Oct 15 AT 9:41 AM Taylor Wimberly 79 Comments

Did the “Sony Nexus X” just leak out? [Update: Maybe not]

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Did the “Sony Nexus X” just leak out? Keep in mind these things can be easily faked, but someone just uploaded a pair of pics of an unknown Sony smartphone to Picasa and tagged them “Nexus X”. We already know that a LG Nexus is in the works, but persistent rumors have suggested we could see multiple Nexus devices, including one from Sony.

Just this weekend we Photoshopped a picture of the LG Nexus to match a description from a hands-on report, and already that image is being spread around the web as a real device. Even when things are clearly marked as fake, they sometimes get passed around as real.

Check out the high-res images below and let us know what you think. Is the Sony Nexus X fake or real? And if it turns out to be real, would you buy this over the LG Nexus?

Update: Our Photoshop expert Clark says these images are faked. “When you zoom way in, you can see a halo around Google.”

Via: XperiaBlog.net

Source: Picasa

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  • Ciggy

    OH please let this be true!! I am really not liking the looks of the LG. Nexus X, Nexus 4, and Gnex2? Would be a huge win for the Nexus brand this year!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Still not too sure about a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2. All the recent rumors around the Samsung GT-i9260 could be for a non-Nexus device called the Galaxy Premier.

      • Anonymous

        A Nexus phone from Samsung will be released…they are calling it Nexus Prime in Samsung HQ,and from what i’ve heard it’ll be awesome..a friend of mine works in the Google team of Samsung,which actually works with Google about the changes made in Android Code..

        • Jon

          You do know “Nexus Prime” was the codename for the currently released Galaxy Nexus?

          • Anonymous

            yeah i know..maybe they are calling all their Nexus devices Nexus Prime before release..who knows?i just know we had a chat last month, and he mentioned about it..that’s all..i’m sorry but i have nothing to add..

        • Jeff

          My dad is a Power Ranger. Do I win? /sarcasm

      • Anonymous

        A Nexus phone from Samsung will be released…they are calling it Nexus Prime in Samsung HQ,and from what i’ve heard it’ll be awesome..a friend of mine works in the Google team of Samsung..

    • uzunoff

      I was just trying to suspect that all the pictures and info being released for the LG Nexus, could be a diversion to cover the rest of the Nexus phones.
      Anybody up for some conspiracy?

    • phandroid.com

      Another androidandme fail. Epic fail. Its enough, what an unreliable website waste this is. Another huhuhuhu RUMOR hohohohho spread by androidandme that explodes into a million pieces of glittery magic. Androidandme, dont you realize that everybody in the business is laughing about you?

  • sandwich

    Real. There’s no way to fake the crappy cellphone JPG compression those pics exude. :)

  • tmoore4075

    I’m usulaly not too picky with look of a phone but I have to say…ew.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I don’t mind that big butt if it includes a large capacity battery.

      • DMAN

        you other brothers can’t deny!

        • kazahani

          Nexus got back!

  • Matt Beaulne

    Its a little square for my liking, but I bet the build quality would be much better than LGs. Lets just hope ASUS comes out with a crazy nice phone, too!

    • hasan

      LG’s hardware quality is actually really good. I have the Optimus 2X, it feels really nice and solid, better than Samsung’s built quality.

  • Ardrid

    This Nexus news is killing me! Please let this be true! If the specs are equivalent, I’d definitely jump on an Xperia Nexus over an LG Nexus.

  • Rick

    Well interesting looks good I do hope they make a few phone so we have more options (hardware, prices, etc)
    Right now I would buy anything as long as is stock android I hate skins

  • TobiS87

    Meh. Even if it’s true. I really don’t like the design. Too sharp edges. :C

    • poler166

      Yeah I don’t like design either

      • awundrin

        I concur. It’s a boring design.

  • roland

    competition would be nice

  • Hinds2009

    Hoping it’s real cause that would mean htc should be in the nexus mix also! Choice of nexus=big consumer win:-)

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      From our recent talks with HTC it doesn’t sound like they want to do another Nexus device.

      • kkloster

        Really? Why not? I harbor hope in my heart for another device like the Nexus One from HTC. Nothing else I’ve used has lived up to that phone. That news is really disappointing to hear!

      • Sid

        It almost sounds like HTC strategists have suddenly gone crazy/dumb or else (CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT!!) their team been sabotaged/compromised by one of their competitors(wink! wink!). Coz there is no way that a company like HTC, with such an ardent fan following literally telling them on multiple forums about what exactly they want, can still come up with devices with not the most optimal specs. So if you’re reading this HTC, this is the Nexus Superphone specs we want :
        HTC One X build quality, 5″ 1080p full hd screen, Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM minimum, 3000 mah battery minimum.

        **Sorry for double posting but I originally meant to post it as a reply to Taylor. You can delete my other (duplicate) post.

    • Jim

      Anything is better than that ridiculous LG nexus. Lol no one is gonna buy that thing

      • TobiS87

        I would. Give me a good reason not to. The 8GB reason is ridiculous, because that’s not clear yet.

        • thatguy

          The non-removable battery is tough for me to get past.

          • TobiS87

            Well I doubt that a Sony Nexus would have a removable battery. See the Xperia S.

          • http://gplus.to/winkx droidguyuk

            The battery is a new battery that’s supposed to last longer and last longer before it starts being inefficient…

  • nitrog7

    I’m def down for a Sony Nexus, as long as the specs are up to par. Wonder if it would be Playstation certified…

    • ionorov

      That’s the hope … but Sony has usually tripped up when it comes to internal specs.

      Being playstation certified would be a good add-on… but it would depend on the quantity and quality of the games in there… and if Sony makes us pay > $80 for games.

  • Dustin Alper

    Which nexus will be on verizon?!?

    • Ardrid

      If Google is smart, none of them. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus was a debacle, to say the least.

      • Adam

        What?! Seriously, would people stop saying this “avoid Verizon” garbage? Some of us have no choice but verizon as our carrier when it comes to coverage quality and speed. How does offering it on Verizon hurt anyone else? Until the Note 2 comes out, it’s still the only Verizon phone with Jelly Bean.

        I understand people don’t want to wait the extra 8-10 weeks. You’ll still have the gsm version for you. Others of us with a bit more patience gladly trade the bit if a wait for better coverage. So please just stop advocating for less openness and choice. This is android right?

        • Illrigger

          As long as they don’t demand an exclusive, they might get one. Even then, it’s a stretch – VZW has shown time and time again that they are not interested in giving customers the ability to unlock their devices, or run them with any software builds they don’t tinker with. While they have gotten better since the days of the WP6 devices that were so crapped out that they were barely usable, they still demand more control over their devices than any other carrier – this is the reason they don’t carry a WP7 device, and it’s why there isn’t likely to be another Nexus there.

  • Sid

    The front is good but the back is just eww. But I still hope HTC comes with their 5″ 1080P monster of a Nexus.

  • jdschrock

    Hells to the yes I’d buy this over the LG for the branding alone. My first cell phone what a Sony Ericsson T610. And since Android has come out I’ve wanted to get one of Sony’s devices, but have never had the opportunity on T-Mo. Super excited at the prospect of them doing a Nexus device. It could take me from my HTC loyalty that I’ve had with Android so far.

  • mares927

    More Nexus devices would be nice. Dear Google, don’t be like Apple with one device an year…

  • Thejuiceman236

    Yes please!! I think the back looks great. I like the front of the LG nexus though. Choice is great!!

  • Paul

    Just have a battery Bigger than 2200mAH not the usual Sony 1700 ish battery.

  • Dan

    Now give me a Moto Nexus!

  • Angie Wimberly

    I think I was wrong – Clark schooled me and pointed out that the artifacting around the logos is different (and in the shape of a selection that’s made with hard edges around the Sony logo), so it likely is fake. Who knows, though.

    • john

      I don’t know if it’s me but if you look under the messaging app you will see a white dot that looks to be part of the navigation bar. I zoomed in and its pretty close to either being on the edge or inside the nav bar. thoughts?

    • DrTom

      Why not a fake AND a true news?
      I mean, if the guy has a Nexus X prototype whith no logo on the back, and wants to show off, he will probably add a fake logo?
      Also, if its a fake, where does this phone come from? I don’t recon any Sony model like this one (but may ba missing the point).

    • Nick

      Also look at the Sony on the back. It doesn’t look like it’s following the shape at all

  • someone

    I think that the “ugly” back cover is just not firmly closed.

  • MoSDeeb

    I’ve been hoping for a Sony Nexus for quite some time, but the design of the back is not appealing at all. Hopefully this was an early prototype and has since changed. I’m happy to not see a chrome bezel though.

  • Max.Steel

    Meh….just wait till you hear an official announcement. These are just crap rumors till then.

  • heat361

    I was going to send you this earlier but didn’t get the chance anyhow where is the search bar?

  • MuzzRock

    I would buy a string and two cans before I bought another LG product.

  • MuzzRock

    I would buy a string and two cans before I bought another LG product.

  • Flo

    PLEEEAAASE make a Nexus Note or somethin like that.
    You kan keep the design of the Note 2, just change the hardware keys to software ones.
    THAT with Paranoid Android…

  • heat361

    I have reasons to believe that their won’t be multiple nexus(i)

  • h0ruza

    BTW Both logos look fake

  • redraider133

    That phone looks like it’s been through war. I hope it is true because sony makes some nice hardware and I like the design of this.

  • raghu

    may be there will be a nexus from sony..

    but i guess it would be the xperia S

    xperia S has been added to AOSP to recieve updates directly from google and sony has released the binaries for xperia S..

    plz, google it..
    this happened very recently..

  • huwba

    Motoogle full hardware QWERTY nexus. Pretty please? Pretty please with sugar on top?

    • Illrigger

      I would buy that. I would love to get my hands on a real replacement for my OG Droid – a 4″ 720p screen, sliding QWERTY and decent OEM dock accessories running stock Android would be the perfect phone as far as I am concerned. Throw in RAZR MAXX battery life and it would surpass every other phone on the market in every way.

      I mean seriously, why has nobody made this?

  • Jay

    lol, in your original post you said your “Photoshop expert” said it was real??

  • Pramod Indunith

    A badly Photoshoped one! The maker don’t know how SONY’s ANDROID INTERFACE LOOKS LIKE! LOL
    You all know it right?

  • Nathan D.

    Aaa snap what are the specs for this one? Can’t wait to see other phone coming with this.

  • Sid

    It almost sounds like HTC strategists have suddenly gone crazy/dumb or else (CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT!!) their team been sabotaged/compromised by one of their competitors(wink! wink!). Coz there is no way that a company like HTC, with such an ardent fan following literally telling them on multiple forums about what exactly they want, can still come up with devices with not the most optimal specs. So if you’re reading this HTC, this is the Nexus Superphone specs we want :
    HTC One X build quality, 5″ 1080p full hd screen, Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM minimum, 3000 mah battery minimum.

    • gpatrick15

      Correction: Those are the specs YOU want. Not everyone wants a 5″ screen. Give me those specs and a screen the size of the Galaxy Nexus and I’m game.

  • gpatrick15

    The front looks like a Zune HD

  • scott

    this is a very good sign because this means there will hopefully be more Nexus’ to come come!!! :)

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    >> Our Photoshop expert Clark says these images are faked. “When you zoom way in, you can see a halo around Google.”

    No need to zoom in — the perspective of the SONY logo is WAY WAY off. The Google logo is just a little bit off.

  • masterpfa

    Time for real news and enough about these “Fakes” and rumours. They are never 100% correct and just raise peoples expectations much too high.

  • Nate B.

    Should of known it was FAKE with letter X part of the name. I mean why would it be called that? It’s going on number 4. I can see if HTC made it.

    • RonWeez

      because it would probably be based off of sony “X”peria devices

  • kinderdm

    If this is in fact faked its also a pretty poor fake. I did see that Halo effect when I zoomed in as well, then I fixed it so it was not perceptible in about 30 seconds. I may work for a printing company but I am far from a Photoshop expert, so if I could fix it then who ever made this fake should have easily done the same or much better.

  • thetechmaniac

    Hmmm , this is a bit confusing. Multiple nexii will just confuse people. I found this article here about the LG Nexus ( http://esponential.com/2012/10/13/the-lg-nexus-the-complete-roundup/ )
    Although the article is good , I wouldn’t be that eager to buy the phone , let alone this Sony’s Nexus.

  • Daniel

    in the 2nd image we can see that its fake. its suposed to have a shadow in the south west corner of the phone as there is with the phones. but its a shame. it doesnt look that bad! :(

  • Ivan

    I remember when the Nexus S leaked and it also supposedly had that halo around ”Google”… but that leak turned out to be true … So this might actually be true.

  • Michael

    There’s also a slight halo around the SONY logo and even the camera. I think (hope) it’s just a poorly compressed photo from a dodgy camera.

  • jamal adam

    I think that Sony should come out with a Nexus device. They have done a lot for the Android community in terms of being open and having their devices be easily accessible to devs and the like. If they do make one, they should call it the Xperia Nexus.

    • ionorov

      Yeah, their phone division is like the polar opposite of the rest of the company. Remember how they locked down the psp and ps3, and sued the modders? Weird.

      Xperia Nexus would be sweet! Sony’s design with smooth android. Throw in their exmor-r cameras and boom!

      (though they’ll usually screw something up… like use yesteryear’s CPU… sigh)

  • Coranial

    Was very disappointed by the LG Nexus, so I really hope this is true!