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LG Nexus 4 prototype full preview appears, featuring a SIM card tray

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LG Nexus 4 prototype full preview appears, featuring a SIM card tray
Just as promised, the Russian tech blog that's got a hold on an LG Nexus 4 from the testing office nearby, posted a full preview of the handset, and it certainly looks like a great addition to the Nexus lineup, with a sharp 4.7" 1280x720 pixels IPS LCD display, featuring the same in-cell touch tech found in the iPhone 5. Also similar to Apple's handset, it features a micro SIM card tray loading mechanism.

The folks Tech Onliner say that there was indeed no memory card slot, and just 8GB of internal memory on the prototype unit they have, which seems to be indeed a very early preview unit, considering the benchmark scores that the monster quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU got.

The camera samples don't look bad either, even those inside, but the previewers mentioned that it was obvious the software wasn't ironed out still, as automatic mode behaved pretty erratic, sometimes boosting contrast and saturation, or mangling the white balance at will.

Hopefully the news on the storage front and the benchmark results will be better for the final retail version, which should be announced later this month by Andy Rubin alongside a new Android 4.2 version (the prototype was running Android 4.1.2), and eventually land on shelves October 29 for $399 SIM-free, sold directly from the Play Store.


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posted on 15 Oct 2012, 02:33 7

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Lg is getting dreamier and dreamier.......mmmmmm lol

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 09:53 3

24. temodumbadze (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


i think cameras design should have been more badass :)))

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 21:52

39. fanesxx (Posts: 73; Member since: 19 May 2011)


i'm sick of these teasing previews.........i want that phone now

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:05 1

2. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Only 8gb and no sd card slot? Why

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:07 2

4. PersianHobo (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


galaxy s3 would feel insecure :p

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:21 9

6. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


After selling more than 20 million units it would'nt be s3 which needs to worry about insecurity. lol

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:50 3

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


i think thats jus for the prototype bro the real one should have more :)

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 04:14 2

12. adelta90 (Posts: 63; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


this is only a prototype
let us wait and see after the official release

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 10:00

25. spookytj (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Sep 2012)


If they are aiming for a more midrange price like 400 dollars off contract they may be sacrificing some capacity. the average user wouldnt really need much more than that anyway. If you dont put music or video actually on the phone then its perfectly fine for apps to have 8gb, even if its 5-6gb after os and other files

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 12:58

29. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Because they are not to be sold, why would pre-release hardware have more than that, they will never go on sale /slap

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 14:31

30. 12013E12T (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


Don't forget they mentioned that this was just the prototype, so there's still a chance that the retail version can come with 16GB or even 32GB

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:52

41. peacekeeper05 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Why would they increase the cost of building a prototype by putting in a higher capacity storage?

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 16:52

43. AcidSugar1414 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Because pretty soon internal storage isn't going to matter. As long as you have personal cloud storage you're going to be able to stream things like music, movies, and pictures from your home storage. Check out Western Digital's My Book Live setups. Its awesome.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:07

3. PersianHobo (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


anyone got any ideas on what the green dot is about in picture #9? if this phone has LED notification, it will be a cherry on top

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:30 3

7. Seymur (unregistered)


of course it's LED, what else

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 06:57 1

19. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yup, LED notification, placed exactly where it was on the Galaxy Nexus.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 01:38

44. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


its either a notification LED or a Uranium depository where a nano drop will give you an estimated 48 hours of talk time and up to 2 months standby battery life...
...ofcourse its an LED why else would they post that pic

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:09

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


really nice looking phone but i wish at the back, it will have a kevlar finish! :)

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:32

8. Seymur (unregistered)


i thought you like only BlackBerry

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:50 3

10. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


lol no.. i like nokia phones, blackberry, apple sony and motorola!

but i like LG's design!!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 05:22

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Same 2. But do dislike W7&8!

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 03:49 2

9. Savage (unregistered)


I am itching for a new Nexus phone but only 8 GB storage option is a bad move. Still waiting for official announcement.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 04:29 3

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


buy this 8gb for $399 and a nexus 7 8gb for $199 will just cost $598 only for 16gb...

That way you can enjoy double battery life, enjoy big 7 inches screens and can operate with one hand when anwering the phone :)

I'm kinda envy that all iphone cost same price with 16gb and cannot enjoy the big screen like android user has... you should think at the positive site when you considered it...

hope my budgeting for you is useful :D

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 04:36 2

14. Savage (unregistered)


Haha, Cool idea bro.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 04:38 1

15. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thank you, I'm glad that helpful :D

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 05:25 1

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Smaaaaart girl. It was helpfull.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 06:07 2

18. IgorEfremenko (Posts: 33; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


Guys, onliner.by is a Belarusian site, not Russian.
I guess you don't see the difference, but I'd like to see more respect to my country :)

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 07:02 2

20. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


So happy this is an early prototype, that means there might be a chance of a different pattern on the back glass rather than that bedazzled look, maybe carbon fiber-ish like the pattern on the Optimus G for AT&T. Can't wait for this to release.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 07:04

21. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


I wonder if samsung can do a better job than this? Not that lg nexus is bad but i expected more. in terms of audio quality, memory and camera

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 07:31

22. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Its an early prototype so hold off your judgments until the product is released for consumption, I might get the LG Nexus depends on how good the camera is but I expect it to come with 16GB, which is what kept me from buying the Galaxy Nexus and went with S2

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:29

40. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


perhaps... lets wait and see.. might be going for the asus padfone 2. 2012 is the year of great mobile tech (except iphone 5. major blow)

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 07:56

42. peacekeeper05 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


No. They made the last two Nexus and it wasn't good at all. Build is very plasticky, and the camera is really bad.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 08:16

23. Twitch016 (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


This sounds stupid to point out on such a high-level device, but I'm very, very happy that a big LED is coming back. It's one of my favorite features on the Galaxy Nexus that I rely on constantly (thanks to the Light Flow app). It adds so much utility and may have become an essential feature for how I use phones.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 10:54

26. The_Innovation (Posts: 567; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Shouldn't it have had the highest benchmark results?

Quad-Core 1.5Ghz Adreno 320 (top of the line), 2GB ram...

HTC One X beat it? What?

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 11:14 1

27. remixfa (Posts: 14151; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


The software may not be properly optimized yet.

However, that is a damn low benchmark.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 11:39 1

28. The_Innovation (Posts: 567; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yea because when benchmarks leaked for the Optimus G (the same specs of the LG Nexus), they were rated on top. So I guess this is some prototype version.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 14:35

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yeah, supposedly this was a very early prototype from about 2 months or so ago. When it releases it should be MUCH better.

One thing I might wish for though is that the LG Nexus won't be a flagship, but will be a mid-range offering and the statements about S4 Pro and 2 GB RAM were wrong. Maybe Sony, HTC, or Motorola will make the real flagship Nexus.

But that is pretty much impossible, and those low benchmarks were due to unofficial software... But a man can dream

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 15:02

32. The_Innovation (Posts: 567; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Wouldn't you want all of them to have real flagships? Why would you wish for this to be a mid-range device?

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 15:43

33. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I do kind of want all of them to be flagships in their own respective ways, but I'm thinking about the possibilities of making a mid-range Nexus; it would expand the area of consumers it would appeal to, being cheaper and all, while still giving a good experience to the user and making a good name for the Nexus brand.

Making a Nexus just being slightly more powerful than the current Galaxy Nexus, that still runs perfectly with Jelly Bean, could be a very good idea. Though some may argue the Galaxy Nexus will be the "mid-range" Nexus because it does technically have the same effect as making this LG Nexus a mid-range, but I think the fact that this will be a newer product along with being affordable will make it appeal more to the consumer.

It seems as though LG is really trying to impress us this year with their selection of devices, and that might make the LG Nexus the best option of the possible Nexi in terms of specs. However, even though Google is holding LG's hand and walking them through all of this like a child, I still think LG will find a way to screw this up. The name "LG" just makes me kind of cringe. So, if they were to make a mid-range Nexus; they would have less of a chance of messing that up and making the Nexus brand seem less valuable. If LG can make a decent super phone, they should be able to make a great mid-range, you know?

And then there are my own selfish reasons of course.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 15:59

34. The_Innovation (Posts: 567; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yea I was actually thinking about the Galaxy Nexus's future. It might stick around be considered that mid-range device you speak of, as far as hardware. But I believe Nexus is more about Software than hardware. Running on the latest and most innovative software.

But let's see how LG does when these phones are actually released. (the Optimus G and the LG Nexus). I saw a CNET review that said the Optimus G has a really bad battery life and the camera sucks as well.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 16:14

35. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I think instead of the Galaxy Nexus sticking around, it should be replaced by a mid-range Nexus. it won't be much of an upgrade, but consumers will be more attracted to it with the "new" tag on it. And plus there were things wrong with the Galaxy Nexus that LG could improve on. Build quality and the display are the two biggest examples. Though I really like the S-Amoled HD display on the Galaxy Nexus, just give people one less thing to complain about by giving them an IPS LCD HD display.

The Nexus is more used to being a standard that can be topped rather than a competitor for the best specs. But the superb software makes up in all aspects for the lack of pure power.

I don't really expect much out of the Optimus G, because it's LG. I expect more out of the Optimus Nexus because it's LG being led by Google. Google should lead LG into making the right decisions with the Nexus, rather than have them make the same mistakes they did with their past products.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 17:26

36. smartphonelover (Posts: 36; Member since: 26 Nov 2009)


I actually love the camera design. I think this thing is definitely taking on the iPhone in the looks department, while most phones in let's say the Verizon's droid line go for the more tougher guy look. I might even consider this over the Verizon HTC phablet that's been rumored. the phablet might have an awesome ppi that's woops everything on the market, but this thing should have the same awesome IPS screen as the LG Optimus G. I've never liked LG's programming on their smartphones. It seems they have great technology, but sucky programming. So a pure google LG phone sounds awesome to me :) I'm hoping that it comes to Verizon.

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 19:14

37. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6732; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I want the ARTICLE TO SAY SD CARD SLOT FOUND so i can buy it WHEN IT LAUNCHES

posted on 15 Oct 2012, 20:44

38. Ksupowercat13 (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


I really hope that those benchmarks are just because this is a prototype cause those are terrible!!!

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