Google Nexus 4 quad-core smartphone price is slashed to $199 unlocked (no contract)


Google has slashed the price of its Nexus 4 smartphone to $199 unlocked (no contract required) for 8GB version and $249 unlocked (no contract required) for 16GB version.

Nine months ago, Google launched the Nexus 4 to much fanfare at a cool $299. This version came packed with a 1.5GHz quad core processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel camera while the 16GB version cost $349. Even at $299/$349 the phone was a huge bargain and was sold out within minutes of release.

This price drop now makes this phone an ever better deal. In fact, this is one of the most affordable — if not the most affordable — high-end quad-core Android devices available on the market today. With the quality hardware specs inside this bad boy, a $199 price tag is practically a steal, and you should take advantage of this if you are in the market for a smartphone.

The big downside to the Nexus 4 is the lack of a microSD card slot. This is a problem because the device only comes pre-packed with 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, so unless you don’t use a lot of space or have an interest in using Google Drive or some other cloud storage solution such as SkyDrive and Dropbox, the Google Nexus 4 might not be the smartphone you are looking for. Still, though, at $199/$249 unlocked, lacking a microSD card can be overlooked.

It is possible this price drop is a response to Apple’s rumored launch of the iPhone 5C next month, or Google might be planning to announce the Nexus 5 sooner rather than later. Personally, I’m hoping for the latter.

You can grab the Nexus 4 from its official Google Play Store page or a retailer near you. Take note availability of the device is limited, not only in quantity but also geographic location.


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  • Ashraf

    [@Locutus] I cant wait to get my hands on one.

    [@Dr. Sheldon Cooper] You can use the phone for whatever you want =O It is an Android smartphone

  • Dr. Sheldon Cooper

    Is this phone mainly used for no contract providers on a month to month basis? Aren’t some people just using it with Google voice and having their landline/VOIP #’s tranferred through Google Voice to the Nexus via Wi-fi and avoiding cellphone costs completely? Is there another way of getting free calls with this?

  • Locutus

    This has been my daily driver phone since early January, and it has been one beast of a device. I only wish now that I could’ve somehow saved the $100 ;)

  • Ashraf

    I wanted a Nexus 4 when it originally came out but was unable to get it due to stock issues. Now the deal is even better and I’ll be picking up two — one for my wife and one for me.