One of the early complaints leveled at the LG-built Google Nexus 4 (in addition to lack of microSD support when storage is limited to 16GB) is the absence of LTE (Long Term Evolution).
Er, so how come Step 17 of the iFixit Nexus 4 teardown reveals a Qualcomm WTR1605L seven-band 4G LTE chip?
There are various Nexus 4 LTE conspiracy theories doing the rounds in the wake of the teardown.
One is that some mysterious network (or networks) has (or have) secured an exclusive Nexus 4 LTE deal (or deals) – to be introduced at a later date.
It’s also pointed out that the Nexus 4 is based on the LG Optimus G, which does have LTE. Was the LTE chip just kinda… left in there? Seems strange, but might’ve reduced manufacturing costs.
In any case, the absence of LTE didn’t stop the Nexus 4 selling out in just over 30 minutes. Google Play still says only: “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon,” with “SOLD OUT” in bold red letters.
The Nexus 4 was one of three Nexus devices launched at the end of October, the others being the Samsung-built Nexus 10, and a 32GB variant of the Nexus 7 with optional 3G.