From the very first day it went on sale last October, the Google Nexus 4 was an inexpensive smartphone, especially with the specifications it came with. It got even better today thanks to a $100 (and just a bit more in Canada) price drop. The 8GB model now sells for $199 with the 16GB version now selling for $249 (both in Canada and the U.S.).
Google did not provide any explanation for the price drop but it’s likely looking to clear the shelves in preparation for the launch of the next Nexus smartphone likely sometime in the fall. It’s not the only device offering a pure Android experience anymore. It has been joined (in the U.S. only so far) by the Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, both of which offer superior specifications.
As for that next Nexus smartphone, conflicting rumours have it manufactured by either LG or Motorola. LG’s version would be based on its LG G2 flagship whereas the Motorola version may feature less powerful specifications (a quad-core processor, a display measuring at least 4.5-inch, 2GB of RAM and an 8MP camera capable of 1080p video) and perhaps a more attractive price.
If nothing else, the Nexus 4 could certainly be an inexpensive way to be among the first to receive an upgrade to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie (assuming it does get upgraded, something that will only be confirmed when Google announces the next Android version).
Anyone jumping on the Google Nexus 4 bandwagon at these prices? Let us know below.