The rumors are coming in fast these days, and they all suggest that LG will be making a Nexus device that should get unveiled either this month or the next. It’s unclear whether there will actually be more than one Nexus smartphone released this year, as some previous rumors would have it.
But, even if there will be more than one flagship Google device, it’s pretty clear that LG’s will be one of them.
This upcoming handset will be based on the Optimus G, which is no surprise really. It obviously makes sense to have the company’s highest-end smartphone yet as the underpinning for the new Nexus.
That said, there will be some differences. For instance, the Optimus G’s 13 MP camera will be gone, replaced by a mere 8 MP unit for whatever reason. That though may also happen to AT&T’s version of the Optimus G, so perhaps this is a sourcing issue (LG not being able to secure enough of those camera units).
The new Nexus won’t, however, look identical to the Optimus G, which, if you ask me, is a real shame. The Optimus G is by far the best looking smartphone LG has ever made, and I’d go so far as to say it’s one of the best looking devices I’ve ever seen.
Anyway, moving on. The new Nexus doesn’t have a definitive name yet. It should, however, come with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 1280×768 True HD IPS touchscreen, 8 or 16 GB of storage (at least initially) and no microSD slot, a non-removable battery, and wireless charging.
Launch should happen in mid-November, apparently. Now if we take a look at those rumored specs, some are identical to the Optimus G (processor, RAM, display), however Google still insists on not having a microSD slot on its Nexus devices it seems. The storage options are severely limited as well, and for no good reason (here’s hoping that 32 GB and 64 GB versions will still be out, but later).
As for the non-removable battery, that may be a good decision – in case the battery has a huge capacity, a la the Droid RAZR MAXX, or it may be a horrible one – if we’re treated to a sub-2,000 mAh unit once more. We’ll have to wait and see.
So there you have it. The supposed specs of the next Nexus. What do you think about it? Will it be your next smartphone?
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