Nexus 4 Singapore Long Wait will Soon be Over?
Touted as the best Android smartphone that one can get at the moment, pre-order for LG-Google Nexus 4 has finally kicked off in Indonesia. For fans in Singapore, does it mean that the long wait for Nexus 4 Singapore will soon be over? Based on sources with knowledge of the matter, I can tell you that all signs are pointing to Nexus 4 Singapore release date to be no later than January 2013.
NEXUS 4 CONTROVERSY
I still remember late last year, when I did a comprehensive coverage of the Samsung Galaxy Note II launch in Singapore. Back then, we saw a pattern that is closely identical to the current situation. First released to the public in November 2012, the phone received initial mixed reviews. I consider such balanced discussion healthy so that we can see all the pros and cons of the hotly anticipated device.
Above everything else, if there is a single factor attributing to the phone’s massive popularity across the globe, it has to be its extremely sexy price. Google has set a new low for a smartphone of such caliber. The price tag for Nexus 4 selling in US is only US$299. This has left many – both fans and naysayers – dumbfounded in disbelief.
If price is the ‘honey’ of Google’s latest benchmark device, storage and lack of LTE were the two biggest shortcomings of the otherwise close to perfect smartphone. With only 8GB of storage and no room for SD card expansion, many were questioning the real reason before Google’s decision. While everyone else (including iPhone 5) is running the LTE race, the omission of LTE in this Google phone is seen as a step in the wrong direction.
Despite all the heavy criticism, sales of Nexus 4 have taken everyone by surprise. This is including Google and LG themselves. When pre-order of the device kicked off, all available units were snapped off within hours. By late November 2012, reports emerged pointing to shipping times of 8-9 weeks. Just few days ago, users from the Android community put an estimate of 400,000 units to have been produced by LG. They ended up with such number by deciphering the IMEI serial numbers of each phone.
This is clearly good and bad news for both Google and LG. They seemed to have been blown away by the response of their latest partnership device and they need to quickly figure out how to ramp up production of this device. Earlier, officials from LG Indonesia was quoted as tipping off December 2012 timeframe as Nexus 4 Indonesia launch. They seemed to have missed the mark and it has been delayed by about a month. Few days ago, January 5, 2013 to be exact, pre-order for Nexus 4 Indonesia kicked off. The pre-order is done by Multiply, one of the leading e-commerce provider in Indonesia. Initially, the pre-order period is supposed to have lasted until January 10. However, in less than 3 days time, they have run out of stock for the launch.
NEXUS 4 SINGAPORE RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
Is this going to be the end of the wait for Nexus 4 Singapore? Are we going to see announcement for Nexus 4 Singapore release date soon? I spoke to few people familiar of the matter and it seems that you can expect so. For your info, this is already the second time that Singapore is getting a later launch for the latest flagship Android smartphone. For Samsung Galaxy Note II, its launch in Singapore was about one week later after fans in Indonesia got their hands on the device. Can we expect the same for Nexus 4 Singapore release date? I say, let the countdown begins.
Fans in Indonesia would be getting their pre-ordered by January 11 (delivery) and January 12 (self-collection). In the case of Galaxy Note 2, we saw its release date one week after Indonesia. So, for Nexus 4 release date in Singapore, I anticipate it should be no later than the third week of January 2013. Stay tuned and I’ll bring you the update as soon as I heard them from the local telcos.
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The next question that fans in Singapore would be asking is what would be the Nexus 4 Singapore price tag? In Indonesia, the pre-order price is around 4.75 Million Rupiah. Translated to Singapore dollar, it is around S$600. This is still in-line with my earlier prediction for the Nexus 4 Singapore price. I expect the non-contract price in Singapore to be no lower than S$550 and no higher than S$650.
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