The LG Nexus 4 was leaked multiple times last week leading up to Google’s “The Playground Is Open” event that was supposed to take place today, but was unfortunately cancelled due to the threat of hurricane Sandy. This didn’t stop Google from officially announcing the handset though.
The smallest of the three new Nexus devices announced today is the Nexus 4, a new smartphone manufactured by LG that will replace the existing Galaxy Nexus as the pure Android smartphone du jour. The specs that were leaked last week were pretty dead on, and include a quad core processor, a 4.7-inch display with 320ppi and a resolution of 1280 x 768, plus NFC and wireless charging. It certainly appears to be a worthy heir to the Nexus smartphone throne, and it’s based off the existing LG Optimus G, so the built quality should be pretty good.
The Nexus 4 will come in both an 8GB and 16GB version, which seems a little on the small side for a phone with no SD card slot. The two storage options will cost you $299 and $349 respectively, and will come unlocked and contract-free from the Play Store. You’ll also be able to grab the 16GB one from your carrier for $199 on a contract.