In slightly startling news, it appears that the various Nexus 4 smartphones out there may have a significant difference with one another— and we’re not talking about the refreshed units with nipples either. The curious bunch at Phone Arena noticed that one Nexus 4 unit had a warmer display temperature than another unit. Naturally this raised some suspicion, so out of curiosity, the gang ran a bunch of tests and found that one Nexus 4 had an average color temp of 7100K, while the other had an average temp of 7900K— which more than confirmed the original suspicions. When asked about the differences between the Nexus 4 units, an LG rep confirmed “from time to time it becomes necessary or preferable to alter certain product specification if engineers and management feel the change improves the functionality or usability of the device.”
Naturally, it should be hypothetically simple to correct this by issuing a simple software update in order to ensure all Nexus 4 units are on the same page, right? Not so fast folks— the same LG rep confirmed ”there is no easy way for normal users to access the setting level to be able to recalibrate the display” since “today’s smartphones are configured a specific way to give average consumers a specific user experience.” Because of this, a software fix may not be the easiest solution for LG since it would be presumably difficult and especially costly.
So yeah, it sucks that owners of earlier models will have a slightly worse color temp, but fortunately, they do have a few color calibration apps that should help to correct the minor gaffe for some of you owners out there.
source: Phone Arena