View Full Version : Need for speed: Just how fast is Google's new Nexus 4?

10-30-12, 10:30 AM
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/nexus4-8.jpg The Nexus 4 certainly won't want for speed.
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Despite the inclement weather, Google was still able to announce the new LG-made Nexus 4 handset (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/10/new-nexus-4-will-lead-googles-android-4-2-charge/) yesterday, and like the Optimus G (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2012/10/lg-may-double-down-on-optimus-g-literally/) on which it is based, this new phone should be quite speedy. Both phones use a 1.5GHz quad-core version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro (part number APQ8064) paired with an Adreno 320 GPU. To put that in context, the dual-core versions of the S4 routinely match or beat the quad-core Tegra 3 and Exynos 4 from NVIDIA and Samsung, respectively, so the quad-core version of the chip should be a real monster.

To explore just how fast the new Nexus phone will be, I asked our own Florence Ion to send me the benchmark results from the LG Optimus G she's currently reviewing. While there will be some subtle differences between the performance of the two phonesâ??the Nexus is running Android 4.2, for example, while the Optimus G is still stuck on 4.0.4 for the time beingâ??looking at how its non-Nexus cousin runs is going to tell us a lot about the latest Google-branded phone and whether it can stand up to the competition on both the iOS and Android sides of the fence.

Let's dive right into the benchmarks to see just what kind of performance these phones will be able to deliver.

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