Google Nexus 4 Release Date: Launches Nov. 13
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The new phone from the Nexus line, Nexus 4 will be sold online in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia from Nov.13. The retail store availability in Europe, Central/ South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East is end November.

The phone comes with a 4.7-inch 1280x768 display, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and 16GB storage.

The etched layered back glass sparkles with a holographic depth. The device costs $299 for 8GB storage, $349 for 16GB.

T-Mobile handset that comes unlocked sells for $199 on two-year contract. Apart from improved screen and faster CPU, Nexus 4 comes with 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth, and built-in compatibility with Google's latest accessory, the Wireless Charging Orb — an inductive charging dock.

The complete list of specs as furnished in a press release is shared here:

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs

• Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean

• Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+

• Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)

• Memory: 8GB / 16GB

• RAM: 2GB

• Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP HD front

• Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby: 390 hours

• Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm

• Weight: 139g

• Other: Wireless charging, NFC

Though identified as a key competitor to iPhone 5, and the recent crop of Windows Phone device, Nexus 4 is yet to reach the mark as Google plans to offer the device as an unlocked HSPA+ only phone, The Verge has reported.

The screen is curved slightly at edges and Google intends to improve swiping from the device.

Reportedly, photos taken with Nexus 4 appear vastly improved over the last generation. Google has added widget functionality to the screen that presents information in a snapshot and helps avoid probing into the phone.

The company has reportedly improved Google Now significantly. This apart, a quick settings menu on notifications window and tweaked Gmail provide much-need attraction that has users hooked to the device for long hours.

Another interesting aspect to the device is that it features the latest operating system the Android 4.2. While competitors like Samsung’s Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note 2 and HTX One X just received the Android 4.1.1 update.