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More LG Nexus Talk: 360-view of the Device, Photo Samples Too

Last night, Russian site Onliner managed to get a hold of an LG Nexus and proceeded to snap the prettiest pictures of it that we have seen thus far. This morning, they are back with more, including a full 360-degree image of the device and a couple of camera samples. 

After the spending the last year complaining about the atrocious camera in the Galaxy Nexus, I’ve been dying to see real photo samples from this new Nexus. While these aren’t award winning shots, they aren’t bad for a mobile smartphone camera. If you look at them in full-res you can see some noise, but far less than you would probably see if these were taken with a G-Nex. The lighting also appears to be about perfect, so until we can do some low light tests, it’s tough to tell if this camera will win us over or not. Part of me still thinks that the stock Android camera software is to blame, but that’s a story for another day.

On a related note, how cool is this 360-degree shot of the device?

360-degree view:

And one last photo sample:

Via:  Onliner

  • Larizard

    I been using my mouse wheel and spinning dat phone round n round.

  • Wow, if their goal was to make the most boring looking phone, they’ve succeeded.

  • HeartStrong07

    I like the look … I had rule it out … but I like the clean lines ..

  • Turb0wned

    Camera doesn’t even look like it should go there. God my LG!

  • cereal killer


  • cooksta32676

    Anybody else slowly warming up to the idea of owning an LGnex?

  • i think its a clean looking phone. must be the minimalist in me

  • AhsanS

    Damn, it looks good.

  • Michael Potter

    A Nexus, with an audio port on top, blasphemy!

  • WickedToby741

    Looks nice, but it’s an LG. I’ve witnessed too many LG phone failures.

  • JMonkeYJ

    it looks better here in 3D than it has in other pictures, IMO. for example the chin doesn’t seem as monstrous. i’m disappointed there’s no curved glass. even tho it’s a little gimmicky it gives a nice look. i’m waiting for that Nexus that really blows me away to convince me to drop Verizon and go to $30/month T-Mobile…

  • I’m seriously the only one that notices how atrocious those image samples are?! Especially the first one!

  • Stephen D

    This device keeps growing on me. If it’s real(and at this point, I think it is) and they offer a 32gb version, I will definitely buy it.

  • David Schleifstein

    It’s funny how many people are complaining about the metallic rim and the glass backing on this phone. Flash back to a year ago, and people were bitching nonstop about how they hated the cheap plastic feeling of Samsung’s phones, and how the “hyperskin” textured backing of the newly-announced Galaxy Nexus looked and felt cheap. They went on about how Apple knows how to build a phone with a premium feel, and that Google should’ve made a Nexus with the specs and build quality to compete in that arena. Well, ostensibly, it seems that they’ve listened to those complaints. Now everyone hates the glass back and metallic rim and wants the plastic back? Geez.

  • jnt

    looks like a slightly shinier Gnex

  • Squeaks

    This is turning into the worst kept secret.

  • ceejw

    That 360 view really shows how terrible the chrome ring around the screen looks.

  • Amorel

    Anyone know what battery size and if there’s a notification light?

  • carl rainey

    Will this be the first LG device running Jelly Bean? How many LG are still running GB?

  • jer85008

    I still don’t understand how Google could release a flagship Nexus phone without LTE. Complete deal breaker for me.

    • Rob

      What? This won’t have LTE? Are you kidding?

  • Aleem Qureshi

    lack of removable backplate amongst other key features are a definite pass for me, ill stick to my Galaxy nexus

  • Casey Artner

    Not going to be pushing other handset makers to continue innovating (the point of the nexus program) with something like this…

  • kixofmyg0t

    So if this is “Mako”…… Where is “Occam”?

    • this device will be GSM only… at least at first. FCC has not approved any form of these devices for use on verizon/sprint. I have a feeling that the new nexus devices are going to take “carrier exclusives” to a whole new level.

      Verizon gets Occam
      ATT/Tmo get Mako

      the rest who knows?

  • TimXer

    Camera’s in a different spot – kind of like it so those fingers don’t get in the way!
    Good looking!

  • Bigwavedave25

    Wow, that pinhole above [what i assume to be] the SIM slot is exactly like the iPhone. Non removable battery/door for sure…

  • Does anyone else think that this is only one of the many nexus devices to be announced. Seems to mid range to be the flagship phone… I think it’s distracting us from other potential Nexus leaks..

    • cns2007

      Since Google is rumored to staffing a “Nexus Call Center”, I think there will be other devices announced.

      I do have to say that I don’t consider, a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and a 4.7″ HD display to be mid-range.

    • Kie

      Nothing about his phone is mid ranged =/ Except maybe the camera, but no way to tell that now

  • No….., not a silver rim sigh.. They always cheapen the look of a device and the paint always chips or rubs off. I hope the rim looks good in person, it looks okay in the 3D pic, but I think we can all agree plastic silver rims always look cheap. Overall, I’m okay with the changes they’ve made from the Gnex, I’ll have to hold my judgement of the back until I hold it in hand, see what it looks like in real light.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    This is a great looking device worthy of a good ol’ Apple Lawsuit but I am not sure it is worth upgrading from my Gnex out of contract for.

  • I don’t know why you would complain about the Galaxy Nexus camera. For being only 5mp I think it takes great photos. Every time I take one and show it to someone they are always impressed by how good it looks. I’ve never blown one up to poster size but printing them regular 4×6 size, or looking at em on the phone or computer they are comparable to my 16mp digital camera’s photos. In fact since I’ve gotten my Gnex I’ve pretty much quit using my digital camera.

    • Andrew Elliott

      in low light pictures are very bad and grainy, never taken a good low light photo with it

  • MikeCiggy

    Soooo, Everything we have made fun of the iPhone for is incorporated into this phone? What could Google be thinking maybe this phone is just an outright distraction from the real thing.

    Headphone jack on top,
    non-removable battery,
    no LTE,
    lame silver rim,
    boring design (wheres those curves),
    glass front and back…..

    These are all reasons I went with my Gnex over an iPhone. This is a huge step in the wrong direction.

    Could we be looking at a LG submission for LAST YEARS Nexus!?

    • i sure hope so.

    • not with the internals its packing. i dont even think the dual core s4 was around back then.

    • DP

      I refuse to believe that there will not be an LTE variant. It’s simply impossible they wouldn’t make one. I’m hoping that it’s made by pretty much ANYONE but LG and doesn’t have all these horribly flawed features you mentioned. That’s a really long shot though, so looks like I’m going to have to pass on this year’s nexus.

  • loosecannon66

    No notification light ? And why does it say “with Google ” makes me think its a Google experience device and not a true nexus maybe when its announced it will just say Google

    • moelsen8

      oh snap notification light, i forgot about that. that sucks.

    • The leak on xda has confirmed there is a notification light, but it doesn’t work with the current software. I’m guessing they tested it with lightpulse or whatever the app for notification lights is called.

      Oh, and it’s RGB too, apparently.

      • Larizard

        Sorry for the dumb question, but is RBG the one like the GNex which supports a lot of colors (magenta, pink, fuschia, etc)?

        • He said it was RGB, which is like the GNex; lots of different colors. But I heard another source say it could be RGBK (I think that was what he said). And yeah, I think it’s on the chin.

    • I’m sure it has a full RGB notification LED just like the Optimus G.

    • The Gnex doesnt have a visible notification light….just sayin

  • Captain_Doug

    Wish we could get some dimensions.

  • looks pretty nice. still upset theres a 97% chance verizon wont be getting one…

    • Mark F

      What are you saying ? All because the one which we saw go through the FCC was specific to certain carriers doesn’t mean we will b left out.

  • ezpotato

    phone looks blah. it’s sooooo boring and uninspired. I’ll keep my gnex for now. dammit. optimus g nexus woulda made my day.

    i’ll wait and see what comes to vzw. maybe this is one of the nexii, a more price concious one. it’s way too bland looking to be a flagship.

  • jstew182

    Are pogo pins dead?

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Yep. After the 10 people who bought into it didn’t like it anymore, they decided it wasn’t a good idea. /s

  • kniceguy

    mmmm :/ I dunno about that silver tapered edge, makes it look like an iPhone 3G. It seems almost cheesy. Everything else is awesome though.

    • moelsen8

      that’s what i keep thinking when i see the silver rim.. one of the first model iphones

  • Murphy

    My mouse wheel loves spinning that thing right round!

    • BTLS

      HA! Mine too. Simple shiz excites me… Is this feature exclusive to chrome? Doesn’t work in firefox, for me anyway…

      • Murphy

        Yeah, I’m using Chrome, got rid of the Fox about 3 weeks ago. Not looking back 🙂

      • Andromedo

        Works fine on Firefox Mobile (Beta) on my N7.

  • That is EASILY the best looking Android phone ever made!

    CORRECTION: ….best looking PHONE ever made!

  • Nexus0804

    will there be a White version? I don’t want another black phone!

  • coolsilver

    For those worrying about the back or sides. My phones go in a case. Last few Seidio cases held up great. So really I’m not going to cry about it. I don’t go without some protection on my phones.

  • tbh i still prefer the original galaxy nexus in terms of shape. Not sold on that silver rim. Looks too iPhone old gen to me. also, this does not have LTE chip on board.

  • Apostrafee

    Avoiding this phone

  • PuzzleShot

    Headphone jack on top noooooooooo

    • I know, very disappointing.

      • palomosan

        Well, when plugin the 3.5 jack to the auxiliary port on your car this would make sense but again I got used to having it on the bottom.

        Is that an sd card slot on the left side?

        • speaker grill dude

          • MicroSIM bro.

          • PKells

            Volume rocker brah

        • carlisimo

          SIM card slot?

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Yeah. I love how we all just finished making fun of Apple for finally “innovating” the headphone jack on the bottom change into the iPhone 5 only to have Google go back to having it on top.

      • they probably patented the headphone jack on the bottom…

        • whats wrong with the headphone jack on top?

          • it’s more convenient on the bottom as most people put their phones in their pockets upside down…
            see here.. http://www.droid-life.com/2012/05/02/wednesday-poll-headphone-jack-on-the-bottom-or-top/

          • I don’t put my phone in my pocket upside down. Why would people do that?

            More importantly, why would people require a design feature to change to accommodate, rather than just flipping their phones before they put them in their pocket?

          • TheOiulkj

            I never put my phone in my pocket in any specific direction, it just gets shoved in there any which way. Half of the time it somehow ends up sideways.

            Though, in the car when it’s sitting in the cup holder, a top jack is best. I think that’s infinitely more important than taking a second to reorient your phone when taking it out of your pocket, which you’re most likely going to do either way unless you’re super OCD and make sure it’s always one direction when going into your pocket.

          • Rob

            @Brandon: It’s to have your phone already oriented correctly in your hand when you take it out of your pocket.

            Not having to flip your phone several times a day is a convenient feature…

    • I don’t know why this is a bad thing. I works well for people that want to rest it upright on items while listening to music. I use it on a treadmill like this for example

      • PuzzleShot

        It’s bad for me because the cord hangs over the back when I’m holding it in my hand, and I gotta do a weird flip/rotation when I take it out of my pocket. Mostly the cord though. I’ve had too many cords get messed up from bending like that.

    • TimXer

      not that important to me! did love that spot on the iSheep commercial though…

      • PuzzleShot

        Why are we talking about iSheep?

    • Headphone jack on top is GOOD. If you’re at the gym on the treadmill you don’t have to put your phone UPSIDE DOWN. It’s worse than just putting your phone upside down in your pocket.

      • I’m indifferent to where the headphone jack is, but I get why people put their phones in their pockets upside down. Hold your phone in your hand how you’d use it, then put it in your pocket. It’ll be upside down. Same thing when you take it out, if it’s upside down to begin with, you hand will already be the right place to unlock and start using it.

        • Yeah but you don’t use your screen at all when it’s in your pocket. You do use your screen however when it’s in the treadmills’ cupholder at the gym. Or in your cars’ cup holder. That’s where you really do need it at the top IMO.

          • DROID VADAR

            I think both sides make a good point

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    • AmendFIRSTment

      Where are you people from? The phone jack on the bottom?? Why!? I’m glad the people that design phones are not a.s.s backwards like you people.

    • Also what happened to the awesome curved glass?

  • ping pong ping

    No Pogo?? Side SIM card slot?

    • SIM slot is on the left side of the device.

    • Xious

      Yeah, I was wondering about the lack of POGO myself. It seemed like all future Nexus devices were gonna have it (GN, N7), but since we haven’t even seen anything that utilizes the POGO on the N7, maybe it’s too troublesome to design for. Too bad, I really like my POGO dock for the GN.

      • It seems like they are going to push inductive charging rather than pogo now.

        • Xious

          Inductive charging is good and probably better than POGO when it comes to charging. But with the GN, you also get audio out. And I’m guessing with the N7, you might get USB as well to go along with JellyBean’s USB audio. Charging is only one aspect of the POGO. Manufacturers just don’t understand.

          • Crockett Kimberlin

            You could combine inductive charging with nfc and bluetooth. So put your device down, it starts charging and nfc pairs the bluetooth.

          • Xious

            That is just a workaround. Plus, not everything has bluetooth. Besides, I was really excited about Google adding USB audio into JellyBean. That means JB-equipped devices could work with peripherals just like the iPhone does. Just doesn’t seem like any of the manufacturers really care.

          • Crockett Kimberlin

            It could still happen, Jelly bean’s only been out for a few months and on 3 devices. I’d imagine with higher market share it’d become more popular with manufacturers.

    • moelsen8

      yeah i really wanted to try out the whole pogo dock thing. by the time i was ready to jump on either the samsung one ($90… crazy) or the play store (DIY fitting), I decided it was already too late in the game to drop that much on accessories. i’d love to use pogo pins from the start.

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        Kinda waiting for the POGO accessories to hit the bargain bin with all the Webtops and other failed accesories from the past. When the docks hit 20$, I will go ahead and drop the coin. Moving forward though, pretty sure it is dead.

        • moelsen8

          that’s ridiculous. it’s such a great idea. horrible implementation and everyone who was involved is to blame.

          if i’m still using my gnex when they hit the bargain bin, i’d most certainly buy the stuff. i kind of doubt that’s going to happen anymore. i thought the same thing of the official verizon/sprint ones samsung had obnoxiously overpriced.

          which leads me to the next point.. where the hell are the knock-offs?

          • Philip A. Kaiser

            I doubt anyone bothered to make any knock offs. When I saw brand new Xooms for 249 with modems and the speaker docks for them selling for $19, that was my cue to wait for the Gnex to start selling off some cheap batteries and accessories. With the Gnex being $50 now, the accessories will fall as well. Don’t get me wrong, I have a love/hate relationship with this phone but I plan to use it well into next year when my contract expires. Some nice cheap docks will be just the thing to keep my tech shopping at bay.

  • Trevor Blain

    Nice looking phone. GNex user myself, and I guess I am finding myself thinking the LG is missing something with the lack of a slight curve. Can’t say that the GNex curve really does much in the way of adding comfort, but it certainly adds a nice aesthetic. Matter of taste, I suppose, and not a deal breaker.

    As to the picture, well, I guess I have never been that hung on on phone cams. They come in handy from time to time, and it was nice to take some snaps whilst on vacation. As far as I am concerned, the GNex cam is more than sufficient for my personal uses, and if the LG Nex is any kind of improvement, then that is just icing on the cake.

    As many have stated though, the limited storage (if that ends up being the final spec) and lack of LTE (this just CAN’T be true, can it?) would be deal breakers for me.

  • Michael_NM

    Apple attorneys are attempting to have “Not for sale…” printed on all future Nexus phones.

    • And failing.

      LOL’ed at the comment though..

    • Given that Google apparently made LG impersonate Samsung’s Nexus design, I wonder if Samsung’s attorneys aren’t gearing up for their own suit.

      • WickedToby741

        Or perhaps it’s really Google’s Nexus design. This is Google’s phone after all and having a consistent image is good. The Nexus One also has a similar overall shape and that was made by HTC.

        • michael arazan

          Continuity and an established form factor will identify that this is a nexus!

  • greenbacks

    I will miss the curved glass:(

    • BTLS

      me too! I’m not sure I’m totally convinced about the glare benefits they claim but it does fit better in my pockets face down against my thighs…

      • snowG

        Bwaha, “face down against my thighs” FTW.

      • Kie

        I completley second that the curved screnn of the GNex fits much better in my pocket then a flat phone does

  • K900

    Just to correct you a bit: Onliner is actually a Belarussian website, not Russian. Two different countries.

  • UrDoGG

    Well, it looks like a slight downgrade as far as looks go: tacky shiny sliver strip going around the phone, headphone jack on the top, and why did they put “with” Google in stead of just putting either Google or Nexus on the back?
    But the internals and screen sound great.

  • brian

    Head phone jack on top? This phone is sexy tho

    • moelsen8

      yeah i wish all the manufacturers would get together and duke this one out..

  • cns2007

    I would love it, if non-branded fronts are a Nexus requirement. When turned off, the front of the GNex is quite nice in all black. Branding on the back only.

  • Mordecaidrake

    Love the look, but if it doesn’t come with 32gb and LTE then no one’s buying it.

    • mustbepbs

      I’m buying it if the price is right. Speak for yourself.

      • chris125

        i’ll buy it if it comes to verizon which I hope is the case, I am not fond of samsung and their poor radios, especially after owning the galaxy nexus.

        • mustbepbs

          Agreed. My wife’s DROID4 gets 2-3 bars of 3G in my house, while I struggle to keep 1X on my GS3. I can’t believe it.

          • chris125

            That is honestly the only downside with samsung. Other than that they make great devices if they could get some stronger radios that would be almost a perfect device.

          • erc

            I’m still hanging on to my Droid X for the same reason. I live in a rural area, and my phone gets decent signal where my wife’s GS3 gets nothing.

            My phone sure does feel slow and clunky in comparison, though.

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  • Edmund75


  • Only thing I’m waiting on right now is the official word on the supported antennas for this device. I’m on the verge of possibly leaving AT&T for T-Mobile if this device supports it. Thanks for the new pics!

  • jaybar

    Has anyone noted what the build materials are? I’m assuming it’s got gorilla glass up front, but what about that metallic band around the edge, the sides, and the back?

    • Bob G

      Front and back are Gorilla Glass. Chrome band around the edge is just chromed plastic.

      • chris125

        back isn’t glass, this isn’t an iphone

        • jaybar

          if it’s not some sort of glass, it’s gonna be scratch city

          • chris125

            not really. My galaxy nexus, sgs3 were plastic and had no scratches. Glass is more prone to scratching than plastic.

          • It’s not glass or plastic.

          • chris125

            then what is it?

          • Crystal reflection technology. It’s first appearance was on the Optimus G. No idea what it is, but I’ve been told it isn’t glass or plastic.

        • zionlion

          It is actually. Everything posted so far has stated it’s a Gorilla glass back plate.

      • The back isn’t glass. It’s crystal reflection technology.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Those pics aren’t anything to phone home about though… but anything better than the Current Gnex is VERY welcome.

    • teleclimber

      I agree. Looking at the flowers on the original site at full size shows a lot weird artifacts, noise and blur. It’s not horrible, but it doesn’t look anywhere near as good as Sony’s Experia T for example.

    • r0lct

      You wouldn’t tell Geppetto about it?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Is the Optimus G back reflective like that?. . . .I’ll be honest once again… I actually really like the look of the device. I just need 32GB and LTE…… anyone know of downsides to that Silver Rim? Will it ware off over time?

    • MikeCiggy

      I think it’s a sexy looking device also, minus the fact that it’s not curved 🙁

      Many more problems arise though besides the looks.

    • Chris

      I agree. I love the look of it.

      No idea about the silver rim though.

    • I’m not sure if the Optimus is that reflective, I thought the Optimus has a plastic back cover, this Nexus 4 looks it a glass backing, not sure I’m too happy with that. I’m sure the shiny trim will eventually wear out. Can’t wait for this to be officially announced.

    • Drummer62

      The back of the device is said to be glass of some tempered type over a design pattern that resembles crystals.

      • vitriolix

        God, we all saw how well that worked for Apple. I can’t even count how many shattered iPhone’s I’ve seen. There’s a reason Apple switched to a sensible metal back.

    • btod

      Seriously?! am I missing something? The phone looks extremely boring. It is literally just a black slap. There is nothing to distinguish it any other phone out there. But I guess plain vanilla is a flavor too.

      • DP

        Yea, I am sorely disappointed in this device, as it’s like an ugly gnex. And why are there not more people complaining about a glass back?! That’s the #1 cause of the iphone 4/4s failing every drop test. This is an embarrassment.

        • Cowboydroid

          Most people have a case on their phone. It makes no difference what the back is made of.