White Nexus 4 is official, but still no 4G LTE (Updated: it’s on sale now)

LG Nexus 4 White OfficialLG has announced the upcoming availability of the Nexus 4 smartphone in white, following a succession of more detailed leaks over the past few weeks. However, anyone hoping the phone would come with a few extra features (4G LTE, anyone?) is going to be very disappointed, as LG sums the white Nexus 4 up perfectly in its press release tag line, which reads, “Same popular smartphone, different color.”

That’s right, the white phone’s specification is the same as the black Nexus 4, which went on sale late last year. A reminder is probably in order though, so if you’re considering picking up the new white phone, here’s what you need to know. It has a 4.7-inch, IPS Plus touchscreen with a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution. A quad-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 2GB of RAM can be found inside.

The main camera has 8 megapixels, while the video call lens above the screen has 1.3 megapixels, and there’s a choice of either a pathetic 8GB of storage memory, or a slightly more acceptable 16GB. The reason you’ll want to buy the Nexus 4 though, is for its untouched version of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. Nexus devices are always first to receive the latest version of Google’s OS, so when Android 4.3/Android 5.0 comes out, Nexus 4 owners should be enjoying it before anyone else. You can read our in-depth review of the Nexus 4 here, which of course, is still applicable to the new white phone.

LG will put the white Nexus 4 on sale in Hong Kong on May 29, with a promise North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East will follow over the coming weeks, so we’ll need to keep an eye on the Google Play store in early June. The price hasn’t been confirmed, but there’s no reason why it should cost any more than the black Nexus 4, so you’ll need $299 spare to secure one.

Updated on 05/31/2013 at 13:00 by Andy: That was quick! Just days after the phone made its debut in Hong Kong, the white Nexus 4 is now available in North America through both Google Play and T-Mobile. Buying one on Google Play – where it comes with a free bumper case – you’ll have to spend $300 for the 8GB model, or $350 for the 16GB white Nexus 4. Alternatively, if you go to T-Mobile it’s $427, or $20 down with $17 per month for 24 months.

Article originally published on 05/28/2013.

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