Google has slashed the price of its Nexus 4 to a bargain-tastic £159.
The 8GB handset garnered widespread praise last year for its affordable combination of high-end specs but, anticipating Apple’s launch of a cheaper iPhone, a further £80 has been trimmed from its price. The 16GB Nexus 4 has also seen its price cut to £199 from £279.
Nexus 4 – read our review of the Google handset
Nexus 4: what’s it like?
The Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch touchscreen, speedy 1.5GHz processor and a respectable 8-megapixel camera. These specs placed it in direct competition with premium-priced smartphones like the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 upon its launch. It even managed to outperform the iPhone 5 in our fastest phone test.
Nowadays, there’s much more competition in the budget-friendly market with both Nokia’s 4G-capable Lumia 625 and the QWERTY keyboard Blackberry Q5 forming attractive alternatives. More significantly, a deafening swell of online speculation points to the arrival of a cheaper iPhone at Apple’s forthcoming September 10 event.
iPhone 5C soon to follow?
The iPhone 5C, as it’s speculatively been dubbed, is likely to feature the same specs as the iPhone 5 housed in a colourful plastic casing; instead of Apple’s traditional preference for an aluminium shell. This means it should be powered by the powerful A6 processor chip and feature an 8-megapixel camera, offering a sturdy performance for a price of around £320.
That might be cheap by Apple’s swanky standards but for many consumers the £159 Nexus is likely to remain attractive.
Although no images of a Nexus 5 phone have leaked online, it’s possible that the Nexus 4 price drop will act as a prelude to a brand new Google-powered handset. Similarly to all Nexus devices, like the recently-announced Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus 4 runs on a stock version of Android that’s regularly updated to ensure owners enjoy the operating system’s latest features before anyone else.
The £159 Nexus 4 can be purchased directly from Google Play with the handset promised to ship in 1-2 business days.