While Google’s new Nexus 4 has been mostly well-received by both consumers and reviewers, its lack of 4G LTE connectivity certainly has not gone unnoticed. But according to an iFixit teardown, the handset is indeed packing an LTE chip, after all.
Deep inside the Nexus 4, baked onto its motherboard, there’s a Qualcomm WTR1605L Seven-Band 4G LTE chip. As its name suggests, it offers 4G LTE connectivity. Alongside it, there’s an Avago ACPM-7251 Quad-Band GSM/EDGE chip that offers 3G connectivity.
So, I know what you’re thinking; why doesn’t the Nexus 4 offer 4G? Well, while it does have a 4G chip, it’s missing the other components that need to go with it. There’s no 4G antenna, for instance, or a power amplifier. What that means is, the 4G chip is just sat there, dormant, doing nothing. Or at least it seems that way.
It’s unclear why it was included at all. It’s possible that it’s there for future Nexus 4 revisions, which will come with LTE connectivity enabled. But for this model at least, it appears LG’s decision to include the chip was just a waste of money.