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Did Sony’s Nexus Leak Last Night as the “Nexus X”? (Updated)

Well, what do you think? Is this real or fake? Is this Sony’s Nexus device that will be known as the Nexus X? Uploaded by a user named Mutul Yeter, we can see that the device looks very similar to other Sony devices in styling, however, this appears to be running stock Android and has the “Google” logo branded in the middle. All carrier branding is missing and the device has on-screen navigation keys, something we would expect to see on all Nexus devices going forward. We aren’t sure where the name “Nexus X” originated from, but it’s being tossed around as a possibility rather than Xperia Nexus.

We had heard earlier in the year that Sony, LG and Samsung would all be making new Nexus devices, so if that rumor remains true, this may be your second Nexus from the three. Again, assuming these are real and not from some internet troll.

I have to admit that I have been critical of Sony’s phone designs over the years, but this phone, with stock Android and on-screen nav keys, doesn’t look half bad. What do you think?

Update:  These pictures are more than likely fake. As users in the comments pointed out almost immediately, there are too many flaws in the photos to be believable. The Nexus trolls strike the internets again.

Via:  Picasa | Blog of Mobile

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut PeacedOut

    Like I said.. I think the LG nexus 4 has been distracting us… Hopefully this has 4G

  • nadebac

    interesting that the exif data shows it was taken with a samsung galaxy nexus.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh Tripathy

    Looks like crap (if at all real) and will probably have a Snapdragon S3 in it. Next..

  • James Jun

    If this releases, I’m getting it over the LG.

  • http://www.matthewdlyons.com/ matthewdlyons

    This is encouraging. I have long been a fan of Sony products, but have never had one of their phones. It will be interesting to see how things play out week. Hopefully the naming convention/nomenclature of Nexus devices will be made clear. I am not too big on all of the long hybrid names.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Two main concerns: Will it be on Verizon? And does that bottom plate come off to access a removable battery?

  • chris125

    Now this I would buy in a heartbeat. Love the design and love sony’s hardware

    • JoshGroff

      I hate two tone backing, besides that it’s alright. Not as cool looking as the Ion.

  • Turb0wned

    Well according to androidandme.com its fake. I guess we have to deal with the ugly LG.

    • HTC1

      Why, this one isn’t ugly? I’d take the LG in a second flat over this gross thing.

  • Liquidretro

    I kind of like the design of the curved back. Not crazy about the almost square corners. They tend to wear pretty hard and are harder on pants etc. Let’s hope it has a nice camera, and screen. I would consider it if VZW carries it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/oldblueeyes182 Joshua Bailey

    I like the look of it. For some reason reminds me of the OG Droid design with the sharp corners. I dig that.

    The micro USB obviously needs to be at the bottom for this to go along with Google’s Nexus styling. The three pin connection is nice, but I still have not been able to use it with my wife’s Nexus 7, so I won’t get too excited over unused technology just sitting there.

    Fix the hump on the back, which I am assuming this is in a dumby case as well, like the others? Do that and this will be a very attractive device if encased in all metal.

    Bottom line is that this will never be used on Verizon’s network.

  • Aleem Qureshi

    It looks fake, the shot of the front of the device is hard to tell, but there is some odd discoloration on the back where the Google logo is seen. Device also looks awfully scuffed up and dirty not something i would expect to see with someone taking care of a prototype device.

  • Castortroy

    this is fake

  • Dave

    Not holding my breath on this being real but I guess we’ll see soon enough.

  • FarmerTechno

    Looks like there’s something etched vertically on the back. Can anyone make out what it says?

  • Bionic

    What’s up with these crappy OEMs? Screw Sony.

    • mustbepbs

      After the debacle that was the CDMA Xperia Play, I don’t trust Sony anymore as an OEM.

  • Oz

    That hump looks like the back of one of my old sony tv remotes.

  • Andrew Remmers

    And any time you put “Sony” in front of a phone, its the ugliest thing on the market.

  • anezarati

    no labels for app icons on the home screen would be awesome!

    • http://twitter.com/martyjones100 martyjones100

      Any launcher gives you that capability.

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh Tripathy

      Apex & Nova would like to laugh at you.. :p

      • anezarati

        i know, ive used them before on my droid x. one of the features i loved. got a gnex now and would like to keep it clean. hell i put the damn app on the screen, i know what it is. i dont need a label

  • William_Morris

    Does anyone get the feeling that maybe, just maybe, these phones are being leaked on a weekly basis until that show at the end of the month so we know about all the new Nexus phones?

    • Turb0wned

      Hopefully HTC is next.

  • moelsen8

    anyone else disappointed in the naming scheme we have going on? i wish they’d unify the brand, not release a bunch with letters or numbers or whatever. another year or two and we’ll have bullsh*t like MAXX in the title etc.

    • r0lct

      Well don’t get too worked up. This is likely a fake.

  • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

    Maybe it’s just the angle of the photo, but that butt looks large.

    • http://twitter.com/martyjones100 martyjones100

      The Nexus Sir-Mix-a-lot

  • Havoc70

    Ugly

  • Rick Lopez

    If that phone is made of metal im all in!

  • r0lct

    Maybe X as in 5?

    • Andrew Elliott

      pretty sure X is the roman numeral for 10.

      • r0lct

        LOL, epic brain failure.

    • Ethan

      X = 10…..

      • r0lct

        Yes, quite dumb of me. My brain is still in hibernate this morning I guess.

      • JoshGroff

        X = 5(2)

  • Keith0606

    it’s pretty ugly

  • Steven Fields

    I like how Samsung gets sh*t for copying designs, but LG’s “nexus” looks almost exactly the same, and no one is giving them a hard time.

    At least we’re keeping it in the family…

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      LG didn’t copy, Google wanted them to design their Nexus the same as the GNex.

    • ddevito

      I think the design was meant to be kept in house by Google OEMs (and that Google owns it)

  • kervation

    Hope this turns out to be legit, this device could be a winner if the specs are worthy.

  • http://www.mobilecruze.com/ rocky2925

    I feel Asus Padfone 2 A68 got much better specs than this models upcoming :) http://mobilecruze.net/mobilenews/mobile-reviews/asus-padfone-2-a68-reviews-specifications-price/

  • Greyhame

    Not sure I’m fully buying this.. What’s with the Play Store icon? No label? Also, it looks offset from the typical four column arrangement on stock.

    • Greyhame

      Also, no persistent search bar. This has gotta be fake.

  • ddevito

    hope this shuts up the whiners crying over no LTE and small storage. Seriously I swear at times I feel like I’m on apple fan sites these days

    • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

      Yeah, stop complaining about stuff people. Just take what is given to you and shut up, like….. Apple fans…..

      • ddevito

        complain when these phones are released, not over rumors and faked pics

        • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

          So what are people supposed to talk about when rumors surface? Just talk about the good points? Don’t discuss the device at all..?

          • ddevito

            Wait and see is all. If rumors is your game then wait and see if there will indeed be multiple Nexus devices is all….relax.

          • http://www.gizmoninja.com/ Tabe

            You can discuss what you don’t like about a rumored device and still wait and see. I don’t see what’s wrong with having thoughts on a rumor. I guess we just need to put an end to leak/rumor posts, or disable the comments.

          • http://www.JWesCampbell.com/ Wes Campbell

            well… usually droid-life says “Thoughts?” at the end.. so the latter wouldn’t work..

    • JoshGroff

      Umm, I do believe you were complaining about the LG Nexus not having LTE as well.

      • ddevito

        No – I said it would be a failure, I didn’t complain about it.

        Plus, we don’t know if the LG will be the only one. If so, then yes – LTE owners have every right to complain.

        • JoshGroff

          Also, that’s only an announcement on the GSM variant. LTE would only affect AT&T here in the US (AFAIK for GSM carriers.) That’s not saying an LTE variant will not be made for Sprint, VZW, or AT&T.

  • Rich Koos

    This actually resembles a nexus to me. LG’s just doesn’t seem like a true nexus. This one has the Google branding that we normally see when we turn on the gnex/nexus7, also it has the dot connector unlike the lg one. Hope the specs are super suped up

    • ddevito

      the leaked LG is indeed a Nexus and doesn’t have an official backcover yet.

    • Larizard

      I think the LG Nexus resembles the GNex and the Nexus S before that. So I would say, this Sony one is the one odd out.

  • elliot323

    Needs to have 4G LTE and SD card slot

    • ddevito

      no Nexus will have SD slots. Get over it.

  • schoat333

    Please come to VZW!

    • Turb0wned

      Good joke!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.thompson.79230305 Jay Thompson

    Two things jump out right away to me… shouldn’t it say “with” Google and not just Google? Also if this is an early prototype wouldnt it say something like not for sale like the LG somewhere on it?

    • ddevito

      No. nexus phones have ‘Google’.

      “With Google” means it has google certified apps installed.

      • turb0wned

        I think he’s saying that be cause that ugly phone that leaked last week (LG Nexus) says with google.

        • ddevito

          yes I know – and I’m saying that that same phone in the leaked pics doesn’t have the real backplate yet.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jay.thompson.79230305 Jay Thompson

            I see what ur saying makes sense… I went and looked at my Gnex but oh wait it says Verizon 4g instead

    • r0lct

      The strip going across the back with “Google” looks fake. Doesn’t match above or below. IMO this is either very early prototype (like Q2 2013 or later) or a fake.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Thnak Goodness You guys are AWAKE! . . . Finally get some Droid Life updates

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

    I’ll definitely have the best camera of the Nexuses (Nexii?) if this is true.

  • evcon

    Kinda hard to tell, but it’s looking a tad bit thick. As long as that extra thickness is due to a badass battery, I won’t care though.

    • evcon

      Oh and micro USB on the side? Aw HAIL NAW.

      • Bob G

        But there is a POGO connector there too. So, double your fun, double your pleasure!

        • moelsen8

          i’m sure they’ll release a dock for it for $150 some time in 2014.

        • evcon

          I’ll get excited for pogo accessories if and when they exist :/

      • moelsen8

        that really is the absolute worst.

      • New_Guy

        Hahah! Now that you mention it, that stinks like fresh terds. And, was this guy eating glazed donuts before taking the pictures or something, because he’s got sticky crap all over the phone…

        • evcon

          Either that or he has some sort of weird smartphone fetish

          • JoshGroff

            “I did not have sexual relations with that phone.”

          • New_Guy

            Ahhhhhhhhahahahah! Now, the chin on that phone makes sense =D!

          • New_Guy

            Still making good use of what’s left of Adobe Flash Player, I see =D!

    • Steven Fields

      Man, it looks like it’s got some “junk in its trunk…”

      If you thought Motorola’s “chin” was big, what about this phones back end?

      • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

        I think it’s the angle of the picture. They look like they were taken in a hurry.

      • New_Guy

        Yeah, this phone looks kind of gross.

        • HTC1

          “kind of gross”? how about it is disgusting! i don’t think I’ve ever seen an uglier phone.

      • Larizard

        the bottom bezel is at least small, unlike the RAZR M.

  • Buy This

    dude wtf is THAT?

  • http://twitter.com/Wil_Payne Wil Payne

    I keep seeing all of these Pogo pins on phones and I wonder if Google is going to introduce a universal dock of some sorts. It would be great if the Pogos worked with MHL so Icould drop a phone in and blow up the screen o nmy monitor.

  • http://twitter.com/humancyborg Human Cyborg

    No credit for xperiablog or the verge on this story?

  • http://twitter.com/AlexDa900 Alex Dorovskikh

    Time will show. But as for me, i would prefer Sony’s Nexus over LG’s one if the specs will be the same.

  • htowngtr

    Just as long as they have one that works with Verizon’s LTE I’m all for it.

    • Cowboydroid

      When was the last Sony device that worked on Verizon?

      • Daniel Maginnis

        Xpera play

        • Cowboydroid

          And before that?

  • http://twitter.com/fritzo2162 DougZ

    This…I would be interested in! Sony makes rock-solid phones, but their software and updating sucks. This would be a great marriage!

  • HotRodJohnson

    Bring on the Nexi!!!!

  • Sakina Solomon

    Specs first, then we can talk…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=30814337 Brian Rokosz

    would much rather buy this than any LG, especially one that looks so much like last year’s Nexus

  • sgm182

    Oh hellz yes.

  • moelsen8

    interesting. this is getting good.

  • S_T_R

    One would think it would at least have a better camera than the LG.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    Hopefully the storage specs aren’t as awful as the LG Nexus’.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      If Google does allow multiple Nexus phones to be sold at once, maybe we’ll see them at different price points with different storage options.

      • aye_winchell

        This why i have been indifferent to the lg, if it doesn’t have everything i want, no biggie ill just wait for the nexus i do want. Also i am surprised that anybody is interested in a sony, considering their past, i for one am not interested in anything sony.

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          Sony are good, at least in Europe. The Xperia S is really good; same with the Xperia T.

          • aye_winchell

            its not about specs, i’m sure the phones are great, i guess i thought there were more people on here that would at least no about sony’s corporate background as it was all fairly public, i don’t want to rehash but the long and short is some things that affected me and some that didn’t. ill just list them quick, sony cd rootkits, removal of “other os”, sueing of geohotz, failure to secure the psn network. Then there is just my own personal experience dealing with a laptop with a bad HDD and it taking me sending it in 3 times to get it fixed right.

            I know that none of these have anything to do with phones directly, but it made me not trust them, or like them, or respect them, so i choose not to do business with them if i can at all help it, sometimes you can’t, and its up to everyone to make there own decision on what they buy as consumers but for me i made mine, so sony was out, before they were in.

          • mog386

            I can’t think of a single company that hasn’t made a questionable business decision… and as a far as questionable business practices are concerned, sony wouldn’t even be in the top 10.

            All in all, you sound like a bitch.

          • http://www.facebook.com/steven.elliott.524596 Steven Elliott

            Apple…

          • mog386

            I C WHT U DID THAR! I LOL’D.

          • aye_winchell

            i hardly think leaving your customer data unprotected is “questionalable business decision”. bitch

          • mog386

            Yeah, because I’m certain that no other company has ever done that before /sarcasm

            If you go into the history of Google, Apple, and Microsoft you will see law suits over similar things, does that mean that you are going to stop buying Android Phones and Computers. Hell Microsoft has been hit with Anti-trust lawsuits over IE, will you not use Windows because of that.

            You seem to have a psychological problem that has become prevalent in recent years called, “NeckBeard Entitlement.”

          • Daniel Maginnis

            I can understand where you’re coming from… but they way I looked at it is the other os was allowing piracy to run rampant. They make much of their software themselves now. So it was directly hurting them. The suing of geohotz I don’t really completely get. Well I have owned many many Sony equipment from TVs to a 6 year old ps3 and laptops and cameras. The only failure I’ve experienced is a bad battery and a broken hinge. Both of which were 6 years after I bought the laptop. I don’t always agree with their tactics but they are a corporation and from the top they are opening up. Just look at the fact that you can get Sony iPod stuff. I have always felt that they are one of the few companies to do original things even if at some points in their history they do some things solely to protect their property.

          • aye_winchell

            the things that bother me the most thought are not those things, like i said some things affect me more then others, i never owned a playstation so i really don’t care about that stuff, but it adds to it, the stuff i really care about is the rootkit fiasco and psn network fiasco. Now dont get me wrong, i don’t place the blame for sony getting hacked on sony any more then i place the blame on my neighbor for his house getting broken into because he lef the front door unlocked, but if my
            neighbor is going to leave is door unlocked, i’m not leaving my stuff with him. Between those two things, and my own experience with trying to get stuff fixed (it wasn’t so much that it didn’t get fixed, its that it didn’t get fixed right the first time, and it wasn’t sony doing the fixed but some 3rd party, which common, but neither of them had any recorded as to what the other had done which was they problem), i don’t feel like i can trust sony with either my money or my data. again to each there own. The one thing that the “other os” fiasco does tell me is that sony can and will change functionality as they see fit on “their” hardware, and for that i don’t think i could trust them with my phones os or at least my ability to control that as i see fit.

          • kixofmyg0t

            You DO realize that the Playstation division of Sony isn’t the same one as the one making phones right?

            Since you’re well versed in Sony hate, do you know what OEM contributes the largest(by far btw) to AOSP?

            Sony.

            Not Samsung, not LG, not HTC and yes not Motorola.

            Sony.

          • aye_winchell

            look, its personal distrust of sony, not sony “hate”. i gave my preference on not being interested in sony, i am aware that they are all different divisions, but each of these things i listed are different divisions, Playstation, Sony Music, etc. So i don’t know what your point is.

            Never anywhere did i say that they should be allowed a nexus phone, or allowed to use android or even that nobody should buy one, all i stated was i am not interested in a sony phone for the reasons i listed, i also said it is up to everyone to make up there own minds, i just thought it was interesting that everyone seems be jumping at this an no, absolutely no one mentioned anything about their track record in terms of data security, that’s all, nothing more nothing less.

            I applaud sony for contributes to the AOSP (assuming your correct on that, i have no reason to doubt you) but what do those oranges have to do with my apples? If you trust sony, that’s great, that’s your prerogative, i’m not telling anyone to do anything, my dislike of sony for corporate practices (or non-practices) is no different then someone not liking moto for failing to upgrade in a timely matter, or people not wanting the lg because of storage space or past crappy product or service.

          • kixofmyg0t

            So you’re basis for your distrust of Sony is what happened with other divisions of Sony? I mean you yourself said it was Apples and Oranges.

            You even mentioned OtherOs(a feature *I* used and don’t care that it’s gone btw) wtf does OtherOs have to do with the build quality/radios/battery life/etc…. Aka the important things to consider when buying a phone?! You’re seriously gonna argue about something that Sony(formally Sony Ericsson) literally had NOTHING to do with as a point and reason?

            I’m not saying that the respective Sony divisions aren’t guilty of doing shady and downright horrible things to their paying customers, but your argument is not only invalid but so far out of left field that I need binoculars to see it.

            If you don’t like/want the device that’s fine. I’m just saying your reasons are stupid.

          • michael arazan

            The last Rumors i read were an Xperia Nexus that would be a playstation nexus deceive by sony.

        • violator702

          I know they release a lot of phones with outdated specs, but hopefully this won’t be one of those phones.

          • aye_winchell

            it has nothing to do with phone specs:) im sure this will be a beast.

          • New_Guy

            Huh??? How can it be a beast without the proper specs, though? You lost me there…

          • aye_winchell

            Because its a nexus, i think the specs will be there, my disinterest in it has nothing to do with possible specs, for arguments sake i was assuming this phone has everything i’m looking for specs wise, i personally still would not be interested, because of sony, my personal preference, sorry about the confusion. But your right, it might not be a beast, this could be a mid-range also with specs that, well i wont say outdated, but maybe not flagship, we could have a couple middies from sony and lg, and a couple high end from say sammy and htc, with the wildcard being moto.

        • New_Guy

          I’m pretty much with you on that one. I am already not a fan of the way this phone looks. But, I have not seen an effort like this from Sony before, so I would like to see how it performs before I look elsewhere.

      • Larizard

        I think Google strategically leaked the mid-range LG Nexus as a red herring. I think they want to pull a “one more thing” at the devices’ unveiling.

    • http://twitter.com/FusionSaint99 Joseph

      Anytime you put LG in front of any phone it’s awful… it’s just part of their brand.

      • Turb0wned

        Very True… If this is true, this instantly take most of the sales away from that crap they call LG Nexus.. Hopefully HTC is next. An HTC Nexus that looks and feels like the One X!

        • New_Guy

          If that happens I think a lot of people would feel the same.

    • S_T_R

      Awful? Because they offer an 8GB model, a model that is probably meant to hit a specific, low price point? What if the launch price is $299? Is that not a fair option? No one has said LG won’t make a higher capacity model. Hell, the 8GB model may never be commercially available.

      To draw a conclusion based on one leaked prepoduction model is premature to say the least.

      • http://twitter.com/A2Eric Eric S

        Memory isn’t that expensive, they should be able to add 16GB or even 32GB and still keep the price reasonable and sold through Google Play. Galaxy Nexus GSM 16GB as an example.

        • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

          I agree, I mean all you have to do is look at how cheap flash cards have gotten. It’s less than $1 per gb at retail for good memory. At the manufacturer level its probably half that.

        • Jroc869, Cool story bro

          Im not sure if its really about the cost. I think it has to do with keeping the high end phones at a certain price point. Adding the ability for sd probably doesnt cost much but I think they want to reserve that for phones that come with a higher price tag. Its almost like price fixing I guess.

        • Cowboydroid

          The future is not on-board storage. It’s cloud storage. Whether you like it or not, that is the path of technology. People simply don’t like having to plug their phone in and sync all their files on every new device they get. They just want to sign into an account and have immediate access.

          Now, whether your wireless carrier supports this kind of future or not is really up to you. If you don’t like your data plan, you’re free to go to a carrier that has a better one.

          • JB

            We’ll need much better data speeds and coverage before we can move mobile gaming to the cloud (onlive works but the graphics are horrible).

          • Cowboydroid

            Mobile gaming doesn’t take up much space right now. Obviously we’re going to need better data speeds and coverage, all around. And it’s up to consumers to pressure the wireless providers to do it. They’re not going to invest in infrastructure without market pressures.

          • Steve Douglas

            The future may be cloud storage, but that model doesn’t work well with tiered data plans. An SD card is a have to have for anyone who loves music or movies and doesn’t have unlimited data.

          • Cowboydroid

            And so choose a carrier that that doesn’t have tiered data. Stop letting the providers dictate what you’re allowed to have! There are networks that offer unlimited data.

          • http://twitter.com/daringone DaringOne

            Not always possible. The only truly unlimited US carrier is Sprint. Sprint is worthless where I live. So it’s tiered or nothing for me. Believe me, I’d LOVE to be a Sprint customer.

          • Cowboydroid

            T-Mobile is also truly unlimited.

      • New_Guy

        I agree, we’re all seeing the 32GB model of the Nexus 7 come out even though they never announced it would be available. No reason to believe that there would be another option available for the LG Nexus and I’m pretty surprised that people are taking the leaked specs as final say…

    • https://plus.google.com/114483312559013915960/ Timoh

      That’s the truth. Would also be cool if they’re using the new sony Exmore rs sensor too.

    • a.youth.in.Asia

      Looking at both this and the LG nexus makes me hope there are more nexus’ to come.

    • k_nivesout

      One word: PROTOTYPE