I came across this on post on G+.
I'm weary about LG devices, but I'm guessing Google isn't going to let them produce a crappy device with the Nexus name. The specs sure don't look skimpy.
It's surreal to imagine that next month this time I might be walking around with an LG Nexus 4. What's most impressive about the LG Nexus 4 is that it will be a bigger improvement over the Galaxy Nexus, than the Galaxy Nexus was over the Nexus S.
The LG Nexus 4 is either as big of a generational leap, or bigger.
Here a comparison of the specifications:
Nexus S: 200 MHz PowerVR SGX540
Galaxy Nexus: 384 MHz PowerVR SGX540
LG Nexus 4: Adreno 320
I mentioned this yesterday, but the Galaxy Nexus basically had an overclocked version of the same GPU the Nexus S had. The LG Nexus 4 has an Adreno 320 paired with 4 Krait cores which wipes the floor with practically anything. Here are the benchmarks:
Nexus S: 1GHz single-core ARM Cortex-A8
Galaxy Nexus: 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
LG Nexus 4: 1.5GHz quad-core Krait
The quad-core Krait is a much bigger leap over the dual core A9 in all aspects. This is quite a different chip, and it's a beast. Just look at the benchmarks that Anandtech did:
Nexus S: 512MB
Galaxy Nexus: 1GB
LG Nexus 4: 2GB
Technically this isn't the biggest leap, but even then the amount of RAM in the LG Nexus 4 is huge. This is double the RAM of the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3.
Nexus S: 800x400 4" SAMOLED (233 ppi)
Galaxy Nexus: 1280x720 4.65" SAMOLED (316ppi)
LG Nexus 4: 1280x768 4.7" IPS LCD (318ppi)
The LG Nexus 4 has a slightly bigger screen, and I don't think I have to explain the huge difference between Super AMOLED and the beauty of IPS LCD displays. It's light years ahead in quality, brightness and saturation. If we look at what Apple classifies as 'retina', which is 300+ ppi then you'll see that the LG Nexus 4 also is a winner in this category.
Nexus S: 1,500 mAh Replaceable
Galaxy Nexus: 1,750 mAh (LTE edition had 1,850 mAh) Replaceable
LG Nexus 4: 2,100 mAh non-replaceable
The higher amount of milliampere per hour (mAh) should definitely help in a much longer lifespan of the LG Nexus 4, but LG is also claiming to have created a battery that is 60% more efficient at the same capacity than it's competitors. LG has much more control over the behaviour of all the hardware inside the phone because most of it is built by themselves. This usually is a huge energy saver. Even if this claim is highly generous, the capacity leap alone gives this one to the LG Nexus 4.
Nexus S: 5MP auto-focus, single LED flash, sub 720p video recording
Galaxy Nexus: 5MP auto-focus, single LED flash, 1080p video recording
LG Nexus 4: 8MP auto-focus, single LED flash, 1080p video recording
The camera in Nexus phones never have been that great unfortunately. Unfortunately the leaked photos of the LG Nexus 4 haven't been that great either, but I assume that's because of software / driver issues in the test units. Let's hope this gets fixed - at least we should see a significant bump up from the quality of photos that the Galaxy Nexus delivers.
Not much is known about this. The test units only have 8GB of on-board storage, but that's normal for test units. This isn't representative of what you'll finally end up with. I expect that there will be 16GB and 32GB versions of the phone - which should be more than enough on a stock Jelly Bean device considering how tightly it makes use of Google's cloud services.
I remember last year when +Ron Festejo and I strolled through Tottenham Court Road in London on Day 1 in order to pick up the Galaxy Nexus. Not sure if my move to Brighton was wise in this case since I don't know which shop would have it immediately, let's hope on Monday that they'll put up the phone for pre-order on Google Play.
Knowing what I know about the phone this is definitely going to be a Day 1 purchase for me.
Next Monday we should see the official unveiling. Who is going to watch it live? Who else is going to buy it Day 1?