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Here is the LG Optimus Nexus Sans Dummy Box, Does Sort of Look Like a Galaxy Nexus

The first pictures of what we are expecting to be the LG Nexus (LG-E960) appeared earlier this evening, giving us a glimpse of what Google has in store for November. Many of you were quick to point out the case surrounding it that seemed to be some sort of a dummy box, meant to disguise the device. Previous rumors had stated that the device actually looked more like a Galaxy Nexus in shape and size, but it was impossible to tell with that case around it. Well, until now.Β 

A reader of ours found another set of pictures of the device on a Russian forum, sans dummy box. As you can see in the pictures above, it does carry a similar shape to the Galaxy Nexus with its rounded head and chin. The screen appears to be almost edge-to-edge though, and the back carriers the similar crystal backing of the Optimus G – the device that the Optimus Nexus is supposedly based off of.

From the About screen, we can see that the device is running JellyBeanMR1 and goes by the codename Mako, just like the device from earlier.Β The camera on the back isn’t branded with 8MP or 13MP, but we are expecting it to be one or the other, just like in the two Optimus G variants.

Not a bad looking phone from LG. What do you think?

Via: Β Baraholka

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  • Jackson

    Why not buy the lg optimus g and root it and bam you have the storage you want and the closest thing to the nexus

  • Apostrafee

    I find this phone really unattractive

  • Anthony Anobile

    Really like the back of it its got style (not to be confused with swag)

  • this phone is UGLY

    I’m not a 13 year old girl so I will not be buying a phone with crystals all over it. What a pathetic joke.

  • Got some serious want-syndrome here all of a sudden.. Sensible price and wide availability please!

  • Nexus Devices dont say “with google” like shown above. They say GOOGLE.

  • boogie_monster

    I don’t think this is the LG Nexus. if you look, on the back it clearly
    says “with Google”, it might be a stock android device but all of the
    Nexus devices say only “Google” on the back

  • John Simonelli

    Does that say Verizon Wireless on the back????

    • LionStone

      Might be too much bling for me on the back.

      • John Simonelli

        Yeah, I agree.

  • Sorry LG lost me permanently as a customer yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaars ago.

  • Why is the back covered in sequins??? Could they not have thought of something more feminine for a Nexus phone that is primarily purchased by heterosexual males?

  • Probably took these pictures with the Galaxy Nexus lol…why are leaks always sub par quality?

  • strows

    I like it but I wont be buying this phone right away, kind of hard when I now have to pay full retail to get a new phone.

  • Jonathan Ofalla

    LG Prada phone. Now an LG Nexus phone. Combine the two and we will see a new generation where nerds go chic.

  • King


  • justin

    The screen is not even close to being edge to edge are you crazy? Phone looks pretty good but the GNex/NexS was way sexier with the curved glass!

  • Knlegend1

    That’s terrible.

  • TheWenger

    I’ve been spoiled by the samoled on my GNex. It’s actually tough to look at my Nexus 7 sometimes because the blacks aren’t anywhere close to as awesome as my GNex.

    • Bob G

      The word you are looking for is oversaturated.

  • bogy25

    It looks like the last Nexus – just great – just like the iphone uninspiring design.

  • Anakin Solo

    Am I the only one who thinks this phone is too wide? It looks more like the RAZR (which I hate). Maybe it is just the camera angle? #FATPHONE


  • kauthor47

    I like how the “not” in “not for sale” looks like it was scratched off.

  • I’m digging the “pixelated rain” motif on the back of the device, but I’m still a bit reserved about the overall build quality of the device. Personally I’ve found a majority of LG’s phones’ build quality to be subpar.

  • HueThree

    Looks horrible. I hope there is another Nexus by another manufacturer.

  • Dave

    I actually like the look of the back. Definitely a more refined Galaxy Nexus in my eyes. Again, my only concern is the lack of LTE. To release a phone in this time without it would be a rather big oversight.

  • enV Nexus… Nexus enV… “get ready to be enVous of the Nexus”… help me out guys.

  • CopierITGuy

    My question is why would they make the LG Nexus look like Samsung’s Nexus. This makes no sense to me. I really like the look of the Optimus G, but this looks like a polished 1-year-old phone. Where’s the ‘new’ look?

    • Bigwavedave25

      Google might have requested a non “box” profile to keep the Apple lawyers at bay for the form factor.

      If they are going for Nexus phone “brand design” consistency, then this profile shape would be on par with all three existing Nexus phone devices. Consistency in design/shape/style helps consumers start to recognize your brand. Probably not a bad move for Google with all the crap they take about software fragmentation to have a little visual consistency to their phones.

      • CopierITGuy

        Ah, good point, Dave. You always have to be leery of the McApple douches and their trigger-happy attorneys. I do agree with the consistency of Nexus design and it building brand recognition. I just really like the look of the G.

        Who am I kidding, though. I’m not going to leave Verizon, so I’ll never see this Nexus. I really think one of the requirements for the Nexus program is that it should be carrier-agnostic. We have seen it happen with the GS3 – why not the Nexi?

  • Butters619

    No LTE. No Go.

    • It will definitely have LTE. What are you talking about?

      • Butters619

        The other rumor said it will work on AT&T and T-Mo. And a handful of rumors/leaked specs talked about all GSM and no LTE.

        I hope it does and all those rumors are wrong.

        • AT&T has LTE, Tmobile will have LTE next year. Being on those carriers doesn’t mean it won’t be LTE. That would be rather silly to leave out the wireless broadband tech that all carriers have/are moving to.

          • Butters619

            So this would be T-Mobiles first LTE phone? A year before they have LTE.

            Regardless, you skipped my second point. Most of the leaks say GSM only.

          • Sure, why not? Or, maybe there will be a non-LTE version just for T-mo. I didn’t skip the point, I have seen a few rumors saying that, I just don’t buy it.

          • Butters619

            Both the FCC report and the phone that leaked yesterday and is on XDA have no LTE πŸ™

          • i think what he’s referring to is the article that has it as a tri-band phone.. 850/1900 were the only bands listed in the original leak. (which as you know are att 2g/3g, tmo 2g)

          • Lol yeah, that would be pretty dumb.

  • chris125

    It looks pretty wide, hope that is just the camera angle, also any word on if this will make its way to verizon?

  • C-Law

    On the info screen where it says full jellybean on mako, is this a shark or ff7 reference πŸ™‚

  • cns2007

    No badging on the front. I hope that’s a Google requirement for participating in the Nexus program. This never bothered me much until I bought my GNex. The completely black front when off is very appealing to me. They can put whatever they want on the back for all I care.

  • MikeSaver

    Verizon’s so damn stupid

  • Dat bezel.

  • JoeInMO

    I just chatted with my friend that works at Google. She wouldn’t confirm or deny this phone, but she said there will be no more Nexus phones on Verizon. GSM only from now on.

    • Captain_Doug

      I wish I had a friend that works at Google…

    • I just chatted with my friend that works at Google. He couldn’t confirm or deny anything, but said that there would be more Nexus phones on Verizon.

      • Thanks for the laugh….I like what you did there@ Tabe

    • EDNYLaw

      You know why statements like this are completely unbelievable (other than the obvious)? Is anyone really foolish enough to think Google will flat out refuse to put it’s device in the hands of 80 million+ VZW subscribers? Google may not like carriers, they even might REALLY hate VZW (I empathize with that) but to immediately take out 80 million potential sales because they don’t want to deal with VZW. Google has a lot of money, but even they would care about the sales figures. And let’s not forget, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the most popular Nexus phone, which also happened to be released on VZW, coincidence?

      • Havoc70

        I do hope you are right, but Nexus and Verizon means it isn’t really a Nexus, and that is purely Verizons STUPIDITY.

        • EDNYLaw

          I totally agree that it’s not a true “Nexus” if it’s on VZW. However, it’s indisputable VZW has the best coverage (3G and 4G) and I’m grandfathered unlimited and unless Sprint steps up it’s coverage, there’s no one else offering unlimited except Sprint and it’s terrible coverage. But most importantly, true it is not a real Nexus, however, being a Nexus, it has an unlockable bootloader. Unlock it, flash a custom ROM and custom kernel. The whole “real” nexus thing doesn’t matter if you’re buying a Nexus for the purpose that Droid-Life readers are buying nexus devices.

          • Bigwavedave25

            YES, totally agree. I’m not at all concerned about Vz kicking out updates (though they help with binaries a few bugs). I have only used one OTA update from VZ, and that was the first day I activated my GNex. Didn’t use them at all on my DInc.
            Mostly it is about the dev community following (porting other versions over for use with nice tweaks and goodies). I would say it is less than 30% of people that buy a “Nexus” device leave it stock.

          • EDNYLaw

            Exactly, and as I literally just replied above, once AOSP source is released, the developers merge the changes to the VZW GNex quite easily and flawlessly. I was using JB about a day and a half after AOSP source was released. Hell there were even earlier versions made from a nandroid of JB, those were a little buggy though.

      • florious80

        I really hope you are right, but the problem is that a Nexus on CDMA is not really a Nexus due to radio software limitation that keeps Google from updating the phone quickly. But I really hope Vzw gets another Nexus.

        • EDNYLaw

          True, but thanks to our BRILLIANT developer community, we VZW users can get the latest software upgrades as soon as AOSP source is released. The radios take a while to come out, but it seems those are rather hit or miss anyway. I know Francisco Franco is always merging the latest Google kernel source with is kernels and whenever AOSP is updated all the ROM devs incorporate the changes into their ROMs. We’re lucky as Nexus users on VZW, I feel sorry (and I used to be one of them) for all those on VZW without unlockable bootloaders. I’m done with waiting for VZW to grace us with an update.

  • Buckoman

    I’m going to be completely honest, the extreme chrome Reflective back of the phone with its camera placement makes it look like a phone from 2008.

    • Indeed. Really don’t like that. Save that stuff for the tweens…

  • the purpose of on screen keys is completely defeated when you have a massive chin on the phone.

    • Well, on-screen keys allow versatility in the button layout. But yeah… definitely shouldn’t need a Jay Leno chin on a phone when there aren’t any physical keys down there…

      • Yeah no dice. Im pretty much locked in on the Note 2. I personally dont want soft keys taking up my screen space, and it looks like even the note 2 has less bezel than this

        • Soft keys don’t really take up your screen space… They make the screen the size that they want it and then add a little more for the softkeys. So, if there were no softkeys the actual LCD would just be smaller

          • Paul

            I doubt that. They are still making the screens 16:9 and have a good amount of area under the screen where it could have been longer for the buttons.

          • Can’t speak for other manufacturers doing what they want, but that’s not the case with the Galaxy Nexus.

          • JetmanFL410

            I agree with @Tabe.

          • smwandrie93

            BS, measuring a G-NEX right now, and from the bottom left hand corner of the soft buttons, to the top right hand corner of the screen, its 3.66 inches, .01 more than what its supposed to be… measuring just the buttons is a good .25 inches

          • What? I’m not sure what this has to do with anything.

        • Jackson

          Yea unless these are all purposely leaked to throw us off and the phone is just irresistible then I’m getting the note 2 because its so fully of features I won’t need to root which is scarey cause I flash like twice a week

        • steve30x

          Some games on the Nexus Galaxy display three dots while on landscape mode (like most games are) and it bugs me when that can be taken up by the screen.. maybe its just certain games or apps so yeah soft keys are “iffy” IMO.

    • Ray

      I totally agree. That’s why Samsung’s Galaxy S3 received Best Phone of the Year on T3. It’s because it was designed properly.

      When will we see a phone that has the screen real estate covering the entire front side, instead of black framing around the screen.

      • That would suck. We’d constantly be launching stuff on accident because there’s nowhere to put our fingers but on the screen!

    • Alexander Garcia

      Umm… That chin will prevent you from mis-tapping the screen with the buttof your palm. That chin is actually there for a reason.

    • the top bezel houses the sensors and the camera, and the bottom bezel is there to provide the aesthetic symmetry to the device(and also for the notification LED). I don’t see a problem with this design though.

  • MichaelFranz

    I don’t know if this is legit. I feel like Google was so proud of putting the headphone jack on the bottom that they wouldnt move it back to the top. Granted this is a pre-production if anything. But I got a feeling this may not be it. Hope im wrong it does look nice though

    • mvp314

      Me too. The settings menu is blue now like honeycomb instead of the grey in ICS and jb

  • Does Verizon not allow phones to connect to their network that they don’t sell? Meaning is there some reason Google couldn’t sell a CDMA/LTE version of this phone for Verizon customers?

    • They haven’t previously allowed it, so it’s yet to be seen.

    • Dave

      Well you could argue that the development versions of the Galaxy S3 and the Droid RAZR M aren’t sold by Verizon but allowed on their network. But that’s probably a deal they made with the OEM.

      I find it hard to accept that Verizon will ever get another Nexus device after the last debacle.

    • EDNYLaw

      FCC Block C regulations says they can’t block other handsets from connecting to their network. However, if the devices don’t have the required radios, it’s a moot point. And something tells me, since CDMA is a dying technology used by only a few carriers, if the device isn’t designed for VZW’s network, the OEM won’t just throw those radios in the device for good measure.

      • Yea, just seems that VZW and Rodgers would be huge markets for them. Obviously the technology is behind, but the customers are still there. VZW is the biggest cell phone service for Android phones in the US so why not make a compatible phone is there is no rules against it?

        • EDNYLaw

          It would, but putting in an LTE chip is a battery killer. If they’re not going ot use LTE then they’re not going to put it in. However, as someone over on XDA pointed out, these images surfacing are from users in different countries. Countries that may not have CDMA or LTE. Google/LG isn’t going to put in a CDMA or LTE chip for every conceivable spectrum for both in a non-production model. If VZW gets the phone, it’ll have LTE, if it doesn’t have LTE, VZW won’t sell it. However, with the non-production model specs confirmed, I’ll be passing on this device anyway unless it gets stepped up for production. 8GB of storage? Seriously? My 32GB is just perfect, though I wouldn’t argue with 64GB and a non-removable battery is a no go. I pop my battery out when I bootloop all the time, plus I have a couple extras, not that I really need them for my GNex because Franco’s kernels are amazing on battery, but I like knowing that if I expect to be away from a charger for a LONG time, I can pop in a new battery.

  • People really like that the sparkly bling on the back? Meh…

  • Bionic

    Pass, motorola please

  • Bionic

    why a different body?

  • UrDoGG

    I was a little worried when I saw the pics with the iPhone-ish looking case, but after seeing these photos it’s all good. It does look like a thinner GNEX. Though, I’m still concerned about the amount internal storage and rumor of a non-removable battery. I will be eligible for an upgrade in November, so if it comes to Verizon, then I would seriously consider it.

  • MikeCiggy

    Was hoping for the word Nexus on the back… why with Google…

  • cobjones

    Actually looks very very nice.. I think LG just won over some people.

  • red014

    I LOVE that back panel.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Drool… Nerd-Gasm! =O

  • Luxferro

    Can’t wait to upgrade and be rid of my galaxy nexus’ crappy radios. samsung devices just seem to have the weakest wireless on them.

  • bitch_please

    That is one extremely sexy device. Much, much better looking than previous nexus’s. Can’t wait.

    • I just can’t get over the beadazzling on the back. Looks like something for a tween girl. =/

  • jimmyk0789

    @droid_life I’m not sure if anyone else pointed this out but looking at this I BELIEVE THERE MIGHT BE MORE THEN ONE NEXUS PHONE. The back of the phone says (with Google)
    Instead of just Google like the other nexus phones and the with Google was mainly used for stock android devices (g1, droid1, g2, g2x) I know the droid X and thunderbolt had it but I don’t think many others did except stocked androids

  • Oh how cute, the back is all sparkly……………… ….

  • Kheir Francis

    not a bad looking phone, though for sure asus would be producing the next nexus, but Im sure LG wont dissapoint.

    • ASUS aren’t good at phones really. Not their department.

      • i dunno… i really like the padfone…

        • Never tried it (not even seen it for sale in the UK), but I didn’t really like the design. Was a bit…bland.

  • Jacob Svonavec

    3500mah battery??

    • Bunklung

      From the picture, the back cover might be non-removable. So it better be huge battery!

  • OafleyJones

    Well that’s disappointing.

  • R Ras

    I’m on an OG Droid right now. I was thinking of getting a SGS3, but I think I’ll wait for this phone

  • Ron

    all rumors abt the specs n makes.. any news on the pricing?

  • NexusMan

    I think the phone looks fine, but am disapointed in the resemblance to the G Nex. If I were to switch phones, I do want a different, “better” design from my last.

  • KRS_Won

    I might consider buying my first LG phone. Has to be LTE, CDMA, and GSM all in one.
    ..Not bad.
    Since I’m grandfathered-in, I’m still considering the Dev M or dev SGIII. Wish there was more info on the RAZR HD.

  • Jeremy626

    the bottom bezel is HUGE. disappointed…ugh.

    • I think the bottom bezel has to be large so that the keyboard is positioned in an area more easily used by fingers – making it a necessary evil. And I am guessing that a floating type pad eliminates too much screen area at the top.

      • MikeCiggy

        Hope it is equipped with a huge sexy LED in that chin.

      • Paul

        Maybe, but if chins are necessary the phone might as well have capacitive buttons…

    • Steve Benson

      Stop with the bezel comments. You’re an idiot.

      • JetmanFL410

        I agree. Go make your own phone with zero bezel. Or go buy the RAZR M if you are really concerned with your bezel. I could care less about the stupid Bezel

        • LiterofCola

          I agree, such insecurity. I’m actually thinking about getting this if it comes out for verizon

    • Captain_Doug

      Looks smaller than the one on the Gnex. Good enough for me.

      • C-Law

        Looks larger to me

        • Captain_Doug

          Oh missed one. I took another look and I agree. the bottom bezel does look slightly larger. Forgot to edit this comment to say “whoops”.

    • It has to be, for functional reasons. The GNex had a similar bezel, what’s so wrong now?

    • Valayil Abraham

      I agree. It looks out of proportion. Hope this is not the final look.

  • if this comes with 32 gb of storage i am sold

  • billy routh

    Holy giant bezel, Batman

  • I’m really liking the back bling. I just wish they’d use metal and glass rather than plastic.. Hopefully $299 price tag and VZW! But that seems like a long-shot.

  • Matthew Merrick

    my god that back cover looks hideous. >_< looks like my sister's purse, not a cellphone.

    • UrDoGG

      I agree, that is the only thing I am not crazy about with the overall design.

  • Jon

    hell of a bezel on the bottom considering no capacitive buttons

  • Have a look at the Linux Kernel. It’s 3.4 instead of 3.0.x like in current Jelly Bean versions. Interesting detail worth mentioning.

    • Linux kernel is on 3.6 now I believe, so maybe it’ll get updated before release. This does say 3rd September after all.

  • Jon

    Does it look like an LCD screen to anyone else?

  • C-Law

    Very disappointed with the audio jack on top! And huge bottom bezel. I’ll keep my gnex another year

  • andrew galvin

    praying to god this thing is on VZW.. I would def buy this phone assuming it has > 16 gb and LTE.

  • ranger

    weird that it says “with google” instead of just google like the previous nexuses, could be a hint to the new nexus program

    • NexusMan

      was thinking the same thing about the Nexus program….cuz other phones have said “with Google,” but I believe none of them have been a Nexus.

  • C-Law

    I’m sorry but this looks like a downgrade in appearance from my gnex. The bezel area below the screen appears to be larger than on the gnex. I definitely wanted to see this area shrunk some on the next nexus phone, not bigger

  • give me a nexus phone with an SD card slot please ?

  • ezpotato

    ummm i’ll stay with my gnex until something that looks different or has less bezel comes out….. as a nexus… wow, i’m disappointed at the physical similarity.

  • greenbacks

    I love the curved glass on the GNex, I will miss that. just give me better battery life and I would keep my GNex for ever. lets go moto razer HD Nexus!!!!!

  • E A butler

    the next phone for me must….
    1-Be NEXUS
    2- Have atleast 32gigs of storage
    3-have atleast 12mp camera
    4-Not be wider than the current GalaxyNEXUS
    5-Have a high capacity or replaceable battery

    Thanks!! Somoene make it happen!!!

  • Lakerzz

    Anybody know the ‘history’ of LG’s radios? (Not a rhetorical question)

    • Diablo81588

      Don’t you mean Qualcomm radios? πŸ˜›

      • Lakerzz

        πŸ™‚ (half asleep)
        Actually, *WHOLE* asleep! πŸ˜›

  • Nathan Corachea

    idk but the flash seems huge to me for some reason. and idk i just hope it feels like a well built device in the hand.

  • shugaman

    look at the top and bottom does not match….plus back phone cover….not real…

    • TheCheapGamer

      U blind?

  • shugaman

    love DL but that is fake…real phone looks like:


    • TheCheapGamer

      That phone has a case around it…like the old DL article posted.

    • descendency

      Clearly you don’t know what “sans” means. The one you linked is in a dummy case (a fake way to hide what the phone looks like)

  • The battery does not look to be removeable, and the top and bottom bezels are huge. If there’s a notification light on the bottom bezel, that’s cool. But the top bezel seems way too thick. The speaker grill is so thin, everything else up there is barren.

    I’m pretty ambivalent about the back “bling”

  • EatUrCrap

    I was completely against Samsung for Android phones until they stepped their game up with the Galaxy S II, and I’ve loved my Galaxy Nexus since launch day. But the #1 Android manufacturer I disliked the most was LG, although now they seem to be stepping their game up too. I’m looking forward to seeing if they can become successful again.

  • speraider430

    After smashing the refresh key for Gnex news last year, I am looking forward to casually watching a nexus go from rumor to release

  • Samvelavich

    Im just confused as to why they enlarged the bezel from the top and bottom of the phone… I’m loking at my GNexus right now and this one has a bigger bezel

    • Diablo81588

      Part of engineering man lol. They didn’t just decide to make the top and bottom bigger for looks. Usually the antennas are housed in the top and bottom of the phone.

      • BTLS

        Hopefully you’re right & they took advantage of the space…. Hopefully everyone’s wrong about LG sucking and they use this slightly bigger bezel to create a better signal than the Gnex. I don’t get dropped calls much but all I know is my friends’ vzw phones always seem to get better reception where ever we go, especially in bars for some reason…

    • Captain_Doug

      edit= NVM. Took another look.

  • can’t…tell…if…battery…is…removable…sigh

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    I don’t get why everyone who dislikes the design is getting downvoted. Personally, I don’t like the design much either. Maybe seeing it from a different angle will change my opinion (like the S3: I initially hated its design, but I grew to love it), but for right now, this new Nexus looks decidedly unspectacular.

    • Diablo81588

      Complimentary down vote πŸ˜‰

  • nightscout13

    I don’t like the bling on the back.

    • Larizard

      the bling on the back looks, hmm, what’s that word?



    • i like the bling coloring on the exterior.

    • flosserelli

      It looks like something my 10-year old niece would buy. Perhaps LG/Google are trying to break into a new demographic.

  • joejoe5709

    Cool. Now Samsung has someone other than Apple to sue. Lol. I kid I kid… looks great! I swore I would pinch my pennies and wait for the next next Nexus on my upgrade but this is really tempting!!

  • austing

    I love this this time of year, nexus rumors all over and Christmas around the corner, great time to be an android fan

    • JustTrollin69

      I was literally about to post the same thing.

  • Trueblue711

    Not too sure what to think of the back of the phone. Looks a bit gaudy to me, but it could look awesome in person.

    Also, why does it say “with Google” rather than just “Google” like on the Galaxy Nexus?

    • Aaron Fredricks

      i was just about to comment this.

      Nexus devices have never shown “with Google.” and that back is incredibly tacky (true LG style)

  • Im gonna miss the chin on the bottom of the phone. Said No one. Ever.

    • Captain_Doug

      I named it and everything…

    • r0lct

      If there was no bezel to match the top on the bottom it would likely look ugly. Then you need a spot for the mic. I have a gnex and just think it would look funny with a no bottom bezel

  • Baconator

    Why does it say “with Google” and not “Nexus” or “Google” maybe its fake.

    • Almost certainly placeholder text. The GNex’s first leaks had ‘with Google’ too.

    • jimmyk0789

      Thats what Im saying this makes we think there’s more then one nexus phone coming if their using “with Google” instead of just “Google” the only phones that have had with Google and kinda like a nexus with stock android are (g1, droid 1, g2, g2x)

    • my gsm gnex just has “Google”. no nexus or anything…

  • dieringer scott

    BLEGH no amoled..

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  • k_nivesout

    Sexy. Idk about you guys, I like the back though. Also the small and minimal camera and LED.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Wonder what the back feels like… Isn’t there another LG phone with the exact back?…. I think the G has a smooth back

      • YES, the optimus G has the same back. from what i have heard, it is glass, and smooth, and under the right lighting, you get to see the “flek” used to get that textured look. i personally like the materials used in this phone, but the overall look is not as nice as the current Gnex IMO. not a fan of the earpiece being all the way at the top, not a fan of the screw holes (although it looks like build quality was stepped up) and not a fan of the camera and LED placement and look….but thats just me. the specs alone make me want to ditch my gnex and pick it up though. but that wont be happening.

    • Captain_Doug

      I don’t like the back, looks bedazzled. Rest of the phone looks great.

  • tharealoc

    ok google, tell me it will be sold in the play store and offered on verizon for $299 and I’ll spending my money faster than, well, i don’t know what to compare it to, but it will be fast.

    • michael arazan

      Seriously! Crossing fingers so hard they are creating stress fractures.

    • vyperbc

      faster than i just jizzed myself?

    • MikeCiggy

      faster then the dude jumping out of space today?

    • Steve Benson

      Verizon will not get this phone. Pay your ETF and leave the prison that is Verizon forever. GSM is the only way to go from this point forward.

      • Greg Buxton

        I think you mean LTE is the only way to go from this point forward.

        We just need carriers and phones to get to supporting VoLTE.

      • AMEN.

      • HueThree

        Plus a million

      • john

        Yea let me leave the only carrier with significant LTE coverage for one with barely any.. or none. lol

    • JoeInMO

      My friend at Google tells me there will be no more Nexus phones on Verizon. GSM only.

      • CampyGuy

        Well, fsck that.

      • smwandrie93

        My friend in England told me he was the King, the only difference between you and I is that I didn’t believe my friend

      • Jonathan Ofalla

        I hope that’s not the case. It’s a bad business decision considering iPhone was once GSM-only then found increased success adding CDMA variants. Making GSM-only Nexus phones is pretty much the opposite and would decrease Sales.

    • chris125

      I’d even pay $399 if they sold it through the play store for verizon. But with how anal verizon is sadly can’t see that happening, they have to have their hands in everything.

      • AndroidUser00110001

        By federal law Verizon can not restrict devices on their LTE network. Part of the agreement when they leased the spectrum from the government.

        • chris125

          But they can on their 3G network so I’m sure they would use some excuse

          • bitpimpin

            here’s to voLTE getting here this year!

  • I just hope they release one with Verizon radios, but still only sell it through the Play Store. I would be more than willing to pay full price to keep Big Red’s hands off of it (besides, I probably have to pay full price going forward to keep my unlimited LTE).

  • austing

    Looks good I’m on bored

    • JustTrollin69


  • Diablo81588

    Not bad. Diggin’ the edge to edge look. Just hope its not too wide.

    • Mapekz

      I think the edge to edge will make it less wide; the screen should be similar to the Nexus’s in dimensions (might be 4.7 instead of 4.65 but the device should still be less wide).

      • Diablo81588

        Do we know the screen size yet? I read this site daily, but could’ve missed it lol

        • Mapekz

          I think we know the Optimus G is 4.7 so there’s a good chance this is the same, maybe 4.65 to match the Galaxy Nexus. I don’t think they’ll go with a 4.8″ or higher if the HTC Nexus phablet rumors are true (to differentiate more between the devices).

  • Mapekz

    Is that both a headphone AND line in jack on the bottom? Also is the device curved?

    • DainLaguna

      looks curved to me. i guess they want it to be a nexus hallmark

    • descendency

      It’s two headphone jacks so you can share.

    • KRS_Won

      I think the two bottom holes are screw holes possibly.

    • thedonxr

      They are speaker holes I bet.

  • TT

    Seems like MR1 is the abbv of “minor release 1”
    4.1.1 > 4.2

    • JordanMcRae

      Ya they say Google doesn’t add version numbers til the very end.

    • vidoardes

      MR means Maintenance Release

  • DainLaguna

    found on a russian forum? man you guys are hardcore! nerds have so much time on their hands

  • Fredy Nativi

    that looks great…
    The back looks to still have the protective plastic on it. but man it looks awesome. We have to remember that it’s an LG phone made for Google. Not just another phone is a Nexus and it will be great. No matter who makes it.

    • I just hope it comes to Verizon…

      • DainLaguna

        me too…though i doubt it. i recently asked a buddy of mine that i work with who is an ex verizon employee about how the nexus launch was handled, since it was a stock google device and had no (well not really) vzw bloatware on it…he said the ‘selling feature’ was the face unlock.

        THAT was the big deal they made out of it.

        • Trueblue711

          That doesn’t make too much sense.. the bloatware isn’t really a selling feature on any other Android phone, so how would the lack of it make them promote face unlock?

          • DainLaguna

            Maybe it was a poor choice of words… i didnt mean bloatware was a selling point, but stock android in a world of skinned phones shoulda been big for them

        • Mapekz

          The Nexus came out when the DROID RAZR was being marketed to hell. Verizon wanted to push the RAZR over the Nexus due to the whole DROID trademark they spent so much money to license. This will continue until their license ends or OEMs stop wanting to brand their devices as such and only then Verizon will make a bigger deal out of Nexus devices.

  • duke69111

    The phone jack’s on top…pow..head exploded.

    • descendency

      The phone jack’s on the top and bottom… pow… head exploded.

      • michael arazan

        It’s like Deja, Deja, Deja, Deja, Deja Vu

    • Ash Hanna

      Hahahahahahahahaha i Friggin Love This Comment So.Much!!!!

    • John

      “Excuse me, are you saying POW?”

    • anezarati

      why are there 2 jacks on the bottom and one on top?

      nm – saw on another site that those on the bottom are probably screw holes

    • gooner13

      i much prefer the jack on top. not sure why people like when it is placed on the bottom. completely screws up cradle placement options.

      • eagletrippin

        I think it’s only natural that when people put their phones into their pockets, that it goes in head (top end) first. If you ever listen to music on your phone through headphones, then having the jack on the bottom allows you to slide your phone into your pockets the same way. It’s only natural…

        • gooner13

          i see what you are saying, but we will have to agree to disagree. i put my phone in my pocket bottom end first. and i use headphones in my phone every day of the week (howard stern, podcasts, etc at work) and if the plug was at the bottom i would not be able to use portrait mode on my dock and forced to use landscape, which i hate.

          • I’m also the same. I slide my phone in bottom first… I’d be curious to do a poll to see what people actually do… Wait, I can do that! Gotta love being an admin of an android site πŸ˜‰

  • DainLaguna

    oh wow…daddy like. i retract my ‘looks like an iphone’ comments. πŸ™‚

  • I like the front, the back not so much

    • Ash Hanna

      PUt A Case On It Lol

  • Chaz Harrison

    Yes it looks like the Galaxy Nexus. So what! Now LG can be sexy too.

    • Mapekz

      A lot of Galaxy Nexus owners, myself included, voted on polls that all they really want from this year’s Nexus is a Galaxy Nexus 2.0 and I feel LG has delivered above. No complaints assuming the camera is much better and internals significantly higher specced.

    • C-Law

      Happy! We may see Samsung sue lg now

      • Josh Nichols

        Samsung doesn’t see LG as a threat. That will likely never happen.

      • RellikZephyr

        My guess is google wanted that look

  • I like except for the glitter backing.

  • Andrew Remmers

    Hoping its not plastic I see.

    • descendency

      No, the back is full of small diamonds. This phone will retail for 599,999.99.

      • Diablo81588


  • Greyhame

    MUCH better looking #hypebeasting

    • TheCheapGamer


      • duoexo


  • Dislike the bezel, the silver doesn’t go with the rest of the phone. Also, that back is pretty ugly.

  • Now that looks sexy……. shut up and take my money.

    But on the back it says: “with Google” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ash Hanna

      That Maybe Cuz FoUr Pthers Will Be With Google?
      Hopes And Dreams
      Damn Swype Not.playing Nice In.brpwser

      • Diablo81588

        Glad its not just me. Damn Swype!! Slow and buggy for anyone else with Swype using Disqus?

    • Manny

      On my VZW Galaxy Nexus, it doesn’t mention Google at all πŸ™

      • Sstang2006

        That’s why our VZW “Nexus” is not a real nexus. A real nexus gets updates strait from google and does not need approval of anyone πŸ˜‰

    • Alan Paone

      I’m really hoping that the “with” implies that this isn’t a nexus.

      • Why? This looks like an excellent device.

        on the GNex’s first leaks last year it had ‘with Google’, so I’m pretty sure it’s a placeholder.

    • Sstang2006

      I noticed the same thing. All previous Nexus says: “From” not “With”. Hopefully this is not the real Nexus because I’m not buying another LG device ever.

      • What’s your experience been with LG devices? I’m asking because I’ve never had one, and I’m surprised that Google decided to sponsor this relatively small company in the smartphone arena.

        • KleenDroid

          LG has had some real duds lately. But they have also had some great successes. There is good that they can put out a great product.

        • Its a hit & miss case with LG. Although their build quality is better than the likes of Samsung, their devices in the last year or two have lacked any inspiration or marketing hype. Many people claim that LG makes awful phones, that’s not entirely true. What has sucked for LG is their lame software and iffy updates. This being a Nexus, none of that will affect it. If the Optimus G is anything to go by, LG are making a serious effort to get back in the game and I personally think this Nexus is going to be rather sweet.

    • Steve Benson

      Would you prefer it said “with Apple?”

  • Eddie Ramirez

    Kind of looks like the Nitro

  • burntcookie90

    That backing…ugh.

    • Fredy Nativi

      the backing looks to still have the protective plastic on it

      • burntcookie90

        One of those pictures looks like the backing isn’t there. I don’t like that silly digital-esque pixelly looking thing they’ve done.

        • DainLaguna

          i think it looks cool. its unique!

  • Pretty sure I just jizzed in my pants.

    • TheCheapGamer

      That smell coming from the rear is not jizz my friend…

      • kidtronic

        …eew dawg. eew

  • Raloc

    This looks just like a step backwards in terms of design from the Galaxy Nexus. I guess it’s just LG keeping their position of only being able to produce products that look like knock-offs of others.

    • DainLaguna

      dont be silly. the design looks more polished and less plasticky than the gnex does. way more svelte too. and i’ bet it’ll feel nicer in hand.

    • UrDoGG

      Which phone is this a knock-off of? To me it falls in line with the very distinguishable characteristics of the last two Nexus’s.

  • TheRobotCow

    Looking good!

  • Oh God please get rid of that glittery battery door.

    Otherwise it’s… not horrendous.

    • DainLaguna

      not horrendous? just wondering, what on earth could they have done to keep you from saying something like that? it looks like a polished galaxy nexus with better definition in the overall shape. it doesnt look any ‘uglier’ or ‘prettier’ than say, the one x or s3

      • It looks very fragile, like if I don’t put enough attention into holding it I may drop it.

    • descendency

      The back door is my favorite part.

      • fartbubbler

        that’s what she said.

  • That is A LOT better.

  • Now we’re talking.