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Google Nexus 5 imminent with Nexus 4 slashed to £160

Fans of Google’s Nexus smartphone series will be getting all hot under the collar today, and rightly so.

The acclaimed Nexus 4 handset, manufactured in conjunction with LG, has had its price slashed to just £159 in the Google Play store, simultaneously indicating the Nexus 5 sequel is on the way.

The dramatic £80 reduction has been applied to both the 8GB model, which fell from £239, and the 16GB version which goes from £279 to £199.

Reviewed late last year, the Nexus 4 picked up one of ITProPortal’s coveted Best Buy awards such was its strong performance. “The Nexus 4 represents a great deal for what amounts to the cleanest – and in our opinion, best – Android experience you can get,” we commented at the time.

Even at the higher £239 and £279 price points, value for money was a key driver for the Nexus 4’s popularity, with its specs matching up to many of its costlier rivals. The phone sports a 4.7in 1,280 x 768-pixel display, Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8MP rear camera, a 2,100 mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Despite its lack of 4G LTE connectivity, it stood up well in our comparison with one of this year’s Android headliners, the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Excitement about this excellent smartphone offer aside; perhaps more intriguing is its glaring hint that the Google Nexus 5 is now imminent. Indeed, just 10 days ago, the rumour mill was reporting that LG would again be manufacturing the Google handset, which looks set to go head-to-head with Apple’s forthcoming iPhone – expected to be dubbed the iPhone 5C.

If stories from Asia are accurate, the Nexus 5 will include a 5.2in Full HD edge-to-edge display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie OS, and will again come in 16GB or 32GB storage versions.

We’ll soon know much more about the competition for the Nexus 5 for when it emerges, with September’s IFA 2013 conference set to serve up new models from Samsung, Sony and HTC among others. Follow the link for our full preview of what to expect from the Berlin event.