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Will The Real Nexus 3 Please Stand Up?



Over the past couple of weeks we have seen a grand total of four devices surface that were labeled as possibilities for the next Nexus-branded smartphone from Google. Sadly, only one has an actual shot at being the Nexus 3 and even then, it seems unlikely to be the next Nexus. So let’s take a look at all of the leaks and touch on what we’d like to see from the Nexus 3.

First Leak


Nexus 3 Fake

Claims: The first of the Nexus 3 leaks was an intriguing one. It was supposedly an HTC-made buttonless device that, combined with Ice Cream Sandwich, certainly piqued the interest of Android users everywhere.

Verdict: Fake. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

Second Leak


Nexus 3 Fake

Claims: There have been whispers that Google has turned to LG to make the next Nexus device, following in the footsteps of HTC and Samsung. Well, this next leak seemed to be promising as the mysterious silhouette seemed to show an LG made button-less device. An Optimus Nexus device? Sounded pretty good to us but unfortunately, it was too good to be true.

Verdict: This came from an old invite to an LG Optimus event. However, we will say this. If LG is indeed making the phone, it wouldn’t be surprising to see elements of Optimus devices baked into the Nexus.

Third Leak


Nexus 3

Claims: During a Google Search presentation, a mysterious handset appeared on the screen. The device lacked the traditional capacitive touch or physical buttons and almost immediately, speculation about a possible connection to the Nexus 3 began. That speculation was short lived though.

Verdict: Turns out, the render is based on a 2.5 year old phone, the Sony Ericsson Satio.

Fourth Leak



Claims: And just a short time ago, we had the most credible leak yet. A report revealed some specs of a device that may or may not be the next Nexus device. (Note: it’s not the phone you see above.) The specs are extremely juicy: Dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU processor, 720p display, 4G LTE support, advanced cameras capable of 1080p HD video capture, and 1GB of RAM. Oh and it apparently will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Verdict: It’s looking like this is probably headed to AT&T as it will supposedly be out around Thanksgiving. That doesn’t lineup with previous Nexus releases. The Nexus One hit the U.S. in January and the Nexus S in December.Both of those devices were available on T-Mobile at the start and not AT&T. So it seems more likely that this is AT&T’s first LTE smartphone.

What We Want to See

NexusWhat this means is that the real Nexus 3 probably hasn’t stood up just yet. So, what will the Nexus 3 be? Well, Android and Me seems to think that the Nexus 3 will be a Tegra 3 powered phone, powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich and made by LG. They also have some pretty credible evidence to back up their claims. So far, this seems to be the best bet. However, let’s dream for a little bit.

Personally, I’ve love to see the current Nexus S model with 4G LTE, a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. However, because both Nexus devices have been extremely different and made by two different companies, I have a feeling we’ll see a Tegra packed, LG-made, Android Ice Cream Sandwich powered Nexus 3 announced at the end of the year.

What are you guys hoping for for the Nexus 3?



  1. Bizzell

    06/18/2011 at 6:49 pm

    4G LTE, Dual Core, Gorilla Glass, NFC, 1GB of RAM. 16 to 32 GB card without sacrificing the best of any of the other hardware/software qualities including updates by Google, not dependent on carrier.

    • Anonymous

      08/04/2011 at 6:55 am

      There is no way they will be able to avoid the phone being dependent on the carrier. If it is released on all the networks at the same time they will have to release 4 versions of it. GSM(AT&T frequencies – HSPA+ or LTE), GSM(TMobile frequencies – HSPA+), CDMA(Verizon frequencies – LTE) and CDMA(Sprint frequencies – WiMax)

  2. Anonymous

    06/18/2011 at 7:42 pm

    I would like to see a Tegra3 quad powered phone with at least a gig of memory an internal and external SD card slot. Dual 5 megapixel or better cameras that can record in 1080p 3D on back and a 1 mega pixel on front for video conferencing, NFC, Amoled screen, and ability to play HD content.  I would also like it to be able to slide into a tablet like the ASUS Phonepad and be able to watch 1080P HD content on the tablet. All with raw Android Ice Cream Sandwich controlling it.

    • Jacob

      08/06/2011 at 12:04 am

      the battery will die in 10 seconds

  3. calciphus

    06/18/2011 at 10:14 pm

    It will probably come to Sprint, not AT&T. Sprint and Google have formed a powerful partnership in the last few monts, including offering the developer-edition Nexus S (by Samsung) to Sprint customers, as well as moving ALL Sprint customers onto Google Voice for free, even if they’re not using an Android phone.

    GSM versions that may exist are likely not headed for US shores. AT&T has been in bed with Apple for far too long and there’s no strategic advantage to Google to give them (with the slowest data network and lowest customer satisfaction in the industry) a highly desirable phone.

    • Jole

      06/20/2011 at 9:01 am

      Yeah there’s no advantage for Google to sell the next GSM nexus phone on AT&T because they were the first to sell the Iphone. You must not understand the business aspect of reaching the largest audience possible. AT&T’s LTE will also be faster than Sprint’s just like their 3G is faster than Sprint’s 3G. 

    • Anonymous

      06/25/2011 at 9:52 pm

      if they don’t release a gsm version im out. sadly that will mean no more android for me. I refuse to buy anything other than a nexus android phone. I’m not about to leave my carrier just for a phone.

  4. Ken

    06/19/2011 at 4:04 pm

    The specs will be great, i’m sure…I just want it in a slider.

    • Anonymous

      08/04/2011 at 6:58 am

      Sliders and physical keyboards are nice but not at the cost of making the phone that much thicker. It’s bad enough that the length and width have gotten as big as they have.

  5. Simon Stewart

    06/25/2011 at 9:37 am

    I’d just rather it not be made by LG.

  6. Brien Gerber

    07/04/2011 at 4:05 pm

    Why wouldn’t it go on Verizon’s LTE if it is rumored to have an LTE radio?

    • Anonymous

      07/13/2011 at 10:26 pm

      i wish….but do you really think big red would allow such an open device running vanilla android and no bloatware on their network? probaly not =

      • Anonymous

        08/04/2011 at 7:00 am

        Just as much chance as any other carrier.

  7. bigCITYbrown

    07/12/2011 at 4:05 pm

    The trackball notifications on the n1 are awesome. I can’t live without it. I can tell if it is an gmail, Facebook notification, txt, IM, Craigslist notification,etc from across the room. I will never replace my n1 unless the n3 has some kind of big bright led for notification. It is essential!!!!

    • Anonymous

      08/04/2011 at 7:02 am

      Hell yeah. I hadn’t even really thought about that. I love the trackball light. The trackball light paired with Light Flow is awesome.

  8. Anonymous

    07/13/2011 at 10:28 pm

    an LG nexus? WTF….google say it aint so

  9. Alienallen

    07/14/2011 at 2:11 pm

    All of the above is great… But one thing missing from the Nexus S… DAB or FM Radio!   None of the music streaming services come close to offering something as good as radio… and it’s free – no data charges.  Come on Google, see the potential.  Maybe radio should be renamed as ‘Expertly curated, free-to-air, cloud-based music service with tracks not even released yet’ to get folks excited about it.  I can’t afford to stream all my radio listening over 3G :-(

    • Anonymous

      08/04/2011 at 7:05 am

      Radio sounds like crap, most stations play the same crap over and over again, very few radio stations are any good and they all have lots of commercials.

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