Nexus 4 8GB sells out in UK, 16GB still up for grabs at £199

The £159 8GB model of Google's super-cheap Android phone has now sold out in the UK Play Store, and the 16GB could well sell out soon, as it has in the US.

If you want a Nexus 4, you'd better get a move on. The £159 8GB model of Google's super-cheap Android phone has now sold out in the UK Play Store -- and while the £199 16GB version is still on sale, it's sold out in the US, so its days are surely numbered.

Time's running out because a sequel is rumoured to be very close -- possibly called the Nexus 5 because of a bigger 5-inch screen, maybe just called 'the new Nexus 4', like the new Nexus 7. A source at Google talking to The Verge claims that the Nexus 4 will not now be restocked.

The low-cost mobile quickly sold out after Google dropped the price from £239 just a few weeks ago . The 8GB Nexus 4 is still floating around in small numbers on eBay and for free on contracts starting at around £24 per month, but that's not a great deal. Retailers such as Expansys have sold out too.

The 16GB version is a solid-gold bargain for under £200, however, with specs that wouldn't disgrace a more recent phone: quad-core chip, latest version of Android (and first to updates), 720p 4.7-inch screen and an 8-megapixel camera with the cool Photo Sphere mode.

If a new Nexus phone does appear in the next couple of months, I'd expect it to be slightly more expensive. That's what happened with the Nexus 7 tablet , which upgraded to a fabulous 1080p screen and added £40 to its price tag .

A new Nexus phone may or may not have a 1080p screen (I don't think it's particularly useful on anything less than 7 inches) but it will almost certainly have 4G, which could add a few quid to the sticker.

It's possible it may launch at the same time as Android 4.4 KitKat , but as Android 4.3 has hardly had time to settle in since its arrival in July , that would seem premature. The last update was very minor, however, so a big new version in the next couple of months isn't out of the question -- especially as Apple is launching iOS 7 this week.

Are you tempted by a £199 Nexus? Or are you waiting for a future-proof 4G version? Hunt for bargains in the comments, or on our reasonably priced Facebook page.

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