Friday, October 26, 2012

LG Nexus 4 outed by Carphone Warehouse pre-order page

The device hasn't even been announced, but it's an extremely leaky secret. The LG Nexus 4, which is expected to be announced on Monday, Oct. 29, was for a short time available for pre-order at the U.K.'s Carphone Warehouse.

The page has since been removed, but we have a screenshot of the page above (click to enlarge). A long Reddit thread, however, call both the specifications listed on the page and the image bunk.
Yep. It seems totally bogus to me. They took the fake press renders from yesterday; wrote the likely specs and are using this to get some preorders. Just wait until Monday people, and you will have the real specs for sure. [...]

Yeah, most likely, as they are with the 8gb storage as well. They are likely giving the minimum stats based on the rumors, if the actual stats are better everybody's happy, if they are worse than advertized people freak out.
The specs from the page included the following:
A 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM, 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 LCD display, 8-megapixel camera (recording 1080p video at 30fps) , 8GB of internal storage, NFC and will run Google’s Android 4.2 (retaining the Jelly Bean codename).
These are all rumored specs, including the fact that Android 4.2 will not get its own codename, something that hasn't happened before.

One key point, though, and one that's probably accurate even if the rest of the information on the page was faux, is the release date. The image above says "Pre-order now for the delivery on the 30th October."

Although the LG Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 are expected to be the big announcements at Google's Monday Oct. 29 event, among other things Google will unveil - or at least, is expected to unveil - are a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet, and a cellular equipped Nexus 7, too.

In addition, Google is rumored to be expanding the Nexus tablet line to include a 10-inch version which may - or may not - be called the Nexus 10 tablet. The tablet is codenamed internally as "Manta," and will also run Google's new Android 4.2 operating system,

The tablet will venture into Retina territory, sporting a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel (16:10) resolution, offering 300 pixels-per-inch (PPI), which is greater than the Retina iPad.

The feature announcements "leaked" from Android 4.2 aren't earth-shattering. One is something called "Content in the center." This new feature will allow end users to access Play Store content from a widget.

There will also be changes to the panoramic camera settings to support both horizontal and vertical movement by default, similar to iOS 6. Consider it a feature-matching change, rather than something revolutionary.

On the other hand, the "Tablet Sharing" feature is a definite move in the right direction. Tablet Sharing allows users to switch between user accounts on a tablet, each with their own email and apps (and we assume document storage). Indeed, it provides the same sort of user-switching functionality that consumers and enterprise users are used to seeing on desktop platforms.

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