The LG Nexus 4 is very hard to get hold of thanks to the huge demand and the fact that Google cannot keep up with supplies.
LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: price a major factor
Now IBTimes reports that due to this, the cost of the LG Nexus 4 is more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S3, which is readily available around the globe.
The LG Nexus 4 has been making brief appearances in the Google Play Store however customers are still having trouble getting their hands on the device. This has led to a wait of around 4 to 5 weeks in shipping for the 16GB version of the handset and around 4 to 9 weeks for the 8GB version. In other words no shipping until 2013.
The source points out that at this time, the LG Nexus 4 16GB model comes in around $700 from third party retailers. Despite the high price tag, the units are still flying off shelves and quantities are limited. In comparison the the Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB costs around $550, with some 3rd party retailers even offring it at around the $500 mark for the unlocked version.
Given that the biggest selling point of the LG Nexus 4 before anything else was its $299 price tag, taking this out of the equation makes it absurd to buy the device at such ridiculous prices. At $700 you get a flagship Android with limited storage (8GB), no SD card support, no LTE, a non-removable battery and a camera that is sub-par when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3, Note 2 and HTC One X+. If it has anything on its side it is the fact that it has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Even so it is important to note that its major rivals have already been bumped up to Android 4.1 which is just a few features shy of the latest update.
Over at Google Play Store there is a limit on the amount of Nexus 4 devices you can order. Google are hoping that this approach will help them to control supplies of the device, along with helping to keep down the cost.