Nexus 4 outed by UK retailer, brings Jelly Bean 4.2 along for the ride

The Nexus 4 has been revealed by a major UK online mobile retailer, bringing one of the first clear pictures of Google's handset that is expected to launch officially at the end of October.

A Nexus 4 smartphone has appeared online for pre-order from a UK mobile retailer, in the latest sign of Google's next handset.

The device comes with the newest version of the Android operating system, called Jelly Bean (4.2), according to one part of the listing on Carphone Warehouse's online store, though this is contradicted elsewhere.

The Nexus phone is described as coming with a 4.7-inch (1,280x768 pixel) touchscreen display, near-field communications (NFC) technology, 2GB RAM and a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It is just 9.1mm thick.

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On-board storage is limited to 8GB, and there is no microSD expansion slot. It has a forward-facing camera with an unspecified number of megapixels for video calling, and there is an 8-megapixel camera on the rear capable of capturing full HD images or videos.

It is unclear exactly which version of Android it will be using; while several sections of the listing state the OS as Jelly Bean 4.2, one section in the technical details gives the OS as Jelly Bean 4.1.2.

Delivery is given as beginning on 30 October, and the smartphone looks to be available on the O2 and Vodafone networks for free on contracts of £31 per month or more.

The device is rumoured to be officially introduced at a press event in New York on 29 October, the same day Windows Phone 8 launches.

The 4.2 build of Android looks like it will have the same name, Jelly Bean, as the 4.1 build, going by the listing. However, whether it will retain the name after the official introduction of the OS is not known; it is rumoured to be called Key Lime Pie.

Google had not responded to request for comment on the listing at the time of writing.

Image credit: Carphone Warehouse

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