Google Nexus 4 LTE to finally launch alongside pricier Nexus 5?

Google Nexus 4 LTE to finally launch alongside pricier Nexus 5?It's time to talk Google Nexus 5 yet again, but surprisingly at this stage of the game the latest rumours are actually quite interesting and original.

According to a source claiming to be in the know, the Nexus 5 will launch with a higher price tag than the current Nexus 4 to make room for a revised LTE version of the Nexus 4 to be unveiled simultaneously.

The Nexus 4 has always had an LTE-capable chipset on board, it's just not enabled, and rumours of a Nexus 4 LTE have popped up several times this year, most notably ahead of Google I/O in May.

Well now the rumours are back, with the 4G Nexus 4 now being seen as offering Google the chance to cover multiple price points with its premier handset – much like Apple does with older-generation iPhones.

The bad news is none of those price points look set to be cheaper than the current model offers. Speaking to Android Geeks, our supposed Google insider says the Nexus 4 LTE will be launched in both 16GB and 32GB guises at exactly the same price as the current (non-4G) Nexus 4, which in the US is $299 and $349 respectively.

The Nexus 5, he says, will be priced in the Play Store at $399 (16GB) and $449.

An interesting theory, though it does contradict a separate claim we've reported that the Nexus 5 will be priced at a significantly cheaper $299/$399 level.

There's still every chance the Nexus 4 LTE theory could be right, and some of the actual prices for the various models in Google's plans have been miscommunicated. LG is the manufacturer behind both, after all, and considering the supply shortages that marred the Nexus 4's first few months, the Korean firm would no doubt be quite happy to extend its shelf life a bit further.

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