Sep 18 AT 3:10 PM Taylor Wimberly 79 Comments

LG Optimus G coming to US in November, as the next Nexus?

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LG first announced their flagship Android phone the Optimus G last month, and today the company released additional details about the global launch at an event in Korea. LG said the phone will go on sale in Korea starting next week followed by key global markets in October. An additional report from the Associated Press claims that the device will come to the US in November.

Currently the LG Optimus G is rumored to be headed to AT&T and Sprint under the name LG Eclipse 4G LTE. Verizon and T-Mobile also have strong relationships with LG, so it is possible we could see the device on those networks as well. LG has scheduled a press event tomorrow in New York, so we could have the US launch details within the next 24 hours.

Key Specifications of the Optimus G include:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs and LTE
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean)
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPlus (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32GB
  • RAM: 2GB DDR
  • Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

The LG Optimus Nexus?

At this time last year we had tons of Nexus rumors to talk about, but it has been oddly quiet this time around. Google hasn’t really surprised us with any of their Android devices, so we expect some kind of solid details to leak out soon.

Back in May the Wall St. Journal reported that there would be multiple Nexus devices sold through Google’s online device store by Thanksgiving. That rumor was echoed again by a leak in August that said LG, Samsung, and Sony were all working on Nexus devices.

This week two of our trusted sources, who helped us uncover every other Nexus device to date, both told me they expect LG to produce a Nexus smartphone this year. We don’t have any pictures, specs, or benchmarks to publish, so you should still just consider this a rumor.

Even though no hard evidence has been provided, but we still believe there will be at least one Nexus smartphone come November. And when we evaluate the pure hardware that each handset maker might use, LG has us the most excited for this year. Their Optimus G will have the fastest mobile processor, best display, highest resolution camera, and new battery technology.

I have heard some larger OEMs openly question if it’s in their best interest to produce a Nexus smartphone, when all previous generations have disappointed in sales numbers. LG is still considered an underdog by many in the smartphone industry, so a Nexus device would greatly help to build up their image among the hardcore Android faithful.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer for the next Nexus.

Via: Associated Press

Source: LG Newsroom

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I would like this to be a Nexus. I’m leery about buying an LG but I’d do it if Google controlled software updates for it!

    The ONLY thing missing from that spec sheet is 1080p, which I can live without I suppose. ;-)

    I hope it has Gorilla Glass 1 though! (none of this GG2 stuff, GG1 was better)

    • Bpear96

      Just curious, what is better about GG1 over 2?

      • kazahani

        It…um…works.

      • uknowme

        Yeah my original Evo never got a scratch on the screen. My Evo LTE got a minor scratch after about 2 months. The Zagg HD shield works winners though.

    • Ken Marshall

      If my old Galaxy Nexus can record in 1080p… you can be guaranteed this 13MP capable monster will do too.

      I want this phone nexus or not I rekon the CPU/GPU will beat even Exynos 5 and am bit tired of Samsung now

      • Ken Marshall

        I also like this on Ars Technica: The Adreno 320 GPU in the chip is also very capable: benchmarks from AnandTech show its performance falling somewhere in between the PowerVR SGX 543MP2 in the iPad 2 and the SGX 543MP4 in the most recent iPad–well ahead of other SoCs commonly used in Android devices, and more than capable of driving the Optimus G’s display.

      • daveloft

        I’m quite certain he meant a 1080p display.

    • LG Optimus Prime with AllSpark display

      Optimus Gaay phone wont get updates – as usual for Looking Gaay phones

    • R.S

      If this phone does in fact turn out to be a Nexus phone, I’ll consider buying it. I was a fan of LG while on Verizon (pre smart phones) and have wanted a good start phone by them.

      For the phone’s sake, I hope they don’t agree to any stupid timed exclusivity. Let the CDMA carriers carry the phone but more importantly allow us GSM to buy it unlocked, preferably from Google Play.

      • epps720

        If these specs are right I seriously doubt this will be a Nexus phone. There’s no way a Nexus phone will ship with ICS and not JB!

        • kinderdm

          I would assume that OS is for the Optimus going to ATT and Sprint (non-nexus). They could then also do a Nexus version on the same hardware direct from Google play which I would expect to be the latest version of OS.

    • Me

      If my $150 LG Motion can do 1080p then you can be damn sure this will too!

  • Raptor

    It’s the same failure like HTC OneX

    -small integrated battery
    -no MicroSD

    plus micro SIM

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      What is wrong with micro SIM?

      • Raptor

        95% of the world still use mini-sim. Do you know how correctly use scissors? Never lose adaptor? lol. Meantime before it will be adopted Apple pushing for nano-sim

        • Simon

          Its SIM, Micro Sim.. then Nano Sim.. I hope you know the difference.

          • Raptor

            what you call SIM is actually a mini-SIM u moron

    • Daniel Brierton

      Since when is 2100mAh small? Also, the CPU in this is close to the Cortex-A15 architecture, which will mean better battery performance.

      MicroSD would be nice, but 32GB is plenty for most.

      And there’s nothing wrong with micro SIM. It’s a standard that more and more devices are adopting.

      • NegativeOne13

        Daniel did a fine job at summing that all up.

        Definitely a beastly phone.

        • Raptor

          hajahaha stupidity is invincible. Two more with IQ 12 and 70 were caught on “640k will be enough for everyone”

          • thel0nerang3r

            If stupidity is invincible, then you must be stronger then Superman!

    • co.ag.2005

      um, I own a HTC One X and none of those are failures…

      • Raptor

        oh really….market though already voted so
        negatively that you see only asses of those who
        are leaving.
        So are you sitting 100% wired to the wall or just
        enjoy 3 times a day charging? ROTFL

  • orangestrat

    I dunno if I could trust LG to make a nexus. LG are always Samsung’s worse little brother, and the samsung nexus is really carried by the software.

    • Dags -

      True but the build materials look a bit more premium in this model. Sweet IPS Plus screen too. LG made the screens in the iPhone 4/S so their display tech has always been good.

    • Raptor

      If instead of “and the samsung nexus is really carried by the software” you wrote “and Samsung Nexus was the worst piece of hardware shit for losers” I’d agree

  • Fulaman

    That’s very interesting

    • romney azzzhole, wannabe president

      I dont care about 47% of all americans, i just wanna be a gigantic azzzhole

      • obummer azzzhole, wannabe real american

        So you’re one of the 47% with your hands out, taking money from the other 53% that actually work. That definitely makes you an azzzhole.

        • Random

          I don’t think you understand what income tax is and how it works. You also don’t understand what 47% of people do. If you’re over 15, I’d be surprised.

  • Escobar

    I’m currently running a LG Optimus 2X and swore to myself to never buy a LG phone again. The hardware of this phone is great but the software is just awfull. It took months for LG to upgrade to Android 2.3 and now we are still waiting for ICS, deadline after deadline is postponed again. If LG just released some source code (or nVidia….) then all the custom roms would be perfect.

    Anyway, with LG making a Nexus device I guess I have to break my pledge…

    • Thomas Biard

      If the software is so bad, do people root, ROM and then are happy? I’m just curious because if you have a popular enough device like the next Nexus, then there will be plenty of development from the community in ROMs that will allow you to kick LG’s UI to the curb.

      Am i wrong about this? Because that sounds like an easy way to win to me. I’m not hating, just honestly curious.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

        Yes, with the O2X/G2x, custom ROMs exist, but anything beyond Gingerbread is limited due to lack of driver sources and/or ICS+ compatible drivers. It was LG’s flagship, but the software was terrible. They’ve fixed many issues, but several still exist. The hardware sounded great on paper, but there was the occasional issue there (GPS is about as accurate as throwing a dart at a world map from 15 feet away, and some devices [including mine] experience significant screen bleed). LG hasn’t addressed any of the issues since their Gingerbread release. They promised ICS … nearly a year ago now, probably? It’s gone back and forth (“Yes, you’ll get it” / “No, you won’t”), with the last-known word as a “yes”, but they remain silent for 3-4 months at a time.

        Interestingly, see this short conversation I had with them here this morning:
        https://twitter.com/homncruse/status/248100103137660929

        No response after I called them out…

        • derek

          You’re right. There is a serious lack of ROM’s out there and that falls squarely on NVidia for not providing source code. They only provided binaries for the hardware. Therefore no serious customization could be done.

    • Sean

      Same phone here. Hardware’s great, and if it’s a Nexus, we’ll it’s a Nexus, software issues won’t be a worry. I would deiinitely buy if this were a Nexus.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    As long it has no hardware problems(Google will be in charge of software), and I wouldn’t mind a 1080p display :D

  • jamal adam

    LG is stepping up their game and as I have mentioned before, I really want to see how well that new battery technology performs, as well as everything else.

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    As a former G2x owner I can understand all the distrust in LG but as has been pointed out by others Samsung used to have the same reputation as far as software updates are concern so sometimes you just have to have a little faith because look at how far they’ve come. With that said I’m really interested in an LG Nexus with these same specs. I am scared of the price as I’ve been reading that the Optimus G will sell for $850 – $900…ouch!

  • vforvortex

    From the pics/video i have seen of the LG Optimus G, there are three capacitive buttons at the bottom. Unless they release another phone without capactive buttons, i dont think it is a nexus phone. Nexus phones similar to the recent motorola phones released will be capactive free.

  • Ardrid

    If this is the Nexus, yes please! Absolutely phenomenal spec sheet and worthy to bear the Nexus name.

  • alexanderharri3

    These specs are awesome…..but ANY software touch added by LG since the days of the Chocolate (aka feature phones) have detracted so much from the experience that I could not see myself getting an LG smartphone any time soon.

  • Mix

    I sure would rush out and buy this phone as soon as I could if it was a Nexus.

    Yup, I sure would.

  • Darkseider

    If this does come to the U.S. as the next Nexus I will be overjoyed!

  • robert

    I have just not liked the level of quality I feel when I hold an LG phone

  • MakeItNasty

    Almost looks like the Original Samsung Galaxy I.

  • phor11

    I would LOVE to see this hardware in the Nexus program, but as alluded to in the article, why would a manufacturer put their top of the line hardware into the Nexus program when they can instead release their top of the line devices loaded with bloat that makes them money?
    Especially if they’re going to let Google sell it unlocked at an un-subsidized price.

    Since LG released this phone with ICS and some definite bloat (optimus launcher) in Korea, I just don’t see how it’s possible that this is going to be part of the Nexus program.

  • CTown

    Aww, don’t report on a rumor like this. Do you have any idea how disappointed I’ll be if you’re wrong?

  • Ironzey Lewis

    I don’t think I would be so ready to buy an LG Nexus device, especially if the hardware isn’t unique. If the LG Nexus is just some existing phone running vanilla Android I think I might pass on this one.

    Cutting edge software and unique hardware (even if it isn’t cutting edge) is what I want in my next Nexus.

  • mickey4mice

    Was really interested in this until the full spec came out.

    -no micro-sd slot
    -no removable battery
    -locked bootloader

    too bad, this is the most aesthetically pleasing phone out on the market and I had it on my holiday shopping list, but I just can’t live with a phone without external storage and spare battery to boot.

  • aranea

    Given that the rumored Samsung nexus phone is inferior to this one I may get this if it’s Nexus and if google guarantees updates. I don’t trust LG. Of course we still don’t know about Sony Nexus phone. If similar in specs I’d rather get Sony than LG.

    • Dags -

      Some blogger at Sammobile adding the word “Nexus” to a spreadsheet is somewhere below a rumor to me.

      • aranea

        Well this one doesn’t even have that nexus added to its name anywhere either. So this phone ever becoming a nexus is also pure speculation. Moreover, LG making a nexus phone is also a rumor. For all we know LG may not offer a nexus phone.

  • Dr.Carpy

    I like the fact that the specs are high on this “proposed” Nexus device. It’ll force the other Nexus builders to up their specs on the devices they bring forward. The Nexus division of phones should become the standard bearer for Android experience. These Phones should always be beasts. Gauntlet thrown! What cha got Motorola, Samsung, Sony, Etc?! Should be interesting.

  • Dan

    Whoa Taylor you are out there alone on this one! Hope this turns out to be true.

  • kazahani

    NOOOOOO Don’t do this LG!

    Just when I thought it was safe to start dreaming of the Sony Nexus, you pull this!

  • Nate B.

    Of course it’ll be designed differently if it was a Nexus. I personally would want a 1080p screen since those are on the brink now. I think they’re already using the in-cell technology with this phone. So I can’t ask for to much with this phone.

  • jian9007

    I’m one of those who has a disdain for LG phones. Having said that, the LG 2X (T-Mobile G2X) had problems mostly due to software and updates, etc. If Google handles all software, as they do for all GSM Nexus phones (Verizon & Sprint take forever), then I might give it a shot. Unlike Samsung, they won’t need to worry about cannibalizing their current best selling phones (since they have none) by releasing a high end Nexus phone.

    As far as having capacitive buttons on the LG Optimus G, that can be changed easily to make it on-screen only as Google wants it to be. As Taylor said, LG needs to gain the favor of some hardcore users, and a nicely specced Nexus phone could help them do that. If they can get it in the price range around $449-$499 unlocked, they could have a bit of a winner of their hands. Especially if Google decides to promote the phone like it did with the Nexus 7 tablet. At $399 it would sell quite a bit, especially when the 32GB GS3 is currently $679 retail at T-Mobile and AT&T doesn’t even sell the 32GB version (only 16GB for $549 retail as does T-Mobile).

  • rauelius

    So a version of this phone could be the next Nexus? Like how a version of the HTC Desire became the Nexus One(HTC Passion)?

    • Galen20K

      Actually it was the other way around, the htc Nexus One came out “before” the htc Desire. So you should say “Like how the htc Nexus One became the htc Desire.”

  • thekaz

    ugh. another tempting phone. At this rate, I’ll never upgrade my wife’s phone…

  • Raptor

    oh really….market though already voted so negatively that you see only asses of those who are leaving.
    So are you sitting 100% wired to the wall or just enjoy 3 times a day charging? ROTFL

    • Raptor

      discard this message, it slipped from needed thread to the back….

      bad blogging soft, a&m! and again and again ***no edit button***

  • JustSaying

    Dude! see that picture in the beginning, if that picture is true, I will think about to buy it because the bottom part of the phone is awsome. That virtual buttons replace the bottom structure. If it is true as the next nexus I bet more people will buy it because LG don’t know anything about software, they just know hardware so they find Google.

  • skeeterflea

    g2x owner here. Running EB ICS. I am so ready to get some Nexus news. Thank you Taylor for at least drawing attention to the lack of Nexus news for this year. I’m pretty much tired of flashing new ROMs and am ready to let Google update my phone rather than rely on the community or carrier. I think Google needs to reign in the fragmentation and flood the market with Nexus experience devices to stay relevant for the long term. I love the community support but with lack of resources (drivers) its frustrating to try and stay on the latest OS release.

  • Nexus Battery

    now…. where is my 3300mAh battery………?

    And yes for those who are saying 2100mAh battery is big enough…..I tell you it’s not big enough 3300mAh battery has 1200mAh more compare to 2100mAh. Just do the math… when your phone goes down to 0% battery with 2100mAh I will still have 35% battery left with 3300mAh MAXX battery.

    no 3300mAh = no buy for me

  • Nancy

    Too late, i already preordered the best phone, the iPhone 5 from Apple.
    Better luck next time LT

    Greetings,
    Nancy

    • john

      Fuck you Nancy.

  • Lou

    I just hope this comes our way to T-mobile/Sprint.

    Verizon has too many good phones as of now AND ARE STILL GETTING MORE, AT&T might be getting the One X+ as well as a few other powerhouse phones.

    Sprint at least has the EVO series to back itself up, but with that said I keep hearing problems here and there with the latest model.

    Finally T-Mobile has NOTHING but the SGIII, not only that but its the most expensive through T and it has no benefits in taking up the global version but instead taking up the dual-core LTE version like all the others in the states!

    T-Mobile and Sprint need a few more choices for high profile smartphones, enough of this little crap with only one high profile phone “reigning the top” while the rest are all throw away phones that will be DOA. Even with how problematic the G2x was by LG on T right now I rather have the Optimus G over everything they have there right now, even if it does not end up being a nexus phone! That is why we have ASOP.

    Let us really hope here, that we T-mo/Sprint customers do not get stiffed this season with crappy choices!

  • jamal adam

    The level of LG smartphones has improved since the days of the G2X or so they say but from what I see of the Optimus G it seems like they are in the right direction.

  • Himmat

    “And when we evaluate the pure hardware that each handset maker might use, LG has us the most excited for this year.”

    Don’t get me started dude. Might I remind you that the Galaxy Nexus released last year didn’t have MIND BLOWING specs, even for its time. Other devices were more capable in terms of raw CPU power. Same here: it’s folly to assume that Google will release this as the next Nexus based on it’s specs sheet alone.

  • cb2000a

    If it was Nexus it would have Jellybean.

  • blankit

    nexus devices never come out with top notch specs….except the nexus one for its time…the rest have been mediocre phones…when the galaxy nexus came out there were already phones with better specs. i still own one though and i love it….but i wish this was true because these specs will even blow my laptop out of the water/

  • get off of me hoe

    if this become the next nexus device im screwed i vowed to not get another lg phone because of my problems with the g2x but supposely there should be more nexus device from other cellphone makers like samsung and sony etc. the only thing i can say about lg is they have good spec but software is their main problem when it comes to it. and also 1.3 front facing come on its almost 2013 samsung got 1.9 or 2.0 mp. its time to upgrade the front facing camera.

  • Nathan D.

    LG always has had good hardware for their phone, but not so good with their software. But if the software is handle by Google then the phone is going to be awesome.

  • yankeesusa

    The question is, will it come to any cdma carriers before end of year? I’m due up for upgrade and I’m still trying to figure out what phone to get, either the gs3 or the note 2 if it comes to sprint before end of year. If this lg nexus is real and it comes to sprint I will definitely think about getting this one.

  • RobBull75

    This phone looks awesome. That being said, I’m not giving a penny to LG after they botched the ICS update (or lack thereof) for the G2x. Hoping the rumors about multiple Nexus devices is true.

  • Brenanen

    Wasn’t there a rumor about the Galaxy Nexus II. Almost the same mid-tier phone specs as Galaxy Nexus I.

  • dk

    Needs a larger battery