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Another LG Nexus Rumor: Only 8GB and 16GB Options, Quad-core Processor, On-screen Softkeys and More

Ready for another next Nexus rumor? This time, we have one from Modaco’s Paul, who also claims that LG is for sure making a Nexus device. From what he has heard, the specs of it are mostly based off of the LG Optimus G, however, it won’t necessarily look like that phone. From a previous rumor, we had heard that the device actually looks more like the Galaxy Nexus than anything, something we would be happy with. 

It should sport a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a True HD IPS display, an 8MP camera, on-screen navigation softkeys, no microSD slot, non-removable battery, and will have wireless charging built in. In semi-shocking news, he is also hearing that the device will come in 8GB and 16GB storage options. According to Paul’s sources, the name has not yet been decided, however, we have heard LG Optimus G Nexus or Optimus Nexus in the past. The targeted launch is set for November.

So, about that internal storage – 8GB and 16GB? I know what you are thinking, “Is that it?” The only thing I can say to defend this move, is related to price. Google will more than likely sell this directly through the Play store as an unlocked GSM phone. If they don’t go with a carrier partner, that means no subsidies, but that also means that they need to sell it at a rock bottom price. People in this country are still afraid to spend $500+ on a smartphone, so by keeping the storage low, they can keep the price low. Are we talking a $299 8GB phone? Possibly.

Via:  Modaco

Cheers Adam!

  • jayisking

    Its street name shall be optinex, That is all.

  • I passed the temptation to get the GS3 so I would get the next Nexus phone. But non-removable battery?! forget it. That’s crapple’s way for their idevices. This is Google, why you have to be like crapple.

  • It’s a nexus. The only advantage to a nexus device is it runs stock Android. The hardware will always be lacking.

  • summit1986

    Only 16GB and no SD? Come on! Even the GNex has 32GB internal. With a quad-core, you’ll want the larger storage for more content-rich apps.

  • sgtguthrie

    It has nothing to do with price. Let’s be realistic here…. Flash storage is DIRT CHEAP!

  • John Simonelli

    I’m pretty stoked about the next Nexus, even though there hasn’t been any Verizon love. But no removable battery… Idk how I feel about that.

  • baldypal

    To save money? Go 8GB only with sdcard slot. If its about saving money I don’t think its Google’s money but LG trying to save. They pay for parts and manufacturing.

  • im sorry but 16gb isnt going to cut it for most users
    Realistically thats like 14.5GB after rom, and tbh that isnt enough for users to have their music collection, movies, ect.

    on my 32gb nexus, i have about 11gb left from offline google music, 2 movies(about 1gb each), 250 apps, custom roms and kernels, offline maps, ect.

    we should at least have a 32gb standard for phones without expandable memory, if its gonna be 16gb, at least make it with an sd card slot or something

  • DainLaguna

    16 gig or bust then. Ive already had an 8gig iphone…never doing that again. But a nice 16 gig 300 buck off contract nexus? Nice. Hope the build quality is good

  • Jamarcus White

    Storage is not an issue to me. Besides my apps, clockworkmod backups and Roms I will eventually install and try out. I have at the moment 23.48GB’s left on my GNex. Music in the cloud, pictures in the cloud, movies, you guessed it, in the cloud. Also all is backed up on my pc at home and work so I actually don’t mind 8gb’s. The way I see it, if it makes the phone cheaper +1 for me. Seriously who needs more than 16GB’s with the wonders of cloud storage and streaming. Sorry I just had a thought….Unless you don’t have unlimited data and no access to wifi.

  • SeanBello

    now I know how iPhone owners feel, having to buy something that they’re already disappointed in. I don’t want this phone, but I want the specs and pure android. ugh.

  • KleenDroid

    This does not even sound possible for a Nexus with such great specs otherwise. 8 or 16 just does not sound right…. also what’s the deal with NON-REMOVABLE battery?

    We don’t need any more junk disposable phones. Motorola has already adopted this nonsense… we don’t need more.

  • i definitely think that the lack of a removable battery is a WAY bigger deal than no microsd.

  • Carsten

    16 GB is plenty. Who needs local storage when you have “The Cloud”.

    • “The Cloud” will go through your 2GB/month data plan in a little over a week.

      • acras

        that depends on what “cloud” you use . Pandora uses less data than some other music streaming options, etc. And data caps are a carrier issue , not a device issue . I’m guessing that development of this phone started before verizon did away with unlimited data , so would you pay more for the phone if they scrapped what they had worked on , and did a total redesign when carriers changed their plans ?

    • Detonation

      People who don’t have constant access to internet. I get no signal at work and there is no wifi so if I want to listen to music it has to be on my device.

  • alex drum

    I just keep losing interest in this phone… first I find out its not going to be made by HTC or someone who uses premium materials, now I hear that there is only 16gb maximum of storage? Whats next? they decided to put a 3″ screen (to keep cost down and battery life up), no LTE (to keep cost down and battery life up)… its just stupid! Doing this isn’t making android look the more affordable option, it makes it look the cheep option that you only get if you have to… but seriously how much more can 32 or even 64 be if you buy in bulk…50$?

    • SeanBello

      we’re on the same page. not happy at all. I just want that processor and ram on a nexus built by a reputable company. not this phone.

    • acras

      What are you talking about “premium materials” ? polycarbonate , like Samsung uses ? Htc isn’t using titanium and adamantium in their phones , they just market the materials like they are something special . Build QUALITY , you could have an argument , but material , no .

  • JG

    I don’t understand all of you. I have the 32GB gnex and 16GB nexus. I have 22 free on my gnex and 8 free on my nexus 7. I dont see a problem with running out of storage. I stream everything. Theres wifi everywhere. I have a mifi. I have an unlimted data phone i can tether. Unless you dont have ANY of these I dont understand why you would run out of storage.

    • La2da

      So then you do understand.

    • Install a few high end games and find out. Also, I want to be able to listen to my music offline while I’m flying or camping where there’s no wifi or there’s flaky public wifi.

  • 32Gb storage costs just 12 Dollar more than 16GB. So why don’t you offer this version for a higher price too? Let the customer decide whether or not he’s willing to pay a few bugs more.

  • alex drum

    if google is doing this really to save money why would this decision make up go spend much more money? it makes no sense. Its like buying an old Rolls Royce, yes you can get one for around 10,000 but you have to cut off an arm an a leg to make it work, its not saving money if you have to spend much money in the long run. At the very least make a 32gb or (prefferbly) 64gb options, you can still have the cheep option!

  • Paul

    Google makes money from people using their cloud music and drive. It makes sense business wise for them to not give us huge amounts of storage space. Not having unlimited data makes a lot of us want more space though…

  • Franz

    I’m totally fine with an 8GB…

    My problem is this. I can live on 4GB or even LESS of storage. The only thing I care about is my music, which is well over 150GB…

    So between 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and even 128GB. They are all useless to me.

    I’ll gladly take the lowest possible storage available for the cheapest price.

    Off course this is because I don’t play games on my Android device (besides emulators), so my views are different then others.

  • Detonation

    Really sick of the Google’s stance on no sd slot. That was one of the main selling point of the android over the iphone in the past. My 32GB Nexus is always full between music, videos, and rom/backups. I don’t care to use cloud for everything, which makes your phone dependent on having a signal or wifi.

    • Trevor

      Agree. I don’t have access to the internet at my job, so the only way I can listen to music is internal storage on my phone. It’s nice not needing to rely on an internet connection 100% of the time.

    • Jeff Tycz

      I have said it time after time, get use to it because all phones will eventually go this direction. take a look at ddevito’s post above as to why they do this

  • acras

    OK , why is it that people don’t seem to remember what the Nexus line is for ? Nexus is a DEVELOPER phone , not a top tier , every bell and whistle thrown in it device for the masses . Do you need 32 or 64Gb internal storage on the phone to develop ? No . Was the Nexus groundbreaking when it released ? It was , and still is a great device , but it didn’t bring anything new to the party when it was released . My old Droid X could carry more storage , and there were already phones out or announced that equaled or beat the specs of the Gnex .
    I would love if the Nexus line had removable SD , but it seems that G doesn’t want that on developer platforms . If the LG does indeed not offer a removable battery , that does seem to be a negative for the purpose the Nexus line is designed for , and will effect my interest overall and for my personal needs , 16Gb storage is the least I can run , if it comes with 8 , then this line is not for me.
    If you want 64Bg , a 13mp or better camera , 3000mha battery and every other top tier spec. , then realize that you aren’t the target demographic for Googles developer platform, move on and please stop trying to change the focus of the program . If you aren’t a developer , but the Nexus fits your needs then enjoy.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      You sound like I did when I got chastized because I spoke out about so many people who own the current Gnex but haven’t unlocked, aren’t rooted, and were all pent up about the VZW OTA update to JB. I was shocked to see how many people bought GNexs but did nothing with them and were running locked and stock. I don’t expect every Nexus user to develop an app or tweak their kernel settings but come on, not even try and flash a theme? Usually I would say ROM there, but some people are freakishly scared to play with Roms so, while I am not one of them, I understand the reluctance to the new guys. Themes though are just some flash to personalize the device a little more. Many claimed they simply bought the Nex to have a stock android phone while others claimed that they could not root or unlock the device because it was their work phone, as in, their employer bought it for them. I will say this as honestly as I can, when I bought my Gnex in January, it was the worst device I had ever owned. Poor battery, poor radios, poor build, but that wasn’t forever. I unlocked, rooted, flahsed roms and radios, and then tweaked away until 2 of 3 of my problems went away. I could live with the build quality once the damn thing worked. I can’t imagine having put up with this phone stock until now. No way! At any rate, the Nexus name has become synonymous with high performance unlockable devices to the average Android fan on the street. As far as being a developer device, it seems some just want to use that bragging title for street cred but they don’t even know what that means, or how to do anything with it.

      • acras

        A few differences between our opinions . I think that IF the Nexus fits ones needs , then cool , and if someone never unlocks , roots , flashes , or develops on it , no big deal . If they by it because it works for them , theres nothing wrong with never using it to its full potential. I’m not a developer , I will probably never contribute to the community in the way dev’s do . I researched phones , did lots of homework , and decided that the Gnex was my best bet . I had previously decided that my phone requirements included a removable battery and sd slot , because I hated Apples model of predetermined storage. When my phone needs changed ( getting the blank away from Verizon) , I modified what my requirements were . I weighed paying $600 for an S3 against paying $350 for the Gnex and decided that while an sd slot would be nice , it was not essential.
        I’ll argue that the Nexus line has any meaning to the vast majority of android users , realistically it probably has less meaning to the average android user than any other line , because it is not really marketed toward the average user.
        Toward what you did to make yours functional for you , it looks like you know what your doing , or at least knew what you were getting into , and I agree with you , all the Verizon adopters should have known what they were in store for. CDMA in general , and Verizon in particular isn’t , and never will be the place for development on android , or any platform . Google had it right when they pulled support for CDMA development , at least in the U.S. If you are on Verizon , and buy a “Nexus” , you are not EVER going to have the freedom or updates that GSM unlocked has.
        People that don’t like the way the Nexus program runs , buy something else , there are a lot of great devices that fit what everyone seems to want . Realize Nexus might not be for you , it’s a specialist device for a very limited demographic . Would you bitch at Freightliner if you bought your rig from them because you wanted to be able to do 202mph and carve corners like a lambo? Pick the right tool for the job.

      • Jim McClain

        I put up with it too,waiting for them to fix it,then gave up and did it myself,now it runs like it should have when I bought it, but if you unlock and root the GS3, then it would be twice as good and the Gnexus at least

    • kervation

      Good point! I think people lose sight of the purpose of a Nexus device. It is a “reference point” for devs meaning it is not going to be everything for everybody. It is a great device for me but it will never be the ultimate in terms of specs and features. But it will offer the best hardware to compliment the software that comes from Google. A developer device is a reference point for the low end Android market as well as the high end sector. That’s why so many developers who have apps in Google Play use the Galaxy Nexus in troubleshooting their respective apps. If it works for the Nexus, it should work for a large percentage of Android devices in the ecosystem.

  • HerroMoto

    Wow I was so excited until I saw non removable battery and no SD card… the 8mp camera doesn’t help either. But seriously no SD card? My number one complaint on the gnex

  • andrew galvin

    I hope the battery and storage specs aren’t true. The GSM unlocked G Nex has 16gb while the VZW model has 32gb. This was probably a test model and the carrier version will have more storage.

    I feel like there are parts of different android phones that are great but there has yet to be a device that combines them all. It would break my heart to have such an amazing nexus but with two massive flaws. Just give people the option to pay more to get more storage!!!

    And are people seriously considering getting a phone that is GSM only??? Have you tried 4G LTE? Having an amazing phone like the VZW Gnex to a GSM only nexus with non removable battery and small storage would be a HUGE step in the wrong direction.

  • radiohead14

    didn’t android and me just report that manufacturers looking to make a nexus device now has to adhere to their “strict standards” of which include 64gb of storage?

  • violator702

    This phone is dead in the water if that internal storage rumor is true. People want bang for their buck, not just a phone at a specific price point.

  • i do hope they get rid of that LG branding on the front too, keep it jet black like the g-nex!

  • damn, i will bite for that price AND switch off of Verizon. make it happen el goog !!

  • i dont mind 8gb of storage as long as the system files have dedicated storage. *wishful thinking*