If you're one of the first grey market or online sellers to have Google Nexus 4 by LG on your shelves and you've decided to sell either of its 8GB or 16GB variant for more than Php 18,000, I think you're completely missing the point.

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I mean, sure it's a hot Google-branded smartphone.

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And it flaunts a gorgeous 4.7-inch True HD-IPS + LCD display with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass II touchscreen.

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Additionally, the handset features an 8 MegaPixel camera and FullHD video recorder with back-illuminated sensor for improved performance in low light conditions.

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And it runs the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system - replete with key new features including photo sphere camera and gesture typing - with a screaming fast 1.5 GHz Quad Core Krait processor while handling multitasking with 2GB of RAM.

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But really, if you were to ask me, I'd say that what makes this Nexus device a true head-turner is the ultra-low price tag that Google itself gave it. If you take that away, then what's the point? In the US, the unlocked 8GB version sells for just $299 or Php 12,335 with current conversion while the 16GB variant goes for only $349 or Php 14,340.

I visited TipidCP last night and I saw a few online sellers offering Nexus 4 at prices starting at Php 22,000 all the way up to Php 25,500. The handset has yet to see official release in the Philippines and I understand that one has to pay a premium to get it now, way ahead of the others - but these prices, in my opinion, are just a bit too much.

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As of writing, we haven't received word from Google nor LG on the Nexus 4's formal launch in the Philippines. I'm inclined to believe, though, this handset will enter the country either this Christmas or by Q1 2013 as a bundled device with postpaid plans from Globe and Smart. Stay tuned for updates, TP Friends. And online sellers, kindly note.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Google Nexus 4 (made by LG)
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Flagship Level Release with Midrange Price
Dimensions133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
Weight 139 grams
Available Colors Black
Operating System Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Display 4.7 inches (~318 ppi pixel density), 768 x 1280 pixels, True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass II
Processor Quad Core 1.5 GHz Krait Adreno 320 Qualcomm MDM9615/APQ8064 chipset
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 8GB and 16GB options, non-expandable
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels autofocus and LED flash, 1.3 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, video torch light
Audio and Video Playback MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV/DviX/MP3/WMA/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+/AC3 player
Ports microUSB v2.0 (MHL), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyro, Digital Compass, Proximity, Barometer
Battery Li-Po 2100 mAh
Uptime Standby of up to 390 hours, Talk time of up to 15 hours
Value-Added Features Nexus Smartphone, Back-Illuminated Sensor, One of the first smartphones to run Android 4.2 OS right out of the box
Announcement October 2012
Availability Philippines: TP Guesstimate, Yuletide 2012 or Q1 2013, Out now via Grey Market
Price $299 (Php 12,335) for the 8GB model, $349 (Php 14,340) for the 16GB model
Official SRP TP Guesstimate: Php 13,000 to Php 13,500 for the 8GB model, Php 15,000 to Php 15,500 for the 16GB model