The LG-built Google Nexus 4 has proved hugely popular, selling out in little more than 30 minutes, but one minor gripe is the lack of 4G LTE support.
Earlier this week we learned that the Google Nexus 4 does in fact have a Qualcomm 4G LTE chip, though it’s dormant, and now LG explains why.
There were two theories doing the rounds, one suggesting that the chip was left over from the LG Optimus G, which the Google Nexus 4 is based on. Incidentally, for a full comparison, check out Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus G.
The second theory was that the Google Nexus 4’s LTE chip might be capable of springing to life, with potential network exclusives in the pipeline.
Turns out one of those theories was bang on the money: the first one. Furthermore, the second theory has been quashed by LG. Bah.
LG tells TechRadar: “In order to provide the best possible specification for Nexus 4, LG utilised the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset as can be found in its 4G LTE product, namely LG Optimus G.
"This powerful chipset is only available with a combined processor and modem and cannot be implemented separately.
"The modem contains 4G LTE capabilities but is only effective when combined with other essential hardware parts such as a signal amplifier and filter in order for it to work. It therefore cannot be upgraded to 4G LTE capability through software.”
In a parallel universe somewhere, the Google Nexus 4 has LTE compatibility, 32GB internal storage, and microSD support. Hey, never say never. The Asus-built Google Nexus 7 received some 32GB 3G lovin’ in a recent refresh.