Google to Sell Unlocked ‘Nexus’ Version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $649


During previous Google I/O developer conferences the company has announced new hardware, such as their Nexus smartphones or tablets. This year, no new hardware made its way to the stage. But in a twist, Google noted it will soon offer the new Samsung Galaxy S4 unlocked, running stock Android for $649 on June 26th.

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That new price is much more expensive than its previous pricing of $309 and $359 CDN for its popular unlocked Nexus 4 smartphone in 8GB and 16GB models, but of course that’s because users will receive Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone–without the bloat and instant OS updates. The audience was eager to hear about all of the phone’s details until they saw the price of $649.


  • WatDah

    Details? What details? It’s a fully unlocked Galaxy S4 running stock android selling at $649. Nuf said.

  • xxxJDxxx

    I would suspect that the other manufacturers and the carriers were losing a lot of sales because of the budget priced Nexus phones. I’m guessing this is a move to appease them.

  • WatDah

    I think this actually makes the Nexus 4 more appealing….

  • If it doesn’t have Samsung’s touchwiz, all the new gizmos like airview and multi window wouldn’t work. So on top of it having an 8 core processor and a larger screen, there is nothing better than a $300 nexus 4.

  • Olley

    that’s expensive for a plastic phone

  • Yeah. But Google set a standard for their unlocked Nexus phones to be relatively affordable (Nexus 4). This changes things.

  • Most definitely. Looking back at Nexus 4 shortages, LG was unable to keep up with demand. $299 for an unlocked Nexus 4 is a ‘bargain’.

  • yep

  • Guess the price worth paying for is the hardware and instant Android OS updates.

  • pppp

    These iBoys scare me!

  • SleepingOz

    You talk much for a fanboy of the most overpriced device out there.

  • SS

    If it is like the normal S4, it’ll have APT-X, which is a bluetooth codec.