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LG explains Nexus 4’s mystery 4G chip

LG explains Nexus 4’s mystery 4G chip

LG has brushed aside chatter that its Nexus 4 smartphone may offer LTE connectivity in the future, amid the uncovering of a 4G chip embedded right in the handset’s processor.

Earlier this week, the invasive types at iFixIt took apart the Nexus 4 for a closer look at its innards and found, much to their surprise, a Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip on the motherboard.

This caused a fair bit of confusion, as the Nexus 4 doesn’t actually offer 4G support. However, many begun to hope that perhaps the chip would be activated later with a software update.

Unfortunately, that is not the case. A spokesperson for the phone-maker told TechRadar that the reason behind the chip’s presence was simply its decision to use a processor made by Qualcomm that happened to have an LTE modem built-in.

"In order to provide the best possible specification for Nexus 4, LG utilised the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset as can be found in its 4G LTE product, namely LG Optimus G," said the spokesperson.

"This powerful chipset is only available with a combined processor and modem and cannot be implemented separately.”

Apparently the Nexus 4 is missing several key components, such as a signal amplifier and filter, which are necessary for LTE to work and hence can’t be upgraded to the super-fast network through software.

Well, that’s a shame, but it shouldn’t really disappoint early adopters who picked up one without knowing it had a 4G chip all along.

Besides, the Nexus 4 is mind-bogglingly cheap on the Google Play store and to include all the extra parts would have meant it couldn’t be sold at such a keen price point.

Still, there’s always the possibility that Google/LG may decide to bring out a 4G edition of the Nexus 4 down the line and price it accordingly. So if you’re still on the fence about getting one, may be wait a bit longer.



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