We have some more details on the elusive Nexus 4 LTE chip story now to share with you, with LG now chiming in with some official clarity on why the 4G LTE chip is located in the device. Google ships the Nexus 4 with HSPA+ capabilities only and hasn’t said anything regarding the discovery of the 4G LTE chip, yet. That hasn’t stopped LG though as they’ve moved to clarify a few pointers in order to clear up the confusion.
To recap on the situation so far for those that haven’t been keeping up – a Nexus 4 teardown performed by iFixit revealed a dormant LTE chip that had been hiding underneath the depths of the device. Speculation began on the possibility of underground developers getting LTE activated without Google’s consent, but then this was quickly shot down after it was made apparent that there was no accompanying LTE radio, which is needed in combination to get 4G signal up and running.
However, just days ago we brought you a new twist in the saga after video evidence showed Canadian Nexus 4 models running 4G LTE signal fine, with the aid of a dialer code and the change of a setting in a developer menu. Again, questions started to be asked on whether this code would work for US and UK models, despite the lack of a LTE radio.
Now that you’re up to speed with events so far, LG has now sent out word that the reason the LTE chip is situated inside the device in the first place, is due to the fact that the Nexus 4 architecture is based off the LG Optimus G handset – an explanation that many consumers thought of initially anyway.
LG stressed to TechRadar that the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset used in both the Nexus 4 and Optimus G can only be used with a combined processor and modem and cannot be implemented separately – therefore explaining why it sits there unused. LG also stated that the Nexus 4 can not be upgraded with LTE 4G support with a software update, as key hardware parts are missing.
So there we have it – an end to the hopes of Nexus 4 being able to run 4G LTE in the US. Having said that, it still doesn’t explain how Canadian models are able to utilize 4G LTE signal, so perhaps we will find an answer to that separate mystery soon. Let us know your thoughts on the LTE confusion with the Nexus 4 and whether you still believe it is possible with just the chip alone – as Canadian models suggest.