Google and LG lifted the lid on the fourth-ever Nexus-branded, vanilla Android-toting smartphone last night, despite cancelling a press call for the phone due to severe weather conditions in New York.
Dubbed the Nexus 4 and manufactured by LG on Google’s behalf, the smartphone runs the previously unseen 4.2 version of Android Jelly Bean rather than the major new Key Lime Pie update that some predicted.
This brings with it a 360 panoramic camera feature dubbed Photo Sphere, which Google touts with Apple-style lack of restraint as "unlike any panorama you have ever seen”.
Android 4.2 also adds a Swype-style text input method aimed at making the keyboard easier to use and a new notifications bar.
The phone’s spec sheet, meanwhile, takes in an eight-megapixel camera with video recording in full 1080p, 8GB of storage and a 4.7-inch LCD screen (with 1280-by-768 resolution) fashioned from robust Gorilla Glass.
Under the hood, it’s home to a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. This apparently combines with the handset’s 2GB of RAM and the “fastest version of Android ever” for what Google claims is its “snappiest smartphone yet”.
Interestingly, despite its lavish spec set, the phone’s price point is a relatively inexpensive £239 when bought SIM free and off contract.
That marks a move away from the premium priced Nexus phones of yore and suggests a price point of £20 per month or so when the phone lands on UK contract deals.