Motorola Nexus+ concept phone appears amidst Google X Phone and LG Nexus 5 rumors

by: Chris SmithMay 6, 2013


Renders for a Nexus concept phone imagined by a designer have hit the web amidst increased speculation on future smartphones such as the Google X Phone or the LG Nexus 5 that would run stock Android.

Obviously, this is just a concept device, so don’t expect to see it available from Google in the future.

Called the Motorola Nexus+, the device in the image gallery below looks interesting, while at the same time aligning itself to this year’s standards for high-end Android smartphones when it comes to specs and features.

Designed by Christophe Siméon, the Motorola Nexus+ would pack a 5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 13-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, dual frontal stereo speakers, infrared port and a notifications capacitive pad. Such a device would easily fight against current flagships including the Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z or the rumored upcoming Optimus G2 (also said to pack a Snapdragon 800 CPU).

Design-wise, we’re looking at a handset that measures 137 x 67 x 8.5 mm, features a magnesium frame and a “machining carbon fiber back.”

Just the other day we speculated on who’s going to make next-gen Nexus smartphone, but we’ll still have to wait to see what Android device maker will actually build the Nexus 5.

LG seems to be the front-runner for the Nexus 5, with various rumors and reports suggesting that the company will build the next Nexus, which could be similar to a future Optimus G2.

As for Motorola, also a potential Nexus handset maker considering that Google now owns the company, the company is rumored to be working on a variety of new mobile devices, including a Google X Phone that would also be a Nexus-like device (running stock Android) without actually being included in the Nexus brand. Google execs have shown increased excitement around Motorola’s unannounced smartphones, revealing that such products would offer increased battery life and durability and sport a size that would be just right for the user.

That said, it may be a while until we actually see a Motorola Nexus in stores, considering that Google doesn’t want to favor Motorola that way, or at least not yet.

How do you like this Motorola Nexus+ concept?

  • wow

  • do a review on it when it is launched

  • Gabriel Ortiz

    I’m in love. just hope side buttons are easy to push!

  • Cláudio Brito

    Awesome. But I don’t understand that red and green circular dots on the front…
    Why a beautiful phone like this would have an horrible back?

    • carlisimo

      Notification LEDs?

      • Cláudio Brito

        Doesn’t look like.

  • Obvious fake is Obvious.

    • SlenderSniper


    • acrox999

      Of course, as this is just a concept/render by one of the designers online. Next time, learn to read the whole post.

  • Rabid Rotty

    Yes Nice concept and all, but why are we getting all excited over a Nexus Phone right now? Nexus Phones are released between late October and December. That is when I start getting excited.

    • Ivan Myring

      Sensible statement.

      • Rabid Rotty

        But I am getting excited about other Nexus Devices, Tablets, watches, Android Book, maybe TV, who knows what I/O will bring, but I know it won’t be a Nexus Phone

        • Admin

          Did you just write “Android Book”? o.o

          • Rabid Rotty

            Yup as in Chrome Book, I’m just speculating on other Nexus Devices that may or may not be released, because the new Nexus Phone as I said earlier gets released in Fall, and technically I typed it….LOL

  • Thinh Vu

    No one else sees the iPhone-esque design? The aluminum band and notification light in the placement of the home button?

    I’m all for greatly designed Android phones, but I would want them to be more original like the HTC One. There’s gotta be other ways to design a premium Android phone that maintains functionality too. We all know from iPhone’s experience with the aluminum band, that it’s not a great route to take.

    • HTC One may be a well designed phone, but that doesn’t mean it’s so original.
      HTC One actually looks like a combination of Blackberry Z10, and Iphone, on steroids with a dual front speaker and an aluminium unibody shell.

  • Eric Garcia

    Nice concept

  • Florian Eichhorn

    Hmm, not too hot on the concept art. Not sure about everyone else, but I loved 4.65′ on the GNex and 4.7′ on the N4, please please please don’t go 5′.
    Not too hot about the speaker (2 of them on front? Dafuq) either, N4 showed us how it’s done right, looks like an iPhone rippoff this way.
    Also, the Headphone jack on the top in the middle? What’s up with that? Let’s get it back to the right side and please back to the bottom, it just makes more sense that way.
    Also, no aluminum band please, the material on the N4 is fantastic and I’d love to see more of it.
    AAannnnddd, the back is downright ugly.

    The phone is not extremly ugly, but it’s nothing compared to the N4 or HTC one

    • I was actually pleasantly surprised by it’s designed. I liked its sleek, modest, understated design. Especially the matte black finish. I’m not a huge fan of the htc one’s design or find it important but I understand that i’m in the minority when it comes to this fact.

    • Ivan Myring

      Whats wrong with front speakers?

  • chris pinkston

    I like it. Just hope its 4.7″ and not 5″. If it is 5″ hope its a form factor no bigger than gs4. If it has LTE this will be my next phone.

    • Ivan Myring

      Why all the hate for 5 inches? Bigger is better

      • Steven Rothermel

        why all the commotion about a phone that doesn’t exist?

        • Ivan Myring

          Yeah, it seems really stupid as this is just a render.
          I just don’t see why people prefer 4.7 inches to 5. Its easy for manufacturers to fit them into the same size phone and they aren’t much harder to hold. The extra real estate is useful

      • QwietStorm

        How does bigger automatically equal better?

        • Ivan Myring

          Ask your girlfriend.

          • QwietStorm

            Cmon are you 12 years old? You can’t answer an honest question? Or do you not have an answer?

          • Ivan Myring

            Actually im 14.

        • Xavier Woods

          Because bro. Its gonna be a Motorola/Google phone. Pure Android. Which means on screen buttons.. 5″ 1080p with on screen buttons drops it down to to 4.7″ 4.8″ automatically. so 4.7″ would mean like 4.3″

        • roger

          ask ur mum or gf or sis

    • Rabid Rotty

      I’m 8″s lol

      • Xavier Woods

        same niggaaaa

  • Ivan Myring

    Why a capacitive notifications thing?
    Also this is just something someone has made up. Why cover it?

    • Justin Rebar

      Because it looks amazing

  • andronexus

    why tft ????

  • Tony Hoffman

    I think this render is pretty awesome. In would not expect something this nice from a cell manufacture just yet though.

    There are a few comments talking about the aluminum band.. It is not aluminum it’s magnesium. It’s much lighter than aluminum. It’s a precious metal you’re suppose to appreciate..

    The backplate being made of a carbon fiber is sick, carbon fiber phone frames & backing is the future. It’s light and stronger than any other material on the planet when built right. I don’t quite understand why you would have to machine the back plate when composite molds could be made at much less cost.

    The phone has a huge touch of elegance with the materials used. With that said I’d love to see a phone like this minus the oversized notification light. I’m not blind!

  • If this phone was real I would get it and replace my galaxy s3

  • Larkhillv

    This would be awesome. I love everything except the square plate around the camera. That’s just personal taste, though. Other than that, I’d buy this in a heart beat.

    • I think if the plate around the camera had a small radius on each corner, it would look superb.

  • Design needs a bit more work. At this point looks just like any other Chinese (no name) phone.

  • Zenith

    So this is just a concept device created by someone for no fucking reason whatsoeve. It is not a rumor, it will not see daylight, it’s not related to Motorola or Google and it’s not a REAL DEVICE.

    Why the fuck is this news and why would I (or anyone) care?

  • If it came out in the US for $500 or less, I’d buy it.

  • Ovi

    I would definitely buy that even above the $500 mark. :)
    You get what you pay for.
    Nice concept though. We get something like that and then the hardware will be so good that it will be software from there on. They just have to make sure it excels in battery life.

  • The nexus lover

    So will it be a right time to buy a nexus 4 because I really like the nexus 4