Call it a deliberate ploy to generate hype or a genuine underestimation of popularity, Google’s LG Nexus 4 remains one of the most elusive Smartphones on the planet to track down as demand outstrips supply several times over. As a result, the LG-made Google Nexus 4 is now fetching higher resale prices via third parties all over the world than a brand new unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3.
Some of the more optimistic resellers are even pricing the Google Nexus 4 similarly to the unlocked iPhone 5 – good luck with that one!
Initial demand for the LG Nexus 4 was 100% guaranteed to outstrip that of any other Android device on the market, as the devoted masses made a beeline to take home the latest build of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean before anyone else. Here we are a few weeks down the line however and the LG Nexus 4 via the Google Play Store has been subject to shipping delays of four to five weeks for the 16GB version and a lofty four to nine weeks for those looking for 8GB.
As expected, this has resale and third-party prices skyrocket – in some instances doubling the standard retail price of the LG Nexus 4. The $349 16GB version for example is popping up here and there for $700+, which is a good $150 more than the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3.
There have even been reports of LG Nexus 4 listings over the $800 mark, though so far none of anyone actually buying one for such a ridiculous price.
Even with Google having now restricted sales of the Nexus 4 to two per head, demand is still apparently proving impossible to keep up with.
Spec-wise, the LG Nexus 4 features a speedy quad-core processor, 2GB of dedicated RAM and a 4.7-inch display serving up 318ppi pixel density.
Little wonder it continues to earn the title of Smartphone bargain of the year.