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Any Chance This is the First Picture of the LG Nexus 5?

What do you think? Is that the next Nexus, made by LG? According to site TechTastic, who obtained the photo above from an “LG tester,” this could very well be our first look. Well, before we jump into that idea, let’s get a couple of things on the table. 

First, we have no idea if LG is going to make the next Nexus. They made last year’s and could very well make this year’s, but that is all speculation at this point. Also, we keep seeing reports that Motorola is out and LG is in or that Motorola is doing the next Nexus and not LG. Why can’t they both make a Nexus phone? Samsung made the Nexus 10 and Asus made the Nexus 7. Those are two different companies who created similar products at different price points and different sizes for Google. Who’s to say that Google won’t release a super cheap Motorola Nexus along with a higher-end LG Nexus?

OK, so about this photo. Recent rumors have suggested that LG is making the new Nexus which could be dubbed “Nexus 5.” These rumors also suggest that this new Google flagship will be based (for the most part) on LG’s recent G2 offering, but potentially ditch some hardware components to stay reasonably priced, like last year’s Nexus 4. So we’re talking the same beautiful 5.2″ FHD display, but a Snapdragon 600 instead of a Snapdragon 800.

Also, further rumor details suggest that Google could change the design slightly by moving the awkwardly-placed rear volume and power buttons of the G2, to a more traditional side placement (as seen above).

So is that phone above the new Nexus? If it is, it must be an early prototype. It certainly looks like the G2, however, the phone pictured above appears to have a removable backside, which is actually a feature of the international G2, just not the U.S. variant. But we have no Nexus or Google branding, something that is always seen on Nexus products. And is it just me or are those buttons on the wrong side of the device? If you held that in your right hand, the buttons would have to be pressed with your fingers rather than your thumb. While Google could certainly make this move, the standard smartphone design places at least one of those buttons near your thumb, not your fingers. Not a big deal, as Samsung uses both sides of the phone for buttons, but just something I noticed.

Again, we have no idea if this is the next Nexus. But it sure is fun to talk about.

Update:  @evleaks thinks this is a picture of the Optimus L9 II and that Motorola will likely make the next Nexus.

Via:  Techtastic

  • newsjunkieintl

    When testing new cars in public major car manufacturers often drape them or otherwise camouflage the exteriors so as to not show what the new designs will look like.

    For the Nexus 5 — which will be released in NOVEMBER — all that matters at this stage are the internals. The glass case with Nexus logo will take care of itself closer to launch date. 🙂

  • NicholeMaldonado

    I think Htc should give it another shot.

    • superg05

      then the price will go up cause they don’t want to undercut there other products

  • MrWicket

    Here’s a crazy thought! First I have been against the Nexus 5 name from the beginning, the name is the not the version it relates to the basic screen size, Google said so themselves when they really started to rock this ‘Nexus’ branding. So now, here’s my thought, we’ve heard rumors that both LG or Moto are making the next one so what if both are? Moto will make the next Nexus 4 based off the Moto X and LG will make the first Nexus 5 based off the G2! This could hold water to reliable rumors on both fronts and even justify the Nexus 5 name. As to if this is in fact an early look at the N5.. dunno, rumors get crazy this time of year so sadly it either is or isn’t but I am sure we’ll find out as more images start to add fuel to this burning train (referencing the image posted by @bkosh84:disqus).

  • pat kerby

    No don’t skimp out on the cool hardware, please just give us a sweet and sick phone that blows all the other nexus away, by all means give us speakers in front and a sd drive!

  • God No. I cracked my GNex screen last friday and am now waiting for the next Nexus (since am disappointed in Moto X). If it turns out to be sporting this cheap shiny plastic body, I’ll lose my s#!t. Please be a premium device.

  • Noel

    Coming to think of it this might indeed be a prototype of the Nexus 5. The G2 for the Korean market had a removable back plate that showed a removable battery and maybe an SD card slot but it still had the power and volume button placement on the back. Also read that Google wanted nothing to do with the buttons placed on the back and maybe due to design compromise the buttons have been placed on the side but on the opposite side as we are accustomed to. Lets wait an see.

  • JD_26

    wonder why no1 thinks its just the back cover not snapped back into place correctly / fully ……

  • TSON1

    It’s a plastic device with no Nexus logo…

  • JohanV

    I hope not. They should stick with glass or metal.

  • Alain Lafond

    For sure not a plastic device.
    But, if anyone reads this at Google: Please don’t do the same mess as with the Nexus 4. Please, please, please… There’s lotsa peoples waiting for this phone.
    For my part, as I currently own a Nexus 4, I can’t imagine what can be done, in the hardware part, that’ll make me running for a refresh like I was.
    I had a Galaxy Nexus, and the 4 was a really great uprade, but now…
    Not so sure.

  • joejoe5709

    My wife told me I’ve been on my phone far too much lately. I told her that she is more than justified in divorcing me because I’ll openly admit I’m not interested in her until this phone is released and I’ve had a solid two months of playing with it. See ya sometime around Easter, honey bunches. 😉

  • poop

    Looks like plastic.

    • Rob Schoenfeld

      So are half the faces in hollywood.. Your point?

  • SorryImNotSargeOrBionic

    Didn’t Sarge and Bionic say that Moto had another device coming down the pipeline, that was a “hero” device, that wasn’t the XPhone?

    • joejoe5709

      Lol. I guess we’ll have to see. But even if Moto made the next Nexus I doubt it’ll slot above the Moto X specs-wise. “Hero” phone, surewhynot, but that doesn’t mean it’ll have the same numbers as the rest of the bleeding edge flagships.

      For phones such as the Moto X and the Nexus4 I think we need a new category between mid-grade and flagship. Let’s call it a “mid-size flagship”. Like a mid-size sedan in the auto industry.

      • Noel

        If Motorola made the Nexus 5…SURELY the specs will be more than those of the Moto X. You can count on an upgrade in the chipset, screen, camera, battery and a few other specs. At this point one of the two OEMs will make the new Nexus phone..a Nexus that has the G2 as a template sans the buttons on the back will be welcomed and a removable back cover for battery exchange, SD card slot will be a plus plus. On the other hand a Motorola Nexus will also be welcomed…will be exciting to see what they will bring on the table as compared to the past Nexus OEMs.

        • joejoe5709

          Yeah but most are leaning toward the Nexus4 being based off current Moto specs including the Moto X and the Droids which would put it slightly below the LG N5 in terms of specs. Does that make it a hero phone? Kinda. I still like my idea of Mid-Size Flagships. Sounds a lot better than mid-range.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Oh gawd I hope not!

  • Bendroid55

    Sweet the next Nexus is a 2004 iPod!

  • stabone

    The power button looks really small.

  • punkroyale


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  • Yannick Mark Perryman

    This is disgusting to look at.

  • Ron_Swanson

    it looks a little chunky…no?

  • newsjunkieintl

    Not the Nexus 5. Does not have Google nor Nexus logo on the back. Have no idea what it is, but don’t really care. LG does make other cellphones you know, besides the G2 and the Nexus 5. As the Nexus 5 will not be released until November, it’s still way to early for pics.

  • joejoe5709

    It sure is fun to talk about. I love this time of the year!

    I’m no expert, but I doubt this is the real shell of the Nexus5. Looks like a test mule at best. It might not even be a Nexus. One this is for sure, I love every bit of info we can get on this phone!

    And add me to the list of people who would like to see a Nexus4 successor (likely from Moto) AND a Nexus5 (likely from LG). I think this would be a winning combo. I mean it doesn’t really matter – a Nexus is a Nexus regardless of size – but I think this is a necessary step for the Nexus family.

  • MichaelFranz

    and i am starting to becom convince of the low/high end device idea. if i am nto mistaken, reports are suggesting apple is going to release the iphone 5s and a 5c next month. the C being a cheaper plastic body design with a toned down camera and such but still run the same OS apparently. My only point being I can definitly see 2 phones being nexus released at once, even if it is by 2 different OEMs

  • hkklife

    I still think they’ll split the line with a higher-end Nexus 5 5.2″ made by LG and a 4.3″ to 4.7″ Nexus 4.2 made by Moto and based heavily off a cost-reduced X.

  • MichaelFranz

    if it a nexus….its fugly

  • masterxchief

    That looks like the Samsung Fascinate…

  • ImmaDroid

    That wouldn’t be the next Nexus. It wont look so plasticy. It looks like the Galaxy S4 pretty much

  • kevlar

    Buttons are on the same side as the Nexus 4, so why couldnt they be like this on the N5?

  • BrianLipp

    ugh, with that Samsung-y looking plastic back? i hope not

  • Alan Fortte

    This better not be the N5…

  • schoat333

    Looks like it has a removable back, so no.

  • Jeremy Martin

    “Who’s to say that Google won’t release a super cheap Motorola Nexus along with a higher-end LG Nexus?” I personally hope its the other way around.

  • jeff manning

    I really hope this is not the nexus 5
    Also rumors that came out this early last year were all wrong. Wait until the end of September for something substantial .

  • Sirx

    Can’t be the next nexus–Battery life isn’t terrible enough. Only when it’s so bad that it manifests physically in photographs will Google give it its stamp of approval.

    • joejoe5709

      I want some of what you’re smoking.

  • Liderc

    I hope not, I do not want a 5.2” screen, that’s just way too much now. I was always an advocate of larger screens, but they have to stop somewhere and I really think they should go back to 4.7, or 5” if they can fit it in the same footprint. In the end, it’s all about maximizing screen size while keeping it comfortable with one hand use. My Galaxy Nexus is 4.7 with a larger than normal bezel for right now, and if they could fit a 5” screen in that phone, it’d be fine, but anything bigger isn’t going to be able to be used with one hand.

    • Razma

      yeh, Gnex screen is the perfect size for me

    • Droidzilla

      The LG G2 has a 5.2″ screen in basically the same sized chassis as a GNex, so if you like the GNex size you’d be fine with this size.

    • joejoe5709

      Well… we are definitely pushing the limits here of one-handed use and as much as I appreciate LG thinking outside the box with relocating the buttons it doesn’t make the phone any less massive. But in reality, the LG G2 is only 3mm wider than the GNex and that’s not terrible. I also think it’s only 1mm or so wider than the S4. Of course it dwarfs the Moto X, but the Moto X is actually smaller than the GNex which sounds a little weird. And of course width isn’t the only story – height becomes difficult to reach as well. I’ve seen lots of hands-on videos and the G2 doesn’t look any more cumbersome to hold than an S4. If you’re looking for something more compact (a lot of people are), then the Moto X and/or the next Nexus4 are going to be great options.

      For me, I really think anything much larger than the G2 is going to be a tough sell. Those bezels are already practically nonexistent so in a crazy world you might squeeze 5.3-4″ if the bezels were completely gone. But if the Nexus5 brings the buttons back around to the side and still keeps the 5.2″ screen, I worry the bezels might make the phone too wide. So I’m in the minority hoping they keep the buttons on the back if it means keeping the bezels tiny.

      • artsr2002

        Yep, 5.2 screen in the overall size of a GS3 is good in my book. I look forward to it.

  • Jeff

    Unless this is a really early prototype, probably not, since they said they were designing it after the new Nexus 7, and this doesn’t look like that much at all.


    It looks like the real phone is hidden underneath the white case…

    • I agree. It looks like a shell.

    • joejoe5709

      Agreed. Hidden under an ill-fitting shell.

  • Brett Besa

    5.2 inch screen? Please no, stop the madness. Phablets need not apply to Nexus.

    • Justin Kos

      That’s why I got a nexus 4

    • joejoe5709

      I think of a phablet as something at least 5.5″, closer to 6″ or more, and probably less than 7″. So to me, the G2 is hardly a phablet especially considering its slim bezels and relative size to phones like the S4. If the screen was to jump to 5.5″ with no change in bezel size, that would really be blurring the line between phone and phablet.

  • Stewie

    As far as the button placement goes, it would not be the first idiot photo that was reversed horizontally ….

  • Ian Smith

    that looks like the white back is a case which is shrouding the true look of the phone. large gaps between the buttons, looks unnaturally thick, speaker grilles on bottom? almost looks like an iphone is hidden underneath the white case.

    whatever, yawn.

  • Weber

    Why is it not face-down on a rock?

  • That better not be it. That looks like 12 pounds of butt sauce.

  • Caleb Loop

    First of all, to those of you saying this can’t be the new nexus phone because of the branding, do you not remember early leaks of the 2012 nexus 4? No nexus branding. Something as trivial as branding likely isn’t bothered with until close to the time of announcement. Second of all, I don’t feel this is the new Nexus just due to the drastically generic design language. (All though the gap between the cover and buttons makes me think the actual phone could be inside of a dummy box, but I’m not holding my breath)

  • JG

    The thirst is real.

    • CasperTFG

      Feeling parched.

  • yaniv

    This isn’t the Moto X why is Droid-Life even posting this?

    • sourabh

      because it isnt the moto X

      • yaniv

        But how? Moto X isn’t the best Android phone to ever created?!

  • George264

    Don’t Nexus phone have that curved edges look? And they’re usually matte or sleek black not this ugly tacky plastic look. And the camera doesn’t look like what Google would allow on their nexus phones.

    This is most likely an early LG G2 prototype.

  • Not a fan of LG phones…

    • Droidzilla

      I wasn’t either until I got my Nexus 4. Now I love LG phones, as long as they’re Google branded.

  • jaybar

    I hope not

  • Geo

    The first and last LG I had was a the LG Vu. I know it was a bad time for phones but it still left me thinking LG wasn’t good. I really hope the next nexus isn’t made by LG

    • Tim242

      You bought a square phone???

      • Geo

        Haha weren’t they all square back then and now they’re square with round edges?

    • Droidzilla

      I felt the same way about LG until getting a Nexus 4. It really is a wonderful device.

  • AndreKP2124

    That’s not a Nexus Device, because it doesn’t have the Nexus name in the back. Or maybe that’s a prototype of what will the next Nexus look like…

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Are they trying to show that back is removable or the buttons on the side double as switches? Deceiving picture, i don’t like it.

    More KLP please. Rumors will do.

  • Joey Sandoval

    if thats the new nexus then the sgs 4 has domineered the competition too much. I hope google wouldnt push oout a device that ugly

  • Pdiddy187

    “But we have no Nexus or Google branding, something that is always seen on Nexus products.” *takes a look at the back of VZW Gnex*

    • Curtis

      …same here.

    • Razma

      well that would imply that the VZW Gnex is an actual Nexus device….

      • hoosiercub88

        It was supported in AOSP, good enough for me.

      • joejoe5709

        Settings>About Phone>Model Number

        “Galaxy Nexus”

        Well say what you will but my phone sure thinks it’s a Nexus. And despite Verizon and Google’s lack of attention I’m still running 4.3. Soo…

        What exactly is your definition of a Nexus? Because mine gets timely updates, is still a very very popular phone for developers, and was originally commissioned by Google as a Nexus phone. So even if it were completely ignored by developers it’s no less a part of the Nexus lineage than the N4.

        • Razma

          it was a joke, im very much aware of what the phone is

          • joejoe5709

            Ok. I’m sorry. Just a little defensive. It drives me crazy when people say stuff like that.

    • joejoe5709

      Did the same thing. “I don’t remember a Nexus logo…” *Takes off case* “Yep. No logo.” It doesn’t matter to me at all if there’s a Nexus logo or not. Still a Nexus at heart.

  • Tim242

    I’m just going to get the new Nexus 7 LTE., and use that as my primary device. I’ll pop my unlimited data Verizon SIM in it, and use Groove IP for calls. I will keep my S4 for those times I need a great camera. Nexus 5 what?

    • Droidzilla

      My experience with GrooVeIP has been less than stellar, just to warn you (I tried to go the “tablet as a primary” route, but the call quality consistency left a lot to be desired). Also, if you’re carrying a dedicated camera you can do a lot better than an SGS4. It’s a decent phone camera, but not stellar as a standalone. Just my 2 cents, as I know people love random, unsolicited advise.

      • Tim242

        I have been testing Groove IP on my S4. So far, it has been fine. I’m sure it depends on your signal. The S4 takes great pics. I printed vacation pics and could not believe how great they came out. Carrying the S4 would be more portable and pocketable, plus it could be a fallback for calls.

        • Droidzilla

          Never got it to work consistently well on either Verizon or T-Mo, but you may have stronger service where you live. You also loose 911 ability, but they may have changed that since I used it. As for the camera bit, the S4 is nice enough if you’re using it as a phone and a camera; just saying that you’re better served with a dedicated camera if you were to use the S4 solely as a camera. As a multi-purpose device the S4 is great. Let us know if you get the tablet as primary idea to work; I’ve always wanted to, but never been able to.

          • Tim242

            I will definitely share my experiences. They just need to release the LTE model already : )

        • Chris Hannan

          I’ve found Talkatone to be much more reliable than GrooVe IP, plus it’s free. You don’t get as many options, but it works so much better anyway that I really don’t care.

          • Tim242

            I saw Talk at one, but haven’t tried it. I’ll definitely give it a spin. Thanks for the recommendation.

          • Chris Hannan

            I’ve been using Talkatone for probably a couple years on my iOS devices and it’s always been great. I’ve been using GrooVe IP on Android since last year and sometimes it’s great, but no matter what settings I adjust, it breaks up a lot even on a great WiFi signal and sometimes people complain about echo. I never have that issue with Talkatone, so I recently uninstalled GrooVe IP on my Android devices and have been using Talkatone on them too.

          • MK17

            I use talkatone on my ipad as well. Never had an issue with call quality

    • hkklife

      I wish the N7 LTE would hurry up and get here and not be plagued with the problems the Wi-Fi version is having. That actually really seems like a solid plan if you can live with the size on a daily basis. Hopefully the addition of LTE won’t suck too much battery life.

      My GS3 is on 3G (the phone’s fault, not VZW’s coverage here) so much of the time I might as well not even be carrying a LTE device so I’d be OK, at least the vast the majority of the time, carrying an LTE-only device and rid myself of all of that legacy CDMA garbage.

  • gsDroid

    ‘a couple of things on the tablet’ … maybe ‘table’?

  • billjohnson777

    Oh God I hope not. *barfs

  • calum wilper

    That’s a Sim tray and a stylus holder

  • Looks like LG’s version of the 1st gen iPod.

    • Curtis

      That “Power” button sure looks like a ringer/vibrate switch from the iOS devices.

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      • meijin3

        At first glance but when you look at the volume rocker next to it (they have the same gap), you see that that is unlikely.

    • Festus Haggen

      In other words it’s hideous.

    • bitch_please

      I don’t know what LG is doing, but L9 I’s back is much prettier than this if this is L9 II. http://techclones.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/lg2.jpg

      • michael arazan

        Looks like they copied the Monolith from 2001 a space odyssey

  • Matthew Rebmann

    There’s no way Google would allow LG to brand it without the Nexus logo on the back. If I’m somehow wrong and I hope I’m not, that thing is freaking hideous 🙁

  • James

    Ugly As Fu*k!

  • ToddAwesome

    blah blah blah, Verizon.

  • Alexander

    Maybe another version of the G2….Doesnt look like a Nexus

  • bkosh84

    Every. Single. Post. Dealing with this. lol.

    • D Nice

      I absolutely love this illustration!

    • joejoe5709

      I’m totally okay with that. This is hilarious.

  • MK17

    It’s not the next Nexus device… The picture isn’t blurry enough.

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    • ThomasMoneyhon

      It’s also not aligned with the rumor supplied by Taylor Wimberley that the nexus nexus phone would be made by Motorola. I don’t by these LG rumors.

      • Rbq

        No one is buying LG Rumors anymore, don’t worry.