If you happen to have any grains of salt handy, now would be a good time to pull them out. MoDaCo is reporting that sources have filled the site in with details on the rumored Nexus device to come out of LG. The specs sound about in line with what we would expect from a device of this caliber, sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, Android 4.2, and a curious 8GB/16GB set of storage options. Given Google's preference for leaving off microSD slots, we're a little surprised to see 16GB as the maximum size option. Sure, they did it with the Nexus 7, but that was an incredibly inexpensive tablet. This, if true, is just silliness.

Here are the rest of the alleged specs. Emphasis per MoDaCo:

  • The device is based on the Optimus G but doesn't look the same
  • Updated Android release (currently 4.2)
  • Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1280x768 True-HD IPS screen
  • On screen soft keys (of course)
  • 8 Megapixel Camera
  • No microSD slot
  • 8GB and 16GB versions only (at least initially)
  • Non-removable battery
  • Wireless charging built in
  • The retail name of the device is yet to be decided.

Much of this is unsurprising and even predictable. On-screen keys, a new version of Android, and of course the lack of a microSD card slot are all but expected of the next Nexus. Wireless charging we're a little skeptical of, mainly because this claim seems to pop up in some form or another in every single rumor season. Then again, if anyone were to push it into reality, we could imagine Google doing it. It might even explain why there's a non-removable battery on a device that a disproportionately high percentage of developers and modding enthusiasts will likely be using.

As for the phone being based on the Optimus G, that also seems reasonable. For the past three Nexus devices (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 7), Google has taken a look at existing or soon-to-be-announced offerings from companies and worked with the manufacturer to modify them into a unique device. The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus were very similar, at least internally, to the Galaxy S and S II respectively. The Nexus 7, of course, actually outright replaced the ASUS MeMo ME370T that was unveiled at CES earlier this year, winning the award for "Most Improved Device Name."

Given that track record, the idea that this device would be based on the Optimus G—including the quad-core S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM,and 1280x768 display—all sound perfectly reasonable. In fact, it almost sounds too reasonable. In general, we're hesitant to trust any rumors that come from anonymous sources, but this isn't the only rumor from MoDaCo that we're keeping an eye on. Unfortunately, while the information sounds believable, it's also only backed by the typical "we know a guy we really trust" so it could be nothing more than someone who's been around the rumor mill a few times putting together a nice, educated guess.

Of course, none of this takes into account the alleged Nexus certification program. If the rumors are true and Google is broadening the Nexus line and simply requiring certain hardware elements, then our past patterns we've come to rely on might go out the window. Do Nexus-certified devices have to look different physically from their manufacturer-branded counterparts? Is a lack of a microSD card slot required? Is 8GB of storage enough to even qualify? For that matter, even if the Nexus program isn't real, would Google really release a flagship phone with only 8GB of non-expandable storage? There are still a lot of questions to be answered before we can trust any rumors.

Fortunately, we might not be waiting too much longer. MoDaCo claims that the LG Nexus will be launching in mid-November, so the wait to confirm or deny this news should be short. Additionally, certain rumors have indicated that Andy Rubin will be discussing some of the new stuff at D: Dive Into Mobile later this month. It wouldn't be the first time that Google has used All Things D as a platform to share information about Android, though a full-on product launch seems a bit unlikely. Still, maybe he'll tell us all the details about this fancy new Nexus certification program just before we get a barrage of new Nexii this fall. Wouldn't that be nice?

Source: MoDaCo

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hash Brandon Hash

    why would they decide to make it a non removable battery? that's one of the perks of the present nexus phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

    Seriously 8 GB version ?
    What are we in year 2009 ?
    We need 32 version !

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    I really, really, really hope the 8/16GB-only versions aren't true. You can do that with a tablet but not with a phone nowadays. Games are becoming fucking big and unlimited data is nearly no more.

    This is no developer phone anymore and while I can see them wanting to push the cloud, at least give us the OPTION to get a 32GB version. They seem to release a 32GB Nexus 7 and now they seem to come out with a 8/16GB version of the new Nexus phone? I was really looking forward to it, but seeing this really takes out all the excitement for a Nexus device.

    I WANT a pure Nexus device where devs can go wild with, why the heck can't they just release something with 32GB? Look at Apple, OFFER it at least, goddammit and if I have to pay like 100(insert currency here) more!

    The non-removable battery doesn't have to be a problem if it's Razr Maxx-like, but less than ~2200mAh is a bad idea especially with a Quad Core phone...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1056423537 Anthony V Cannata

    No thank you 8gb no removable sd card I want 32gb or even 64gb come on google you are starting to act like Apple non removable batteries no sd card did you sign a contract with them?

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randroid

      I'm pretty sure Google has stated before that no Nexus device will have removable storage, and if I recall correctly it has something to do with partitioning the device differently. Although, if it's going to only have 8GB internal, it should have removable storage.

      No removable battery, on the other hand, is surprising to me. You have to remember though, this is all speculation at this point. None of this has been confirmed, so it may ALL be false, it may ALL be true, or it may be somewhere in between.

  • Aaron

    Noooooo :( i want an sd card slot... why downgrade that aspect from my 2 year old low-end device??? If its that big of a deal to google, offer a 32 gb version and dont charge a bs 50$ difference.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    It should be at least between 32GB and 64GB for internal storage within Android devices lacking removable storage. 16GB is bad, and 8GB is utterly inexcusable.

  • cloudedhopes

    i wish they had gone with Samsung or HTC

  • blauh

    Please no LG. Motorola this time, or Sony or HTC. Hell even Samsung is better than LG....

  • http://www.facebook.com/jure.suklje Jure Šuklje

    I wouldn't mind 8 GB version. I don't need much space on the device. I just never owned a phone from LG. How's the bild quality?

  • KB26

    2 GB of ram is becoming the norm. iPhone 5 is getting more outdated as the time goes by xD

  • btod

    Lack of expandable storage does suck. But I'm more so worried about introducing yet another version of android when as of this month 72% of android devices are still using gingerbread or lower. I'd like to see google take a more active role in making sure devices get updated in a timely manner. Do more than just give the OEMs early access.

    • Freak4Dell

      They need to mandate an update policy (none of this "oh, let's start an update alliance" crap), but they also need to slow down with the new versions. It's hard to mandate updates when you're pumping out new versions faster than manufacturers can even look at them. If they slowed down to one major version a year, and mandated that manufacturers update their devices for 2 versions in addition to whatever version it released with, Android would be a lot better off. If the manufacturer wants to claim that the phone can't handle the new version (which sometimes does happen), they should have to go through a review from Google before they can use that excuse.

      • btod

        I really hope a google/android exec reads your comment. This is exactly what we need.

        • Freak4Dell

          Feel free to draw their attention to this via G+ or something. :p Heck, tell them to give me a job. Google Critique sounds like a good job title.

        • duplissi

          too bad android is open source... so that will not happen.

          • Freak4Dell

            Just because it's open source doesn't mean that Google cannot have some control. They can't revoke the rights to Android completely, but they can revoke the rights to what really makes Android great...the Google services and apps. Those are not open source, and Google can give them to and take them away from anybody they wish. You have to look no further than the recent Acer incident.

      • fewesttwo

        ICS is now a year old and the OEM's still haven't got around to updating their hardware to that. A lot of this problems comes down to the fact that OEM's release "shitty" budget hardware that people still buy because it is Android and just will not run well with their crappy skin and the latest Android version. Getting rid of all the awful skins would go just as far at improving update speeds.

        Also, Google are not going to waste money reviewing hardware before deciding whether it should be updated. That would cost a crazy amount of money and not something any company would want to do.

  • SuperAndroid

    Non-removable battery is the only problem here... but the rest sounds pretty epic...

  • http://twitter.com/xyqbed xyqbed

    So if the current AP poll is to be believed, that phone will be perfect... for 32% of you. The rest of us? We won't buy it, nexus or not. Please, Google, stop trying to cram internet storage down our throats. Not all of us want to store our stuff like that. Ugh.

  • grellanl

    Eh, I'm finding that 16GB for a phone isn't too much of an imposition anymore (for me personally), I tend to have a Note or other device with me for the games, media stuff etc. that requires the geebees. Also, you get better battery life out of the phone if you work that way.

    Obviously, that doesn't suit everyone though. I wish Google would get over their antipathy to removable storage (with the important distinction that it's being used only for removable storage-y things like movie files, and *not* for apps or app data).

    • Eye4Detail

      I bought two extra batteries and a charger, brand new, for $60 total. I can't buy a Note to carry around with me for anywhere near that price.

  • http://twitter.com/AthoraX athorax

    No micro sd and no removable battery? That just isn't going to fly...

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      The market doesn't care about those things, but really... 8 GB?

      • Matthew Fry

        We care, and we buy big expensive smartphones.

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      No micro SD is a standard move for Nexus phones, Google hates them for reasons I dont recall off hand. As for removable batteries, that is the trend of the future.

  • bondx99

    Even if they give me 100GB storage, hexacore cpu, 4K display, 50000 mhz battery, 50 mp camera,etc..i wont buy LG..No sir!

  • shingonati0n

    LG sucks at quality. You just have to look at the Optimus 2x. As a phone manufacturer, LG do make nice LCD TVs.

  • Bruno Pedro

    if the design is anything similar with the LG Optimus then I'll pass

  • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

    The only reason I can think of to have such limited storage is as a cost saving measure. I know the savings aren't that great, but Google likes to sell Nexus devices sans contract. If they're trying to hit a price point, that could make sense.

    (I'd still like them to offer more options, but it is what it is... allegedly)

    • duplissi

      going from 16 to 32gb nand is about a 6 dollar price difference.

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    8 GB? Are they fucking kidding?

    • Joseph Cascio

      16 GB? Are they fucking kidding? Yeah neither options make me want the phone. Dumbass manufacturers. Pretty soon will have more RAM then physical memory.

  • Barton82

    "No microSD slot, 8GB and 16GB versions only" - Yup, sounds about right for a Nexus device. Pass again. I have to accept the fact I'll probably never buy a Nexus for my main device. It is sad.

  • Rashawn

    HA! Garbage! They're going to have to give me much more incentive than that to pay fork over money to downgrade from my HTC Sensation 4G, with 33GB of usable storage, to a 16GB phone with an irreplaceable battery (in a bad way), and a camera that's only on par, but not clear cut better.

  • http://twitter.com/yangm97 Yan Gabriel Minário

    8GB? With these HD games we need a 128GB Nexus.