LG Optimus Nexus phone snapped, shows off spangly casing

LG's rumoured Nexus smart phone has been photographed -- get a look at the mystery mobile inside.

LG's rumoured Nexus phone has been photographed, in a series of blurry snaps that show off a glitzy sequin-style pattern on the phone's rear casing.

The pictures surfaced at Android Central, and offer a glimpse at what could be the next smart phone to arrive running an un-meddled version of Google's Android operating system.

The phone in the pictures has rounded-corners and a lack of physical buttons that's highly reminiscent of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus . More intriguing is the strip of chrome around the sides, which matches an earlier report from a source who claimed to have had some hands-on time.

That lends credibility to these latest snaps. Earlier reports peg LG's Nexus phone as having 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and 8 or 16GB of storage. There's no MicroSD card slot though apparently.

Nexus devices differ from most Android mobiles in that they run raw or 'vanilla' Android, rather than a version that's been tinkered with by a manufacturer.

Running unhampered Android means no manufacturer-imposed bloatware, and faster updates when new software is released. HTC is reportedly also cooking up a 5-inch Nexus phone .

The LG Nexus is supposedly based on the Optimus G and will run Android 4.2, which is tipped to be an updated version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean .

The end of October has been pegged as a possible release date for the next Nexus. Do you think LG will do a good job, or is there another manufacturer you'd rather see trying its hand at the Nexus brand? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

Image credit: Android Central

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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