Google Nexus 4 Price Slashed - We Wonder Why ?
The already great value Google Nexus 4 has just had a price cut on Google Play, bringing it down from £239 to £159 for the 8GB version and from £279 to £199 for the 16GB version. If it wasn’t already the best value smartphone on the planet it probably is now.
That’s big news in itself, but it hints of bigger things to come. After all one of the biggest reasons to drop the price of a handset is because you want to clear stock before the launch of a new device, in this case the Google Nexus 5.
That’s not the only hint we have that the Nexus 5 is on its way. For one thing the Nexus 4 launched in November of last year, while the Nexus S launched in November of 2011, so following that pattern it seems reasonable that the Nexus 5 would launch in November of this year, which isn’t far away now.
Beyond that Trusted Reviews is reporting that UK retailers have almost all stopped selling the Nexus 4, further suggesting that a successor is just around the corner. Trusted Reviews has also dug up a wealth of rumours about the device, including the fact that it may even launch as soon as October and that it will likely be made by LG once again, though there’s an outside chance that it could be handed over to Motorola or Asus.
On the specs front the Nexus 5 will supposedly sport a 5.2 inch OLED 1920 x 1080 full HD display, which is quite a jump from the 4.7 inch 720p display on the Nexus 4. The Google Nexus 5 should be a substantial upgrade in other areas too, with a rumoured 2.3 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor and either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, alongside a 10 or 16 megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p video, a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera and a big 3300 mAh battery, which should be more than enough to keep it going.
The Nexus 5 is also likely to come in 16GB, 32GB and possibly even 64GB varieties (unlike the current model which is capped at 16GB); however like everything with Nexus in the name it probably won’t have a micro SD card slot.
It’s likely to have all of the connectivity options that you’d expect from a flagship phone, including Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Bluetooth and NFC.
The new Nexus will almost certainly run Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, making it the first device to do so, though other recent Nexus devices will likely be able to update to Android 5.0 at around the same time. Key Lime Pie is supposedly going to include some major changes to Google’s OS, so it could be quite a different experience to what you currently get on the Nexus 4.
There’s no news on what the price of the Nexus 5 will be, but given that the new Nexus 7 has a similar price to the original there’s a good chance that the same will hold true with the Nexus 5 in comparison to the Nexus 4 and if nothing else the low price tags attached to the Nexus range are one of its biggest selling points, so it’s likely to be priced below the competition.
By Kevin Thomas on 28th August, 2013