This is really interesting. Google may have avoided adding LTE to the Nexus 4 to avoid the minefield of capability between different countries and wavelengths, but some enterprising hacker at xda-developers have worked out a very specific way to get the Nexus 4 to latch on a Canadian LTE network with the phone’s debugging menu — at least on LTE band 4 (1700MHz and 2100MHz) on Canadian carriers Telus and Rogers. They went on, and elaborated that “Band 4 (AWS) could essentially be supported with the power amplifiers and transceiver that already are onboard the Nexus 4, but again it ultimately comes down to a particular OEM choice whether these get supported.”
Which makes total sense, doesn’t it? But still, while it is not practical, it is possible.
There’s Android phones — then there’s the Nexus devices built by Google, designed to be the purest representation of Android, because you know — Android is from Google, so a Google device (commissioned to a manufacturer in this case, LG) would do it best, right? Turns out, most agree to this about the Nexus 4, except the lack of LTE support. Tomorrow, T-Mobile will begin selling the 16GB Nexus 4 for $200 on a two-year agreement and if you don’t want to tie yourself with a T-Mobile contract, the same phone will cost you a whopping $500. Ouch. Via: T-Mobile
This is the LG Nexus 4 — the most powerful Nexus phone ever produced by Google. A 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display (1,280 x 768), an 8 megapixel rear camera with 1.3MP HD front-facing, Gorilla Glass 2, NFC/Wi-Fi/GPS/Blueooth/HSPA+ radios, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and the latest rendition of Google Now on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Per usual, Google Maps is included, as are 3D Maps, Street View and the newer Indoor Maps. Now, about availability:
The Nexus 4 will be sold (at least initially) unlocked, supporting some 200 carriers that play by the GSM / HSPA+ radio bands. It’ll be made available in both 8GB and 16GB versions starting November 13 in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia, with pricing set for $299 (8GB) / $349 (16GB. The first American-branded 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a new 2-year contract.
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The LG H160 sliding tablet is one of two new Windows 8 PCs announced by LG this morning. The H160 has a 11.6-inch IPS display of unknown resolution that’s compatible with LG’s Smart Touch Pen, whiLG says it allows for “precision-required” work, however the technology it uses is actually unknown. Thanks to the built-in keyboard the H160 weighs just over 2.3 lbs and is 15.9mm (0.63 inches) thick, but it does offer up full-size USB, HDMI, and microSD ports — all with 10 hours of battery life promised, hinting that it uses Intel’s new Clover Trail family of processors.
As for the second PC, it’s an all-in-one called the V532. It gets to sport a 23-inch 1080p multitouch display, Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card. There’s built-in tuner and functions as a TV when the PC is switched off. Both machines will be released in Korea on October 26th to coincide with Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch; US launches from LG are rather rare, so don’t actually plan on seeing this in the states anytime soon.
This is LG’s first try (in my book) of really trying to bring its motto, “Life’s Good”, to the United States. That’s via the LG Optimus G, which we had at a chance to play with at an AT&T get-together, which packs a punch with a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 768 True HD IPS PLUS display, Android 4.0, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4, 8MP camera (rather than the 13MP module on the global and Sprint models), 2GB RAM and dual-band AT&T LTE. Pricing goes for $200 on a 2-year contract; pre-orders start tomorrow.
Want to know more about the LG Nexus phone? Well, currently codenamed the LG E960 “Mako”, its supposed to have a dashing feature list, like a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 1280×768 4.7-inch display and 2GB of RAM, but with only 8GB of storage built-in. It’s currently running the just-released Android 4.1.2, but Android 4.2 features have yet to even be theorized. Check out the Belarusian (birthplace of the amazing Victoria Azarenka) site Onliner.by, where they have the leaked shots.
Everything points to a “yes”. The codename, which is Mako, is a type of shark, and all Nexus devices have fishy codenames. Further more, we’ve never seen this device before, and the rest of the tech press is enamored by it as well. A gallery of extra pics can be seen at the xda-developers, who found the pics.
With specs like an LG Optimus G, plus the latest version of Android, it would make for an interesting package. What do you think?
Via: XDA Developers, Android Central
We may have been abusing the “AT&T Unwrapped” branding for these hands-on posts, but who cares? It’s the experience and the photos of devices here that count, right? Here’s the LG Optimus G, complete with AT&T’s 4G LTE, a pretty nice aesthetic (but we’re not fans of the overly-customized Android 4.0 software), a 4.7-inch 1280×768 True HD IPS PLUS display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, all along with a 2,100mAh battery and 32GB internal storage.
LG Optimus G Hands-On
Will it be worth it later this holiday season? I’m not banking on devices that don’t use Android 4.1 Jelly Bean from the get-go at this point — the Galaxy Note II and HTC One X+, both of which I had hands-on time with, did run Jelly Bean — so I am not entirely sure.
Long story short: the LG Optimus G is probably their highest-end product, with the best chance of actually being successful in the US market. Coming out on Sprint and AT&T (with extremely vague details as to when exactly), the LG Optimus G has a 4.7-inch 1280×768 True HD IPS PLUS display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Android 4.0, 4G LTE a 2,100mAh battery and 32GB internal storage (with expandable memory available). The catch? AT&T is going with an 8MP rear camera, while Sprint will rock out for the 13MP.
Via: AT&T, PR Newswire
The LG Intuition. This is the sort of smartphone for people who would like a Galaxy Note II, but for some odd reason, can’t wait and settle for the LG Intuition which ships with Android 4.0 instead of 4.1 like the Note II does. Inside, you get a 5-inch, 4:3 aspect ration display, 8 megapixel camera, slim plastic body, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip paired with 1GB of RAM, and a release date on the 6th of September for $199.99 on contract online, and the same when it comes out in stores on the tenth.