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Pics & specs of LG e960 Mako Nexus smartphone emerge online

LG and Google are said to be working on a new Nexus smartphone, the LG e960 Mako. One set of pictures of a prototype has emerged online (opens in new tab), thanks to Belarussian website, and shows a “with Google” stamp on the back of the device.

The smartphone – which doesn’t appear to sport the curved design adopted by its predecessors - is said to be similar to the Optimus G, the follow up to the Optimus 4X HD, with a 1.5GHz quad-core system-on-chip from Qualcomm, possibly the Snapdragon APQ8064, 2GB of RAM, a 1,280 x 768 4.7in display, 8GB onboard storage and an 8-megapixel camera with flash.

Expect it to run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean (unfortunately for LG, the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 Mini were the first Jelly Bean smartphones to hit the market).

(opens in new tab)Google appears determined to spread the Nexus love around. After HTC and Samsung, only LG and Sony Mobile have been left out after Motorola was acquired last year.

As for previous Nexus smartphones (Nexus S (opens in new tab), Galaxy Nexus (opens in new tab)), expect the LG e960 Mako (opens in new tab) to be launched later this year at an exorbitant price, before seeing some significant price cuts within six months.

Pictures are courtesy of (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.