Google thinks that the LG Nexus 4 will follow on in the success of other Nexus devices, despite the fact that the handset lacks LTE. The device only connects to GSM/HSPA+, and the folks over at TheExaminer think that this could spell doom for the Nexus device.
Will LG Nexus 4 fail just like the original Nexus One had in the past?
Google decided not to go with LTE compatibility based on the current range of LTE connectivity. In simple terms, they thought carriers were far away from completing their LTE networks on a global scale.
LTE allows users to enjoy data speeds which are said to be 10 to 15 time quicker than 3G and it is faster than the majority of devices offering HSPA+. The majority of handsets with LTE are not connected to LTE all the time and rely on falling back onto HSPA or 3G. However carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile have been saying that they are among the leaders when it comes to 4G, but they seem to forget that HSPA and LTE are not the same.
Given that the LG Nexus 4 competes with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5, it could be hard to ignore the fact that it doesn’t have LTE connectivity.
Verizon at the moment are ahead with LTE, in about 400 markets and then AT&T follow behind, with less than 100 markets. Sprint is just entering into LTE and T-Mobile say that they will have their HSPA+ network ready this year and then they will move onto LTE.
The specs of the LG Nexus 4 boasts top-end specs such as a Snapdragon quad core processor and LCD display of 4.7 inches. The camera is 8 megapixels and the device run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If you want to get your hands on the LG exus 4 you can get it in the Google Play Store in the shape of the 8GB for $299 unlocked and the 16GB for $349 unlocked. T-Mobile offers the 16GB for $199 on a contract of two years.
This is all good but the lack of LTE will likely come back to bite the Nexus 4 as carriers are heavily focusing on LTE connectivity and plans, while slowing down new infrastructure on other data connectivity.
While the Samsung Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus were well received, we have to remember that the Google Nexus One wasn’t as lucky. Many blamed its disappointing sales on the run out with Verizon. With Google once again focusing on selling the latest Nexus directly and without LTE or a decent storage size option, we may see a repeat of history.