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If you had  your doubts before, they should be all but settled. The rumored LG Nexus phone that we saw the other day has changed hands and re-appeared in high-quality photos on Onliner. Of course, these aren't actually designed for release to the media, as the device still has "Not for sale" emblazoned over the back, indicating that this is a prototype and not a consumer-ready model. However, there is no shortage of brightly lit angles and, for some reason, the phone held up next to a stuffed parrot. All Nexuses should be introduced this way.

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The photos don't give us much more information than we've already had. We can see now that the headphone jack is on the top of the device, so the purpose of the two little holes in the bottom is still a mystery. We can also see a clear shot of several WiFi networks including access to Beltelecom and EPAM, confirming that these leaks are coming out of Belarus. Please save your Fresh Prince jokes until the end of the article. But seriously, there's no surprise here - this is the same unit that appeared previously in a Belarusian marketplace forum called Baraholka, which is, curiously, owned by Onliner. The original sale page is now deleted and the seller banned. From what we're hearing, the device was purchased by another person who goes by the name 4shael on XDA and is now on loan to Onliner.

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This is about as official-looking as it can get without an LG executive standing on a stage with a Google engineer. Like it or not (and we're sure we'll hear plenty from both camps), that spangly back is here to stay. Probably. There's always the possibility that this is an early prototype and the design has changed, but we don't normally see this many leaks for a device without being pretty close to the final design.

We also note that this one doesn't appear to have the same curved display that has been the trademark of the Nexus phones for the last two generations. Also, when it's not using custom backgrounds, we still see the stock Jelly Bean wallpaper. Which doesn't mean anything by itself, but it could lend more credence to the idea that this device will run Android 4.2 and still be called Jelly Bean. We've been told this device is currently running 4.1.2, however, the OS is listed in screenshots as JellyBeanMR1, whereas the 4.1.2 update was MR0, so it's a little unclear at this point. A new Nexus running an already-released version of Android isn't exactly common.

Update: Onliner published a 360 degree interactive view of the phone along with some sample photos taken with its camera:

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So, what do you think? Now that you can get a real good look at the device, do you want it or not?

Source: Onliner

Thanks, ffh2303 and Andrew!

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Tony

    All I know is I want that parrot!

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      How many gigs are in the parrot?

      • Logan B.

        Does the parrot have bluetooth or wifi?

        • Eoin

          Is there an SD-card slot on the parrot?

        • abqnm

          NFC only. Sorry.

    • TweetrGuy

      its a 3TB Parrot. It has Bluetooth, WiFi, and a microSIM, since a nexus parrot there is no SD-Card slot. I know all of this because I got to handle one this weekend.

      • TweetrGuy

        Sorry forgot to mention the parrot comes with something called "Customization Centre" and something called "Project Flight Path".

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.vainshtein Alex Vainshtein

    I prefer this parrot over this nexus

  • vidoardes

    Press shot? This is just a Belarusian tech site getting hold of the prototype we've already seen and taking some better photo's of it... what makes you think any of this is final?

    • ddpacino

      "Press-y"...

      • vidoardes

        Not my fault they have changed the article HEAVILY since I posted that... Liberal use of an edit button and backpeddaling

        • ddpacino

          Your comment may have been why they changed it, lol.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      This article hasn't been edited at all since you posted this comment. I stated that these are obviously not press shots. I also pointed out the "not for sale" emblazoned on the back. This was in the initial draft of the article.

  • Bariman43

    It looks like a Nexus. I like it. Although since it's not Samsung, we won't be getting that pretty curved screen. Still, I like my Galaxy Nexus as it is, so I think I'll pass on this one, especially if rumors of 8GB storage are true.

    • ddpacino

      It's only slightly curved at the bottom, damn near flat when face down. IF untreated, I like the colors in the photo comparison with the i5. Want to see and hear more about this G2 touch hybrid display and how it improves battery life.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    It looks like the battery is non removable, that would be an interesting (apple like) step for google to take

    • Guest

      This isn't Google's phone. If the rumor holds true (which I'm slowly beginning to doubt), this is LG making a phone and Google giving it Nexus certification.

      • Greyhame

        Interesting. That would explain the "with" Google on the back. But now that I look at my GNex on VZW, it doesn't even have Google's name on the back at all.

        • Southrncomfortjm

          "with Google" is just how the prototype Nexuses are labeled. I think the GNEX had "with Google" on it when it was in the prototype stage.

          • ddpacino

            Was a Gnex prototype ever even shown?! I remember Samsung teases until the big reveal. Maybe a leak or two, but it was probably the final product.

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        I always took the "multiple nexus devices" to be about the 7, Q and new phone. There was (as far as I could see) no reason to think it was about many phone.

        • ericl5112

          The original rumor was about 5 nexi (N7, NQ, LG Nexus?, Samsung Nexus 10?, another Nexus phone?) and subsequent rumors have been that there will be no theoretical limit to nexus devices. It will merely be an extra certification process.

      • ddpacino

        Well then, there better be better options. If I can squeeze 14+ hours out that thing on LTE, then I have no worries. Otherwise, show me something Googorola! [Razr Maxx-like]

      • jordanjay29

        Except the Nexus "certification" has historically been synonymous for the phone being a "Google" phone. Google has also handled the marketing of the device, not the manufacturer, hence why it's currently available on the Play Store.

  • Ken

    This thing keeps popping up. This isgoing to be a nexus wether ppl like it or not

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Nexus phones are more about software than hardware, but its disappointing to see what appear to be some glaring hardware missteps (8gb? Non-removable battery? Unless battery is 2500+mAh)

  • bL4Ck

    I like it, but the 8GB rumor scares me.
    Google/LG i'm saying it ONCE, 32gb or GTFO from the market.

    • hasan

      At the very least 16GB. I have 8GB on my phone at the moment + 8GB SDcard, and that seems about enough.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stewart.g.higgins Stewart Higgins

        I have 16gb and a 32gb uhs-i mSD, it's barely enough. 32 and 64 should be the standard for localised storage space on sd-less devices. Games are ~1gb, flac albums ~500mb, and HD videos need plenty of quick-writing storage space. Also, 720p+ screens should be playing 720p videos, and that's around ~1gb/hr w/ mkvs. I will not use my upgrade until I can get a decent 64gb device. I'm sure many will buy a 16gb phone, but I'm sure there are many like me too.

        • nukeblitz

          Seconded.I'm pretty sure it will launch with 8 and 16 GB though as LG won't want competition.

          Then again I'm thinking that the 8GB version will exist solely to have a killer entry price

          • Chris Wueste

            HTC One X+ on ATT will have 64GB supposedly.

          • nukeblitz

            I mean.t that LG won't want competition with the optius G, especially since I'm pretty sure this will retail for significantly less

    • József Király

      What if... What if LG made it possible to add SD card(s)? Actually, two SD card slots would be awesome...

  • Aleebaan

    I actually think it looks great! Could have been a smaller bezel though, but compared to the new iPhone it doesn't look that big actually. Looks pretty small for a 4.7 incher.... Will definetly buy it if the specs are like the Optimus G! Saving money... :D

    • ddpacino

      I looks almost identical to the Galaxy Nexus, and it's screen is 4.65".

      My big worry is the headphone jack on top?! That will serious upset me lol And what are thos other two apparent "holes" on the bottom?

      • Killer

        The two holes at the bottom are the screw holes right? Just like the Optimus G. Thats all it could be.

        • ddpacino

          Ahh, iPhoney... to open the device since the battery cover isn't removable. Smell another lawsuit, smh. Gotdammit

          I STILL want my headphone on the bottom tho, lol. Here's to hoping there are other Nexus phones along with this. 8GB & non-removable battery are dealbrakers for me, if this is true. We shall see.

  • qak

    Kinda looks like LG took Samsung's galaxy nexus and changed very, very little but the rear camera placement and the headphone jack placement. Little apple-esque :/

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      To be fair, the Galaxy Nexus design is pretty distinct from the rest of the Samsung line. More likely, this is Google's design influence. And, for what it's worth, I really don't think it looks all that Apple-like. the corners are broader, the top and bottom edges are more curved, and, obviously, that back is wildly different.

      • vidoardes

        I assume by Apple-esque, he meant the practise of changing very little, not the actual design itself

      • qak

        Oh no, I didn't mean it LOOKS like iPhone. I meant that its kind of like google is having the Nexi all look similar, like iPhones do. I used to have the original iphone, then 3gs, then Infuse, now Galaxy Nexus. I didn't like that iphones all look almost the exact same. And I wish that nexus devices would look somehow distinguished from each other, but I admit I have no suggestions for how they'd do so, so i can't really complain. Sorry for the confusion.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

          Ah, I misunderstood. And I suppose it's true that Nexus phones do tend to look pretty similar so far. That may be by design. The Nexus line is pretty clearly Google's attempt to create some coherence in the Android world. Whether it's a good or bad thing that each new piece of hardware looks remarkably similar to the others is pretty much up to the consumer to decide. Personally, I like the look, but you're right, there's not much variation.

          I suppose we can only hope that the multiple Nexus rumor is true and that it will lead to more styles of devices. Still, Google sees a need to compete with the reliability of iOS and Windows Phone. They have the rest of the ecosystem to experiment wildly, but the point of the Nexus is to provide users with a center. They may simply decide to deviate as little as possible on purpose.

          • marcusmaximus04

            "And I suppose it's true that Nexus phones do tend to look pretty similar so far."

            Except, you know, the Nexus 1.

        • patapongirl

          This is when multiple nexus devices from different manufacturers come in.

  • roland

    can we have more than 8 gigabyte

    • btod

      I'm sure they will get their act together and release a 32 gb version soon like they are doing the nexus 7.

  • Greyhame

    "However, there is no shortage of brightly lit angles and, for some reason, the phone held up next to a stuffed parrot. All Nexuses should be introduced this way."

    Haha, awesome.

  • casbar

    Where's the pogo pins?

    • ddpacino

      Why? I don't believe ant accessories even came for the Galaxy Nexus for that.

      • casbar

        I use a dock that has pogo pins daily with my Gnex.

        • ddpacino

          Really? Didn't know one existed. I miss the touchstone w/ my Pre. Hope this new wireless charging is similar.

          • Jaymoon

            The Unlocked GSM version is sold directly from Google (but sold out at the moment).

            The Verizon and Sprint Gnex are a tad bit thicker, so they have their own version of the dock: http://amzn.com/B006NYP83Q

  • Kyle

    Hmm... no 3-pin dock connector? Well, it's not like they have created any accessories for my VZW GNex or Nexus 7 so I guess it doesn't matter...

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      Wireless charging... :P

  • James

    I'm thinking this has to have over 8gbs given all other specs. Maybe just the demos have 8. Regardless, it's powerful... though its only one year after the Galaxy, it's probably two hardware cycles above it.

    • abqnm

      I think it is supposed to ship with no user-accessible internal storage (aside from a small amount for apps). In a partnership with AT&T, it will be sold to customers at a cost of $29 but all content on the device will have to be streamed over a data connection. Also wifi will be capped at a maximum of 50% of your total data usage, meaning if you use 200mb of cell data, you cannot use more than 200mb on wifi before being forced back to cell data.

      • jordanjay29

        lol?

        • abqnm

          Haha at the rate the carriers are going, I wouldn't be surprised to see this type of business model soon.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Don't these people have confidentiality agreements? Meaning there would be big ramifications if they get caught? The amount of leaks is staggering.

    • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

      This leak is probably sanctioned by both LG and Google given that they haven't cracked down on the person leaking these photos. There are a lot of identifying features that it wouldn't be that hard for LG or Google to know who this person is. Still, that 8GB of storage is a huge step backwards especially if it's non-expandable.

      • Southrncomfortjm

        I agree on the 8gb. 8gb is laughable. 16gb is doable. 32gb is comfortable. 16gb with a good/great camera and solid battery and I'm sold. 32gb and a low end camera and small battery and Google can forget it.

    • Logan B.

      You've gotta create hype somehow. Sadly, they didn't try to keep the leaks secret enough, so it's not nearly as exciting. Poor planning, LG, poor planning...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This is the same unit that's now appearing for the 3rd time. It's just changing hands.

  • casbar

    Oh! And Nexus phones don't say 'with Google'.

    • vidoardes

      Prototype ones do

      • casbar

        Proof? I have had every Nexus to date and I don't think any of them said 'with Google' once images were leaked.

        • TweetrGuy

          Do you know what a prototype is?

          • casbar

            Yes.

          • TweetrGuy

            Then why are you asking for proof, when you own the final product and not the prototype?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

      I've seen Android phones sold reading "with Google." I believe the Sidekick 4G reads that and I'm pretty positive the original Nexus had it.

      • casbar

        Nope. Every Nexus says 'Google' on the back with the exception of the Nexus 7 which says 'Nexus'.

      • hasan

        My LG Optimus 2X says 'with Google' on the back cover.

        • casbar

          Yes but it is not a Nexus.

          • kokopuffs

            WHO CARES

          • casbar

            The people on this site who are trying to decipher these images. Are you missing the point?

        • Bzuuuuu

          @hasan: That's the point... Because it's not a "Pure Google", Nexus phone.

      • Bzuuuuu

        You're wrong pal. The 1st Nexus phone (Nexus One) says just "Google", as the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. The "with Google" is widely used by some manufacturers for non Nexus devices running Android (Huawei, LG, etc.)

    • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

      Lg do, Optimus 2X P990 has with google :D, and it's not nexus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eddie.roseberry Eddie Roseberry

    I would most certainly purchase this used, six months after the fact, on ebay, off contract like I did with the GNexus. Assuming it has a min of 16 GB that is. I still am holding out for multiple "Nexi". It doesn't seem likely now....

  • shakerya

    I want it.. doesn't mean I'll get it. No monies.

  • Zak Taccardi

    Color me disappointed. No curved display, no sAMOLED screen - those are trademarks of the nexus line!

    • vidoardes

      I'd assume they want to run as far away from SAMOLED as possible, given how bad it looks next to IPS and LCD. Best part of the upgrade from the GNex if you ask me

    • ericl5112

      Nexus One. In other words, no, those things are only on 2 nexus devices (granted the N1 had an amoled screen). I'd like to see the curved screen continue, and become a Nexus trademark. The SAMOLED thing is more of a Samsung trademark than a nexus one.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com Dagmar Schneitz

    I prefer this parrot over many of this devices that are out today.

  • Killer

    The two holes at the bottom are the screw holes right? Just like the Optimus G. Thats all it could be.

  • imaman

    i'm definatly getting this phone! it will go so well with my pink hot pants and my new shiny bag.
    Phone for gays and girls.

    • flosserelli

      Yeah, the glittery battery cover means I won't need to buy a blingy case with fake jewels.

      /s

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001144455023 Michael J Carroll

    I wonder if they will use the same pricing structure as the Nexus 7?

  • Jared Meyering

    Still trying to figure out why the icon spacing on the dock seems off. Is that just me?

    • grellanl

      The screen's 768 wide rather than the 720 of the GNex. That could account for it.

      • Jared Meyering

        That wouldn't account for the narrow spacing between icons and the wide space on the ends. It should space evenly as it does on every single build of jellybean thats been released by google.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wrg25 Will Gonzalez

    8 GB of Storage is for the PROTOTYPE Model...FOR TESTING.....

    last year the Galaxy Nexus Prototype was 8GB, but for the final product we got a 16 and 32 model....... just wait until Google/LG made this device Official.............. and even if you guys don't like LG Products cause of experience in the past, keep in mind that Google chose them for a reason and they co-Design the device together and as for all Nexus devices! Google will update the thing themselves............ There will be a 16GB Model at Launch, it's obvious, and a 32GB model is still Possible since The Nexus 7 will get it, all rumor but possible!

    After all.... we're getting a Quad-Core Processor clock at 1.5GHZ with 2GB of Ram an 8MP Camera and a Display with a better resolution then the current GNexus...

    This upcoming Nexus if the Specifications are correct! Will have more Processing power(1.5GHZ SnapDragon S4 Pro) and more Ram(2GB) than the iPhone5 and that is a good thing........

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Thank you. I don't know why everyone's assuming it'll only come in 8GB. This is a prototype. It doesn't say anything about 16GB or 32GB - just that this particular prototype has 8.

      • nukeblitz

        I still think the 8GB version will exist. If I'm not mistaken, Google is trying to popularize buying unlocked phones in the us like the rest of the world...and I think it will exist solely to make sure the phone has a killer price tag.

        Here's my guess.
        8GB version at $399
        16GB version at $449

        There may or may not be a 32GB version - I'm not sure LG will want competition with their optimusG.

        Then again, I could be completely off base and Google really IS being thick headed

      • nukeblitz

        And right after I posted that last message, i see this

        http://bytenow.net/2012/10/11/lg-nexus-october-29th/

        • nukeblitz

          And this

          http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-57530838-85/google-reportedly-recruiting-for-a-nexus-call-center/

          Protip: Use Google reader, and subscribe to to allmentions of "nexus" on Google news. I did that with the app on phone and it works brilliantly

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I saw that - I'm pretty sure they're just talking about the prototypes that already leaked and this info didn't come from their source. Either way, again, it's just prototypes - that doesn't mean anything.

    • abqnm

      Plus it will be the first LG Android phone to ever receive software updates!

      • Tyler Chappell

        ahaha, gave me a good chuckle, I still hope my mom's Lucid receives ICS by the end of the year.

  • patapongirl

    I LOVE the fact that LG follows/keeps the Nexus-look with this device.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=663640163 Jonathan McKenzie

    It better have LTE if it doesn't I can't really see myself buying it

  • NexusMarts

    How about the notification light?

    • abqnm

      The whole screen flashes for missed notifications. It even has the gradual increase and decrease in brightness like the Galaxy Nexus.

  • moelsen8

    what if this was all a big plotted distraction to keep the rest of the nexuses hidden? :P

  • Mr Holiday

    Definitely do want. Saving as we ... type.

  • nukeblitz

    I think that there will be a 8 GB version and that it will have a killer price tag like the N7. Not necessarily $200 but something impressive for a phone with specs like that.

    I'm also sure that there will at least be a 16GB version. I'm pretty sure Google learnt that from nexus 7 sales.

    My guess is that 8GB version exists to gather hype and the 16GB version exists to make profits.

    The only question is, will there be a 32GB version. Will LG allow competition o the optimusG

  • Bauhg

    I hope that fuck face on the back disappears

  • hasan

    The holes in the bottom of the phone are for the attachment of the case that is used to disguise the phone, as you can notice in the early leaked photos of the phone.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Interesting theory, though I do have to wonder why they'd drill holes when they can easily make a case that doesn't require them - just like every other case on the market.

      • jordanjay29

        So that if someone picked it up at a bar, they wouldn't be able to just pop off the case and take photos while the owner was in the bathroom.

  • WITTERU

    I have been so impressed with my Galaxy Nexus experience and followed up by my Nexus 7 experience that I would have no problem buying any new Nexus phone. Assuming that multiple nexus phones do appear this fall then it will be all about form factor and specs ... the way it should be

  • L boogie

    going to reserve judgement until the official word drops plus im looking forward to the other nexus phones and that nexus10 tablet as well.... google needs to start launching devices starting with 16GB minimum especially with the amount of apps, games etc that take up a good chunk of the internal storage capacity and removable battery is a must for phones anyway, not feeling the Apple-esque aspect of that by OEMs.....the LG nexus is cool but waiting for the official ball to drop and unlike LG's past devices, is that parrot gonna get timely updates?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    I really hope other companies are going to put out a Nexus as well. I HATE LG phones. They are crap in this country

  • noname

    кому-то очень влетит за слив этой инфы. если девайс выдан для разработки, то та контора которой он был выдан , просто потеряет проект. Народ который девайс слил, потеряет работу, и возможно еще кто-то останется без работы изза того что нет проекта. Так что если вы попросили устройство у друзей , вы оказали им самую неприятную услугу, какую смогли.

    • Jeff B

      Thanks to Google Translate I have a somewhat understanding on what this says!

  • fixxmyhead

    this or the note2?

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    Optimus G looks better, why they change design?

  • Veritas Aequitas

    Why does everybody keep complaining about the 8gb of memory ? It's just a prototype model and its highly doubtful that Google would let LG ship the Optimus G (the phone the new Nexus is being based on) with 32gb's of memory at launch and not have the same or better in their new flagship Nexus phone. Seriously think about it people. It's not logical. So just chill out, everything will be okay.

    • Leonid Podolny

      Why not? Samsung Nexuses are basically Galaxies with SD slot removed, so it's not inconceivable that the next Nexus will be worse in some respect than its LG counterpart.

  • lordmerovingian

    Hmmm, Galaxy Note II has me a bit hot and bothered. Not an LG fan, big Samsung fan (Epic, Epic 4G Touch, Nexus S, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S3 current)..

  • mduran1023

    I'ld buy it. The hardware on my G2x was decent, and their modern phones have left good impressions with reviewers.

    Decent hardware + Google software = a good Android experience.

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Does the parrot take NFC crackers?

  • http://twitter.com/kfestus kfestus

    Too bezel-y for me. Prefer look of LG Optimus G.

  • Faust

    I hope this gets on T-Mobile this time around.

    I need an upgrade so bad and this works perfectly with me.

  • PINJ

    Its A Weird Chipset. It Doesnt Have A 320/305 Adreno But Four Krait Cores

  • Jim

    @facebook-100000401304449:disqus you my friend have a brain, unlike most of these other people here commenting. I have only ever owned Samsung Android devices, so I cannot comment on what LG has done in the past. But from what I hear, it's not the Hardware that LG has problems with it's the software, and it's a Nexus device.... so the updates will be done by Google.

    So I cannot see why people are shitting on LG so much when the following has not occurred.

    1. No one even is 100% sure this is the final product

    2. How can you lose your shit, when the thing isn't even out or been announced.

    3. 90% of you who own a nexus device will most likely buy it anyways, if it recieve good review so shut up.

    all have a good day.

  • Dan

    Bedazzle-y

    lmao