LG Optimus G Nexus minus Verizon exclusivity

By Alan Ng - Oct 4, 2012

There has been a lot of speculation and anxiety over Google’s exciting decision regarding the next Nexus smartphone. The Galaxy Nexus is going to be a tough phone to beat, but we’re now hearing that the future may lie in the hands of LG and their next Optimus G device.

As most of you are aware, Samsung had the honors last year with the Galaxy Nexus, and then again the year before it with the very respectable Nexus S smartphone. This year, it looks like Google are going to be ditching Samsung in favor of partnering with another manufacturer.

HTC had been mentioned as one of the possible candidates after their work on the Nexus One, but it appears that LG has now emerged as the front runners, with the LG Optimus G heavily rumored to be the next official Nexus smartphone. If you haven’t heard anything about this device yet, allow us to run you through some of the device’s specifications.

For starters, it’s going to be packing a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM and a 4.7-inch IPS+ HD display amongst other features. A recent LG press release also confirms that the Optimus G will have either a 13 or 8 megapixel camera, a 2,100 mAh battery powering the device and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system.

Don’t forget that these are the initial features of the standard version of the device – meaning that the Nexus version could and will probably have even better hardware features out of the box. There’s no chance that the next Nexus phone will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, so that’s one area that will already be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by the time the device lands – maybe even Android 4.2 if we’re lucky.

Another major talking point is when this phone is going to be available and on what carriers. LG has already sent out a press release, confirming that the base device will be coming to AT&T and Sprint first. As most of you know, the Galaxy Nexus first arrived on Verizon in the US, so could we possibly see an outcome where Verizon customers will not get their hands on the next Nexus phone at the first opportunity?

On the other hand, it could turn out that AT&T and Sprint gets the standard Optimus G and Verizon will get the Optimus G Nexus instead – who knows. Firstly, what are your thoughts on LG potentially being chosen to build the next Nexus phone – is it a good choice after the Galaxy Nexus in your opinion or not?

For Verizon customers specifically – will you be mad if the next Nexus phone ends up an AT&T and Sprint as exclusives?

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  • Glenn Patrick

    If Verizon doesn’t get it, they have nobody to blame but themselves.

  • blett

    This article is knowingly wrong. Their have been more nexus leaks than you could shake a stick at. Yesterday alone the galaxy nexus 2 had a leaked camera spec and Motorola had a leak itself. Not to say LG is not a contender for the nexus program, Google is changing it to be a whole new and better program with a example from each oem(The customization center app for theams will be the bomb!). Remember they have a place to sell the nexus now on Google play all they need is more PHONES!

    • Glenn Patrick

      Curious to know more about this motorola leak. I haven’t seen it yet. Where’d you see it at? I’d strongly consider a Moto nexus, if the design and price is right.

      • YusufIslam

        My ass moto is going to be nexus this year

  • Adam Estep

    I will definitely be upset if VZW doesn’t get it. This is one area where the iPhone has it right and Google needs to demand a similar offering. All major carriers at the same time is the best way to go. I’ve already waited six months for my upgrade for the Nexus. If Google expects me to wait six more until big red gets it, that ain’t happening.

  • Ugslick

    LG has imo some of the best hardware out there with the optimus 2x.. and now this phone. Combine that with the nexus and stock android and we have a winner. Something that will put LG on the map again for more smartphone users (hopefully it is the only nexus device released.) Although LGs custom interface this time does look promising.

    • A bad TouchWiz copy