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

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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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

24. temodumbadze

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 10, 2012

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

39. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

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


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Only 8gb and no sd card slot? Why

4. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

galaxy s3 would feel insecure :p


Posts: 328; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

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

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

12. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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

25. spookytj

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 17, 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

29. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

30. 12013E12T

Posts: 37; Member since: Sep 08, 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

41. peacekeeper05

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

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

43. AcidSugar1414

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 16, 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.

3. PersianHobo

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 29, 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

7. Seymur unregistered

of course it's LED, what else

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

44. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 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

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

8. Seymur unregistered

i thought you like only BlackBerry

10. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

lol no.. i like nokia phones, blackberry, apple sony and motorola! but i like LG's design!!


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Same 2. But do dislike W7&8!

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.

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

14. Savage unregistered

Haha, Cool idea bro.

15. wendygarett unregistered

Thank you, I'm glad that helpful :D


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Smaaaaart girl. It was helpfull.

18. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 30, 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 :)

20. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

21. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 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

22. Retro-touch unregistered

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

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