LG explains why Nexus 4 lacks 4G

LG has confirmed that a 4G chip present in the new Nexus 4 smartphone is redundant.

Although the original specs of the phone, which launched last month, indicated it would not have 4G connectivity, some industry experts believed that the inclusion of a 4G chip meant a future update might enable it.

However, a spokesperson for LG confirmed that despite the presence of a 4G chip, it was redundant as it lacked "other essential hardware" need to activate superfast connectivity.

"In order to provide the best possible specification for Nexus 4, LG utilised the same powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset as can be found in its 4G LTE product, namely LG Optimus G," a spokesperson told TechRadar.

"This powerful chipset is only available with a combined processor and modem and cannot be implemented separately," the spokesperson added.

"The modem contains 4G LTE capabilities but is only effective when combined with other essential hardware parts such as a signal amplifier and filter in order for it to work. It therefore cannot be upgraded to 4G LTE capability through software."

It has been widely reported that the lack of 4G connectivity in the Nexus 4 is down to its price. At £239, the handset's unique selling point is to provide a reasonably fast device at half the price of its competitors - a feat supposedly achieved by having a low number of components.

"With the inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, Nexus 4 therefore offers the same amazing processing performance as LG Optimus G but for the 3G market," added the spokesperson.