Lowering the price of older devices is nothing extraordinary. But when it is done in the sight of a public that is eagerly anticipating a newer model, the Internet is set ablaze. Such is the case of the Nexus 4 whose price tag has just been slashed by $100.

Released late last year, the Nexus 4 is definitely nothing brand new. The specs are quite modest, with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 1280x768 IPS LCD, and a non-replaceable 2100 mAh battery. You can read our review of Google's reference Android smartphone here. But, of course, the selling point of the Nexus smartphone is openness and frequent updates, as the Nexus 4 and other Nexus devices are still receiving updates today, even getting updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

But with the arrival of the new Nexus 7 tablet, there has been much speculation about a Nexus 5, or at least a new Nexus 4, in the works. Specs that have been thrown around include a 5.0-inch 1080p display, either a Snapdragon 800 or a Snapdragon 600, and a price tag that's set to match the initial selling price of the Nexus 4. It seems that there will be more fodder for rumors now that the price of the 8 GB Nexus 4, which originally cost $299, has dropped to $199, while the $349 16 GB version now sells for $249.

We still don't know if the next Nexus smartphone will be made by LG, who made the current Nexus 4, or by Motorola, who is now a subsidiary of Google. But if market prices are any indication, we'll probably see more rumors and leaks coming our way soon enough.

[UPDATE] It seems that Google has a price protection policy in place, which you can read here. Basically, if you purchased the Nexus 4 within 15 days before the price reduction, you can request a refund for the difference. Note that the request must be submitted within 15 days starting from the date of the price reduction.

SOURCE: Reddit

  • doctorpankake

    A new Nexus 4 is on the horizon, and possibly a Nexus 5 as well. I hope HTC makes the 5 and makes it closely resemble the One.

    I also hope the next ones will support LTE. I’m dying here, Verizon’s affordable-yet-not-TouchWiz phone selection sucks.

    • Marsg

      A new Nexus 4 is considered the Nexus 5 its the 5th iteration of the Nexus line

      • doctorpankake

        Tell me more about the Nexus 8 they launched last month.

      • Brendan Owens

        For the nexus 4 and 10 Google is going by screen size to name them, but for the traditional Nexus phones Google goes in numerical order. This next Nexus will inevitably be called the Nexus 5.

      • doctorpankake

        They are making a Nexus 5, but only because it’s 5 inches. They will most likely also launch a Nexus 4

      • Kinetis

        What happens with the 7th generation of the phone, Nexus 7 and Nexus 7?

      • Marsg

        The naming of the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 are completely different the Nexus 4 was named the 4th because its the 4 Nexus smartphone the Nexus 7 got named the Nexus 7 becausebof screen size.

      • doctorpankake

        Or maybe they named it Nexus 4 because it’s 4 inches, kind of like how they named the Nexus 7 “Nexus 7” because it was 7 inches. Or are you trying to tell me that the Nexus 7 is the 7th tablet from Google?

        Why would they distort their branding like that? The only reason they would release a Nexus 5 was if it was actually 5 inches. If they make another Nexus 4 it will be the same size and have the same name.

      • Rambir

        Google go by rough screen sizes

  • A Pissed off customer

    Fucking shit! bought mine on the 7th, google wont refund me 🙁

    • mijat

      when did you get it? I mean, when it was delivered?

  • Guest

    I get the logic (kind of) behind Google’s choice to slash the price of the Nexus 4, but I don’t know whether it will really tempt buyers. The competition is just too tough. Have a look at this comparison with the Galaxy S4. The Nexus has some serious competition. It’s going to be interesting to see how it does!

    • I disagree when you look at price. Sure the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a top phone and the HTC One is selling really well, but with the additional $100 drop in price, that makes the LG Nexus 4 (16GB) almost unbeatable in Android.

      Think about it, the Google Play Store sells the Galaxy S4 for $650, the HTC One for $600 and now the LG Nexus 4 (16GB) for $250. In my opinion, neither the Galaxy S4 or the HTC One are worth an additional $300 to $350 more than the LG Nexus 4 (16GB). And if I had the money, I would consider replacing my Samsung Galaxy Nexus for an LG Nexus 4 (16GB).

    • Daniel Ward

      I disagree – I bought two more when the price dropped. Which means every member of my family is now toting a Nexus 4.

      I went to buy a ‘cheapish’ cell phone for my kids and when you look at phones like the Samsung Galaxy Ace II e at $259 .. and then compare it with the features of the $299 Nexus 4 .. it makes the Nexus 4 a no brainer.

      Now the price gets reduced $100 .. it means you’d be dumb not to own one.

    • Indigo Wizard

      Not for the new price.

  • GoogleUser

    If you are just outside the Aug 12 deadline .. and you can show that your order shipped on or after Aug 12 .. and was received on or after the 17th .. then you may have an argument for why you should receive the price protection rebate. You can point out that their refund policy allows a return for any reason within 15 days after the delivery date.

    If the agent feels you have a case he/she will escalate it to the price protection team for a decision. Its a case-by-case basis.

    Google Play Help Center = 1-855-83-NEXUS (1-855-836-3987)

  • rottjung

    I’m confused as tot getting a refund from the price protection policy. I bought my Nexus 4 the 13 of August and filled in the form 29 August. I recieved a mail that my request is being handeled, but still didn’t get any comfirmation if my case is valid. How long does it take to get confirmation? And how do they refund the money? Did anyone here had a succesful refund yet?

    • rottjung

      Brilliant, it seem my case was excepted and got a refund to my creditcard! Way to go Google!!

    • Uncle Bob

      I ordered N4 16GB on the 13/8, shipped on the 14/8 and delivered by fedex on 19/8 in Australia. Placed Price Protection order with Google on 30/8. Received an email from the support team that a refund had been issued to my Visa card on 1/9, and would take from 1 to 14 days to get there. Hope that helps

  • Indigo Wizard

    I don’t see how these specs are “modest”, and certainly not at this price. Ordered one for my wife.