Only yesterday we posted on Harvey Norman making the Nexus 4 available from 1 February in its stores nation-wide.
We’ve now received a media release from LG confirming this development and their motivation for doing it — basically, there’s huge demand for the Nexus 4 in Australia and they want to meet that demand head on.
We also understand from Harvey Norman that plans will start at $35/m, not bad value if you ask me.
The press release, as provided, follows:
LG Delivers Sought After Nexus 4 Handset to Australian Retail Stores
Exclusive LG and Harvey Norman partnership announced
SYDNEY, January 24, 2013 – LG Electronics (LG) has announced that the widely anticipated Nexus 4 will be exclusively available through Harvey Norman stores on Optus mobile plans from February 1.
A design collaboration between LG and Google, the LG Nexus 4 was officially launched on Google Play in November 2012, and quickly proved to be a hit after selling out within 20 minutes.
Global demand for the smartphone continues to grow, and offering the handset in Australian stores now will give sales another boost.
The Nexus 4 brings together LG’s advanced hardware design, including Qualcomm’s cutting-edge Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, for speed and power. Featuring 2GB of RAM and the latest version of Android® (Jelly Bean), the Nexus 4 is the snappiest Nexus smartphone to date.
“The Nexus 4 is a great example of how LG’s state of the art hardware is innovating in the smartphone market with Google choosing to be its latest hardware partner,” said Lambro Skropidis, General Marketing Manager at LG Australia.
“The response in Australia has been overwhelmingly positive on Google Play already, and we know our Harvey Norman partnership will create even greater demand.”
Stock will be available for an outright purchase of $496 in all Harvey Norman stores and on an Optus plan in selected stores. Pricing will be dependent on the customer’s choice of Optus plan; details of the suggested plans and pricing can be found in store and online at www.harveynorman.com.au.
Customers can pre-order now for stock available on the 1st February.