Last Updated: October 11th, 2012

At this point, we've all seen the shiny, glistening, sparkly LG Nexus. Opinions of the look seem to be split right down the middle - some users love it, while others can't stand the thing. Personally, I'm on the fence about it, and I'm equally as skeptical if this is even the final design. For all we know, the prototype was designed this way on purpose so everyone would wonder what Google is thinking (hey, it could happen).

Whether you love it or hate it, there's no doubt you want to see more of it. And now you can - more images of the device showed up on XDA, and they appear to be from the same source as yesterday, now going by the moniker 4shael. Without further ado, here it is in all its sparkly glory... again:

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The owner of this mysterious device didn't just post pictures for our enjoyment, though - he's also been answering questions about it. The first one? What are the specs?!  Here's his answer:

CPU: core quad ARMv7 1.5GHz
Memory: 8GB (and I haven't found SD slot)
GPU: Adreno 320
Android version: JellyBeanMR1
Kernel 3.4.0
Screen: 768x1184 (320 dpi)
Camera: 8 MPx

Those basically mirror those of the Optimus G, save for the skimpy amount of storage and missing SD Card slot. Alas, that does line up with previous rumors.

Past that, 4shael was asked several other questions, including multiple requests for a video, to which he replied "Ok, I'll try to make it tomorrow. It's 2:14 am now and I'm going to sleep." We'll keep our eyes peeled for that video to show up, but until then, you can read through the entire thread here.

[Thanks, @DroidRC1]

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

    8GB... *eyebrow twitching*

  • Flaime DeFeo

    Wonder if it has a notification LED

    • ddpacino

      This I need as well, love it on my Gnex.

  • aerojad

    8GB? You're out of your mind, Google. The cloud doesn't work everywhere. Throw in some 32GB internal.

    • edurty6

      C'mon this isnt even the final version of the phone. stop complaining.

  • http://twitter.com/mugabuga Max Anderson

    I can live with 16GB or 32GB, but man, 8GB? I really hope that's just a thing for the prototype and that it's actually 16/32, because I could not live with 8GB.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

      The glitter one is 16gb. 2 different versions, hopefully a 32gb as well.

      • bloomtronzero

        This is the same phone as before, meaning also the glitter one. It was the light or flash or whatever that made the glitter more noticeable. I'm sure there's still a 16gb version knocking about though.

        • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

          I don't think so. On the other leak the LG logo was glinting by the camera flash: in this shot, even with natural light, it's quite obviously matte.
          The speaker grills between the phones are also different.

          • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

            When I first looked at the new picture (above) I thought it was matte too. I'm 99% sure that it's still glossy though, what we're seeing is the reflection of the wall or ceiling, notice the monitor reflection near the top.

          • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

            What is definite is this leak and the Belarusian leak are different.

    • Jonathan

      I really don't think they'll shoot themselves in the foot by offering only 8 GB of storage with no MicroSD slot.


    8GB of storage? Really? Hope it's only like that to save money on test units. :/

  • KishanRathod

    Nexus phones usually says just "Google" not "with Google".

    • http://twitter.com/Twitteninja ZZ

      Probably because its a non-final prototype back, given away by the serial number.


    Let's see - no 4G LTE, LG's camera is just ok to mediocre chances are the screen will not be 320ppi and it will cost $350 because Google believes people rather pay less for less. No Thank you! Why is hard to find a phone with the latest android and best hardware?

    • Kenny O

      I really can't see them pricing this at $350 right out if the gate, the GNex was $400 when they first put it up for sale on Play, and that was sometime after it was released.

    • Bariman43

      It's pretty hard to find good hardware when dealing with a phone that's not even finished yet. Slow the hell down.

  • uhtah

    Doesnt look that awesome. LG with 8gb.. what god would allow this..

  • atari37

    I'm very confused about something. Everywhere I go people are whining about a single leaked device with 8GB of storage. Has there been any other source claiming that there will only be a 8GB of storage? Man, human beings complain too freaking much. Let the device(s) make it to the official announcement before we start huffing and puffing. I have no reason to believe that google will only release an 8GB Nexus so let's all relax. I somehow believe google knows a little bit about what's they are doing than all the executives on the web.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

    The texture looks really good.

  • Kenny O

    I can put up with no SD card slot, an average camera and a non removable battery.....I could even make due with only 16 GB.....but only 8 gb?? That's obscene. Here's to hoping that's just for test units.

  • Bariman43

    I really do hope the specs aren't final either. 8mp shooter and no SD card slot with only 8gigs storage? At least I can live with the Nexus 7 having that much, but a phone? Not a chance. Will wait to hear more about this phone closer to its final form before making any decisions.

  • matt

    All that bezel makes me very sad face, so does that storage. I used to be fine with 16 GB but now with games becoming more and more worth playing (with a High storage demand) and me having to cut down on my music already with my data cap not really allowing me to stream from the cloud as much as I would like, this phone wouldn't be an option period with the lack of an SD slot

  • RocketScience11

    This image makes me think maybe the shininess is caused by a thin layer of plastic that could peel off like a screen protector on only the pre-release units. It looks like that is what the logos and words are printed on rather than the phones actual back. I really hope it isn't glass or cheap feeling glossy plastic.

  • Mike_Cook7

    8gb isn't even enough to be a toy or music player.

  • http://www.AndroidAllies.com/ Max M.

    Comment sections right now.

    • Larizard

      i lol'd

      • DavidKeith

        as did I haha

  • Mike

    i think it looks really nice, besides all that wasted space on the bottom below the screen. that really bothers me, even if there is an notification LED there.

    • wolfkabal

      It looks like the Optimus G has the soft-touch buttons in that place but this (nexus) uses on-screen buttons instead. I actually prefer the G over this for that reason.

  • Mapekz

    What the hell kind of res is 768x1184? 10.4 x 16? Anyone got some better ratios?

    • Damon Devitt

      It's because of the navbar. The same thing was seen with the Galaxy Nexus when it was leaked. The resolution is actually 768x1280 which I find stupid when everyone is trying for 16:9 phones lately

      • Mapekz

        Bah, I keep forgetting that. They really should include the full res of the screen instead..

        • setspeed

          I think I read somewhere that the Optimus G has a 15:9 ratio.

  • Warren Daly

    Nexus or not, after the G2X fiasco, I will never by an LG phone again.

    • nukeblitz

      I gave up on LG years ago. This is the first LG phone I'm seriously interested in in years

      I'll pass judgement once the phone is out...

    • Mikael Guggenheim


  • Nino D’Avanza

    I say its going to tmobile as the G3. "With Google" was on the G1 which was the first dev phone.

    • Larizard

      i really hope you are right...

    • jamaall

      "With Google" were on older Droids too..

    • Mapekz

      It's definitely going to be a GSM global phone as every other Nexus made but we are hoping that they take the same approach Apple did when it comes to making variants of the phone to appease everyone.

  • Mapekz

    I do not like the non-centered camera. My Galaxy Nexus has been the easiest phone to take pictures with because of its centered camera unlike my Droid or T-Bolt.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797830564 Michael Ward

      Yeah camera needs to absolutely be centered.

  • kokopuffs

    aside from the 8GB ...
    Adreno320 and 8MP camera??? REALLY?? after samsung's S3 and N2 releases I expected better...

    • nukeblitz

      Whatever wrong with an adreno 320 and 8MP camera.
      Please don't tell me that you believe 12 MP cameras to be automatically better than 8MP.
      And what's wrong with the adreno 320. That'd pretty much top of the line

    • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

      Adreno 320 is the best GPU at this moment...

    • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

      Nothing wrong with the Adreno320, and the camera quality depends much more on the image processor and sensor than the MP's

  • Tarek El-Ghazaly

    It seems there's little reason to upgrade my GNex.... Will wait to see HTC's Nexus, and if I'm not blown away, will wait a year....

    • bloomtronzero

      If there is an HTC Nexus.

      Maybe not a big upgrade for the Gnexus, either, but it's only been a year. Does everyone really upgrade every year? This is a pretty big jump from my Nexus S.

  • akoli

    No Sd card ... I'm out, skipped the nexus 7 because of that .... Samsung S3 or S4 if it's out when Im up for renewal early next year.

  • nukeblitz

    Google somehow seems to have gotten the idea that since the nexus 7 sold, people don't care about 8gig of storage.

    Still I'm hoping they do a nexus 7 and release a 32GB version.

    Come to think of it, that's probably exactly what they'll do.

    They will sell the 8 and 16 first at low prices, then move to the 32 once the hype has gone down...they probably want to make a profit initiall

    • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

      They will do a better profit with 32GB... RAM memory is not expensive at all and they will charge it 50 bucks for 8GB / 16GB more.

  • nukeblitz

    Oh, and I think I will pass judgement on the glittery ness once the phone is out. Imagine two minds about it and all the pictures we have seen just make it worse...

  • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

    8 GB is a joke. 16 GB is low.

    I don't mind the design, it's not ugly or good looking, is rather common, but the bezels are really big. The HTC ONE X has smaller bezels even with hardware buttons.

  • Larizard

    Here's an idea: spend more money on 32 GB of storage, instead of making the back of your phone sparkle. You're taking the Twilight SH*T a little too seriously, LG.

  • http://www.facebook.com/texnik Alexander Tatevyan

    I really hope, its not a crappy amoled thing. Bidding for the normal IPS HD screen!

    • ddpacino

      It's LG -- it will be G2 Touch Hybrid IPS+ LCD.

      Damn, that was a mouthful, lol.

    • bevardimusg

      Not trolling or hating, just curious. WHY do you prefer IPS over SAMOLED? To me, the advantages of SAMOLED outweigh the small negative point about its whites looking bluish. The viewing angles are spectacular, the blacks are SOOOOOOO much blacker than any LCD screen, and everything just looks more vibrant to me. So why do you prefer IPS?

      • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

        Obviously not the OP, but I'll weigh in with my own thoughts. The viewing angles on IPS/SuperLCD2/Other names for it are just as good if not better than SAMOLED. I'll give you the fact that contrast ratio / black levels is better on SAMOLED, but pixel aragnement is better on IPS (not pentile). I'll also give you that colors are more vibrant on SAMOLED, but I will say that it's not a good thing. It's waaaay oversaturated, colors are far from accurate. So for icons and graphics it generally looks great (apart from blueish or greenish tones) but for photos, the colors are just wrong.

        • bevardimusg

          I'll agree about the colors sometimes being oversaturated I guess (which is why I prefer plasma screens to LED-LCD on my HDTVs), but it's a phone, damn it. And the viewing angles are absolutely NOT as good on an IPS screen as with SAMOLED. Compare the Nexus 7(IPS) to the GNex(SAMOLED), for example (I have both). If you look straight on at both of them, it's fine. But start tilting the Nexus 7's screen in any direction, or try viewing it while someone else is holding it, and you start seeing the GLARING weaknesses of LCD: it's as if the backlight bleeds out over the actual image and there is this GLARE that's blocking you from seeing what's actually on the screen (sorry I can't think of a better word to describe it). SAMOLED doesn't do that, in fact you can see the screen just as well from any angle. That's my reasoning for preferring it.

          • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

            It's fine to like the colors it displays, I personally don't. When I'm looking at a screen I want to see the real colors, not over-saturated ones. The Nexus 7's screen isn't as high quality as phones like the One X and Evo 4G LTE that use IPS technology. The viewing angles on those devices are absolutely faultless.

  • http://twitter.com/LiiIiikEaBau5 LiiIiikEaBau5

    If it really comes with 8 GB, next....

  • http://twitter.com/waseemsakka Waseem Sakka

    Might as well store everything in RAM

  • PINJ

    It Doesnt Even Look That Good

  • Areikei

    Complaints about the specs of a leaked prototype of an unannounced phone..? Pathetic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/idan.yael Idan Yael

    Whats up with the screen res and the memory? is this a joke?

    • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

      What's wrong with the screen res? As for memory, this is a TEST UNIT. It's quite likely we'll get more size options and even a higher starting point when the real thing is released.

  • briankariu

    Is it just me or does the front look exactly like the LG nitro HD without the capacitive buttons?

    • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

      I can see that. Personally I thought of the general shape of the front of the Gnexus before that though.

  • Darkseider

    8 Gig storage is anemic when it comes to local storage. Cloud or no cloud the need to for a larger local store is necessary. Google seems to have already realized this and are releasing a 32 Gig Nexus 7. You would think that the low end "Next Nexus" would have 16 gig as a minimum. Here's hoping this is only for validation and testing and a 16 gig model will be the baseline.

  • Jared Meyering

    Why is the icon spacing in the dock so narrow. That isn't the current spacing on JB.

    • bevardimusg

      That's a good spot, Jared. It is curious-looking, and makes me doubt the authenticity of the photos.


    Is this a freaking joke? Worst Nexus produced

  • http://twitter.com/Interceptor18 Zain shahid

    Love it . Looks like the Galaxy Nexus but with much better materials and finish. And lets not forget the astounding processor

  • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

    People, don't freak out about how it only has 8 GB's of storage. It's quite likely that since these are test units that they wouldn't be fully specced out storage wise. I think we'll get at least a 16 GB size option as well, it's even possible that 8 GB won't be an option at all and that it will start at 16. Don't get angry until the actual announcement.

  • Simon Belmont

    The Optimus G that it's based on has 32GB of storage. I assume a 32GB storage variant of the LG Nexus will exist.

    The 8GB and 16GB ones might just be for direct sales from Google
    Play, to keep price down, like the Galaxy Nexus has only 16GB on Google
    Play. Carrier branded LG Nexus' may have more storage capacity.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psycho_maniac_ Jerry Lange

    Is it me or is there less glitter on the back?