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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!

  • Matthew Merrick

    more reason for me to get the Note II… i need either 64 GB internal storage or an SD card. on my current phone i have 2 GB internal, still have 209 mb left. but i have 30 GB of music and i do carry it with me always. and no, it would not all fit on 32 gb phone.
    honestly, i would PERFER 64 gb internal, kniwing what i know about the android filesystem….

  • Droidz

    I wouldn’t consider this an option unless the phone has at least 32GB of storage or if it offered a SD slot. Without either option it’s likely an option I’ll need to pass on. In reality I probably don’t need to worry about a Nexus since they seem to want to go back to the way the nexus one was sold. If this ends up GSM only I’ll just end up keeping the Galaxy Nexus for another year and look to switch providers then.

  • FrenchPhone

    You should look at http://mobile.free.fr/ to know what’s happening overseas (how much you pay and for what kind of phone plan). It should give you some ideas…

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Honestly, if i were in the market for a travel phone (i am if it comes in early november, by mid november they’ve missed my window) i would seriously consider a new, nexus phone for $300. 8GB on board or not. As a travel phone, i need less. I don’t rely on my phone as a camera although some shots would be nice. Plus many prepaid sims in the places i travel are unlimited data for so much money per day.

    I would consider this. Not as my main/regular phone though.

  • Realistic87

    how much can 32 gig chips cost? like 3 or 4 dollars more per unit? comon. Guess I shouldn’t care there’s no way verizon will get one

  • chris125

    8gb with no sd card? Fail always something to ruin an otherwise great device

  • moozicmon

    This is sounding less and less like a device worthy of the “Nexus” title. LG has done nothing to earn this honor. I can honestly say I’m not excited for this phone. At all.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      This phone sounds as boring as it looks. Seriously, just think, you can get an unlocked RAZRM for about the same cost (contract free) as this thing.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    The difference in price between a 32gb and 16 gb SD card cannot be deal breaking for anyone. We are talking about $5 based on the size of the orders.

    Also, is it not possible to have 20gb of space? Why does it always have to be in 8gb increments? 16gb is the absolute minimum I could deal with. 20gb would make things more comfortable. A 16gb option would probably just mean I stick with my GNEX until a solid 32gb Nexus comes along.

    • SeanBello

      or even 24 since we’re doing 8gb increments. 16 isn’t enough, but I don’t need 32 either

  • Not surprising as Google wants to promote the play store cloud music and movies. Just like with the nexus 7

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      And while Google is promoting cloud computing, our mobile carriers are cutting our throats with data costs. That’s the one-two combo knockout.

  • Syrio35

    LG Optimus is a handsome phone. Galaxy nexus on the other hand is not, and that’s putting it mildly. I do hope LG goes for a distinctive look. And Verizon picks it up.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    That non removable battery is going to be a real pain for anyone who likes to hack, mod or flash!

  • Dan

    What a disappointment if these are the specs. And unless this phone has iphone 5-like battery life, then it MUST have a removable battery. No sd card and 8gb/16gb only? No thanks.

  • paul_cus

    Lack of storage doesn’t bother me, but I know it’s a big deal breaker for most.

  • AlexKCMO

    I’m confused. Why is it that the N7 costs $250 for 16 GB and a 8 GB phone would cost $300? It seems backwards. I would think the cost of a smaller screen would offset the cost of a radio.

    • Sam

      You would think. Unfortunately we’re at a time where IP >> raw materials.

      • AlexKCMO

        Wouldn’t the N7 include the same IP?

        • Sam

          IP for the radios. Good money in patented telecom tech. See: Qualcomm’s stock price since 2009.

    • whosaidwhat

      Why are you confused? Can the Nexus 7 make cellular calls? Is it as portable as a cell phone? Does it have a back facing camera? Does it have a better SOC? Don’t you think all the above should be worth at least $50 more than the Nexus 7?

      • AlexKCMO

        A smaller screen and would reduce the cost. I’d have a hard time believing that the smaller screen costs just as much as the larger one.

    • Like @d03bae15a65cfa2ee188b0f829cddab4:disqus said, it’s because of the cellular radios (which I’ve heard are around $40-50.)

  • I hardly use the storage on my 32gb Gnex. Having unlimited data I just stream all my music with Google Music, Slacker, Pandora etc. TV and Movies are the same with hulu and netflix. Only big files I really have on my gnex are a couple of FLAC albums and nandroid backups

  • Zach Armstrong

    The Non removable battery and only 16GB storage space is very dissapointing. That’s not nearly of enough space for anything.

  • Greyhame

    Tired of the “trying to keep the costs down” argument. We ALL know memory can be had on the cheap. ESPECIALLY in bulk.

    Come on Google, haven’t you learned anything from the N7?

  • br_hermon

    That’s still concerning for me with the storage. 8 is definitely not going to cut it. 16 maybe? But that battery is a concern for me. The only way it would console me is if its huge 3000+. With these specs it will be a battery hog, plus I’m starting to get the feeling that batteries might only have a good shelf life of 12 months, then buy a replacement. I understand slimming a phone down and making the most of the space you’re given but a built in battery… no.

    • Not only is the battery a bit bigger than the gnex, but the Super Amoled Hd was a prototype screen and as such used MUCH more battery than it should. Lg’s new screen is more crisp, displays more pixels, and uses 40% less power than your average amoled panel.
      Also, the new s4 processors barely sip battery. The Sgs3 can get 4-5 hours of screen use on LTE with its 2100 mah battery and if the N7 showed us anything its that quad core can be about performance or longevity.
      The storage space thing, not an issue I dont think. In my opinion, if an app ‘caches’ my music or whatever, I probably wont use it. I use my phone as efficiently as possible, which includes extensive wifi and I stream music 15-20 minutes a day without going over my limited data plan. (4gb) If an app is going to clog up my phone I dont need it so I have 16-20 gb of storage on my Gnex still lol. 16gb phone is not so bad.

  • Greyhame

    Limited storage works better for a phone than a tablet, which is strictly a media device.

    That said, I’ll wait the three months after release for them to release the 32 GB version (semi-disgruntled N7 owner here).

    • moelsen8

      yeah really. it’s like, just as we thought google was maybe learning their lesson on the space thing with a 32GB N7 showing up..

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  • Jacob Svonavec

    Unless this puppy is sporting a 3000mah+ battery I’m going to pass…no more small battery phones for me.

  • Robert Jakiel

    Make it a minimum of 16 gig at a 32 gig option. I don’t see this as being a huge issue as emmc memory is coming down in price rapidly and you can get 16 gig retail for about $18. So in bulk for production runs it shouldn’t cost more than $15 per 1k lots so when buying in the tens or even hundreds of thousands your looking at maybe $10 – $12 per lot.

  • I was hoping for increased storage with the death of unlimited data. This new trend is troubling.

    • Sven Enterlein

      Indeed. But unfortunately it makes perfect sense from a carrier perspective. I wouldn’t be surprised if the wireless carriers made a pact with handset manufacturers in that regard.
      EDIT: And of course Google wants people to use their store front to access online media.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    This day and age, I’m more concerned with the battery life than storage. I can always stream and/or save from the cloud. However, I’ve been spoiled with the battery life of my MAXX.

    Let’s see at least a 2500mAh + battery!

  • non-removable battery and no microSD card slot? Ouch

  • dc3mech

    DOA with that internal storage and no micro SD. Nexus was supposed to be the top dog… guess it’s going the way of the Droid branding.

    • Sam

      The nexus was never meant to be the top of the line wrt specs. Quite the opposite actually. It’s meant to set the floor for the coming gen.

      • violator702

        The first two had top of the line specs.

  • Alchemy08

    I just hope its not only LG Making this phone, please A SONY Nexus pleasssssee

  • moelsen8

    companies need to stop selling phones and tablets in the 8GB option, period. i’m sick of this crap. i wouldn’t even settle for a 16GB unless it had a microsd. i don’t live in the cloud, i need space. why are we going backwards?

    • noc007

      I think you mean $100. 😉 I do agree that it shouldn’t cost so much. If I can pickup a 64GB microSD card for $50, there’s no reason to jack up the price $100-$300 for internal storage. Really, I just want a microSD slot so I don’t have to get price gouged or screw around with limited storage.

      • moelsen8

        it is price gouging. especially with mass production.

  • No VZW!!!! WAHHHHH!!!

  • Phil Austin

    huge fan of the gnexus, if it’s comparable, it’ll be a smash.

  • Butters619

    I just hope it has LTE. I couldn’t imagine going back from that.

  • Will need to see a real picture of it and if it looks sexy I might give it a go. 16GB is not enough storage, more is always better IMO. Or at least give us an SD card slot. 32GB or 64GB or go home!

  • Horrible decision if true. I, and many others, don’t care about cloud storage. I want flash memory that I can load up all my music and videos for trips and when I do not have access to 4G or WiFi.

  • greg

    Non removable battery better not happen!

    • ChuckDz3

      Thats what caught my eye. I would be disappointed if that’d the case unless its 3100+

  • zUFC

    Come on Verizon. Please get this (but i know you wont).

  • MichaelFranz

    I think…for the average user, 16gb is probably fine. With cloud storage for music and all, but apps these days take up alot. The problem is that 32GB like the GNEX is ideal. I only have about 18GB left of space on mine and that is after custom rom, apps, and etc. I have damn near 150 apps. Yes its alot and yes i do use most of them depending on the occasion. And some of these games require additoinal D/L where ti eats up another 500+ MB, sometimes over 1GB. I think they need to make maybe a 16 and 32GB version. That or give a SD slot. I dont think we will see that since no Nexus has had it to date.

    • 8gb is abysmal, 16 is bare minimum. Taking into account carriers being unethical with data rates, the cloud options aren’t as viable as they should be. On top of that, like I’ve said over and over, apps are getting bigger and bigger. 32gb should be normal, with 64 even starting to be an option.

      An extra 16gb of flash memory, or even 48gb, when bought in bulk for mass production would barely increase manufacturing cost.

      • MichaelFranz

        agreed…remember when USB flash drives were bulky and when you had a 512MB one you felt like a big deal, but still paid 90 bucks for it

  • Paradisimo

    Looks like I’ll be sticking with my Galaxy Nexus for awhile. I constantly have to free up space on my 16gb Nexus 7.

  • MikeSaver

    With the whole tabs things and the integration of OEM’s skins and then this storage thing and non-removable battery, I’m not that excited about this phone… Not like it matters because I will have to wait another year before my Verizon is up

  • $299 for an unlocked GSM phone would be incredible.

    • Guest345

      I’d pay $399 for CDMA….haha….that would never happen.

      • aQuickBit

        Qualcomm would ask for $100 of that lol

  • ddevito

    I bought a $3 usb adapter cable from Amazon. Now my GNex and N7 have access to my 500GB USB hard drive.

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    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Take that in your pocket with you I’m guessing?. . . with 16GB atleast half goes to my cached Spotify music… I’ll NEVER buy a 16GB phone without an SD card….

      • ddevito

        I can if I want to – I have the cable and the drive in my work bag actually. I stream everything I use daily, I have movies and such on my drive.

      • Butters619

        It’s hard to get by with just 16GB. I didn’t think it would be an issue when I bought a One X, but it has been.

      • mustbepbs

        I bought a 64GB flash drive that I use with my N7 and an app called Directory Bind. It works fantastic and I get to install all the games I want. It also doesn’t hamper game performance or load times. It was only $30 for the drive!

        • ddevito

          I use StickMount [requires root] but works great as well.

          • mustbepbs

            I use StickMount too to be able to mount it for my N7. Directory Bind allows me to offload the game data onto removable storage.

    • JSIN

      so do you just tape your usb drive to the back of your tablet and run around town?

    • PC_Tool

      Well, I suppose I could tape the 32GB USB stick to the back of the device….


      I have only 2GB left on my G’Nex. I could probably live with another 32GB device, but I cannot go lower than that. I’m not going to “load up” new music to my device every day, nor am I able to stream constantly (My ride to work alone includes several dead-zones).

      I’ll have to start looking at non-Nexus devices again if this keeps up…

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Hey ddevito. This works with the GNex? I carry a 1.5TB HDD in my camera bag on trips and would love the idea of putting movies and such onto my GNex on the plane.

    • Franz

      @ddevito:disqus I’m with you on that! Except I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Satellite-Wireless-External-STBF500101/dp/B004Z0S7K6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349454007&sr=8-1&keywords=seagate+wifi+hard+drive

      I have multiple Android devices including 2 HP Touchpads and my Nexus 7 in the house. This is very useful for these types of things. I use it a lot in the car because I have my N7 mounted there.

  • WeaponX

    8 or 16 GB?!!!! Are you freaking kidding me? That is a big HELL NO! 32 is pushing it for me and I’m sure for many others as well. We need devices with at least 64, with as much media as we carry on our devices..it fills up fast, not to mention all the nandroid backups for us rooted folk!

    • MicroSD?

    • ddevito

      Use the cloud young skywalker

      • Paradisimo

        I use the cloud for everything but apps on my Nexus 7 but still run out of space. With the size of the new games coming out it doesn’t take much to fill up 16GB.

        • ddevito

          I agree with you there…

        • Joshua Carnett

          Sorry, this is a terrible argument. First of all, how many games do you need on your device at one time? I have a 16GB Nexus 7 with 21 games, which I think is way too many, and I still have 4.5GB of free space. That includes some of the biggest games released: Horn, Madden NFL, ME Infiltrator, GTA3, Max Payne, Dead Trigger, Asphalt 7. If you’re running out of space because of games, you should probably ask yourself whether you actually play all of them.

          • Paradisimo

            How is that a terrible argument. Because I use my device differently than you do? While I may not play all 70 of my games on a daily basis I prefer to have them at my disposal whenever I feel like playing them. With 32GB’s I can keep all the apps/games that I care about and still have room for music/movies. With 16GB I don’t have room for anything other than apps. I won’t even go into Rom’s and nandroid back-ups…

          • ok, so why don’t we destroy all harddrives in the pc market that are bigger than 20GB as well? Just lets go into the past again.

          • Why do you want technology/storage evolution to stop? I don’t want to have to pay 20€/$ in 2020 for a 32GB SD card. You are kinda away from reallity if you think everything will stay the way it is. In the future they wont even produce 32GB SDs, because 64GB/128GB will be the smallest option, because the price goes so down that its not cheaper anymore to produce 32GB. Or do they still sell PCs with 100GB today? No, they moved to 1TB. 100GB is not in production anymore.

          • Joshua Carnett

            @facebook-1570124804:disqus When did I say I wanted evolution to stop? I’m all for more capacity, but he’s whining that he’s out of space when he has 70 games installed. You have to work with what’s available WHILE you push for progress.

  • Buy This

    you can make 16 GB work with a little frugality but at 8 GB, you are beginning to directly impact user’s experience with the device IMO

    • JoshGroff

      On my phone, under 32 isn’t an option. I use it as a portable media player most of all, for a tablet, I can handle 16 as it’s mostly gaming/streaming.

      • Paradisimo

        Completely agree. The cloud is fine but when I have to go on a 14 hour flight to Hong Kong it doesn’t cut it.

        • Liza_Minnelli

          14 hour flight or not, I don’t understand why people think they need to store so much digital content on their cell phone…buy a 64GB ipad if you must or read (e)books, its better for your brain.

          I guess I am in the minority here though

          • Paradisimo

            Right I shouldn’t buy a device that fits my needs, I should conform my needs to fit the device. Is that you Steve Jobs???

          • acras

            You should buy a device that fits your needs , but the Nexus line isn’t intended for those needs .

          • Buy This


            maybe because some people can’t afford/don’t want any ipad? Or don’t want to buy the same apps and content on a separate store or account that they may already own? Just a couple ideas.

          • JoshGroff

            A phone fits in my pocket, an iPad doesn’t. For a portable music player, I’ll stick to my phone.

          • alex drum

            …you came on an android forum and suggested we buy Ipads… why would you think that was a good idea? At least say transformer pad or something! But no I will not go out and spend 500$ on a product, 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 more in the long run.

          • Liza_Minnelli

            Lol, you guys are all soo cute when you get fired up…

            I know its frustrating when you learn the phone you want won’t be able to store your entire porn collection on it.

            Nexus’s are the only way to go in the android world IMHO, I’m sure you can manage just fine with 16GB…..I know, I know “but I shouldn’t have too” blah blah blah

          • @Liza_Minnelli:disqus You’re Steve’s daughter aren’t you?

          • alex drum

            Lol? what are you a 14 year old girl? PS: I love when people talk crap on the internet, you sound so cool and funny! NO 16GB is not enough! what do you not understand?! if you stream everything you will have horrible battery life! it is good to be able to keep you music and movies on your device! You do realize that all the big manufactures make 32GB versions or more of their flagship phone! Its not just for fun! I know, I know “but you should just stream your movies and songs” blah blah blah

          • PhillipCun

            Liza, its 2012 for god sake, we shouldn’t be limited by storage anymore especially where we are with technology.

            In 2013, I don’t want bitch about my storage capacity or my battery performance. I want a 18 hours of moderate use from my battery and I want 32-64gb of internal storage for my phone. I like to have all my crap on my phone so its convenient especially when I’m in Vegas and can’t get a damn signal.

    • Right because the 8GB is really like what, 6.49 GB?

      • JoshGroff

        7.63-whatever space the OS and included apps take up. and maybe some formatted extra space for OS expansion.

  • Nelly547

    I have used up almost all the storage on my Nexus 7 16GB. I will not buy another product with less than 32GB.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I fully agree… well unless there’s an SD card slot.

      • ddevito

        SD cards slow down Android, particuarly in I/O performance – which is why Google doesn’t use them anymore

        • moelsen8

          don’t care. want sd.

        • Then they need to give us more on device storage. HD apps are getting larger, you can’t stream those from the cloud.

        • noc007

          Please provide a link to some benchmarks to backup that claim. I’ve never noticed a slowdown to the Android OS when I insert a SD card. I’ve had a small delay on the microSD that came with my OG Droid, but I expect that. I have a Class 10 now in a D4 and I don’t see any abnormal lag when reading and writing to it compared to the internal storage.

        • Big_EZ

          Until devices come with 96+ gb or memory I need a microSD slot. my 64 gb micro SDXC is almost full and my 8 gb internal is full

          • user311

            Is that even enough? My Transformer infinity’s 192 GB of total storage is almost full. Granted If I wanted I could just delete my ripped Big Bang Theory episodes and some emags and music, but I still have over 30+ GB of apps installed and you can’t very well stream those….and its a wifi only device.

          • summit1986

            Stop downloading pron on your phone…

          • acras

            Blasphemy! Thats what smartphones were truly designed for , and without flash support anymore , its harder to watch it on the web.

        • PC_Tool

          Then limit it to Class10 only.

          Honestly, they could give us the option, at least. My Fassy worked just fine with my Class10 16GB card, and my Spectrum was slower than molasses even *before* I put any cards in it (much less my 32GB class 10…)

          It may be true, but its still just a lame excuse.

          • michael arazan

            They did the same thing with the new chrome book, only 16 gb of on board storage too, and the N7’s, this is a push to get people to use Google Drive for cloud storage. By lessening the storage in the device, they think more people will just use Drive storage to try and get Drive mainstream and be a dedicated tool for people.

      • noc007

        I think every Android based device needs to take a SD or microSD card. Really no excuse. Being locked down to a specific storage size because the manufacturer deemed it unnecessary to have more storage or one couldn’t afford the larger model is silly.

        Seriously, give me more ammo when the Apple fanboy comes trolling.

    • Bsody

      It seems I am only using about 12 with my GNex, and I stream everything from my computer with the N7, so this would actually work for me.
      Not gonna lie, I would have thought I would be using more space than that.

    • That’s kind of why I’m holding off on getting a Nexus 7 because I want to see if they release a 32gb one in October, if so I’m on it!

    • yarrellray

      The Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps this senseless. I have 80gb of storage on my current Galaxy S3. I will have the same storage on my Galaxy Note 2.

  • ddevito

    $299 unlocked GSM and I’d seriously considering switching to AT&T

  • mustbepbs

    I’d be down for this to be $250-$300 for an 8GB model. I hardly use my phone anymore since getting my N7. I’m sure many people will be miffed at the sizing, especially if Google pulls a 32GB size out a few months later like the N7 might.

  • Andy

    oh cool. i never thought about putting a folder on the bottom launcher.

  • Laki S.

    The rumors are getting more and more bleak… First the ‘no Verizon’ thing and now only 16g of storage?

    • ddevito

      Remember – this will most likely not be the only Nexus phone this year, but will probably be the first to be announced.

      hang in there

  • ddevito

    Google keeps designing devices with on screen keys but no manufacturers are listening.

  • I don’t believe that storage limitation. Phones with no Micro SD are hard to find nowadays.

  • Rob

    Verizon is digging their own hole if they dont get this phone