LG Electronics will release the Nexus 4 smartphone developed in collaboration with Google in Korea after all, the company said Thursday. Radio wave certification is completed and the handset will be sold unlocked as early as next month, even though mobile carriers have turned up their nose at the affordable gadget.
With a 4.7-inch screen, the Nexus 4 has a top-of-the-range Qualcomm quad-core processor but costs only around W400,000 (US$1=W1,069). LG at first said that it would not release the phone here because the mobile carriers were against it, but consumer demand persuaded it otherwise.
"At present, we are discussing the price, sales channels and supply volume with Google," said an LG staffer.
The Nexus 4 available here is expected to cost more than overseas because of added distribution costs and VAT.