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Six months after its global debut, LG Nexus 4 smartphone Nexus 4 was released in India last week. Around the same time, Japanese electronics major Panasonic also forayed into India's lucrative smartphone business with the launch of Panasonic P51.

Both Nexus 4 and Panasonic P51 pack quad-core processors, impressive feature-rich cameras and run on the latest Android mobile OS v4.2 Jelly Bean. But since Nexus 4 is co-developed by LG and Google, it has the advatage of being the first smartphone to receive any new OS update. Even though it was launched in November last year, Nexus 4 still maintains a cult brand following globally, while Panasonic's P51 is just a week old in the smartphone arena. This aspect may play a role in the minds of prospective buyers.

To get a clearer picture here is a brief comparison of main features between LG Google Nexus 4 and Panasonic P51:


Nexus 4 sports a 4.7-inch WXGA IPS screen panel with a HD 1280x768p resolution and pixel density close to 318 ppi (Pixels Per Inch), whereas the Panasonic device boasts of a little bigger 5.0-inch IPS display with HD 1280x720p resolution but comparatively low pixel density of 295 ppi.


In terms of power, Nexus 4 holds an upper hand as it packs a faster 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. On the other hand, the Panasonic smartphone houses a MediaTek based 1.2GHz Quad-core Cortex A7 chipset.

Nexus 4 also features the 400MHz Adreno 320 GPU, whereas P51 hosts the PowerVR Series5XT graphics engine.

Storage and RAM:

Panasonic P51 packs 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory which can be further expanded via microSD card. In comparison, Nexus 4 boasts of 2GB RAM and 16GB in-built memory, but the only drawback is that it does not support a microSD card slot.


Google Nexus 4 houses an impressive 8.0-megapixel main camera along with a 1.3-megapixel front camera. The rear-side camera has auto-focus, LED flash, 4X digital zoom and other standard features.

Panasonic P51 also boasts an equally remarkable 8.0-megapixel camera with auo-focus, LED Flash and 1080p Full HD video recording capability. It also houses a 1.3 mega-pixel camera on the front.

Mobile Operating System:

Both, Nexus 4 and Panasonic 51 run on the latest Android OS v4.2 Jelly Bean, but is it is noted that the LG-Google phone holds the advantage of being a pure Android stock and is therefore the first among all smartphones to receive OS updates.


Currently, Nexus 4 is now available for ₹25,999 in the market, whereas the new Panasonic P51 is expected hit the stores this week with a price-tag of ₹26,990.

Here is a breakdown of specifications of LG Google Nexus 4 and Panasonic P51:


LG-Google Nexus 4

Panasonic P51


4.7-inch WXGA IPS screen with

HD 1280x768p display resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 scratch resistant screen guard

(Pixel density: 318 ppi)

5.0-inch IPS capacitive screen with HD 1280x720p display resolution and protected by Asahi Dragon Trail Glass shield

(Pixel density: 295 ppi)


Android v4.2.2 Jelly OS

Android v4.2 Jelly Bean OS


Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core processor with

1.5GHz CPU speed

MediaTek MT6589 Quad-core processor with 1.2GHz (ARM based Cortex-A7 chipset)


Adreno 320, 400MHz graphics engine

PowerVR Series5XT 




Storage capacity

16GB, memory cannot be further

expanded (no microSD card slot)

4GB, memory expanded up to 32GB via microSD card


Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with

LED flash support, auto-focus,4X-digital zoom

Front: 1.3-megapixel camera

Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1080p HD video recording capability

Front:1.3-megapixel camera


2G & 3G

2G & 3G


Li-Ion battery, 2100 mAh

2500 mAh


Full-HD 1920x1080p video recording, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.0,

Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DPand EDR, USB v2.0, Dual-SIM


133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm

144.0 x 75.0 x 8.5 mm


139 g

135 g




 Prices vary depending on the market.

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