.

    this is a smart move for people who dont care about LTE.

    or do you prefer to pay 500$ for a phone with LTE and same specs ?

    it has 2G ram and S4 cpu plus 4.2 Android ... and there is NO way to get that for less than 500$ today
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    sna , October 30, 2012 1:37 AM
    ronindaosoheiWhat's the deal with Google crippling their flagship phones in irritating ways? With the Galaxy Nexus it was the pitiful camera, with this one you've got only 8 GB or max 16 GB of storage? 16 GB should be the absolutely minimum on flagship phones these days with a more realistic minimum of 32 GB plus additional storage. Love what Google is doing but seriously they always castrate the Nexus line in one way or another.


    they are aiming at the mass market.

    similar phone costs 500$ without contract

    S4 cpu , 2G ram , Android 4.2 ...

    they take out LTE and SD card and sell it for 300$

    thats FINE ... now Students and world wide buyers will be happy...

    for a phone I dont care much about SD or storage. coz I have a tablet with BIG SCREEN...

    I allways wanted a phone with super hardware , fast and responsive and cheap . and google are making it possible.
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    phatboe , October 30, 2012 1:54 AM
    FFS I buy the Galaxy s3 a few days ago on a 2yr contract then a few days later they announce a better phone that is to be released soon that cost almost as much off contract as wgat that I paid for the s3 on contract.
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    lunyone , October 30, 2012 1:58 AM
    * No LTE (might not matter much in a cheaper phone/device like this). Would prefer to have LTE, but at the cost of data plans these days.....
    * No SD card, this is what I look for in any smartphone (easy memory upgrade and also transfer of files from computer --- talking about Verizon here due to their castrations)
    * Fits the market for those who have unlimited data plans and don't mind 3G service speeds.
    * As long as the camera is good this should be a good seller.
    * Should be free on Verizon w/2 yr contract (if they have a Verizon version).
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