In what will undoubtedly be seen as a way to clear inventory before the inevitable launch of a successor, Google has lowered the price of the Nexus 4 to an astounding $199 and $249.
Reaching that hallowed $199 price point is an incredible feat for Google, since it has yet to penetrate the mainstream market with its Nexus line. These prices will no doubt send other OEMs scrambling to do the same before the holiday season, as this is clearly the best deal for a high-end smartphone in the country.
At $249 for the 16GB model, Google may even entice users to purchase the device and bring it to one of the carriers and save $20 per month.
Regardless of the reason, this is an amazing deal for anyone looking at a new smartphone. With a quad-core processor, a 720p display, 2GB of RAM, a 2100mAh battery, an 8MP camera and the very latest version of stock Android, the Nexus 4 is a great device at any price. This just makes it better.
Update – August 29th: Google has now sold out of the 8GB version of the Nexus 4 on Google Play. They note that “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon.” The 16GB is still kicking around for $249 and ships within 1 – 2 business days. – IH