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Googles LG-made Nexus is a powerhouse. Here's a first look at the latest entry in the company's Nexus line.
The latest and greatest Nexus - and it's from LG
Despite a raging East Coast hurricane, Google announced the new LG Nexus 4 Monday, among several other new products. Here's a first look at the latest entry in the company's Nexus line.
The 4.7-inch, 1280x768-resolution screen is fairly standard for an Android flagship -- on paper -- though it does use IPS technology, providing a potential selling point.
The Nexus 4 features some pretty muscular hardware, including a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, Adreno 320 graphics processor and 2GB RAM. Models with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage will be available.
The first LG Nexus is roughly the same size as other Android flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X+, though it's also slightly heavier. It's also considerably larger than the iPhone 5.
While it's not the brand-new Key Lime Pie version of Android that some predicted, Android 4.2 does bring some new upgrades, including "photo sphere" (a panoramic capture mode), built-in gesture typing a la Swype, and several other impressive features.
Although there's a micro-USB connector on the Nexus 4, it's not used for charging -- rather, the phone is simply placed on a compatible mat and the battery is recharged automatically.
If you're interested, you won't have to wait long to get your hands on the LG Nexus 4 -- it'll be available contract-free from Google Play as of Nov. 13. However, the price won't be small, with the 8GB model going for $299 and the 16GB model selling for $349. You can get a $199, 16GB Nexus 4 with a two-year contract on T-Mobile, though there's no precise availability date for that as yet.