28 November 2012

Kenya: Google/LG Nexus 4 Expected in Kenya 'Early 2013'

Kenyans will have to wait till 2013 January, or even later for them to lay their hands on the Nexus 4 handset.

CIO East Africa has confirmed from LG offices in Nairobi that the phone will not be available in the country till then. LG was also not able to confirm local pricing of the device, which Google currently retails at $299 (Ksh. 25,700) for the 8GB version in several countries.

8GB and 16GB models of the device have previously sold out in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, Australia and Canada but are now available in the US.

Device manufacturers are contracted to make the Nexus range of devices as a show of what experience Google expects Android devices should deliver. The Nexus range currently includes an LG manufactured phone, an Asus manufactured 7 inch tablet and a Samsung manufactured 10.1 inch tablet. The Nexus range also serve as developer devices, as they tend to get the latest version of Android first, thus enabling developers to try out their mobile applications on them before the OS versions hit other devices.

The Nexus 4 is the fourth Nexus phone with previous devices being done by HTC and Samsung for the last two models.

The current model compares favourably with the Samsung SIII when it comes to specifications. The Nexus 4 arrived running Android JellyBean 4.2 while the Galaxy SIII runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Both have four core processors with the former at 1.5 Ghz and the later at 1.4 Ghz.

The Nexus 4 has 2 GB of RAM while the Galaxy III has 1 GB. Storage on the Nexus is 7.6 GB or 16 GB while the Galaxy SIII has 3 GB internal memory and supports removable memory cards to 64 GB. The SIII also comes with a 16GB or 32GB memory cards trumping the Nexus 4 when it comes to storage.

The two phones both have 4.8 inch displays with high definition capability, 2100 milliampere hour batteries (15 hour talk time and non-removable for the Nexus and 11 hours talk time for the Galaxy SIII) and 8 megapixel back facing camera. The Nexus 4 has a 1.3 Megapixel front facing camera while the Galaxy SIII had a 1.9 Megapixel camera.

More details on the specifications and comparison of the two devices is available at http://pdadb.net/index.php?m=pdacomparer&id1=3927&id2=3549

Google is retailing the Nexus 4 at $299 (Ksh. 25,700) for the 8GB and $ 349 (Ksh. 30,100) for the 16GB while the Samsung Galaxy SIII currently retails from Ksh. 55,000.

However, Androidcentral reports retailers in Europe have said that LG is selling the devices to them at a much higher price with a recommended retail price of between Ksh. 60,000 and Ksh. 66,500 ( €549 to €599) (http://www.androidcentral.com/outside-google-play-s-reach-nexus-4-pricing-may-not-be-so-sweet) . This may thus see the Nexus 4 retailing at the same price as the Galaxy SIII in Kenya seeing that Google may not have plans to sell the device here.

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