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LG Reportedly Prices Nexus 4 at €599 for Retailers

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The Nexus 4 is looking pretty pricey in Europe.

When Google announced the LG Nexus 4 last week, one of the most surprising things about the phone was its price. While most unlocked, SIM-free phones cost about $500, Google was selling the Nexus 4 for considerably less. The 8GB version of the phone will sell for $299 and, if you're looking for a 16GB model, you can expect to pay $349. The phone is also selling for a pretty competitive price in Europe. However, for those that do want to sign a contract with their Nexus 4, it's a different story.

On Friday, Spanish retailer The Phone House announced that it was suspending Nexus 4 sales because LG's recommended retail price was €599. The retailer said that because the price was higher than the MSRP offered via Google, the company wasn't going to sell the phone. The Phone House said that doing so would not honor its commitment to provide customers with the lowest price possible.

NDTV writes that the phone is similarly expensive in Italy, Denmark and Austria. For most people, it shouldn't be too much of an issue. While it's unusual that the SIM-free version of a phone be cheaper, those with access to the Google Play Store can simply buy through Google. However, for those that live in countries where there is no Google Play support (Austria and Italy are among them, according to NDTV), the high price of an on-contract Nexus 4 might be a deal breaker.

The Nexus 4 is scheduled to launch November 13 and 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.

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    outlw6669 , November 6, 2012 7:09 AM
    Way to be a douche company LG.
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    phdzor , November 6, 2012 7:42 AM
    ya, gl to LG with that price
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    alterecho , November 6, 2012 7:49 AM
    phdzorya, gl to LG with that price

    Smart comment. Didn't get it the first time.
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    grz09 , November 6, 2012 7:50 AM
    no MicroSD ? wtf? company these days ...
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    Kryan , November 6, 2012 8:11 AM
    Sigh...I leave Germany the day before it launches...for 299 I woulda taken that!
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    Thomas Creel , November 6, 2012 8:57 AM
    **Shakes head* LG how can this be your business model? "Hey lets see if we can make a few extra coin by screwing over the Europeans."
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    Anonymous , November 6, 2012 9:05 AM
    I guess this explains o2's outrageous pricing...
    http://news.o2.co.uk/2012/10/31/the-nexus-4s-coming-to-o2/
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    cumi2k4 , November 6, 2012 9:11 AM
    thank you LG for assuring me that this phone is definitely a not buy for me... for $350 i'm still on the fence with the sdcard and user removeable battery fiasco, but this really seal the deal for me. Good luck competing with samsung's.
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    house70 , November 6, 2012 9:50 AM
    That would be MSRP (usually marked-up about 100%). Carriers don't buy the phone at that price, they CAN sell it at that price.
    Typical retailer gouging prices...
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    Vorador2 , November 6, 2012 9:54 AM
    Way to be competitive LG.
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    spentshells , November 6, 2012 10:10 AM
    It was a mediocre phone now with a premium price LG better smarten up I am quite sure apple has a patent on overpriced underpowered phones.
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    unionoob , November 6, 2012 10:17 AM
    was looking to get Nexus 4, but with this price I most likely will just take SGS3 :( 
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    wemakeourfuture , November 6, 2012 10:45 AM
    And you guys say Apple overcharges for products?
    This phone is complete trash for that price.
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    madooo12 , November 6, 2012 10:48 AM
    spentshellsIt was a mediocre phone now with a premium price LG better smarten up I am quite sure apple has a patent on overpriced underpowered phones.

    it's great, actually one of the best phones if not the best, even for that price, what's bad is that people thought this would change the mobile phone market (cheaper better smartphones) if it had the $299/$349 price, but now it won't
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    madooo12 , November 6, 2012 10:50 AM
    unionoobwas looking to get Nexus 4, but with this price I most likely will just take SGS3

    the nexus has much better specs you know
    http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5048&idPhone2=4238
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    wemakeourfuture , November 6, 2012 11:54 AM
    madooo12the nexus has much better specs you knowhttp://www.gsmarena.com/compare.ph [...] hone2=4238


    Yep, like 8GB/16GB, errr.. wait that's crappy
    but it has no micro sd! Oh wait, that's crappy too
    But it only has 3G connection, oh wait having 4G LTE is better

    Yes, the specs are sooooo much better...
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    prakalejas , November 6, 2012 11:58 AM
    madooo12the nexus has much better specs you knowhttp://www.gsmarena.com/compare.ph [...] hone2=4238


    In what way it has MUCH BETTER specs? Faster CPU, more RAM and slightly higher res? I can't get over 50% of usage of S3 quadcore cpu, even at GL-Benchmark it uses only 3 cores and max 25% of all processing power. Ok, maybe more RAM would be nice, but samsung added really nice features (like notification LED, motions, gives away some big games for free and so on).

    So samsung has done a very good job at satisfying a customer and yet LG tries to compete using aggresive pricing seems too optimistic at the moment.
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    madooo12 , November 6, 2012 3:53 PM
    wemakeourfutureYep, like 8GB/16GB, errr.. wait that's crappybut it has no micro sd! Oh wait, that's crappy tooBut it only has 3G connection, oh wait having 4G LTE is betterYes, the specs are sooooo much better...

    -well storage is a good thing, but most people won't use more than a couple of GBs (I don't know lots of people who would enjoy an RPG/FPS on their mobile phone)
    -uSD is very slow, it's useful, but it's not there, most phones don't have one, not a dealbreaker, especially for that value
    -95% of the world don't have 4G, google doesn't have to design a phone just for you


    prakalejasIn what way it has MUCH BETTER specs? Faster CPU, more RAM and slightly higher res? I can't get over 50% of usage of S3 quadcore cpu, even at GL-Benchmark it uses only 3 cores and max 25% of all processing power. Ok, maybe more RAM would be nice, but samsung added really nice features (like notification LED, motions, gives away some big games for free and so on).So samsung has done a very good job at satisfying a customer and yet LG tries to compete using aggresive pricing seems too optimistic at the moment.

    the RAM as you said is very important, the krait CPU is more power efficient than the A9 CPU, I don't know if the nexus will have a notification LED, maybe it will, I don't know what motons is, free games are quite good

    other things the nexus beats the s3 in : software which is greatly better (the 12/2010 nexus S had JB before the S3), DC-HSPA, which I think is more available than LTE but is still fast, i haven't read any detailed speaker/battery/screen/camera tests so far, but I read on two websites (anandtech is one) that the screen is great and on another site I read that the camera is great too

    I hate LG for the prices, maybe google will have something to say about this, just hope it is released here for a price tag close to the US one
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    wemakeourfuture , November 6, 2012 6:47 PM
    madooo12-well storage is a good thing, but most people won't use more than a couple of GBs (I don't know lots of people who would enjoy an RPG/FPS on their mobile phone)-uSD is very slow, it's useful, but it's not there, most phones don't have one, not a dealbreaker, especially for that value-95% of the world don't have 4G, google doesn't have to design a phone just for youthe RAM as you said is very important, the krait CPU is more power efficient than the A9 CPU, I don't know if the nexus will have a notification LED, maybe it will, I don't know what motons is, free games are quite goodother things the nexus beats the s3 in : software which is greatly better (the 12/2010 nexus S had JB before the S3), DC-HSPA, which I think is more available than LTE but is still fast, i haven't read any detailed speaker/battery/screen/camera tests so far, but I read on two websites (anandtech is one) that the screen is great and on another site I read that the camera is great tooI hate LG for the prices, maybe google will have something to say about this, just hope it is released here for a price tag close to the US one


    Most phones over $350 USD in the North American market have 4G. By the way the largest market for Smartphones is North America, Japan, Korea, Europe, Australia
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    wemakeourfuture , November 6, 2012 7:37 PM
    madooo12-well storage is a good thing, but most people won't use more than a couple of GBs (I don't know lots of people who would enjoy an RPG/FPS on their mobile phone)-uSD is very slow, it's useful, but it's not there, most phones don't have one, not a dealbreaker, especially for that value-95% of the world don't have 4G, google doesn't have to design a phone just for youthe RAM as you said is very important, the krait CPU is more power efficient than the A9 CPU, I don't know if the nexus will have a notification LED, maybe it will, I don't know what motons is, free games are quite goodother things the nexus beats the s3 in : software which is greatly better (the 12/2010 nexus S had JB before the S3), DC-HSPA, which I think is more available than LTE but is still fast, i haven't read any detailed speaker/battery/screen/camera tests so far, but I read on two websites (anandtech is one) that the screen is great and on another site I read that the camera is great tooI hate LG for the prices, maybe google will have something to say about this, just hope it is released here for a price tag close to the US one


    Most of my response got cut.

    After North America, Japan, Korea, Europe and Australia.

    Its Brazil, Russia, India and China. The first 3 have pockets of 4G service.

    Saying 95% of the smartphone users in the world don't have 4G is plain wrong. They may choose not to use the service or have a phone that doesn't, but any new smartphone they do purchase (except the Nexus) will offer it. So they're slowly being phased in. That's like saying years ago offer a smartphone with just 2G because mostly people currently are not using 3G. Having a 3G phone when its almost 2013 is a joke.

    In terms of size, 8GB is a joke. You're talking about RPG/FPS, what are you joking?
    We're talking about people who use their phones to take most of their pictures, sharing them on Facebook and instagram.

    People taking 1080p video of their children.
    People listening to their music and having some games to kill time.

    This is where people need more space than 8GB. But wait they don't even get 8GB, after the OS and adjusting for 2^30 bytes is close to 5.5GB left. That's a joke, at least they offer the 16GB.

    You're talking about most people only use a couple of GB, from my experience and people I know that's complexly not accurate. There's reasons why all decent smartphones are starting with 16GB not 8GB anymore.