LG is likely to be the next Android smartphone manufacturer tasked with building the fourth iteration of the Nexus smartphone - Google’s showcase smartphone - which will almost certainly come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Anonymous sources have told UK mobile news website MoDaCo that the handset will come with either 8GB or 16GB onboard storage, with a non-removable battery and no microSD card slot. The last two “features” have been commonplace for iPhone users, though not for Android users.
Most Android smartphones, excluding top of the range devices from HTC, come with a microSD slot and a removable battery. It would therefore be a monumental surprise if LG and Google decided to handicap the forthcoming Nexus.
Other purported features likely to make it to the handset include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 system-on-chip, 2GB of RAM, a 1,280 x 768 True-HD IPS display, an 8-megapixel camera, wireless charging and a release date expected towards mid-November.
Given that the current Optimus 4X HD smartphone is available from a mere £300 and comes with roughly the same specifications (with half the system memory but twice the onboard storage and a removable battery), the LG Nexus is likely to be a very hard sell indeed.