Earlier this week we covered the various manufacturers who are said to be producing the next Google Nexus smartphone, with the primary candidate being LG. Now, a series of pictures of LG’s Nexus device — currently known as the Nexus 4 — has been published by the Onliner.by website, plus the phone has been given a possible release or announcement date by French newspaper Le Figuro.
The Nexus 4, codenamed Mako by LG, has a similar specification to the Optimus G, meaning it boasts a 4.7-inch touchscreen with a 720p HD resolution, and a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. It differs in two key areas, as the camera isn’t the 13-megapixel found on the G but an 8-megapixel camera instead, plus it will use Android 4.1 or 4.2 as its operating system.
Android 4.1.2 is running on the prototype machine shown in the pictures, however the final version may be updated to the latest — and as yet unseen — version of Android Jelly Bean when it eventually goes on sale.
A report published by French newspaper Le Figuro says it has been told we should expect the Nexus 4 to launch on October 29, although the article doesn’t provide any sources, nor does it accurately state whether this will be the announcement or the release.
Either way, it’s a strange choice by Google, as October 29 is also the official unveiling of Windows Phone 8, which is sure to dominate headlines, despite the hardware already having been revealed.
LG’s Google phone is undoubtedly real, but this is only part of the story, as it’s still unknown whether it will be the only new Nexus device, or one of several. If the October 29 date is correct, it won’t be that long until we find out.