White Nexus 4 caught on camera once again

Daniel Bader

May 13, 2013 10:11am


Google I/O may not be the product-launching bonanza of previous years, but there are rumours that Google will refresh its main Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 4, with a new colour and LTE connectivity.

The white Nexus 4 was expected to launch alongside its black counterpart in November but never materialized. Google never acknowledged the second colour, so it was thought to be held back due to low demand, simplified marketing messaging or, most likely, manufacturing issues. White cellphones are notorious for being delayed due to the difficulty of creating a white surface that doesn’t discolour or fade. With the Nexus 4 colouring behind glass, that doesn’t quite jibe with traditional thinking, but it’s a good theory.

If Google does re-launch the Nexus 4 at Google I/O with LTE connectivity, it would make sense that it would release the white version, perhaps as a limited-quantity special edition, for users to purchase. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a slightly larger battery inside the phone, too, to offset the higher demands of the LTE chip.

All will be revealed on Wednesday, May 15th at 12PM ET, when the Google I/O 2013 keynote is scheduled to begin.

Source: Google+

  • the truth bearer

    Hasn’t the Nexus 4 always had lte capability, it was just turned off by Google? I’ve seen plenty of custom roms and techniques on XDA that can utilise lte.

    • Tom

      It’s not optimized and drains battery pretty fast. Also, LTE isn’t that great depending on the area you live in. I live in the Kanata area of Ottawa and my Nexus 4 has at times been faster on HSPA+ than on LTE (one time I got 10M vs 7M in the same day). On Fido btw.

  • ChrisPollard77

    Yes, and many are hoping the 4.3 update to Jelly Bean will bring official LTE support. Custom roms are using the old radio from pre-4.2.2, where LTE was disabled. So it should simply be a matter of flashing and rockin’ LTE, battery life be damned.

  • sicsicpuppy

    Here’s a better idea for I/O , bring out the Nexus X , forget the 4

  • wes

    My gf would be wanting this that’s for sure. I guess I’m going to take over her black Nexus 4. Win Win for both of us!

  • Rob Vaul

    I finally got a Nexus 4, it arrived this morning actually.
    That means it’s only natural that a new LTE model will come out real fast.