Repair experts have taken the Google Nexus 4 apart. The teardown reveals what we expected to see, including the device’s 4.7-inch display and quad-core processor. To our surprise, the device also includes a 4G chip, which will allow you to enjoy lightning-fast internet. Sadly, the chip isn’t activated.
The Nexus 4 sports Qualcomm’s WTR16005L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip that allows you to enjoy LTE data. However, it requires an amplifier to make you access 4G. Sadly, the device does not come with this special hardware. This means that the feature cannot be activated via a software update.
This is a shame, since today’s flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5 are available in 4G versions. However, since it’s rather complicated packing 4G into devices due to the different LTE frequencies used by network operators, we can understand why Google opted not to include the feature in the Nexus 4. The 4G version of the iPhone 5 can only connect to EE’s 4GEE network. The Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE, on the other hand, can connect to all 4G networks to be launched in the UK.
LG or Google is yet to confirm whether they will be offering a 4G version of the Nexus 4 or not. However, since the chip is already on board the smartphone, we hope they do.
Aside from the 4G chip, the teardown also reveals that the Nexus 4 has the components needed to allow the smartphone to charge the batteries wirelessly. We’re also hoping to see the feature on the Nexus device.
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