Android smartphone showdown

Google officially announced the new Nexus smartphone on Monday (29 October 2012) in spite of hurricane Sandy causing the search giant to postpone its launch event.

Though there were few surprises thanks to the many leaks leading up to the eventual unveiling, the device, its maker (LG), and its specifications are finally official.

Along with a new set of Nexus devices, which include a 10-inch tablet from Samsung, Google also kept up the tradition of announcing a new version of Android.

Android 4.2 will still be called “Jelly Bean” (as Android 4.1 is), but is set to include features such as multi-user support, Photo Sphere, and gesture-based typing.

The table below shows how the specifications of some of the high-end Android smartphones compare to one another, including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X.

Nexus 4 press shot
Nexus 4 press shot
Specifications Nexus 4 Galaxy Nexus Samsung Galaxy S3 HTC One X
Maker LG/Google Samsung/Google Samsung HTC
Dimensions 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9mm
Weight 139g 135g 133g 130g
Operating system Android 4.2 Android 4.1 Android 4.0 (in SA) Android 4.0 (in SA)
Display 4.7″ WXGA (768×1280) IPS 4.65″ 720p HD (720×1280) Super AMOLED 4.8″ 720p (720×1280) AMOLED 4.7″ 720p (720×1280) IPS S-LCD2
Rear camera 8MP 5MP 8MP 8MP
Front camera 1.3MP 1.3MP 1.9MP 1.3MP
Storage, internal 8/16GB 16/32GB 16/32/64GB 32GB
Storage, expandable No No microSD (64GB SDXC) No
RAM 2GB 1GB 1GB 1GB
Processor 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (quad-core) 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 (dual core ARM Cortex-A9) 1.4GHz Exynos 4212 quad 1.5GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 (quad core)
Graphics Adreno 320 PowerVR SGX540 @ 384 MHz Mali-400MP ULP GeForce
Battery 2,100mAh 1,750mAh 2,100mAh 1,800mAh
Cellular data 21Mbps HSPA+ HSPA+ 21Mbps HSPA+ 21Mbps HSPA+
SIM type Micro SIM* Mini SIM Micro SIM Micro SIM
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Specifications marked with * come from reports, not official spec sheets

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