The Nexus 4 is the latest smartphone in Google’s Nexus range of Android devices, for which the search giant teamed up with Korean electronics maker, LG.
In South Africa, the local offices of manufacturers typically handled distribution of their Nexus devices, with Asus SA bringing in the Nexus 7, and Samsung SA the Galaxy Nexus.
It is understood that LG decided against bringing in the Nexus 4 because they don’t think it would sell well in South Africa.
|Specifications||LG Optimus G||Nexus 4|
|Dimensions||131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm||133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm|
|Operating system||Android 4.0||Android 4.2|
|Display||4.7″ WXGA (768×1280)||4.7″ WXGA (768×1280) IPS|
|Processor||1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad-core)||1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad-core)|
|Graphics||Adreno 320||Adreno 320|
|Cellular data||HSPA / LTE||21Mbps HSPA+|
Instead it is believed that the company will be focussing on a device with very similar specifications to the Nexus 4, the LG Optimus G, which LG has already said would launch in South Africa during February 2013.
As LG didn’t respond to queries about its plans for the Nexus 4 in South Africa, at this stage it doesn’t look like the device will be making it to our shores unless network operators bring it in on their own.