The LG Nexus 4 specs have been leaked. After leaks that revealed almost all the features and form of the iPhone 5 well before launch, we though Apple should be crowned the king of leaks. But Android seems to be outdoing its rival in this respect too. The next Galaxy Nexus device, the 4th iteration of Google’s phone has not only had its pictures leaked, but one website has actually put together a pretty thorough review, even though the device is still to be launched!
This is definitely a first in the tech industry, which is generally known for its secretive ways. Consider the secrecy with which Microsoft is heading towards the launch of Windows 8. It has not even given developers the appropriate SDK for developing apps for the platform. This even beats Apple, which gets SDKs into the hands of iOS developers well before launch so that they can make good apps for the platform.
The LG Nexus is on the other side of the secrecy spectrum, and indications point to the fact that neither LG nor Google are too put out by the reveal. One should remember the episode in which Gizmodo got hold of an iPhone before its official launch. Apple, or more precisely, Steve Jobs, was so incensed that it sent security officials to the tech website to get back the phone. LG and Google don’t seem to be taking matters as seriously.
The LG Nexus photos that the Belarusian website has posted looks like the Galaxy Nexus from Samsung. The back has the legend “Not for Sale” and LG and “with Google” branding. The Belarusian site Onliner.by says that the model number is E960, also known by the codename ‘Mako’.
While the site has not been able to test some of the features like ‘Bean’ because it is a pre-launch device, it did say that the phone has an IPS display instead of the HD Super AMOLED found on the earlier generation of Nexus. The resolution is 720 × 1280 pixels at a diagonal on the 4.7 inch display. It says that the images on the screen is “amazing” and in all features, contrast, sharpness, brightness, it left behind the earlier Nexus and was “very similar” to the display found on the iPhone 5 (which packs a retina display).
The build also comes in for praise. The front has the same shape and curvature of the earlier Nexus, even though the glass is straight and not curved like the earlier model. The size of the Nexus 4 is 134 × 69.2 × 9.2 mm, and weighs 139 gms. The razabrats backside, says the website, is “completely smooth and glossy”, leading to the speculation that it is perhaps made of scratch resistant glass. In fact attempts to scratch the backside with a key failed. The back, because of its unusual design also did not show fingerprints except from certain angles. The cover by the way, is not removable.
The LG Nexus 4 runs on 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core Krait processor, with 2 GB of RAM, graphics is provided by a Adreno 320. These are exactly the processor and graphics to be found on Optimus G.