UPDATED: LG to release white Nexus 4 – but reportedly confirms no Nexus 5

Alex Walls
May 29, 2013

LG has said it will launch a white Nexus 4, but has reportedly confirmed it won’t be working on a Nexus 5.

On its website, the company said the white Nexus was, in essence, the same phone in a different cover, combining LG’s hardware with Google’s software, including Google Now and Photosphere.

The Nexus 4 has been very popular but has seen delays getting devices out to customers who ordered from the Playstore for which  Google UK and Ireland managing director Dan Cobley apologised in mid-December, saying supplies from the manufacturer had been erratic (although media in Korea reported LG officials saying production was on schedule).

The white Nexus 4 would deliver the same Google experience to consumers in a new colour option, LG mobile communications company president and chief executive Dr Jong-seok Park said.

The device would roll out on May 29 starting in Japan, and then globally in select markets in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East over the coming weeks, LG said.

Meanwhile in an interview with All About Phones, LG Mobile Europe president Won Kim reportedly said the company had no plans to create another Nexus phone with Google, the Next Web reported.

Nexus had been a great success despite “the production problems for us and Google” but LG did not need another marketing success, Mr Kim said.  When asked about the Google edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 announced at Google’s developer conference, Mr Kim said LG had no plans to provide its devices in a similar manner, the Next Web reported.

“This has no added value for us without our own skins.”

An LG spokesperson said the comments had been misinterpreted, saying Mr Kim had said LG was not currently working on a Nexus 5 “which was true”, but that this didn’t mean the company would turn down the opportunity, the Next Web said.

LG told What Mobile that there was no information available regarding its plan to develop the Nexus 5.

“Our current focus is on the Nexus 4.”

The breakdown

As the same phone, but in white, the Nexus 4 will be 133.9 x 68.7 mm at 9.1 mm thick, running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) on a Snapdragon 1.5GHz quad core processor with 2GB of RAM and 8 or 16GB of internal storage (which wasn’t expandable on the original Nexus 4).

The device has a 4.7 inch screen with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and 320 ppi, and an 8MP camera with LED flash, with a 1.3MP front facing camera, as well as a 2,100mAh.

Check out  What Mobile’s review of the Nexus 4 here (we liked the price for a feature set and hardware that compared with a top shelf Android phone).

Starting in Hong Kong on May 29, Nexus 4 White will roll out globally in select markets in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East over the next several weeks.

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