updated 06:24 pm EDT, Sun October 7, 2012
New Nexus said to sport quad-core S4
The next entry in Google's line of Nexus phones may come from South Korean manufacturer LG, according to rumors. Last week, tech blog MoDaCo claimed insider information that had an LG-made Nexus device slated for a mid-November release. Now, more details are emerging from CNet, which claims that the Nexus phone -- the latest in a line of devices running Google's Android operating system without any additional manufacturer customization -- will be unveiled later this month.
The LG Nexus phone is said to be based on the Optimus G, LG's new flagship phone that is expected to arrive in the US in November. The Nexus phone, though, would sport a different look from LG's Optimus G.
Supposed specifications for the device include a 1280x768 TrueHD IPS display, though the dimensions of the display have not been revealed. The Optimus G sports a 4.7-inch display with the same resolution rumored for the Nexus phone, so it may be that the LG Nexus phone will feature the same dimensions.
In addition to the display, the LG Nexus phone is said to pack a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. As with the previous Nexus phone, the Samsung-produced Galaxy Nexus, and the Asus-produced Nexus 7 tablet, the LG Nexus phone is said to feature no memory expansion capability.
Other features include an 8MP camera (presumably rear-facing) and a non-removable battery. Notably, the LG Nexus is said to run an as yet unannounced version of Android, version 4.2. It is also said to feature wireless charging, as seen with Nokia's new line of Lumia devices.
Rumors that LG was working with Google on a new Nexus handset have circulated at least since February, when the company confirmed that it had entered talks with Google on such a device.
LG may not be in producing a Nexus phone, though. observers continue to speculate that Google may be working with a range of manufacturers to release an entire line of Nexus devices, possibly in a range of designs and price points. In August, a purported list of those devices appeared, showing Nexus devices from Sony, Samsung, and LG.