The Pixel problem is that they are high-end phones with premium prices, while the Nexus line is the “author” of the concept.flagship killer“which we still use to this day.
In fact, the concept appeared with the Nexus 4, which was priced at the time of launch at $ 300 for the 8GB internal memory ($ 350 for 16GB). A year later, this device was only about $ 200, but even so, the original selling price of the Nexus 4 was still less than half of what Google asked consumers to spend for the mid-sized Pixel 5. released earlier this week. Even the Nexus 4 is cheaper than the Pixel 4a!
And even though the Nexus 4 was out in 2012, let’s compare it a bit with the Pixel 5!
The most notable difference was the chipset: the Nexus 4 was equipped with the Snapdragon S4 Pro, the best chip at the time; while Pixel 5 is equipped with Snapdragon 765G, which is not the “big brother” of the 7xx series anymore.
In terms of RAM, the Nexus 4 has 2GB, which is higher than the flagship Galaxy S III that Samsung launched 6 months ago, with only 1GB of RAM. To be fair, the Galaxy S III has more internal memory and supports memory expansion. The limited internal memory is one of the potential reasons why many people shy away from Nexus considerations.
From left to right: LG Optimus G – Google Nexus 4 – Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Next up was the display: The Nexus 4 had a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 720p resolution, which was nothing short of fancy and was a fairly popular standard at the time. Its 15: 9 aspect ratio is less common – remember this is a time before smartphone screens start to get longer and narrower.
The screen is pressed into the protective glass Gorilla Glass 2, a technology LG calls “Zerogap Touch” (it also integrates a layer of capacitive digitization). This screen design is cemented from LG Optimus G, which is the foundation for the Nexus 4 and the “ancestor” of the G series from LG.
The Nexus 4 has a rather small 2,100mAh battery – obviously battery life isn’t the Nexus’ strong point, but it’s the first Android phone to feature Qi wireless charging (the Nokia Lumia 920 released at the same time also supports Qi standard charging). The Palm Pre, a pioneering product in many respects, has been equipped with wireless charging since … 3 years ago, only different technology.
The Pixel series did not support wireless charging on the first two generations, and currently, only one model, the Pixel 5, does. While the Nexus is a leader in charging technology, the Pixel series doesn’t even care about competing with its competitors (it doesn’t support fast wireless charging, and the highest wired charger is only 18W).
One thing the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G owns is the next-generation connectivity – sub-6 GHz 5G, and in some areas mmWave. The Nexus 4 is a 3G device, ignoring the 4G trend that was slowly gaining popularity at the time (in fact, the Nexus 4 supports LTE Band 4, but not very useful).
The Nexus 4’s camera is nothing short of outstanding (if not … not very good), using an 8MP Sony BSI sensor to take photos and 1080p video. The device was pre-installed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean at the time of launch, then upgraded to 4.4 KitKat with HDR + mode – Google’s first step into the land of computational photography.
In terms of updates, the Nexus 4 received Android 5.1 Lollipop shortly before being discontinued in May 2015, almost three years after its launch. Not bad for a $ 300 product, right?
The back of the device is designed with a cool holographic effect – a grid of tiny dots that flicker as you hold the camera in your hand and move around. Google does this by carving a texture onto the glass, which scatters the incoming light from different angles. These days, patterns engraved in glass have become quite popular, with a variety of shapes ranging from S curves to V-lines, used by phone manufacturers to help with products. their stand out a little more.
The Nexus 4 was only available in black when it launched, and in 2013 Google refreshed it with a white version.
The Nexus 4 is an interesting product. It is not the best phone on the market because of many bugs. However, at the time, spending $ 300 to get a high-performance flagship like the Nexus 4 was extremely difficult. The device wasn’t a bestseller either, but it was always remembered. “Why would I spend $ X when I can buy a Nexus 4 for only $ 300?“- people often think so. Why?
Finally, please share with you an interesting piece of information about the Nexus 4 launch event: Sandy storm was hitting New York City at that time, so Google had to cancel the product launch event. At the last minute, the company reconsidered and decided to announce the Nexus 4 without any event!