The mobile market heated up yet again with the announcement of the Google’s latest Nexus device, the LG NEXUS 4 packing in exciting and astounding new features in just a affordable price point of $299. Some of its offerings promises top-notch features such as:
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 2GB of RAM
- 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
- 8 MP Camera
- 4.7 inch display
- Resolution of 1280×768 pixels
- Both front and rear end are encased with Gorilla Corning glass which make it scratch resistant yet the rear is prone to breakage upon drop
After mention of those plethora of features, it seems this will be the best option for people seeking a balance between budget and performance. But just after a week of its announcement, it has been found to have a lot of flaws and defects inherent, may be due to the pre-release software bundled with it which is not clear yet. Test and review team at AnandTech performed various tests on the device to have concluded on various factors that may let the device down. We have listed a few of their results and findings below.
A point to be noted is that Nexus 4 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, quad-core 28nm Krait CPU with Qualcomm’s next-gen Adreno 320 GPU. One may generally expect high from such a hardware packed specification. After performing lots of benchmark tests on the device it has shown surprising results flaming flaws in its performance. Some of the tests include the GLBenchmark 2.5 – Triangle Texture Test – Vertex Lit (Offscreen 1080p), and GLBenchmark 2.5 – Triangle Texture Test – Fragment Lit (Offscreen 1080p) and it has been seen that Adreno 225 powered smartphones perform much better than the Nexus 4.The performance differences were amazingly unexpected as AnandTech guys say, “ARM shows the biggest gains here once again thanks to its move to a unified shader architecture. The Adreno 320 does ok here but it’s really no better than the 225, I suspect there is some thermal throttling happening on the device.”
It has again been seen that the Mali-T604 shows huge gains as compared to the Mali-400MP4. But the Adreno 320 in the Nexus 4 actually performs badly and at times even worse than the Adreno 225 in older devices, the reason possibly being due to thermal throttling as seen on the Nexus 4 sample during periods of heavy load. It was expected that LG would provide a good battery life to balance the thermal throttling but it failed to do so and it lags in the list behind iPhone 5, 4S, Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X.
Due its s$ processor it was seen to work at par with many others as well but the major problem that stayed at the heart dampening performance was problem with Android V8 optimization. Other points where the device seems a downside would be its lack of LTE support which may not be a concern in countries like India but a major fallback in US and similar countries. Also it has a fixed memory of 8 0r 16GB which can’t be expanded! So people lose storage options. Google Drive can come to its aid but still under normal convention, on-board storage is more preferable than cloud as of today.
With all those short-coming, it is yet to be seen that how well the LG Nexus 4 fares in the feature and perfection hungry accelerating mobile market. For further such reports stay tuned with Gadgetic World.