PhoneArena has obtained an image of something that definitely looks like it could be a white Nexus 4. Here's the photo in question.


The quality isn't fantastic, but what we're looking at does appear to be a Nexus 4 that's been through a serious bleaching. The reflective pores are still present (see the bottom-right of the photo), and the camera module now appears to have a slightly visible border. This may just be a result of the fact that the white color shows the outline more clearly.

What are our alternative explanations? If this were an amateur paintjob, it'd certainly be a high-quality one, as the 'nexus' text looks perfectly intact. It would also be hard to retain those little reflective bits after they'd been painted over.

As for the possibility of image editing, well, I don't claim to be an expert. A quick look in Fotoforensics and a general perusing  of the pixels didn't yield any anomalies to my eyes, though feel free to correct me on that front.

This picture was taken with a model E975 Optimus G - likely the standard issue 'company phone' for LG's mobile division - though this particular model isn't very common. The E975 is a variant sold primarily in Australia, though it can be found through various online retailers in Asia, as well. Based on that information, I would venture that, most likely, we're looking at a prototype white Nexus 4 taken by someone at LG, or at least the chassis for one.

The thing about prototypes, though, is they don't necessarily portend that a real product is nearing release. Apple fans will recall the debacle of the white iPhone 4, which wasn't available until a whopping 10 months after the black version because of manufacturing difficulties. The white Galaxy Nexus was a fairly rare bird, as well.

So, even if this picture is the real deal (and I'm personally inclined to think it is), this isn't a guarantee of impending release. Then again, given there have been white version of the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and the Nexus 7 (only for I/O attendees, though), it's seeming a lot more likely as of today.

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David Ruddock
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  • Bariman43

    Still didn't solve the major problem the Nexus 4 has: the glass back.

    • DeathsReign

      Not a major problem, dropped mine about 4 feet at a club about a month ago. Two weeks ago I dropped my phone about 3.5 feet while going up some stairs at school, it also bounced down two steps and nothing happened to it. Your point is invalid.

      • TK

        Your point is ridiculous. Look at any set of reviews anywhere. Just because one person is happy with their device doesn't mean there's a lack of a problem. I dropped mine and it didn't break but we are two people out of a million. You can't possibly make your single subjective experience the standard for everything.

        • Tyler Jones

          I've dropped mine a fair amount and i have had no problems in that regard. The only thing about the glass back is it gets a lot of small scratches

  • kdemoya

    I don't know if its just me, but I see the logo misaligned...

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      I think its just the angle of the shot, but yeah looks a teeny tiny bit funky.

  • dalex7777

    I guess I'll be picking one of these up at Google I/O this year.

  • NW_Raver

    Are you serious? An hour after I buy one from the play store?

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

      Does it really matter though? The black Nexus 4 is beautiful - I should know, I own one.

    • Wayne Randall

      I guess you need something new to complain about, huh?

      While the white is nice, there's a stigma with white phones that I just can't subscribe to. Beautiful as it may be, I'm very happy with my OG N4.

    • TK

      And I'm sure after you waited the past 3 months, you'd be overly excited to wait another...??? no one knows ???...to get a white one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MarianoK Mariano K

    ...my wife wants one, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, now Nexus 4 all in white... great!

  • SJC80

    Not that it means anything but it's been on a certain UK retailer's product code list for a month or two already.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

    It'll be like a rare albino rhino. They exist. You heard of them. But you may never see one.

  • Arturo Guerrero

    If the white nexus 4 comes with 32gb it will be a dream come true.

  • http://twitter.com/VetteTech1776 Oscar Serrato

    And i JUST bought a 16 GB one from the Play Store 30 minutes ago! If they announce a 32 GB model now i'm gonna be PISSED. They better give us folks Play Store Credit because i feel like i've just been FUCKED. I dont mind that it's white, i prefer the black. What i'm worried is that it'll be 32 GB's for $350 right after i bought 16 GB

    • Wayne Randall

      That'll teach you for buying into a rapidly changing landscape, because it won't surprise me at all if the 16 replaces the 8 and a 32 is introduced. Did you not pay attention to the N7? From now on, save your money and live you gadget dreams vicariously through product reviews. Pro Tip: print the review pics of your dream device and cut it out of 50lb paper. Throw it in your pocket. #winning

      You whiners piss me off. Bitch because you can't have one, then you finally get one, and you bitch because it's the wrong color or storage size. Go sign up on XDA if you want to piss and moan. I don't feel bad for a single one of you kids.


      • http://twitter.com/VetteTech1776 Oscar Serrato

        Wow you're a fucking douchebag, fuck off you piece of shit anonymous nerd. You're too scared to talk shit irl so you're online anonymously. Faggot. . .

  • http://profiles.google.com/marcusleejh Marcus Lee

    Not interested unless the the top, bottom and side bezels on the FRONT are white as well.

    • Russ

      Not much chance of that; the previous white Nexus phones were white back, black front and the white Optimus G is white back, black front as well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominik.awesome Dominik Leko
    • TK

      Oy, that brings up a good point, the bumper would have to be white too.

    • Tyler Jones

      The white model is a complete waste of the front is still black. That's a completely stupid design decision

  • Christopher Saylor

    If it was real, why would you only take one picture?