LG's Nexus 4 Gets Reviewed Before It's Even Announced

By Sam Gibbs on at

OK, this is getting a bit silly -- LG seems to be leak central right now. Neither Google nor LG have officially announced the next Nexus phone, but it's already been reviewed in the flesh. After leaks, photos and prototypes caught out in the wild, the Onliner, who gave us that 3D view of the Nexus 4 has put it through its paces and found it buggy but decent.

The prototype device Onliner has matches up well with the LG Optimus G, which the incoming LG Nexus is highly likely to be based on. That means it's packing a blazing Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core chip, backed by 2GB of RAM. Its 4.7-inch screen has been confirmed as a 1280x720 IPS LCD display -- the first Nexus phone to not use an AMOLED screen, if the prototype reflects the finished product that is.

As you might expect, the software was buggy, and the internal storage was limited to just 8GB, without a microSD slot. It's likely that final devices will have at least 16GB of built-in storage, so don't fret -- you won't have to cram everything into just 8GB, probably. The camera and benchmarks clocked in at substandard, but again, this is just a prototype device.

Is it way too early to review a device that hasn't been announced yet, even if it is a "preliminary review"? Of course it is, but that doesn't make it any less intriguing. According to previous rumours we haven't got long to wait for an announcement, but if the final device shapes up to be like the prototype with the bugs ironed out, the LG Nexus 4 could be one hell of a phone. [Onliner via The Verge]