LG Nexus 4 issues found before release
At the beginning of last week Google unveiled its new range of Nexus hardware that included the LG Nexus 4. The announcement of the upcoming smartphone has got many Android fans looking forward to get their hands on the device, but some LG Nexus 4 issues have been found before release.
The device is going to be competitively priced once it launches on the Google Play Store in just under a week’s time, and for your money you get a 4.7-inch smartphone powered by the quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. The display has a resolution of 1280 x 768 and the device has protection on the front and back from Gorilla Glass.
As think digit are reporting it’s the presence of Gorilla Glass on the back of the handset that is causing some concern, as many believe a slight drop of the device will cause the glass casing to crack even though it is scratch resistant.
There are some more concerns about the handset that have emerged ahead of the handsets availability, which surround the smartphones internal components. The device uses the Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, quad-core 28nm Krait CPU with Qualcomm’s next-gen Adreno 320 GPU, and these internals have been tested by the team at AnandTech.
There were a number of benchmarks used but it seems something is slightly off regarding the performance. It was found that smartphones that were powered by the older Adreno 225 GPU performed much better compared to the Nexus 4.
In certain circumstances there was a big difference that according to AnandTech “ARM shows the biggest gains here once again thanks to its move to unified shader architecture. The Adreno 320 does ok here but it’s really no better than the 225, I suspect there is some thermal throttling happening on the device.”
Inside the Nexus 4 the Adreno 320 performed worse than the older 225 that may be down to some thermal throttling, and because of this you would have thought that Battery life on the Nexus 4 would be excellent.
Trouble is other tests showed this not to be the case with the Nexus 4 trailing far behind the likes of the HTC One X, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and Samsung Galaxy S3. Other tests of the CPU proved the Nexus 4 equal or even better than other hardware using the S4 chip, but there seems to be a problem with Android V8 optimization with performance seemingly underpowered.
Besides these problems the handset doesn’t feature LTE connectivity and there is no option of expanding the on board storage any further, which may not concern some and the pricing of the device will be a big pull along with the fact it will launch with Android 4.2, and as with any Nexus hardware enjoy a vanilla Android experience.
Will you still be getting the Nexus 4?