UK Retailer Reveals Nexus 4 Ahead Of Google Event

UK mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has just revealed the new Nexus 4 handset on its website, offering the phone up for pre-order well ahead of Google's big launch event on October 29.

The page explains that the phone has a 1280x768 4.7-inch screen, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC, 8GB of storage and an 8MP camera. It's also apparently just 9.1mm thick and comes with an install of Android 4.2 — a subject which has up until now been much debated. Speaking of which, Carphone Warehouse describes some new features, presumably linked to the new version of Android:

Search gets smarter with Google Now. You ask. Google answers, instantly, and with all the detail you want... Stay in touch with Gesture Typing, a faster way of typing that lets you spell words by dragging your finger across the screen from letter to letter.

That sounds a lot like Swype to us. Neat. Carphone Warehouse is offering the phone on numerous contracts, and The Verge reports evidence suggesting the SIM-free price will be around $US600. Crucially the device is set to ship on October 30 — that's just a day after Google's big event next week. Looks like we know what to expect. [Carphone Warehouse via Modaco via Verge]

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