OK, here’s a strange one. Following that iFixit teardown of the Nexus 4, it looks like LG and Google did kit out its new flagship with LTE after all, or at least a Qualcomm multi-band LTE chip, it’s just not active. Why would LG and Google whack a 4G chip in there and not have it active?
There are a couple of theories, the first being network restriction — perhaps one or more mobile carriers have called dibs on an LTE-equipped version to be ‘released’ at a later date. Another theory, as punted by Ars Technica is that LG’s just left the chip in there as a throw over from the Optimus G, on which the Nexus 4 is based, to reduce manufacturing streams. That’s possible, I guess, but why would you put a chip in there that costs you extra cash if you weren’t going to use it? Surely it costs more than having a separate manufacturing run?
On the bright side, perhaps now we’ll have a reason for people to actually root stock Android. Maybe some clever chaps will be able to activate that dormant LTE chip and gift the Nexus 4 with 4G — that really would make Google’s £240 flagship absolutely killer. Here’s hoping. [iFixit via Ars Technica]