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Summary:

The next Nexus phone may be based on the LG Optimus G, a 4-7-inch high-resolution handset with a quad-core processor and an ample 2 GB of memory. Leaked specs line up with recent chatter, indicating that this new Nexus could be announced next month.

LG Optimus G

We’re entering the time of year when Google is generally expected to announce a new Nexus handset and rumors have been building for months. Paul O’Brien at MoDaCo comprised a number of reportedly confirmed specifications and details of the next Nexus, and they appear reasonable to me.

I’m a fan of the Nexus line, having owned the original Nexus One only to replace it for a GSM Galaxy Nexus last year. I skipped the Nexus S — debuting in between my two handsets — as I didn’t feel it was enough of an upgrade for my money. If the leaked and reported specs are true, however, I may consider retiring my Galaxy Nexus.

The device, assuming there is only one new Nexus, appears based  upon the LG Optimus G, which would fit Google’s mantra of using different hardware partners for the Nexus line. HTC built the first while Samsung was responsible for the next two. Some of the purported specs include:

  • A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SOC
  • 2 GB of memory
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 1280 x 768 IPS display
  • 8 or 16 GB of storage with no expansion slot
  • A non-removable battery
  • Integrated wireless charging

I’d anticipate the screen size to be 4.7-inches; same as the Optimus G. The current Galaxy Nexus uses a 4.65-inch display and some of the screen is used for software buttons; the next Nexus will likely omit hardware buttons as well. An improvement to the Android operating system wouldn’t surprise either; not Android 5, but an incremental bump to Android 4.2 would be my expectation.

The big updates here over the Galaxy Nexus are the processor, extra memory, and higher resolution camera sensor, but some may see the lack of microSD slot and integrated battery as cons. All in all, however, if these specifications hold true, the next Nexus could find strong appeal, especially if Google can find a way to price it low: The current Galaxy Nexus can be had without contract for $349.

  1. A non removable battery????? Easy there google…dont go the apple way!

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  2. Hello Kevin,
    Would you happen to be privy to Google’s m.o. when a new handset is offered, i.e., Is the previous handset available simultaneously?

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    1. scott sparling Saturday, October 6, 2012

      Yes, previous handset will still be available. Also, ifnext nexus has only 8-16 storage and no ext-sd, …it will flop. Current gnex has 32gb.

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      1. Current GSM Gnex has 16 GB and no memory expansion. ;) You’re talking about the Verizon Nexus, I think….

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