Oct 08 AT 9:40 PM Taylor Wimberly 37 Comments

Is this prototype the LG Nexus?


The first pictures of the LG Nexus might have appeared online. An LG prototype device with the codename Mako and model number E960 appeared on the xda-developers forum with a description that matches the Nexus profile. User stevebinh said the device runs on AT&T and T-Mobile, and he uploaded pics that show the device running a stock version of Android 4.1.2.

Some will point out that we expect the LG Nexus to ship with Android 4.2, and this device is on the older Android 4.1.2. However, the first report of this LG prototype device occurred back on September 20, two days after we reported that the LG Optimus G might become the next Nexus. It is possible that the pictures are a couple weeks old and newer devices are now running the Android 4.2 build that we have been seeing in our server logs.

A tipster sent us a hands-on report of the LG Nexus and said it featured a silver band around the display. That design feature does not appear to be present in these photos, and we have reached out to the original source of the hands-on report to see if he can confirm this is the same device.

Google is expected to reveal the LG Nexus device later this month, so we should find out if this is real soon enough. What do you think of this leaked design?

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Thank you Brandon for the tip.

Source: XDA-Developers

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  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    I want, I want!!!!!!!!!! Htc nexus needs to be leaked with Sony, Samsung, and Motorola’s. It looks nice, looks like it will have a nice feel.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    On a side note the back looks like an iPhone 4, but apple won’t sue. They need that retina and lg Prada anyone :)?

    • stenzor

      Yeah, definitely looks like an iPhone 4+
      Sad that the screen is not curved… I enjoy that face-cupping feature of my GNex

      • xallies

        I hope this is just a prototype the curve screen was a great move forward

        • stenzor

          I don’t think it will ever have a curved display.. LG makes IPS LCD panels which afaik cannot be curved (at least not cheaply or feasibly?)… while AMOLED panels can

          • iamXiV92a

            It makes me sad as I love my G. Nex’s curved screen!

  • heat361

    No problem Taylor but I believe that maybe this isn’t the final look of the optimus nexus but an early prototype that Google was working o.

  • teecruz

    looks kind of pretty of you ask me. generic design.. digging the camera look.

    I think stock android is what makes the big screen look sexy.
    It may look like an iPhone, but the best iPhone at that.

    • teecruz

      PS… it’s a Nexus. Did we not confirm software buttons?

      Google is the only one pushing the idea. Every manufacture has very insecurely stuck to hardware.

      Nexus? Nexus.


  • Ardrid

    The anticipation is absolutely killing me. I so want these rumors pan out! I’m absolutely dying to pick up a Nexus and ditch AT&T.

  • Guillermo

    Why does google insist on wasting valuable screen space on software buttons?

    • stenzor

      Because the buttons can be modified depending on the application.

      Also, what’s the difference between having the buttons as part of the screen and making the screen a few centimeters shorter to accommodate hardware buttons? Hardware buttons don’t go away, which in essence means wasting valuable space on the phone… software buttons can disappear during a movie or fullscreen application.

      • ericl5112

        Except, hardware buttons take up a tiny amount of volume, and the lower bezel is more than generous enough to accomadate them. Same with the GNex.

  • stenzor

    Although it may not look like the final version, I hope the face stays clear of all logos

  • whosaidwhat

    From the back picture, it looks like the phone is in an outer shell. Looks just like the outer case Samsung put on the GSIII before it was announced.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Yep, looks almost exactly like the outer casing Samsung was using to hide the final design of the GS3.

      • Mitchell

        Do you have a picture of this? I wasn’t around during the s3 rumors so I missed out on such exciting events :(

        But I’m here for the nexus rumors and want to see a pic of the outer case on s3 so i can understand whats going on a bit better, pleasee

      • iamXiV92a

        Yup, that’s exactly what I posted a while back regarding the Nexus rumours!

    • stenzor

      Yeah it definitely does, now that you mention it.. sadly no curve on the screen though

  • Efrain O

    What happened to VzW?!? :-(

  • dm

    Mehhh… where is the signature curved design?

    • heat361

      Its curved but it is in a dummy box to hide the design

    • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

      Ask the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

  • Brian

    The curves around the top of the back remind me of the GSIII leaks. So my bet is that this is a box containing the LG Nexus guts.

  • cj100570

    Smh…. Wow!

  • Nate B.

    I always dislike leaked images because I can’t really tell if they look good or not. So I won’t comment. I do have to say it looks really thick. Most devices look better when they’re announced.

  • shadhussain

    this sadly looks like the same uninspiring generic black slab. nexus software trumps design in my books but there’s only so many ppl you can convince to shell out $600 with little or no thought to industrial design.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Here lies the big question. Will Google troll us and lol again?

  • Nate B.

    I find it weird that the LG Splash screen is showing if this is a Nexus. No Nexus ever showed the OEM’s splash screen. It always said Nexus or had a Nexus Splash/Boot screen.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    No LTE? I wonder what Google is going to handle LTE in the coming years — avoiding it altogether because it couldn’t find a way to work around that “open-source” vs “closed-source” problem? I hope it won’t become a reverse iPhone phone — the iPhone gets LTE now, but the Nexus no longer does. Some people might think it’s not a problem and GSM is plenty fast for them, but LTE is here to stay and GSM is going to be less and less appealing. At some points, no one would want a GSM phone just because you can build an open source phone OS on top of it.

  • masterpfa

    I think I’ll wait for official pictures and/or release from Google.

    Hard to be disappointed if ones expectations aren’t too high.
    Only 20+ days to go,

  • Nathaniel

    Will it be “LOL” again?

  • Sever

    if you look carefully, you can see that they’re doing what samsung did with their s3 – they’ve put the phone in a shell. if you look at the photos of the back, you can see the outline that the phone is in the case of another phone.

  • Nathan D.

    Yes!!!! Finally some picture we can look over =)

  • Bryan

    Will this come out for VZW at all????

  • skyflakes

    Tipster’s face in Image 1 :))

  • mike

    that 6ith pic OMG is that back-light?
    regardless if its IPS im all set, ill only go with AMOLED true black.
    IPS blacks with be grey becasue of back-light same goes for the onscreen menu buttons.
    Every Google phone has had OLED why downgrade now