Google Nexus 4 drops start price to $199 in US, $249 in Australia

nexus4lowerSearch and phone giant Google has taken the axe to its Nexus 4 smartphone pricing, lopping $100 off the price of the LG-built models. That sees the 8GB model on sale in the US for just $199 and $249 in Australia.

The 16GB release sells in the US for $249 and Australia gets it for $299.

Currently, the 16GB model is selling at retail from Harvey Norman stores in Australia for $419 – $120 more than the Google Play price. At this stage, it’s unclear if or when Harvey Norman will change prices to reflect the new Google pricing.

The Nexus 4 is manufactured by Korean giant LG for Google and is powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core SoC CPU and built around a 4.7-inch I-PS panel with 1280×768-pixel resolution. The phone runs Android 4.2 by default but is now upgradeable to new Android 4.3. It’s a dual 2G/3G/quad-band phone with a reasonably-sized 2100mAh Lithium-polymer battery. LG has also built in an 8MP image sensor on the back with LED and autofocus, with a secondary 1.3MP camera on the front.

While the US pricing clearly makes it the best value smartphone on the market, Google’s Australian prices will also make it hard to beat ‘down under’, where flagship smartphones continue to sell for over $700 outright.

The new pricing can be had from Google Play’s Devices webstore and at least according to the Australian website, both the 8GB and 16GB models are in stock at time of publishing.

But with such a major price drop on a model that is now pushing towards one year old, it does make you wonder if the next Google Nexus release isn’t too far away…


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