Singapore used to be known as the leading edge of consumer electronic products, but seems like it has been given a slight for the fastest Android phone at the moment, the Google Nexus 4. Resorting to US to import the phone in has been a faster option for most people. And well, even our neighbours in Indonesia and Malaysia would be getting their Nexus 4 next week.
As mentioned, pre-orders for LG-Google E960 Nexus 4 has finally kicked off pre-orders in Indonesia and Malaysia, with collection in the upcoming weeks. This is already the second time that Singapore is getting a later launch for the latest flagship Android smartphone. Selling at a price of 4,749,000 IDR ($609 SGD) and 1649 MYR ($667 SGD), would probably mean that the launch in Singapore may round it off at $699. Some other blogs are anticipating the Nexus 4 to retail under $650 in Singapore but that is unlikely for a couple of reasons. Singapore has lost its edge in consumer pricing as compared to our neighbours with the overall higher cost of living. Also, case in point would be the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, both of which are retailing at a recommended retail price in our neighbouring countries lower than that of Singapore. For e.g. the Nexus 7 3G retails at RM 1099 ($444) vs a retail price of $499 in Singapore.
Price & Availability of Nexus 4 in Singapore
As for the availability of the Nexus 4 in Singapore, IMMEDIATE! You could actually buy one now from SGBest at $658, but it’s an import set. Otherwise, officially, the phone itself should not be too far away and if you are considering to pick one up soon, keep a look out for pre-orders and launches over the next two weeks by the three: Singtel, M1, and Starhub. In all likelihood, we will see the Nexus 4 bundled with a standard data/voice plan at about $349 – $399. While it is the best Android phone available at the moment, a quick look at the product launches in CES also indicates that there are many models lurking to usurp this position. The next season of Android phones come with features that look to be significantly superior and I think I would prefer to wait for the newer models. The price in Singapore is not that attractive. In anticipation, the new features such as the better screen (1080p resolution) and camera, and perhaps LTE, might be tempting to just wait out a few more months.