LG just made two announcements today. Starting with the one most of you will be delighted to hear, the white Nexus 4 is now official. It has the exact same specs as the original (4.7 inch 720p, quadcore Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2 GB RAM, 8 MP camera), except that it’s white. LG says it’ll launch on May 29th in Hong Kong, and then it’ll come to markets in Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East over the “next few weeks”. No word on pricing, sadly.
The second announcement is either good news or bad news, depending on what you think about LG. My good friend Danijel Dercksen from the Dutch site All About Phones is currently on a trip in South Korea. He spoke to Kim Wong, Head of LG Europe, about the Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4. When Danijel asked about LG working on this year’s Nexus, Wong said:
“There are currently no plans for a Nexus 5 made by us. We don’t need that kind of marketing exposure anymore. The Nexus 4 was a great succes, even with the supply issues and we have a great relationship with Google. But we won’t make the Nexus 5.”
Wong’s statement contradicts an earlier report from The Korea Times that said LG was going to make the next Nexus. Seeing as how today’s news come straight from LG’s mouth, I’m going to believe what they have to say.
The real question is now who will make the next Nexus? Samsung already has the Google Edition GS4, so maybe Huawei or ZTE or Sony? How about HTC? We’ll find out later this year.