After several months of speculation regarding the next Nexus device, Google finally unveiled a white variant of the Nexus 4. Press photographs and other convincing details led to many to expect the device shortly, but LG officially released the device on May 29th starting in Hong Kong.
Specifications-wise, the black and white variants are identical and pricing details are likely the same. Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. It runs on Android 4.2 and is powered by 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro plus 2GB RAM. The pricing is most probably $299 and $349 for the 8GB and 16GB versions respectively.
When the Nexus 4 was first launched in November last year, Google offered it through unlocked sales for US consumers. In other words, the device can be purchased direct from Google without contracts and subsidies. The usual method was also offered, with T-Mobile selling Nexus 4 for $200 after a mail-in rebate of $50 and a two-year subscription.
Nexus 4, being a GSM/HSPA+ phone, works with T-Mobile and AT&T. Even without a contract, users can simply get a micro-SIM from a preferred carrier and get it activated. Current customers can easily swap their regular-sized SIM for a micro-SIM.
Google’s direct method seems a better option as users can select a compatible service provider of their choice. With no contracts, users are not under any obligation, so it is easy to jump between services without penalties. An unlocked purchase allows better access to native Android features, such as Wi-Fi hotspot without additional payments.
Nexus 4, be it black or white, is basically a Google phone rather than a carrier phone and offers a pure Google experience, so no interfering from carriers.