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Press Render for the LG Nexus 4 Leaks

Is this the press render for the LG Nexus 4? It certainly looks like most press renders, so it could very well be. The device pictured also looks exactly like the Nexus 4 that has leaked in pre-reviews and across the web for weeks now, except that there is “nexus” branding in the middle.

We can see the sparkly Crystal Reflection backing that LG first started with the Optimus G, a similar shape to last year’s Galaxy Nexus, a camera and flash left of center (also like the Optimus G), and stock Android. We aren’t noticing any hints at changes in software, other than a clock centered in the middle of the notification bar and a percentage in the battery icon.

Update:  Here is another angle, which thankfully, looks like a real stock OS and not a custom ROM. 

Thoughts on the final look? The more I see, I tend to like it.

Via:  @evleaks [2]

  • dsass600

    I don’t like it, because it looks too much like the Galaxy Nexus.

  • Noel

    Still holding out hope for a surprise on the five Nexus phones rumor. My choice for a Nexus phone has always been HTC..boy would i be in cloud nine if an HTC Nexus with similar 1080p screen as the HTC J Butterfly/DLX but with a reduced form factor and ample int storage, SD card slot and bigger removable battery comes to fruition. But if just one phone is released.. that being the LG Nexus 4 then i will get it. I need a good Nexus phone and for now it seems that it might be the only one…and the specs are gr8, i just wish Google will release a 32GB model from the jump since it seems there will be no SD card slot. I have always been burnt for being an early adapter, but i will take that chance again with the LG Nexus 4 if it is the only Nexus phone revealed on the 29th.

  • jova33

    1% battery mod on a stock phone? Lol

  • They should add percentage battery thing to 4.2

  • GNEX(MOTOX)

    no lte and no 32gb memory turn me off. No way can i go below 32 with no expandable memory.. ugh and its lg.. where’s the moto google? pack some big guns pls and ship them to moto… 🙂

  • joejoe5709

    Unless the specs are mind-blowing, this isn’t worth upgrading for. I don’t see the experience really all that different from my GNex. To me this is Google’s version of the iPhone5. I’m a little disappointed.

    • nickingninaj

      Besides LTE, what else do you need to make this thing “mind-blowing?”

  • Bryan

    In the future, when everything is VoLTE and Verizon has full LTE coverage over the US, will Google be able to make a generic Nexus without CDMA radios? If I understand correctly, Google can’t make a Play Store version because they don’t have CDMA licenses. But what happens when LTE is everywhere?

  • nickingninaj

    I’m appalled at the massive amounts of hate for this device. What the hell makes you people happy any more?

    Perhaps it’s jealously? Maybe since most of you upgraded to a Galaxy Nexus last year, you have to justify not having the latest and greatest by hating it? Next year when you’re all off contract, I bet that Nexus will be satisfactory.

    • joejoe5709

      I’ll hold my final judgement for a review or two, but this just doesn’t seem to scream “latest and greatest” other than a slightly better processor. Throw in a non-removable battery and LG’s recent sketchy history, this device has a lot more to prove than the Gnex did. Software doesn’t really matter anymore because I’ll likely have the same software within the same timeframe as this phone. In the end, that puts these phones practically on the same level. So like I said, other than a slight bump in hardware it’s probably not any better and certainly not worth $600-700 off contract. So yes I’ll wait until next year for my upgrade, but no I’m not “jealous”.

      • nickingninaj

        Well, you actually are…

      • nickingninaj

        Well… yeah, you are.

  • This looks like the best Nexus to date …. The build quality looks great if this phone works as good as it looks it will be a hit no doubt …

  • Maybe 4.2 brings a customizable notification bar? Anyone think of that?

    • joejoe5709

      There was an article about a secondary notification bar with quick controls awhile back that is likely coming with 4.2. Sooo… perhaps?

  • PowersUSA

    Flat back that is not removable looks unfinished. Last I checked ZERO rumors of Verizon support so most of us that visit DL are SOL.

  • nightscout13

    Am i the only Android Enthusiast that thinks this thing is FUGLY? Even the G-Nex looks better….

    • NexusMan

      I wouldn’t exactly use the word Fugly, but I’m with you…I don’t think it looks great. From the front, it’s like the GNex and said let’s take this sexy sleek look and tweak it just enough to throw the aesthetic OFF.

      • nightscout13

        The front resembles the G-Nex, which is fine, but the rear IS fugly. Glitter? Really?

    • joejoe5709

      I wouldn’t call it fugly. It’s obviously a Nexus. I LOOOOVVVEEEE the all black fronts of Nexus phones. When the screen is off, it’s gorgeous and sleek. So the LG already gets bonus points for that. But the back is a little too flashy for me. It’s better than being slathered in chrome, but the bedazzled crystal look is kinda cheap to me. I’d like to see it in person though.

      • nightscout13

        Yes, I will reserve final judgement for in-person, but lack of battery options already makes me want the MAXX HD instead.

    • nickingninaj

      No you aren’t alone, but I’m apparently the only one who digs this device, though.

  • Kevin Olson

    So, I just ordered a Galaxy Nexus of the Play store last night… should I have waited?

    • joejoe5709

      If you don’t need the latest and greatest and you’re even the slightest familiar with rooting, my guess you’ll be perfectly happy. For… about a year. Then you might a little left behind and in need on an upgrade. We’ll see.

      • Kevin Olson

        You are right. Phone arrived this morning and this thing is awesome. I’ll hold me for a little while.

  • baldypal

    I’m so tired of ICS blue #33B5E5. Give me a theme that only changes that color across the board. No changes in background or icons. Just that ICS blue color.

    • need more customization options.. especially colors & buttons.. we should be able to theme them!

  • I don’t see the render button…..

  • I actually have to agree with the majority. If there truly is no LTE version of this phone then there is really no reason to switch from the Galaxy Nexus.

  • jr Fortenberry

    Being that I have a corporate plan and no worries on data usage I’ll have to pass if in fact this phone has no LTE.

  • Adam

    Why would they post a score from 25 July on the Now game card? Nexus logo looks shopped. This is def BS.

  • fauxshizzl

    That sparkly back has to go. Seriously, take that designer out back the way of Old Yeller.

  • spunker88

    I hope its fake. Why would they center the clock? It copies iOS and I would rather have it on the right so the status bar notifications work

    • It’s AOKP.

    • NexusMan

      well it’s different in the 2 pics…one has it centered, then the other pic has it on the right…so looks like something is shopped….I have an idea…let’s see the official press render when Google releases the official press render…which is Monday. Until then, all this is noise.

  • I’m wondering if this is a “new” press release, why does it show a baseball score from july?

  • chris125

    The back kinda looks like the old nexus live wallpaper with the grids

    • joejoe5709

      Hmmm yeah kinda. Good point.

  • Call me crazy, but just once I would like to be surprised by a device release. All the leaks (fake or real) are taking the wind out of the sails of launch events.

    The irony that I am making this comment in a leak post is not lost on me.

    • Yeah.. the leaks are addicting and most all I look out for following these Android sites on twitter. 😛

  • Destroythanet

    Decent looking, but I like the curviness of the Galaxy Nexus better, though.

  • Clint O

    Maybe Samsung should pull an Apple move and sue LG for make their phone look just like theirs. Lol

  • Emilio Fahr

    Fake. I’m calling it.

  • br_hermon

    Android Police made some good points about this being a photoshop hack job.

  • Clint O

    Why did they have to make it look like the GNex? I love my GNex but when I buy a new phone outright I don’t wanna feel like I’m using my old phone every time I pick it up.

  • Buy This

    Well ya know…that’s actually pretty ni-…wait what? 8gb/16gb? No LTE? *Walks opposite direction*

  • Looks just like the galaxy nexus running AOKP….

  • fiveHellions

    Did anybody notice the baseball game is from 7/25/2012? Why would they use such an old screenshot?

  • Larizard

    “Nexus” in the back looks photoshopped in. It’s flat. no shadows, no bevels, nothing. It looks like someone cut those letters and pasted it in the back of the device. Add to that a wonky-looking notification bar, I firmly believe these are not press renders.

  • This may be harsh, but….yawn. There is nothing all that new, interesting or exciting about this device. It’s simply another boring, uninspired black slab. I wish that OEMs would be a bit more inventive with case and glass design, like Nokia. I’ve fell in love with the N9/Lumia 800, and wish that it would have run Android instead of Meego/WP7. The HTC J Butterfly looks interesting, but I am also reticent about a 5″ device for daily use.

  • DanWazz

    I like how they are really making the Nexus name prominent on the new devices.

  • Why would a press release photo have two weather icons in the notification bar? If not weather then battery, whatever it is it doesn’t look authentic

  • I’d like to know what that slot cover is under the volume rocker. Looks a little like a SD card slot.

    • Ravi Rao

      It’s gotta be the sim slot. It looks like the same type of slot that other phones use for sim slots.

    • its for the SIM card….no nexus will have an SD card….google themselves said that.

      • JoshGroff

        Nexus One. I had someone else point it out to me when I said the same thing.

    • JSIN

      That or its the SIM Card Slot seeing how no nexus has a SD Card.

      • JoshGroff

        Nexus One, but that’s the exception to the rule.

  • schoat333

    I’m not excited for this phone at all. Even if there is an LTE version, I’ll keep my Gnex.

    The only thing I care about is if they release 4.2, and seeing what it adds.

    • JoshGroff

      With basically everything improved, and you’re not interested?

      • schoat333

        Not at all. I’m really not sure why either. I just see not reason to upgrade from my Gnex yet.

        • JoshGroff

          There’s no reason to tbh (besides having the latest and greatest, if that interests you, and a better screen is always nice,) speed difference will be negligible, especially with how thin and light stock is. Maybe we’ll see some apps actually make use of the horsepower in the S4 pro chip, but there won’t be many.

      • thebruce44

        Basically everything except data speed, battery, and apparently software. Too bad those are the 3 most important qualities in a phone to me.

        • JoshGroff

          Data speed is the same (both GSM unlocked variants are HSPA+21. An LTE variant has not been announced yet, but that does not mean one won’t come) not so sure about the battery stats, but the S4 pro is pretty battery efficient, and software is the same.

  • man i cant wait till monday morning! maybe google will surprise us with another nexus idc if its Samsung,htc or Motorola i just want it to be on Verizon. that’s all im asking for!!

    • The Dark Knight

      I feel that the only Nexus on Verizon anymore would be a Moto, but theirs been absolutely no talk/leaks which has me worried.

      • just me

        i spoke with a rep the other day and he said verizon is getting this phone

    • chris125

      I hope verizon gets another nexus as well. The gnex was nice but just had too many issues ( radios, screen, etc) and would love to see another non samsung nexus on verizon. Even if updates take longer it is still one of the first to get updated.

  • Cary Zuber

    it does seem like it is possibly running a custom rom. notice the battery percentage in the battery bar as well as the center clock. Unless both of those are changes in 4.2 i think this may be a fake.

  • If you like the Gnex, you should love this. it is the Gnex, but better.

    • schoat333

      Except so far looks to have no LTE version. That’s a step back IMO.

      • JoshGroff

        The GSM G-Nex isn’t LTE either. Just because no LTE variant has been announced does not mean one won’t be made.

        • schoat333

          Even the GSM version should also have LTE by now tho.

          • JoshGroff

            It would be nice, even if it only benefits use whilst on AT&T. I’d be interested to find out why they left it out, but considering I don’t “need” LTE, it doesn’t bother me much. HSPA+21 is plenty fast enough for average use, but HSPA+42 would’ve been nice.

  • C-Law

    Why is it showing a horrible half circular 20 minute route to work with an alternate 7 minute route to work? They better not use that shot, it looks like something apple maps would do, not Google!

    • fiveHellions

      My now card for driving home from work does have a 10 min detour by the babysitters house since most days I pick up my son. Google knows all.

      But I agree, Definitely not the Google Now shot you would show in a press photo.

    • PalmerAdam

      At least you are going to get there unlike iOS maps

  • muffnman

    The lack of LTE (as far as we know) still saddens me.

    • JoshGroff

      The GSM G-Nex is the same way, didn’t stop people from buying it. I would still like to see an LTE variant, even if just to see everyone stop whining.

      • nickingninaj

        Amen.

  • Looking good! It would interesting to see a colored “X”, but my guess is it would make it look less professional.

  • Rich Koos

    Woah woah woah, why is the clock in the center of he screen? What is 4.2? iOS?!

  • asianrage

    I love my GNEX and its sexy side curve. And that’s completely missing here. I don’t like how straight it is. If they were gonna copy the phone, they should have just copied the thing, instead of just half-assing it.

    • greenbacks

      I also love the curves on my Gnex its just one of those things that makes it stand out in the crowd. When I use a flat or regular screen it feels strange now. long live the Gnex.

  • Meh looks like gnex…..boooooorrrinnggggggg!

  • Matt Kelley

    Centered clock, battery percentage in the battery icon, looks like CM10 to me. The more I look at it the screen and what is on it looks super imposed on the phone. Otherwise it looks to be a legit phone render.

    • JoshGroff

      CM10, AOKP, CNA, among others. I would love to see the clock centered on stock though.

  • C-Law

    Personally, I think it’s just different enough from the gnex that it’s ugly compared to it

  • C-Law

    It looks like all sorts of crap and lint and dirt could get caught in that speaker cutout

  • moto+droidlife=awesome!

    LG just can’t attract my attention…
    I’m still standing here for Motorola NEXUS RAZR.
    (Waiting for the “NEW” Motorola release their new phone.)

  • ThatGuy

    Center clock and battery percentage? Looks like AOKP. Agree though, Kellex, it does seem to be looking better as time goes by.

    • Most ROMs have it. Not just AOKP. It does look like a custom ROM though.

  • rumthin

    I’m still on the fence about this phone if 16gb is going to be the only storage option. Hopefully Google offers a 32gb version.

  • C-Law

    Why is the temperature listed twice in the top left? Or is one the battery %? If so, then why is the battery % on both sides? They ran some dumb apps for this shot imho

  • Dr Sauch

    Can someone explain why this phone is relevant without LTE? There is literally no reason to switch from my GNex.

    • Chris

      Super IPS+ HD screen with a resolution 768p. A Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 which stomps any kind of competition. Battery 2100mah and new Battery technology. 8 megapixel camera, 2 GB ram. I’m so freaking sure the speakers will be better since they are useless in the Galaxy Nexus. With those specs, futureproof for couple of years… I’ve probably forgotten a lot of things, but you guys are forgetting why the only reason we bought Galaxy Nexus. FIrst 720p phone to ever be shown and of course Vanilla Android. So there is no reason you say…?

      • C-Law

        Well 2100mah isn’t really a reason to switch. That’s what’s currently in my gnex and battery life sucks

        • athom07

          Doesn’t the GS3 have a 2100mah? The battery life on that S3 is AWESOME. I can hit 22 hours with 4 hours of screen time most days. Thats pretty damn good, and I see a lot of people posting similar battery times with the S3.

          • abhele

            which rom u running or is it stock?

          • athom07

            I’ve flashed a lot of roms on here. Any of the Touchwiz based roms will give you awesome battery life. There is a bug with all of the AOSP roms that pretty much cuts the battery life in half for the S3. I switch back and forth between the 2. I love the look of AOSP, but the battery life is way better on Touchwiz and there is low volume recording on all of the AOSP roms as well.

          • Larizard

            I don’t think there’s a “bug” on AOSP roms, per say. Rather, I think Samsung did a great job on optimizing battery life on Touchwiz.

      • None of those specs matter without LTE. A pretty phone with amazing specs is useless if the online experience is garbage.

        • Yep

          It’s good to see some people around here haven’t gone full herpaderp when it comes to anything Nexus. I swear some of the people here are every bit the sheep they deride Fruitboi’s as being. Downvote me all you like, still doesn’t change the massive cognitive dissonance that hangs over this place like a London fog.

          • KleenDroid

            For many people a Nexus is the way to go. If this were to have LTE and coming to Verizon yes everyone would be very excited. However since it doesn’t even have LTE it is almost a waste of a phone and certainly should not have Nexus attached to it. The great specs are completely wasted.

            It doesn’t seem like it but I sure hope this is a sad joke being played and they will announce something worthwhile soon.

          • Yep

            @KleenDroid:disqus Agreed across the board, very well said.

        • i don’t know about you but where i’m from LTE is very unreliable and just a big battery drain. even when i do get it it’s not noticeably faster. i mostly just turn LTE off now. i mean FB and Twitter isn’t really that network intensive … and I’m connected to WiFi like 90% of the time. i’d take a Nexus phone with these specs any day over my current Verizon LTE phone (Bionic).

          that my friend is why phone without LTE will still be relevant. you have to remember 4G networks are still in their infancy in most of the country.

          • 4n1m4L

            I may be weird, or just own a .10 phone, but I get better battery life on LTE. Maybe its just cause the deeper in phoenix I get the better reception is and I also get LTE. I don’t know.

          • I do have an older phone maybe that’s why but I definitely get better battery life without LTE.

          • MikeCiggy

            Not noticeably faster? I stream HD youtube videos when hanging out with ym friends all the time with little to no buffer. Waiting for a youtube video on 3G is sad, and forget about watching it in HD.

            And my 4G is faster then your wifi.

          • LiterofCola

            ^What he said

          • Eric Richardson

            Odd, I stream videos with no buffering on HSPA+ as well.

          • You do have a valid point but take this into account. On 3G I experience no buffering or hiccups on my youtube app. On 4G yes it loads faster at first but that’s assuming I can even get 4G. A lot of times it takes longer because the phone is too busy switching between 3G and 4G. Your experience with LTE will vary greatly from one person to the next.

            Keep in mind this phone isn’t going to land on Verizon (which by far has the largest 4G network) as it is which means the market of LTE enabled areas that will get this phone is a very small percentage of people indeed. There will probably be an LTE version when it does land on Verizon.

            As to 4G being faster than WiFi yes under optimal conditions it can be faster than WiFi. I will never be in those optimal conditions for long enough for it to be even comparable and that difference would be even less noticeable than between 3G and 4G. Not to mention I want to use WiFi whenever available to keep my data usage down. Also there is something called ping which for now WiFi trumps any mobile data method in. Which in the end will always make WiFi feel faster even if it’s absolute max download speed might be slower.

            Also on a side note I’m merely stating the face that calling a phone without LTE irrelevant is wrong because in the end LTE itself is still in it’s infancy and will probably take at least another 2 years for it to be mature enough to be a true must have on a phone. Heck the iPhone didn’t even have it until very recently and that thing sold like hot cakes. Even if the iPhone 5 didn’t have it it would still sell like hot cakes. I’m not at all arguing the advantages of LTE.

          • fierywater

            What awful place do you live where it’s not noticeably faster?
            Newer LTE phones (e.g.: anything with a Snapdragon S4) have the battery life issue nailed.

          • In Providence, RI. While I’m in downtown providence it is pretty fast but go a few miles in any direction and it’s juggling between 3 and 4 G.

      • All those nice things with no high speed mobile data to enjoy media on.
        🙁
        Its literally like having a 2012 computer stuck on a 56k modem; it’s doable, but who would want to if they had the option of something better.

        • Nathan Buth

          HSPA+ still can go up to 20+mbps. Which is pretty darn great.

      • LiterofCola

        No LTE (presumabley), no removeable storage, a standard sized battery and a very boring (in my opinion) design. Why do we have to always sacrifice looks for the Nexus phones?

      • Larizard

        Having LTE would be the best they could do to “future-proof” this phone. But they didn’t.

    • I have an LTE-less Galaxy Nexus and still get 5-12 megabits on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ in town…

    • fixxmyhead

      the mentality of the brainwashed suckers at verizon. i will pray for u dr seuss

    • capecodcarl

      There is literally no reason you should get this phone. In fact, anytime you see an article on the LG Nexus 4 in the future you should just ignore it because it will not support your network (which I presume, like most of us, is Verizon).

      Now, for those of us thinking of jumping ship from Verizon and going with a prepaid MVNO like Straighttalk that uses GSM this would be pretty fantastic news. If only I could get out of that pesky contract without incurring a huge ETF.

      • Carlsbad

        Just sell your old phone for at least the etf amount and then you can switch to Straighttalk and buy a new phone.

    • Hothfox

      I have an LTE GNex, and the boyfriend has an HSPA+ GNex. They are both extremely usable though he does say he misses LTE sometimes. Netflix plays just fine without needing to buffer on both phones.

      LTE is definitely better than CMDA, and so is HSPA+.

  • Matt Kelley

    Strange that it has a centered clock, almost like CM. You can also see what looks to be temp notifications of two different programs. Oh and there is a battery percentage in the battery icon. This might be shopped the more I look at it.

  • Chahk Noir

    No user-replaceable battery, no SD Card slot = no buy. LG, I am disappoint!
    Here’s hoping for multiple Nexus handsets from different manufacturers.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Looks nice but I don’t really like the back of it and wish the headphone jack was on the bottom.

  • Ron_Swanson

    looks too much like the galaxy nexus……which isnt a bad thing, but still…

  • fackekellex

    Clock in middle of status bar! temp and battery percentage on the left!

  • TheKaz1969

    Aww.. what happened to the colorized X??

  • Unless the notification bar is completely different to 4.1’s, it’s fake. Why would Google leave notifications from third party apps on there? Why is the clock in the middle?
    Nexus press shots usually show the homescreen. Although Now is a big feature I doubt they’d change that.

    Sorry @evleaks.

    • 4n1m4L

      I was gonna say. Kellex is gonna be pissed if they put the headphone jack on the top.

  • DUDE

    NO LTE, UGH

  • Ryan Powell

    I really like the clock centered in the notification bar. Also, is the temperature notification maybe something linked to Google Now? Eliminating the need for a separate app/widget.

  • Jem

    Had the center clock and battery percentage on my Galaxy Nexus for a long time now. I hope it comes stock that way it really is nice to have.

  • oaxican509

    Your bright and early kellex! AM grinders shout out!

  • Wouldn’t you know it… the next Nexus comes loaded with AOKP

    • NexusPhan69

      It’s not making this look very authentic is it…

      • r0lct

        Especially with the two different weather apps in notification.

    • God I hope not.

    • Ah there we are.. the new render looks much more reputable than the top image.

    • joejoe5709

      I didn’t even think of AOKP, but my first thought was hmmm… Clock in the middle for 4.2?

  • Still hoping on another manufacturer to make a Nexus….. C’mon Motorola!

    • r0lct

      I’m thinking Q2 2013 is the earliest Google can pump out their first phone considering the lead time required but likely not until next Nexus season.

      • chris125

        well look how fast they got the nexus 7 out, so it is very doable that they get a phone out in similar amount of time if they really wanted to.

        • r0lct

          In that case Asus had the tablet done basically and then just tweaked it for Google. So whatever is going to come out next will likely be a old Moto phone, tweaked as best as Google can. Kellen already state dthey have the the RAZR X slated for 2013, I’m sure that’s also a old Moto phone.

    • Would love an htc or samsung model

  • JDHokie

    I dig it because it looks like the Galaxy Nexus which is the best looking phone I’ve ever seen.

    • hfoster52

      I agree but No LTE 🙁

      • Tweekex

        The Galaxy Nexus definitely has LTE..

        • schoat333

          No Way! Really?

        • hfoster52

          The comment was regarding to the fact that this version so far has been rumored to not have LTE. I have a Gnex on VZ and I am using my LTE right now.

          • Tweekex

            Ahh ok. It’s early!

        • JoshGroff

          *cough* GSM variant doesn’t *cough*

    • Ryan Powell

      I agree. I love my Gnex and this looks very similar. Wouldn’t leave my Gnex for it but nice looking.

    • LiterofCola

      Naaaah

  • There are 3 battery percentage things running, one in stock battery icon, and two apps, doubt that is the final thing (in terms of the screenshot being used)

    • Ryan Powell

      I didn’t think about the other two being battery percentage. Maybe one is temperature and one is battery. Seems silly to show two battery percentage widgets inside the notification area.

    • baldypal

      The one to the right of the text message notification has a degree circle. That’s a temp gauge for CPU or battery. But not battery percentage

  • chadstone30

    what does it say about me if i like the sparkly backplate?

    • JoshGroff

      It says you like sparkly things.