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‘LG Optimus Nexus’ May Ship With No LTE, Coming to Google Play October 29 for $399? (Updated)

Update:  We have reason to believe that this is pure rumor and nothing more. Don’t put a lot of weight into this price as being official or final by any means. Again, ignore it.

The rumor mill is in overdrive with the LG Nexus the past few weeks. We almost know everything there is to know about the device, and if today’s latest is true, we now know the price as well. An unnamed source confirmed the 1.5GHz quad-core S4 processor, but said that the phone would only come with 8GB of memory inside and a sealed battery, presumably to keep costs down. Apparently that price point they are aiming for is $399 when the device hits Google Play.

That price seems a little high when you take into account the fact that this source says the phone will launch with no LTE, leaving it to only work on T-Mobile and AT&T’s GSM networks. People seemed very excited to see a Nexus finally come to Verizon and I know more than a few of you readers would be upset if these next Nexus devices avoided Big Red altogether.

Even with trying to keep the cost down, the screen is said to be on par with the HTC One X whose SLCD dominates the Android market right now. The source claims that the name “LG Optimus Nexus” is a possibility along with “Nexus 4,” but we’ll have to wait and see.

What do you think of these latest rumors? $399 a good price? Do you think it will come to Verizon?

Via: Bytenow

  • I only need a microsd slot and/or more storage (32 GB is my minimum); I don’t care about LTE… I’m always on wifi anyway (with way more than a 20 mbps pipe)

  • Haresh Gulvani

    LG is one of the bad companies to give timely software update on their devices. Rather than Announcing 4.1 update schedule they should provide the schedule of the devices who havent received ICS 4.0.
    They were going to update LG optimus black in 3rd quarter for ICS 4.0. and still they are not coming forward to announce the actual date and update schedule. they just wanted to increase sales by making this type of false statement.
    This type of companies should be banned or fined for making false statement to higher their sales and doesn’t stay on their words.
    I am really disappoint to hear that google will be making their next nexus flagship mobile with LG. if they dont care about their customers than we don’t need to purchase their devices.

  • Ron

    There better be a Verizon version!!!!!

  • edude03

    Regardless of what the rumour mill says I think making a Nexus without LTE makes a lot of sense.

    The problem with LTE is Europe and Asian are actually the biggest cell markets but yet neither has fully deployed LTE (if at all).

    Considering google seems to be trying to make one variant of the Nexus like apple did with the iPhone it wouldn’t make sense to put LTE in a phone when LTE won’t work anywhere but north america. Even in North America there is no LTE “standard” everyone is just using their own tech and calling it LTE.

    • Valayil Abraham

      Even if you bought a phone that worked on ATT LTE bands that will only work with ATT and Rogers in Canada, All other carriers in the US and abroad are using different bands.

  • dsass600

    I think that there are actually other nexi in production, but LG just sucks at keeping things under wraps.

  • 299.00 would be a better price, and I would buy it.

  • Cody Padgett

    Can you imagine reading these comments in 2005? 8 gigabytes of storage… on a $400 pocket computer… and that’s a deal breaker. insane (Note, not commenting on the adequacy of the phone in any way)

  • Ass2Mouth

    16GB is the minimum for me. Anything less i am not interested. This phone has many drawbacks but memory is the biggest one so far…

  • If it comes to Verizon it probably wont be a real nexus. It will get updates several months after Google releases it to GSM Nexus phones and Google Wallet will be blocked.
    -Burned VZ Gnex owner

    • Tyler Chappell

      You are exactly right. However I gotta say that I am slightly impressed that they failed so miserably and took 6 months to go from 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 and yet only took 2 months to go to Jelly Bean, at least kudos to them for that, hopefully they keep that trend because I think for most people 2 months is bearable, but certainly not 6.

  • JR69

    Everyone so wants LTE and I get that if you’re on Sprint, but the price structure on ATT and Verizon is just too expensive. Give me HSPA on Tmo at 42, fast enough.

    • Valayil Abraham

      That is if you have a decent signal. Recently tried switching and couldn’t even get one bar in my house.

  • craz

    No LTE = no buy. Regardless of the price.

    • fixxmyhead

      oh man u verizon customers live and die by LTE lol its so sad

  • JoeInMO

    The LTE mention is misleading. The phone is GSM but not CDMA. No CDMA version is going to be built… and from what I’m told this is the future of all Nexus phones.

    • Larizard

      That is sad. I don’t see Google just turning their back away from CDMA, especially when Verizon recently announced they are keeping it until 2023…

  • 8gig unsubb’d for $250 from google supporting verizon… now…

  • This seems like a step back in terms of where I felt like Google was going with the Galaxy Nexus. I mean, we’re losing LTE, we’re going with LG, which is a bit of an unknown in actually making a solid device (I’m willing to give them a chance). I was just expecting to be completely impressed with the next Nexus and so far I’m not. I see no reason not to keep my current Nexus for 2 more years right now, truthfully.

  • dave

    Ill stick to my old G-nex, which seems to be newer then this phone….

  • radiohead14

    here’s to hoping VZW and Moto have something up their sleeves… Nexus Maxx please!

  • Charles Moore

    If Verizon becomes a carrier I hope they don’t place name on the back of the phone like they did with the Galaxy Nexus… Sprint too

  • Heartless12

    No lte? LOL WHAT A FAIL

  • TheCheapGamer

    I’m probably one to the few people that don’t care about the lack of LTE.
    Verizon won’t have their LTE service around here for another few years. And TMo doesn’t have one at all.

    • Tyler Chappell

      Few years? Verizon is supposed to have every 3G area covered completely with LTE by the end of 2013 and so far they are slightly ahead of schedule. Theres actually few places I find myself in in Indiana now where I don’t already get LTE. Indiana for crying out loud! lol

  • Andrew Remmers

    400 off contract ok maybe. With 8 GB no LTE and no SD 400 on contract is a little crazy to ask for. Its just a little crazy to ask at all for a device with so little storage. Lets hope this isn’t true

    • Tyler Chappell

      My guess is that they will bump it to 16GB by the time it gets released. Hopefully.

  • No LTE = Not buying. I’ve grown very fond of LTE and there is no way I’ll go back to 3G speeds.

  • hokieputter

    it’s a shame i’m tied to VZW due to work. i’d buy a Xiaomi Mi2 in a heartbeat. anyone going to get one of those?? IMO that phone is just about perfect. i would prefer stock jelly bean over MIUI out of the box. but..

    wish some OEM would make that exact phone for VZW. i’d buy it instantly. don’t want a screen larger than 4.3″.. would be nice if we could get Nexus device along those lines. wishful thinking i know. but it just sucks because it’s clearly possible. just no one is doing it (except Xiaomi).

  • Droidz

    This is going to fail harder than the nexus one did. At least that was top end technology for the time. This is just a huge step backward.

    $400 for a mid range device? Rather the price would have been an extra 100-200 and actually been bleeding edge technology to be proud of.

  • Michael Quinlan

    No Verizon-tainted device should bear the Nexus name.

    • kervation

      I totally agree with that statement, but I’m rooted so the carrier association was a non-factor in my decision. I just wanted the LTE and the 32 gb storage.

  • kervation

    To be fair, prepaid service probably isn’t the right choice for everyone. You can’t currently get prepaid service with LTE-based data, for instance, and that may be a turnoff for some folks. People, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you want a carrier unlocked device updated directly from Google, Then prepaid is the only way.

    If you want LTE data and a carrier plan….well you just had that with Verizon and you see how that went. And this is coming from a Verizon GNex owner. Although I am rooted and running the latest version of Jelly Bean, the average user will have to deal with Verizon’s slow updates and restrictive practices.

    So, be happy that Google is trying to listen to the hard core Nexus fanatics that want a high end, top spec device for a reasonable price or complain about what it doesn’t offer. Your choice.

  • Not really interested to be honest.

  • Stephen

    getting the nexus line on VZW is the only way it will take off. This is not going to sell…

  • This better not be true

  • turb0wned

    So 8GB and no LTE is cool now? I love Google and I love android but no thank Google. Your first mistake was choosing LG. I’ll keep my GNex and pick up a 64GB One X+.

  • wagner

    They will probably come out with a larger memory option and screw us like the Nexus 7 32gb.

  • This is going to be a joke of a nexus. Granted it will have 4.2 and always have the most up to date version of Android, but no LTE, 8GB of memory (which will come out to about 6GB formatted), no removable battery? If you ask me this device should come in around $199 at the Google play store. Yes the S4, 2GB of RAM, and awesome screen will be nice, but I’ll stick to my G-Nex if this is what Google has in mind for us.

  • Rocketjrb

    Developer phone.

  • vitriolix

    Personally I couldn’t care less about LTE. Give me HSPDA+ and longer battery life and I’m good

  • Bob G

    Nexus will never come to Verizon again and we only have Verizon to blame for that.

  • I’m now thinking that the Nexus name needs to be yanked off of this thing. Unless all these rumors are wrong and it ends up being something better than at least the gNex. Sounds like a sinking flagship device to me.

  • jhjr24

    Didn’t Google learn from the Nexus 7, users want at least 16gb of memory. And as for the LTE, I can’t give that up.


    And you say Apple makes minimal improvements…

    • SeanBello

      dual core 1.2 to 1.5 quad core, double memory, and much better screen is far from minimal, but the rest of the phone is garbage

      • ERIC REED

        8gb of storage, another crappy camera…why would I buy this over the Galaxy Nexus? Seems like it would be a downgrade to me!!

        • SeanBello

          wow lol. Anyway, it’s a downgrade in that one spec, albeit a very important one (so far). The camera is no less than equal, but has more megapixels. In every other spec it destroys the gnex, unfortunately it’s made by LG

          • ERIC REED

            Camera and storage are two things that matter to the average user. If the camera is on par with the old model, less storage, and slower data speeds then I would consider this a downgrade. I mean no LTE is a joke in 2012!!

          • SeanBello

            a) I’m not sure if someone looking forward to a Nexus device would constitute an “average user”.

            b) I agree about LTE, but I think there’s still a good chance it’ll end up having GSM LTE radios. If not, I don’t think this phone would be acceptable for use, even by developers. who would develop on a phone that’s not compatible with current technologies?

          • ERIC REED

            Not sure why I care anyways, I’m on Verizon. And thanks to their lack of wanting to give timely updates I will probably never get to own another Nexus device unless I switch carriers. So I guess that I’m just trolling anyways..lol!!

  • Bionic

    $399 is way too much for a non LTE phone. FAIL.

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  • santy

    I think LG does not want LG nexus to impact sales of their Optimus G versions on AT&T and Sprint. So we have the basic version wtih 8GB and no LTE at 399 and the carrier version with 16GB and LTE and Microsd card at 649 on ATT and Sprint. maybe 32 gb at 749 . May be we would see a 16 gb and no LTE at 499 on play store.

  • jonny

    We will be the ones lol’ing back at the googlers if 8gb is the only option

  • bananatroll

    to verizon customers:

    these are not the droids you’re looking for

    Verizon will not get the LG nexus. There is no evidence of any sort of handset to pass through the FCC with big red’s CDMA radios on board by LG. Don’t be surprised when they announce launch on ATT/TMO come the end of the month, and say nothing at all with regards to CDMA carriers.

    Last year Samsung had the exclusive with the Galaxy Nexus. If anything expect a seperate announcement for GNEX 2 on verizon.

    Verizon: GNEX part duex
    ATT/TMO: LG Nexus
    Rest of World: LG Nexus?

    There are different plans for a Nexus device on verizon, and LG is not part of them!

    Thank you all!

    • Bob G

      There is no Gnex2, unfortunately. That model number turned out to just be the S3 Premier.

    • JoshGroff

      I doubt Verizon’s G-Nex 2 will be an exclusive if they end up getting it, and I hope they do, hopefully we’ll see more support from them like the relatively timely (for them) JB update.

      • SeanBello

        are you willing to risk that? I’m not anymore.

        • JoshGroff

          Nah, I’m hopping off this bandwagon and grabbing some unlimited fauxG from T-Mobile. I’m just waiting for the right device, meanwhile my ETF can drop a bit. Since I’m on shared data anyway, why not make the transition?

  • Gus

    This isn’t the droid I am looking for.

  • Treknologist

    I really hope they introduce a model with more storage space. I’d much prefere 32 GB of storage. I know I definitely want a Nexus phone but not with 8 GB of space. I can’t upgrade until March, so here’s hoping something happens between now and then.

  • Adam Pereyra

    Wow, no LTE and possibly not on Verizon?! Glad I picked up my GNex. Can’t blame Google for not bringing another Nexus to Verizon though. Too much red tape to get anything done: slow to update, Verizon apps pre-installed… it seemed like too much of a hassle for Google.

  • DJyoSNOW

    I’m just pissed that any other phones out right price is always double that….& why.

    • JoshGroff

      Carriers like charging more for everything? You get to pay for them to brand your phone and lock it to their network I guess.

  • strikeir13

    Dunno how much credit is given to this source’s reliability, but unsurprisingly they claim that VZW will not see this Nexus and possibly never again see a Nexus.

    Tough choices are ahead for VZW rooters/ROMers… seems like their only choice is going to be the dev devices if they want unlocked bootloaders. Moto and Samsung have true dev devices that are costly and no warranty, HTC has a bootloader unlock but it’s not a full unlock, and Samsung has shown with the GSIII that they will lock devices if VZW wants it like that.

    Really tempted to try out StraightTalk or T-Mobile’s $30/month 5-GB/100-minute prepaid plan, but damn if VZW just doesn’t have the best network :/ Guess the choice is rooting or network coverage…

    • moelsen8

      rooting [and much lower monthly bill] or network coverage. i’m in the same boat. i’m so done with verizon and their crap, and i think 2-year contracts in general, it’s just a question of when.

      the lackluster rumors surrounding this year’s nexus are not helping the “when” part.

  • Lachlan De Hayr

    Don’t understand why they would use what could be the best phone in existence to release as ‘budget’ device. Rehash the G-nex for that. Or release a LG nexus with LTE and bigger storage and bump the price/carrier and I will get that.

  • steve30x

    I just don’t get this at all!! Most Nexus users are gonna scratch their head on this one at 8 gigs internal memory.. sure using the cloud will help but with no LTE who wants to wait ten seconds for the next song to play on google music or amazon’s cloud player?? I hope the rumor saying that Nexus will also be carried with HTC and others is true.

  • Edgardo Rios

    I wouldn’t blame them for not wanting to go the Verizon route again. As much as I love my Verizon GNex, Big Red made them compromise what a Nexus phone truly is.

  • marlhammer

    I am not excited at all. I am crushed. No expanded storage. No replaceable battery. No LTE. That phone is dead in the water! And I was really hoping for a best in class Nexus Phone.

  • JoshGroff

    Oh my god, all the crying about not having an LTE chip, do people not realize that few GSM carriers even have LTE in the US, let alone are compatible with one another… Obviously this will not work on Sprint or Verizon and will have an LTE chip added, which will increase the cost of course, and a CDMA radio will be put in instead of the GSM.

    With how much people know about the software on this site, they know very little about the hardware and carrier related stuff. (Not trying to be a jerk, just trying to make others seek some enlightenment.)

  • Tom Fox

    that’s make the decision for me… note 2

  • MikeSaver

    As I’m under contract with Verizon for another year, as I assume most Verizon Gnex owners probably are, I won’t be able to get this phone. Still, it’s stupid to not have Nexus phones – or any Android phones – not available to all carriers.

    It’s like, if someone has an iPhone and is asking me which phone they should buy, I would recommend a Nexus above all. However, if they’re on Verizon now I can’t say get the newest Nexus. If a good camera is a priority of there’s I can’t say get the Gnex. The only other option is the GSIII, which is great but the physical button, touchwiz, etc. are a turn off for me.

    Basically what I’m saying is, don’t limit your market!

    • aye_winchell

      I agree, but if you knew someone on the network that it worked on, and they were looking for a mid-range device price wise, wouldn’t this be it. And it only matters if this is the only nexus, if it is, then i will be disappointed but if its not, and there are version (either by lg or sammy, moto, htc) then what does it matter. But i agree that the only way im ok with this being the nexus device is if its not the only option.

  • gn

    I’m perfectly fine with no LTE. This is just overkill and a battery drain. HSPA+ does the job well. 16GB onboard storage is minimum though.

  • Pandalero

    8GB is useless.

  • blakjakdavy

    Google are apparently retreating to the old nexus strategy and intend this to be a developer phone, not a consumer phone.

  • ArrowCool

    Just, no. No, no, no, no, no……..

  • There is no way the next Nexus won’t have LTE. I think all of these “leaks” are just to throw everybody off.

    • JoshGroff

      *facepalm* GSM unlocked version, of course there’s no LTE chip.

  • John Simonelli

    Ouch… 8Gb of internal storage, non removable battery, and no LTE…. is google really putting a nexus stamp on that? Hard to believe. My Gnex is 32Gb even though thats more then enough space for me, after software, Gapps, pictures and random videos I recorded that easily consumes 6 to 7Gbs.

    • JoshGroff

      The GSM G-Nex is also non LTE…

  • moelsen8

    i could give a f*ck about lte/verizon. i have sim cards in hand, ready to jump ship. but 8gb storage? are you kidding me? that’s a complete deal breaker.

  • chris125

    Eh without lte no thanks. I’ll wait and see what else comes to Verizon most likely this won’t anyway.

    • JoshGroff

      If it does, it will have an LTE chip…

  • No 4G on AT&T or T-Mobile? Why would they do that. I’ll believe it when I see it. Stupid rumors.

    • JoshGroff

      HSPA+, only AT&T has LTE, since the chip would raise the cost of the phone and only be useful for AT&T, of course they didn’t add it…

  • andrew galvin

    I am fine with having the cheap version through google play as long as it eventually comes out on VZW with LTE and more storage. Android should not try to be the affordable mobile OS brand.

  • LordStickMax

    yeah, ill be interested if it is 16GB or more and on Verizon. idc if i have to buy it elsewhere then Google play.

  • danofiveo

    I think Google has learned their lesson with Verizon. It’ll be a long time before we see another Nexus on Big Red. I hope I’m wrong, though.

    • moelsen8

      i bet there’s plenty of hard feelings between vzw and google.. doubt we’ll be seeing them partner up again anytime soon.

    • Youre right.

  • Greg Buxton

    Apple has proven that you can direct-sell a phone and provide OS updates to customers without carrier involvement.

    I have no idea why Google feels they can’t do the same. I would be shocked to see Verizon abandoned by Google for Nexus devices.

    • moelsen8

      apple has clout like none other, as well. google and samsung, for instance, just don’t pull that kind of weight to be able to dictate terms to the carriers. samsung getting the s3 on all carriers was impressive. sucks that they still had to let the carriers muck it up with apps, locking the bootloader (verizon), that ongoing wifi notification, the at&t logo in the status bar, etc. they still had to bow down to the carriers for the most part.

      • Greg Buxton

        But that’s mostly my point. Google doesn’t have to partner with Verizon at all.

        Verizon is a carrier. If you were to put radios in the device that are compatible with Verizon’s service, then the phone will work on their network. Plug in an LTE sim card, activate, etc, and it will work.

        • moelsen8

          i don’t know much about verizon’s lte network, but i don’t think they’d allow phones they don’t approve onto their network.

          and let’s say they could or had to (the fcc regulations argument). so you have LTE on that phone now.. but to get 3G data and voice/text, you need access to their CDMA network, which we all know they completely control. so there wouldn’t be much of a point.

          i’m really onboard with all of the prepaid GSM stuff lately.. but anymore I’m trying to figure out how prepaid actually has a future when it comes to LTE etc, especially in the US.

  • DanWazz

    8GB storage with no SD card slot is pretty bad. 16GB is minimum, but 32GB is preferred. I use more that 8GB and I use Google cloud services. $400 is a good price for an unsubsidized phone with those internals (minus storage) though. Glad I got the VZW G-Nex instead of holding out for this.

  • sway

    Guess it’s galaxy note2 for me on verizon, lg blows anyway. I’ll be enjoying awesome battery life on the note 2.

    • chris125

      Plus the quad core exynos and huge screen over crap lg anyday

  • You know, this doesn’t surprise me. The nexus on verizon caused heartburn for all partys involved. Make it so they can’t even use it and cut their arrogant asses out of the picture.

    • Diablo81588

      I agree with you, but Verizon won’t care. The nexus barely sold as it is. Where’s the incentive to sell a new one on Verizon?

    • JoshGroff

      And yet the current Nexus doesn’t have an LTE chip on the GSM unlocked version… I wonder why.

  • mustbepbs

    Ooh..a little too rich for my blood. I’ll stick with a GNex at that price.

  • Jeff Tycz

    so wait a nexus 7 with 16GB (possibly 32GB soon) of storage, much bigger screen, huge battery costs $250 but a phone with only 8GB, smaller screen and battery costs $400… something doe not add up here, no way do the radios and a rear camera cost $200.

    Also with all the carriers pushing LTE this phone will be DOA

    • teleclimber

      More miniaturized components are actually more expensive (both in therms of design and manufacturing I think).

      • JoshGroff

        Ding ding ding, you are correct. You just won an upvote.

      • Jeff Tycz

        well I understand that but the galaxy nexus GSM version came with 16GB and cost that much at the start is more of what I was getting at

        • JoshGroff

          It also had a dual core processor and 1GB of RAM… And a lower quality screen.

          • Jeff Tycz

            true I forgot this phone is suppose to have quad core and 2gb of memory, i just cant look past the 8GB of storage though lol

          • JoshGroff

            Same, although with T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, I may be able to cope. I’ll wait until news of the next Nexus pops up though.

          • So get the 16GB version. I don’t get everyone complaining that the phone has only 8GB. There will be a 16GB version you can get. It’ll be $50 more or so – but so what?

          • Jeff Tycz

            16GB is not enough for me for a phone, tablet yes since I dont use that every day but for a device that I use every day and develop on I need 32 GB

    • duke69111

      That’s a very good point, however people would rebuttle that the nexus 7 is to be supported by content from the Play Store.

      • Jeff Tycz

        well its not like this phone wont have access to the play store either though

    • smwandrie93

      think the same why as laptops and desktops go, you can get the exact same specs, with a laptop and desktop, the laptop will have a smaller screen, but the laptop will cost anywhere between $500 to $1000 more then the desktop, and even more… the smaller parts are harder to produce and the materials used in them are more expensive

      • Leeroy Waddermelon

        No they aren’t Usually the components in notebooks are neutered versions of the desktop which are underpowered or have other features disabled to meet the power and thermal requirements to fit in a small space. Typically you can get them for less or equal if you compare similar specs on a laptop versus a desktop. The laptop will be less powerful overall than the desktop though.

  • Derek Traini

    They need LTE! We all made fun of people who had iPhones before the “5” because they didn’t have 4G and we did! So why would Google release this phone without it!?

    • DainLaguna

      maybe the problem is that we make fun of people for the phones they use?

      • ERIC REED

        Might be the comment of the year!!!

    • because HSPA+ is classified as 4G by everyone who offers it.

    • Stephen

      i could care less what other ppl use. Give me an LTE phone!

    • HSPA+ is fast enough for basically everywhere else on earth. LTE just turned on in my market for AT&T and its sick fast (40+ mbps) but you can only tell the difference when downloading files. Loading web pages is practically the same at 4mbps on HSPA+ or 40 on LTE. And LTE wastes a ton of battery.

      • And the iPhone ran on HSPA+, people still hated it.

    • ceejw

      Even if it did have LTE the only carrier you’d be able to use it on in the US is AT&T since they’re the only GSM carrier with LTE.

  • Danny TwoTones

    Google’s flagship smartphone won’t be released without LTE… especially now that the iPhone 5 has it… It is that simple.

    The LG Nexus will have LTE.

    • Derek Traini

      beat me to it Danny!

    • Danny TwoTones

      Additionally, you have to assume (yes I know ass out of you and me) it will be released on Sprint giving its prior relationship with Google and the Nexus program.

      Sprint won’t release it without LTE 🙂

    • JoshGroff

      GSM unlocked = no LTE chip. Until there is a standard for LTE, there will most likely not be an LTE chip in a GSM unlocked phone. (unless it’s a factory or user unlocked AT&T model phone.)

      • ceejw

        This isn’t necessarily true. The Verizon iPhone 5 is sold GSM unlocked and supports LTE. If you take it to Europe you a pop a Everything Everywhere sim in it use their LTE network.

        • JoshGroff

          Bar some exceptions. There’s always exceptions to rules.

    • Bob G

      I guaradamntee you that the LG E960 will NOT have LTE.

  • John Hicks

    No LTE, No sale.

  • Avoiding verizon would be idiotic. Are there more delays? Sure. But the GNex is still one of the best options on verizon as it will still get those updates faster than any other phone on verizon.

    • HueThree

      Yea but nobody bought it at Verizon. It wasn’t a big seller. Only techies bought it, and even some of them didn’t buy it.

      • duke69111

        I think a lot of that is on Verizon though. I can’t remember seeing a commercial for it on TV or Radio from Verizon.

        • I did. I saw them quite heavily around January and February.

        • They released many commercials, here is one of them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfEMRVuR-FQ

          • DainLaguna

            thats more like a commerical for google+ rather than the nexus itself

          • The Galaxy Nexus was advertised from Verizon as a Google+ ready smartphone. It would make sense for them to include it in their commercials too…

          • DainLaguna

            well i agree but thats not a feature exclusive to the nexus. it just doesnt feel like they are advertising the phone as much as it feels like a classic verizon ‘insert x android phone here’ can do something with a social network you probably arent using

          • 3of5

            It all makes sense now. The general public could care less about G+, that’s why this commercial was not effective.

  • nothoaxer

    no and no 🙁

  • EndiSky

    I REALLY want to want this phone, but correct me if I am wrong… Only 8gb of internal storage with no expansion options and no LTE… it looks like the GF is getting an S3 to match mine.

  • Chilly O

    Well thats a kick in the….

  • Angryunibrow

    I’m in for 2, on T-Mobile’s $30.00/Mo Pay as you go plan 😀 Can’t wait!

  • with the way app sizes are increasing with each technological leap, it’s incredibly illogical to release a phone with only 8gb of storage. this is the same reason that i haven’t bought the nexus 7. if that rumored 32gb N7 version comes out i’ll buy that, but not 8gb nor 16. I love using google drive and google music, but my apps take up too much room to squeeze them on an 8gb device. but, maybe that’s just me.

    • Brent Cooper

      I completely agree. By the time the OS takes up 2GB and you download a few apps, there wont be room to store a movie or offline music for a plane flight or something like that. If there’s no way I can store entertainment offline for a flight, or have offline music to save data, then no sale. 8GB is just too small now-a-days.

  • Jeff Edinger

    8GB and no LTE….i didn’t realize taking a step backwards was the cool thing to do….

    • Can’t put LTE in unlocked device

      • Angryunibrow

        People do not seem to understand this….

        • Our carriers have launched 4G LTE on GSM.. I don’t know how they’re gonna put it on devices

          • Zachary Parker

            LTE IS GSM.

      • blix247

        Why not? Is the answer different for Verizon LTE and AT&T LTE?

        • EDNYLaw

          They operate at different frequencies, the FCC regs that are relevant to this (see my post above) only apply to the upper 700 MHz frequency. VZW is the only LTE provider that operates on this frequency as of now.

      • ping pong ping

        Change that to CDMA and you’re right.

      • aye_winchell

        why, just curious, i just have not heard this?

      • JoshGroff

        Well you can, but very few GSM carriers have enough LTE for it to matter, assuming they even have LTE, it is excluded to keep the price reasonable.

      • EDNYLaw

        Actually FCC C Block Regulations state that any device operating on the upper 700MHz spectrum (re: VZW) is required to be unlockable see 47 CFR 27.16(e). Actually I’ll make it easier:

        (e) Handset locking prohibited. No licensee may disable features on handsets it provides to customers, to the extent such features are compliant with the licensee’s standards pursuant to paragraph (b)of this section, nor configure handsets it provides to prohibit use of such handsets on other providers’networks.

        Since VZW is the only LTE provider on the upper 700 MHz spectrum, this only applies to them… so far.

        • moelsen8

          What’s AT&T LTE running on?

          • EDNYLaw

            the 700 MHz spectrum was broken up into 5 Blocks. C Block (which VZW operates on and is subject to the aforementioned C Block Regs is Block C: 22 MHz bandwidth (746–757 and 776–787 MHz)) ATT operates on B Block, I haven’t done the research as to whether there are analogous regs for B Block, but C Block regs certainly won’t apply.

        • r0lct

          But is Verizon locks them out of CDMA I assume. What good is a phone on Verizon that’s LTE only?

          • EDNYLaw

            CDMA is proprietary, hence why it’s not officially supported by AOSP. LTE is an extension of GSM so AOSP supports it. CDMA has nothing to do with LTE or C Block, totally different frequencies.

          • r0lct

            My point is that the C Block being unrestricted has no good use for any Verizon phone until there are 4 G only phones. the service is not there yet

      • ceejw

        This isn’t true. The Verizon iPhone 5 is sold unlocked and is LTE enabled. If you take it to Europe you can put an EE sim in it and use their LTE network.

        • Google is not Apple. But I hope they’ll surprise us on 29th Oct.

    • Like i said… not a flagship device. I think they have to have something else launching the same time…

      At least I hope. Otherwise I will be sad. Nope, double sad. No VZW and no 4G LTE

    • Sloan Marion

      It’s gsm only because cdma radios are closed source while gsm is open source

      • Zachary Parker

        LTE is an evolution of GSM technology, not of CDMA.

        • JoshGroff

          This is true ^

          Hence SIM cards in CDMA devices. (which are typically SIM free)

    • Angryunibrow

      These phones are being sold as unlocked devices to use on a pre paid service (most likely). What pre paid service offers LTE? None…The majority of people buying these will be using Straight Talk, T-Mobile Pre Paid and so on….

      • btod

        But they’d be dumb to ignore the largest carrier in the country. Just ask HTC how the One line is doing without verizon.

        • DainLaguna

          except that if the one series made it to verizon they wouldnt look anything like the one series does now.

          • DainLaguna

            i love getting downvoted for stating fact.

          • Since when is giving your opinion over an event which has not occurred “stating fact”, Are you that full of yourself?

          • DainLaguna

            I am jacks disapproving comment.

            No im really not. I figured it was common knowledge that most android phones for years (up until the s3) were contorted sub brands exclusive to verizon. I mean…this site itself is kinda named after the whole thing.

          • DainLaguna

            Ha. Genuinely made me lol

          • Justin W

            Isn’t that what happened with the Galaxy S III? /s

          • DainLaguna

            so one phone avoids the classic bastardizing process from verizon (and its because they are the most successful android handset maker since ever) and that means the tides have turned? when vzw gets the one s and not the incredible 4g lemme know

        • michael arazan

          With rumors of a 32 gb N7, I’d think they’d be well aware of how people want storage in a device, just hope if all nexus devices this year have minimal onboard memory, hopefully the’ll add and sd slot, at least.
          Hopefully Motorola nexus will have an sd slot, every moto phone always has an sd slot.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Let’s try to remember the Nexus came out last year with 16GB and no LTE. US carriers (Like Sprint) always get their own model… I’m not worried yet.

    • iEeatEggs4Breakfast

      Thats the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard is not putting LTE in the Nexus. For one, its 100% fake, and total BS. Im sure its just cause its a preproduction test model, and that has no LTE radio yet. No company is going to leave LTE out of any good smartphone from this point forward.
      and 8GB?? what would be availible out of the box is about 5.5 gb to use. So thats 2 games like Asphalt 7, & 9mm, a few regular apps.. Boom, your full and bogged down.

      But if this is really all true, I will fight them all.. Punch them right in the face, and run away… =P

    • BTLS

      Nexus mini 3g

    • fixxmyhead

      why do u guys love bastardized phones? the rest of the world wants REAL nexuses not fake ones. REAL nexuses have never had LTE but the 8gb is a step back.

    • Step backwards? That’s worse than Apple who has been standing in the same place for the last 3 iPhones.

  • BTLS

    Ohhhhh long johnson

  • jmasterj

    $350, like the HSPA GNex, would be a good price, especially with only 8GB of flash. There is not a chance that it’s coming to Verizon.

  • Buy This

    This is the first new phone that the more it is hyped, the less interest I have.

    • Buy This

      I said it before and I’ll say it again. At 8 GB you begin to have a direct negative impact on the consumer experience with the device. What good is the content in the play store if I can only access 8 GB of it. Cloud storage you say? Please. There is no application, in house or 3rd party, with the efficiency, ease of use, and compatibility to pull that off. If there were a service like Google Music, but for apps, in which they could be accessed directly from your device through your account, then maybe. But for now, you are just losing customers with the current options and specs.

      • moelsen8

        even if it could be pulled off by the applications, you’d have to be living under a cell tower for it to make complete sense. i don’t want to *have* to be connected everywhere to do anything.

        • EDNYLaw

          And be constantly connect to a power source (no removable batteries suck) since having data throughput on the radios burns batteries ridiculously fast.

      • duke69111

        And with that, using games and apps that require all of the data/storage to come through the internet would only drive up the cost of usage on a Verizon or ATT shared plan.

        My kindle fire has an 8gb internal drive and its a pain in the ass, I can only keep one nandroid backup and one titanium backup at a time on the internal storage together with the storage needed for my other apps.

        • Greyhame

          Sorry, I know off topic here, but how easy/hard is it to root/ROM the Fire? Thanks in advance.

      • I really don’t know. I’ve long had 16GB phones and have never even come close to using 8 of those GBs. I don’t think it’s as big a deal as everyone’s making it out to be.

        To play Devil’s Advocate, though, this really isn’t aimed at the general population until it comes to a carrier. If it’s being sold exclusively through the Google Play Store for the first little while, I can see where people are getting up in arms. The people who are going to buy it are more hardcore than the people who casually walk into an AT&T or Verizon Store to buy a phone.

        • blix247

          The main reason this is a problem is games and video media. Games like Asphalt take more than a gig. Downloading a movie can take almost a gig. The OS itself takes a good chunk of that space too. You see where I’m going here right? One big game, two movies and some music and you are SUNK. Thats the reason everyone is whining, because most of us here are power users and will easily fill that space.

          I have an 8GB Nexus 7 and I’m always juggling stuff because there is way too much to fit. 16GB is the minimum, and even that is pretty small. I’m sure they will offer an upgrade for an increased price, and the power users can and will shell out for it happily.

          • No, I totally understand where everyone is coming from. Just on a personal level, and as someone who can’t stand mobile games, this really doesn’t deter me from a potential purchase. The most media I keep on my phone at any given time are a few songs to listen to at the gym, etc. Every thing else lives on my computer and I transfer it as needed. Then again, I’m weird.

          • Its not weird. I like to keep my device pretty clean as well and dont bog it down with files that Ill only watch once then leave in the storage. People that *need* more than 16gigs of storage are just lazy. Do some housekeeping every once in a while.

          • Dunkler

            What a stupid assumption. My 16GB nexus S has very few games and some social apps that take up all of the space and at this point if I want to try a new game, I will have to delete one to make room. It isn’t housekeeping if you are deleting games or apps you actually use. People don’t use devices the same way you do and that doesn’t make them lazy or any other negative word. That mindset of yours makes you an idiot, though.

      • steve30x

        yeah 8 gigs of internal memory perhaps knowing how it will go you will have 6.5 gigs .. forget the cloud without lte.

        • Steve Douglas

          Forget the clouds without unlimited data! 🙂

  • Al

    After what happened with the galaxy nexus I doubt Verizon will ever get a nexus again. Verizon is gonna stick to the Droid line.

    • DanWazz

      Get ready for the LG Droid Optimus LTE HD XXXXXXXXXtremeXXXX.

      • Pandalero

        With the LG Droid Optimus LTE HD XXXXXXXXXtremeXXXX MAXX to be released weeks later… in various colors.

  • Diablo81588

    “the screen is said to be on par with the HTC One X whose SLCD dominates the Android market right now.”


  • billy routh

    No LTE, only 8 GB of storage, non removable battery, no thanks I’ll keep my S3

  • GTFO.

  • jnt

    Wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Verizon avoids it (or they avoid Verizon?? hmm). Look how well it worked out for them with the Galaxy Nexus early on.

  • collinjw51

    VZW won’t see it.

  • ddevito

    Too expensive – Android is more popular than three years ago but this is the same reason the Nexus One didn’t sell well.

    No LTE is bad, no LTE Nexus phone at all this year is worse.

    • Raloc

      Galaxy Nexus launched at something like 650 on the Play Store when it was first introduced, and went down in time.

      • ddevito

        No. It launched subsidized on Verizon first. Then was added afterward unlocked GSM.

      • sru571

        Nope, it launched on google play for $399, then the price dropped to $349 where it stands today.

    • collinjw51

      Price point is right, but only 8GB, no SD storage, and no LTE are dealbreakers.

      • ddevito

        They must offer a subsidized option or no one will buy; hence, like the Nexus One.

        Not sure about the Nexus S but I’m pretty sure it was available with a subsidized option.

    • JoshGroff

      Considering a whopping 3 carriers have enough LTE to matter, and only 1 is GSM, I’m not surprised at all. I am however surprised at how many people seem to think that because the unlocked version doesn’t have LTE that no version will have LTE…

    • JoshGroff

      Please, not you too. I trusted you!!! Just because the LG Nexus isn’t going to Verizon doesn’t mean they still won’t get a different Nexus, and of course the GSM unlocked model won’t have LTE. :/