LG Optimus Nexus (LG-E960) leak & rumor palooza: Images, specs, benchmarks, release dates

It is nearing the end of the year again and a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is imminent. The Nexus program is spearheaded by Google each year to bring forth a reference Android device. The first official Nexus smartphone was none other than the HTC Nexus One released back in January 5th 2010, two years ago. Then there were also other Google Android devices that doesn’t carry the Nexus moniker, like the T-Mobile G1 phone and the Motorola XOOM tablet.

There had been several leaks and rumors floating around the past few weeks regarding the next Nexus hero phone, this time it’s made by LG. We’ve been holding off reporting it until we’ve got enough information on this. Now that we do, in this post we’ll going to lay down all the details we knew so far. Hit the break for more details.

MoDaCo founder Paul O’Brien posted on his site last week on the specification details he managed to obtain from sources he trust. The new Nexus from LG is currently known with the model number LG-E960 as obtained by FCC filings and since there isn’t an official market name for the device yet, we’ll be calling the LG Optimus Nexus moving forward (as suggested earlier).

Optimus Nexus will be based on the monster phone, LG Optimus G, and the former’s specs provided by O’Brien are listed below for easy of viewing. Some of these specs were consolidated from other sources as well, like XDA-Developers:

LG Optimus Nexus (LG-E960) Specifications

Processor: Snapdragon S4
CPU: Quad-core ARMv7 1.5GHz
GPU: Adreno 320
ROM: 8GB or 16GB versions only (no external microSD slot)
Display: 4.7-inch 1184 x 768 resolution True-HD IPS screen (320dpi)
Camera: 8-megapixel shooter
Battery: Non-removable (wireless charging supported)
Navigation: On-screen soft keys
Codename: Mako
OS version: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (at least for now)
Kernel: 3.4.0

These are top notch specs to say the least, and we’re pretty excited about this if it’s all true. Unfortunately, Google being Google, storage options are at 8GB and 16GB only, with no microSD support which is very disappointing. We would at least hope for a 32GB version in the future.

Another curious thing to note is that Google’s Android hardwares always use names of fishes; in this case it’s codenamed ‘mako.’ A brief explanation by JBQ of AOSP provides a background of the naming convention.

Android and Me obtained the images of the benchmarks from the person who has the Nexus prototype. It scored a 4207 in Quadrant and 9270 in AnTuTu, both were actually lower than HTC One X’s scores running the Tegra 3 chipset. However, the Optimus Nexus is running a pre-released software and the benchmark apps are not optimized to run on this device yet.

An interesting thing the owner of the prototype told ‘Android and Me’ is that he has actually had the device for “half a year” already; we wonder why it took him that long to leak it now.

The Verge has got an image from a tipster taken from Carphone Warehouse’s inventory system, showing the “LG Nexus 4” already in stock, with black and white color options. Honestly, we wish that the naming convention should be like this from the start.

After the Nexus One by HTC, the second iteration is named Nexus S and the present device is called Galaxy Nexus (both of which are from Samsung). Google later decided to throw back in numbers to their Nexuses and the number in Nexus 7 points to its display size, rather than the generation. Naming the Optimus Nexus, ‘Google Nexus 4 by LG’ will be so confusing as it it doesn’t have a 4-inch display. I wonder what the next Asus Nexus 7 be named; Nexus 7 II 32GB 4G LTE?

Now on to the release dates. French site Le Figaro speculated that the launch date (at least in France and the rest of Europe) will be on October 29th. That day will coincide with with the launch of Windows Phone 8 operating system by Microsoft. We can’t wait to see how all of this will play out in three weeks time. The US launch date is also said to be mid-November.

Which brings us to this thought: If the rumored 3 new Nexus devices to be launched by December were true, nothing much is known yet about the other two devices, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus II and the Sony Xperia Nexus.

Images obtained from:
Android Central
The Verge
Android and Me

*Updated to replace 2012 with 2010 for Nexus One’s year of release.

Reuben Thum's love for technology dates as far back as the Sega Master System era when people are still rocking out on an 8-bit "Dixie's Land" chiptune. His gig as a bartender later did not douse his interest for tech one bit, as he then dedicated a few years of his life assisting users to achieve the same love, deep in the bowels of the tech support world. Currently, he just feels weirded out writing about himself from a third person's perspective.
  • iwonderif

    “HTC Nexus One released back in January 5th 2012, two years ago.” ?????

    • Reuben Thum

      Thanks for pointing that out.