By Stephen Schenck | April 22, 2013 11:57 AM
Is it time for a new Nexus smartphone? We’ve broached rumors of a Nexus 5 a few times over the past months, but there’s been very little in the way of specific, reliable information to start getting us excited about seeing such a thing this soon. What about the Motorola X phone? Could that take the place of a new Nexus? Well, maybe, but the X has been looking like it might he launching later and later, and the Google connection is still a little uncertain. So, what of the Nexus line proper? A new rumor suggests that the next Nexus phone could be a new hardware revision of the Nexus 4.
We’re not talking anything so simple as the recently-surfaced Nexus 4 design change with those new little nubs and slightly-tweaked camera. Instead, rumors suggest that Google could announce a 32GB Nexus 4 with support for both LTE and CDMA networks at this year’s Google I/O.
That 32GB business sounds nice; one of the worst things about the Nexus 4 (along with its middling battery capacity) is the lack of expandable storage. This won’t directly address that, but the extra space might help minimize the problems it causes.
LTE also makes sense, but wouldn’t it have made just as much sense back when the Nexus 4 first launched? Clearly, Google didn’t go down that path for a reason, but maybe its attitude has changed in the wake of T-Mobile launching its own LTE network.
The CDMA bit, however, is a lot harder to swallow. CDMA support was nothing short of a train wreck for the Galaxy Nexus, and its absence with the Nexus 4 seemed like a conscious decision from Google to avoid that whole hornet’s nest. Suffice it to say, we’re skeptical.