Oct 05 AT 5:39 PM Taylor Wimberly 81 Comments

CNET has “confirmed” our LG Optimus G Nexus rumors


For the past month we have been reporting that LG was making the next Nexus, and today Roger Cheng of CNET has confirmed our story. According to a “person briefed on the matter”, the LG Nexus phone will be announced at the end of the month.

We previously reported that the LG device might be unveiled in October or November, and we are pretty certain that Google’s Andy Rubin will have something to show when he takes the stage at AllThingsD: Dive Into Mobile at the end of this month.

For more information on the upcoming LG Nexus check out our hands-on report, rumored specs, Optimus G highlights, and rumored Android 4.2 features.

I am certainly going to buy this phone. Are you?

Source: CNET

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  • R.S

    LG Optimus Nexus come to me!

    I’ve been waiting for the Galaxy Note 2 but I honestly doubt I’ll be able to choose it over the Optimus Nexus.

    • descendency

      LG Nexus G?

      I like that more.

      • NasLAU

        That’s the name I would go with. And hopefully it will look different. More round.

        I was planning on getting whatever Nexus is next but if the rumors are true I will wait and see what other Nexus devices come out. A Nexus X from HTC?

    • lg brick

      fugly fone

    • Fexus Naggot

      The perfect smartphone for fa99ots

      • jonathan3579

        I see you both tried to troll really hard there. Too bad it falls as short as the iPhone 5.

        • Anonymous

          So it was taller than expected?

  • roland

    soul whatever happened to the unlock Nexus phone and how long would it take for the Other manufactors to create their Nexus

  • roland

    I think this is a sprint eXCLUSIVE

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      Nah, it’s AT&T who gets all the exclusives these days.

      AT&T: We may not have the network you want, but we sure have the phones you do.

      • walt

        well, Its already confirmed an Optimus is going to Sprint. Whether its the base model G or the Nexus G remains to be seen. hopefully its the Nexus.

    • jamal adam

      If this is exclusive then Google has not learned anything at all. Exclusivity will be the death of this Nexus. If Google is smart and wants what is in our’s and their best interest then they will make this a pentaband phone.

      • NasLAU

        I disagree. Although I hate exclusivity this is what carriers do. Google doesn’t have the pull of Apple. Samsung did a good job of putting out the same device on all carriers with the SIII.

        The reason I disagree is that this rumored revamped Nexus program will make things good for everyone. The carriers can have their exclusive hardware but customers can get their updates straight from Google. And OEMs can sell carrier-subsidized phones. Consumers who which to go the contract route (yuck) can get their $200 Nexus instead of shelling full price at the Play Store.

        • jamal adam

          In terms of the Nexus brand, I think Google has the pull to make it nonexclusive.

  • jamal adam

    Looks like it’s that time of the year, gotta save up some money.

    • Kagawa Shinji

      Too late. I already purchased the iphone 5, which is beyond amazing. The best phone i ever had. Love it.

      • jamal adam

        It’s never too late. I recommend you sell your iPhone and get this Nexus. It is in your best interest.

      • golfpedaler

        Then why did you troll this website little lamb? Go back to your iFlock..!!!

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Better be pentaband gsm on the play store, no exclusive crap.

    • daveloft

      I see no benefit to pentaband GSM device. I ‘d rather have quadband GSM, pentaband DC-HSPA+ and some LTE would be nice.

      • jonathan3579

        daveloft, are you an idiot? I certainly think so.

        • daveloft

          All I’m saying is I want it to be like the Galaxy Nexus with GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 (quadband) and HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 (pentaband) and hopefully with some LTE or at least Dual Cell HSPA.

          • Tony

            @daveloft, that is what the current Nexus has. Pentaband 3G/3.5G. And I’m confident that Alexander meant to say he wants pentaband 3G/3.5G. I really doubt LTE will be compatible across carriers yet since they technically use the same technology but different protocols.

  • BigCiX

    Sprint & at&fee bound!

  • Mix

    I am excited for the phone but if it is more than $400, which I am guessing it will be, I may have so sit this one out.

    Reason being is that 16gb of storage just doesn’t sit well with me and I am not one to “enjoy” micromanaging my space for games, music and movies. That and some apps take up 1gb plus!
    I am the guy that bought a 60gb PS3 and stuck in a 320gb HDD as I like my storage and not having to move things around.

    Hopefully they will reveal an SD card slot or 32gb of storage or else I will be back on the waiting train.

    • Alex

      Me too. Really annoys me when manufacturers scrimp on storage space. In 2012, nearly 2013, 16GB space isn’t enough for most people. And a lot of people don’t always have a data connection, so the cloud isn’t useable. Just give an option. As much as i dislike Apple and the iPhone, one place where they get it spot on is with storage options. You can get 16, 32, 64GB. Simple. Then if you want to use the cloud you still can but have plenty of space for when you have no connection.

      Agreed on the play store thing too. Needs to be no more than £400 direct from google. Oh and Google, none of the yakju/yakjux crap this time round please.

  • heat361

    If all this information about the next nexus has leaked Google might as well just give us a pic of the phone :)

    • Nate B.

      They don’t mind leaking info. This is the life of android. When the launch is days away we will see.

  • Raptor

    Congrats for this achievement, Taylor. Sorry, i don’t care about 720p phones.

    Now can you please dig everything about HTC 1080p phablet ?

  • Havoc70

    LG no thanks i will wait for a real Nexus phone from one of the other manufacturers

    • Jaywrayson

      LG makes some excellent hardware. The issues with LG in the past have been mainly software related. If this is a true “Nexus” device, then it will be running stock Google software. I have no problem with that.

      • Raptor

        Good unless you do not listen music on the phone

        LG Optimus 4X HD for example has

        - THD 0.345 vs 0.0015 for iPhone5
        - Noise and IMD 0.318 vs 0.0093 for iPhone5

        Same shitty sound quality is on OneX.
        SGS3 is couple times better then LG and HTC.

        For mentally thin fans of any OS i will repeat — I am NOT an iPhoner

        • Logi_Ca1

          That seems to be more of nVidia’s fault, rather than LG or HTC. Since the Nexus G will likely be using Qualcomm, we should be fine.

    • jonathan3579

      LG has crap software but not so much crap hardware.

      I’d be willing to give them another shot even after burning me with the G2x.

      • Hispanic Room

        LG. Enjoy your non existing updates. Haha, glad i have an iPhone 4S…

  • stenzor

    Looks good but I’m gonna wait and see if there are any other Nexus offerings before buying this one

  • guest007

    no because

    1)8mp camera. not the original 13mp
    2)no micro SD slot. REALLY!!??
    3)no removable battery
    4) I HATE LG. So disregard 1-3… (-.- )

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      You won’t get micro SD with a Nexus device. This has been covered repeatedly.

      • guest007

        So what you try to say is (<_益<=)

        • guest007

          they are trying to copy apple ヽ(o`皿′o)ノ

    • stenzor

      Megapixels don’t matter, the sensor matters. It could have an equivalent, or better sensor than the original, let’s hope for the latter.

      The only thing I’m not liking so far is the 8/16GB storage rumors. 16GB has been enough for me in my Galaxy Nexus so far.. but with how many apps I have, it would be much better if the phone had at least 32GB

      • NasLAU

        They need to forget about 8GB. 16 is the bare minimum. The GNex is my first phone without an SD card. I couldn’t do any less. Just couldn’t.

        • Ben

          I disagree. A lot of people just do not need more than 8 GB on their phone. Don’t forget that nlt all buyers will be tech fanatics and HD Movie loving folks. As I am sure that this phone will be priced relatively competitive, i presume a lot of people might get their hands on it who just want a good smartphone for the daily use.

  • MoSDeeb

    More Nexus news is making my work day a bit less productive, haha

  • yankeesusa

    I would get this phone but I’m still sticking to the note 2. The features alone still beat this phone. Unless they introduce an htc or Samsung nexus.

  • Jaywrayson

    Please let it have:

    4.8 inch Super IPS+ screen
    Qualcomm’s 1.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU
    Adreno 320 GPU
    2GB ram
    13-MP camera
    32GB of internal storage
    2500mAh battery
    Curved screen (A-La the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus)
    On screen buttons
    CDMA LTE and GSM (HSPA+42) compatibility

  • LoSesMC

    Looking forward to it, but not certainly. The rest of the details of this Nexus program need to be revealed before I make that commitement.

  • Dr.Carpy

    I’m open to this device, however I am really looking forward to the rumored upcoming devices from Sony and HTC. I glad for confirmation of the LG Nexus, however I’m surprised that the Apple schills over at C|Net confirmed the magnificent Android news.

  • Saintscar


    - Non removable battery
    - no 32GB + versions

  • walker

    Quite tempered if it’s based on the blueprint of the Optimus G itself. Not very pleased with the 13mp since it does exist. I’m not sure whether the Optimus G has a micro sd slot or not, when previously it was a certain no, now when it’s on the verge of release, it’s yes.
    I’m not too optimistic about a Nexus having an micro sd slot but I’d want at minimum 32gb… and a removable battery?

    I’m still longing for a smartphone with a wicked screen with beast specs. Now I just need that little push to confirm whether I want this or not. Please give me that push LG!

  • raoul

    Don’t know about other country but LG have a very bad reputation in France due to some very shitty low priced devices and for sure a LG nexus won’t sell very well here.

  • Max

    Please have removable memory. The one thing that pushed me away from nexus line is that Google’s stance on expandable memory. I have the nexus 7 and the biggest shortcoming is its storage. Please don’t intervene, Google

  • descendency

    I won’t be buying it unless it has 64 GB of internal storage. (or at least 16GB with microSD card storage)

  • jian9007

    I think this might be my next phone. We don’t know exactly which specs will change before we hear an official announcement. They may have an option for more built-in storage as the international version has 32GB storage so it would not be difficult to do. I think it will be offered with 32GB. No micro SD is a given as we can’t expect any Nexus phone to have it at this point. I prefer a removable battery as well, simply because sometimes a battery pull may be needed when you do tons of custom ROM’s for your phone. However, it may have a battery closer to 2500 mAh instead of the 2100 mAh of the international version. We will see.

    You’ll never have everything you want in a phone so I’m not concerned about that. 2GB RAM, a screen that’s at least 4.7″, Nice IPS SLCD, quad-core S4 with A-15 based architecture, Pure Android OS, nice camera (8MP doesn’t mean it’s worse quality than 13MP). That’s not too bad for my needs. Also, with T-Mobile’s new truly unlimited no-throttling data plan, I can stream quite a bit so if it’s 32GB built-in, I’m more than fine with that. Damn, put it up for sale now Google. I’m ready to snag one.

  • That Guy

    No microSD? Sure I can live with that as long as there is a healthy amount of internal storage…

    16GB of Flash memory…Not enough

    The other specs are great though.

  • jimt

    sounds like some decent specs.. give me unlocked bootloader (should be a given), 32+gb storage – ok with no sd card, removable battery is take it or leave it.. POGO pins or wireless charging WITH PROPER DOCKS / CRADLES! Not the crap verizon pulled with the gnex and finally, LG and Verizon (if you get it) keep your damn crap off of it! One last thing.. give me a decent radio :)

  • Tom Peterson

    So does that mean the ones from Samsung, Sony and HTC are coming much later, like in December or January? That kind of sucks then. But at least the Android 4.2 rumors sounds good.

  • Nathan D.

    Nice!! This nexus will be rocking in term of specs and software since Google handling that on this version of the phone. Can’t wait for them to announce it at the end of this month.

  • hector

    I’ll buy one if it makes to spain through Google Play.

  • David In

    Non removable battery and only 8 to 16 GB of storage??? No thanks. Shame tho, was looking forward to the next nexus.

  • mike

    Every phone LG puts out is shit, this one will be no different

    adreno GPU are always supar compared to competition

  • h0ruza

    My only concern is this time next year will I be happy with it.

    My GSII is still amazing especially when running CM10 nightlys but the camera downgrade alone on the GNex would have made me unhappy.

    I don’t won’t comprises in my phone basically and a nexus phone shouldn’t have any.

    My fingers are crossed :)

  • diko
  • aranea

    Non-removable battery makes it hard to buy this phone. I’m gonna wait to see other nexi.

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for nexus brand

    • zymo

      Non-removable battery + limited onboard storage (8/16GB) = too many compromises for a device in smartphone market which is more competitive than ever.

  • Tuffcheez

    “and it looks like the galaxy nexus.” That’s a pity.

  • zymo

    I am willing to make some compromises, like not having a removable battery, but not such which will have an effect on the way I use my phone on a daily basis”. Limited onboard storage would have such an effect, since I carry most of my media content (music, movies and photos) on my device and not uploading it to a cloud service due “bad connections” in some local areas.
    Google’s Nexus devices never did well in terms of sales and neither will this, if the rumored specs are true. If Google wants to sell more devices, then they should make them more consumer friendly.

  • Sid

    I’m guessing the rumored HTC 5″ 1080p phablet is a part of the ‘Nexus Certified’ program. I prefer the specs of this phone much more than the LG Nexus specs so I plan to wait it out. I just hope the HTC phablet has a minimum battery capacity of 3000mah.

  • AlternNocturn

    If everything’s right (16GB microSD slot/32GB no SD, 8MP camera w/ good sensor, nice screen, good battery), I will be buying this unlocked.

  • crnkoj

    Well this would be the perfect phone, if it had a microsd slot, or at least 32GB storage by default instead of the joke of 8-16gb, my almost 2 years old motorola atrix 4g, had 16g + sd slot, even the normal optimus g has a sdcard option, but this one wont… hopefully the roms for this phone will be easy portable to the optimus g

  • Dorin

    Of course!!!

  • AnthonyRyan

    I’m not a huge fan of LG but I hope it uses the S4 Pro

  • drone3

    Been waiting for the new nexus for so long. Most important specs are screen quality, camera and materials. Screen is sounding amazing (not a fan of pentile amoled), Camera looks alright as long as the optics are A grade. Materials , we don’t know, hoping Matias Duarte has contributed to the design.

    Only concern is the size, the size of the SGS2 I found optimum for all uses. 4.7 is kind of huge, unless they trim back thd bezel, edge to edge style, and super slim!

    Still hoping for a kick ass Sony Nexus, Sony can do this, they just need the right guidance, and google can make this happen.

    Go team Nexii!!!

  • Charbax

    Here’s what I think is happening:

    LG Nexus G $499 S4 Quad, 4.7″ = Optimus G
    Sony Nexus T $449 S4 Dual, 4.55″ = Xpertia T
    HTC Nexus X $399 Tegra3+, 4.7″ = One X upgrade
    Motorola Nexus R $349 S4 Dual, 4.7″, = Razr HD Maxx
    Samsung Nexus 2 $299 OMAP4470, 4.65″ = Galaxy Nexus upgrade
    Samsung Nexus S3 $449 Exynos4412, 4.8″ = Galaxy S3
    Huawei Nexus D $399 K3V2, 4.5″ = D1 Quad
    Motorola Nexus M $299 S4 Dual, 4.3″ qHD = Razr M
    Huawei Nexus P $299 OMAP4470, 4.3″ qHD = P1 upgrade

    maybe also:
    Lenovo Nexus $249/$199 MT6577 dual-sim, 4.5″
    Huawei Nexus $249/$199 MT6577 dual-sim, 4.5″

    Android 4.2 is Linaro speed and better life upgrades and customization center.

    Android 5 merges Chrome OS and Google TV with Android when in HDMI/MHL/Dock output mode.

  • Abe C

    This would be a sure winner if it had any storage, and a removable battery wouldn’t hurt either. It’s a real shame to see a device with such killer specs hamstring itself with obviously inadequate storage options.

  • VK

    Hmm. Let me see if I have understand anything at all.
    The challenge with updating phones with new android versions is because of the UI and drivers as I have understood it.

    If next Nexus is going to be Optimus G from LG then this will mean;

    1 that it will be without the UI from LG, and be with stock of Android, right?

    2 that the next nexus will have the same drivers as Optimus G, and therefore Google will has access to the drivers, right?

    If both of the above is correct, then I should be possible to just go out and buy an Optimus from LG, wipe it and flash Stock Android on it, and have the “new” Nexus phone, or what?

    • SM

      1. Yes

      2. No, the hardware will be a bit different. It is only based on the Optimus G. It isn’t just an Optimus G with stock Android flashed on it.

  • get off of me hoe

    I’ll take this phone if its Google nexus I wouldn’t take it if it run by LG after I had the g2x with so much problems I don’t even wanna touch LG. They have great specs but when they see and hear that their great phone have problems that they can’t fix they just toss it aside and offer another phone and call it their flagship phone

  • Aluzeros

    Only 1 problem wh this phone, storage space. Should have as card for Offline media.

  • Nathaniel

    The storage is not enough for me…now I just want to see this phone announced and bring us more information about Android 4.2