The Google Nexus 4 debuted in late 2012 to a messy launch that prevented many users from buying the smartphone until earlier this year. The smartphone runs stock Android with promises of swift upgrades to new versions, but lacks LTE radios which are common on flagship devices.
In mid April we heard rumors of a Nexus 4 LTE model, which would reportedly arrive at Google I/O in May. This model would reportedly include a larger 32GB storage option and might support CDMA, which would pave the way for a Sprint or Verizon Nexus 4.
Today a fresh leak comes by way of Androidos.in, which claims it found an AnTuTu benchmark for the Google Nexus 4 LTE, which is running Android 4.3. The benchmark shows a slightly higher AnTuTu score than the Nexus 4.
While there is talk of Android 5.0 at Google I/O with the Key Lime Pie keyword, we are starting to see devices running Android 4.3 showing up in server logs which could point to a smaller upgrade for Google I/O and Key Lime Pie arriving later this year at a separate event.
The biggest concern about benchmarks like this is that it is possible to fake benchmarks. Mike Cane highlights AnTuTu score fraud in Android tablets, pointing us to this video which shows a fake AnTuTu app.
This leaves benchmarks open to interpretation. It is possible that this is a benchmark for the Nexus 4 LTE with Android 4.3, but it could just as easily be a fake.
Even though Google I/O is just two weeks away, it remains unclear what we can expect on the phone side of announcements. If Google is planning a Nexus 4 LTE for Verizon or Sprint users would likely be in for long update waits, just as with the Galaxy Nexus. Despite the rumors of a CDMA version, a Nexus 4 LTE on T-Mobile would fit in better with the company’s UNcarrier moves, not to mention T-Mobile already carries the Nexus 4.
If Google announces Android 4.3, a version of Jelly Bean, this could mean the company is saving Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie for a Fall reveal alongside a Nexus 5 device.
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