New LG Nexus fan render is the best one yet

by: Bogdan PetrovanSeptember 13, 2013

New LG Nexus render

We were treated with a bevy of leaks about the new Nexus smartphone over the past couple of weeks, enough to give us a very good idea of what’s coming from Google and LG this October.

Thanks to various FCC documents, we know some of the key specifications of the upcoming Nexus (which some people just call the Nexus 5), including processor, battery, and display size. But there’s also some photographic evidence that helps us visualize what the new LG Nexus will look like once it becomes official.

Using images from last week’s FCC filing and the now infamous KitKat statue video, Reddit user Vovicon put together a great “Nexus 5” render that we reported on a few days ago.

Now Vovicon updated his initial work to match the details revealed by the FCC leak from yesterday, such as the precise placement of the camera and headphone jack and the appearance of the front. The image at the top of this post is the updated render, and, we have to say, it looks very impressive.

Vovicon and other commenters have speculated that the conspicuous absence of the earpiece in the FCC shots is not the result of the low quality of the photo, and that the device could actually use a bone induction speaker, similar to Kyocera’s Smart Sonic Receiver technology. The render reflects that theory. Another possibility is that LG has shrunken the earpiece or otherwise masked it to the point it’s almost invisible.

nexus missing earpiece


The image above is an experiment that Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica put together to verify if the apparent absence of the earpiece is caused by the bad image taking. His conclusion – the earpiece should be visible, but it’s not.

What do you think of this render? Would you like a Nexus phone that looks like it?

  • Roj Beraña


    • your father

      your mother

    • deano

      you’re ugly

    • Elliot Kotis

      Easily the best looking smartphone of 2013 mate.

  • End in sight

    If this has the bone induction speaker, I might consider getting this one.

    • Luka Mlinar

      It would be just another gimmick. Ill buy it because it’s a cheap Snapdragon 800 phone with 5″ full HD.

      • Grman Rodriguez

        And not from an untrustworthy Chinese OEM

        • Luka Mlinar

          Yup. Except OPPO.
          OPPO is the BOMB! :D

  • Spruce Cycle

    Wow, hideous even for Google.

    • MasterMuffin

      It’s a render by a fan, so who cares if it’s ugly. That camera is fugly though!

      • Chapa

        Here’s hoping that such contraption is to achieve some kind of OIS.

        • MasterMuffin

          Or bigger sensor

      • Elliot Kotis

        2 camera’s uglier:
        1. Note 3
        2. Lumia 1020
        Besides, it doesn’t actually look like that, similar, but much better.

        • MasterMuffin

          Lumia 1020’s camera isn’t that ugly, it’s just big. Note 3’s is ugly indeed. But asI said, who cares? It’s just a render by a fan and even if this is what the final product will look, so what?It’s not like you’ll be looking at your phones back all the time :)

    • Benjamin Pavel

      The only thing hideous on that device is that LG logo and stuff at the back…GAWD i hate that even at Nexus 4.

      • Elliot Kotis

        Agreed, they have a bezelless phone, edge to edge, an amazing pattern on the back (N4) and then have FCC, made in….., no bin etc, it is annoying, the LG logo is fine.

    • deano

      you’re hideous

  • Petraeus

    Please Google. Choose Sony.

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      Google can’t exactly drop all existing progress and “switch” to Sony weeks before the phone’s announcement.

      • dogulas

        But Patraeus wills it…

      • paxmos

        Dang it..

      • Geovane M

        Google hasnt even announced that there will be a Nexus 5 so actually they can still do anything right now

        • Nickan Fayyazi

          The Nexus 5 already passed through the FCC, and it’s made by LG.

          • Geovane M

   It says an LG DEVICE. Everything is SPECULATION.

            It might be the Nexus 5 but nothing is concrete. Rumors have been popping up about this phone since Spring and up to this day there has been no official statement from Google that they will even continue the Nexus 4 line

          • Nickan Fayyazi

            Other than the fact that they intentionally leaked an actual video of the Nexus 5…

  • Sebastian Mihalache

    Please Google, build your own phone! My Nexus 4 feels like something I bought from the Istanbul bazaar – cheap plastic and form factor.

    • Chapa

      What do you mean, dude, the Nexus4 is glass all around and polycarbon sides with metal buttons…

      • dogulas

        “Come on Google! The Nexus 4 feels like bags of sand!”
        I don’t think this Sebastian knows what he’s talking about.

    • frhow

      I think you are talking about the Galaxy Nexus or the Nexus One, not the N4.

      • The Nexus One was aluminum, probably the G nex

    • cadster

      …Said the person who very obviously doesn’t own one!!
      As other post states… Glass front and back with poly sides

    • John

      You prob did get a rip off from what Chapa said ya ding dong.

    • Seb

      you guys are ridiculous. I do have an original N4. but if you think that it has a good form factor, then I understand how companies like LG make their money. period.

    • Elliot Kotis

      You idiot. nexus 4 is the most premium feeling phone of 2012, the Galaxy nexus was the plastic one, so was the Nexus S.

      • Seb

        Premium? Oh jesus… I’m starting to feel sorry for you.

    • paxmos

      You probably bought a fake one from Istanbul Bazar!!!!

  • Mike Palmer

    I think i may get this phone, I just hope I’ll get used to the smaller screen size coming from Note 2. I wish it had a little bigger screen size like the G2 but I don’t know I may end up liking 5′ phone…….

    • Elliot Kotis

      It’ll be 5.2″, so not too much smaller, still bigger than average. :)

      • Mike Palmer

        That be a nice size for me :-)

  • Guy

    That doesnt look like a nexus, unless google is releasing a Nexus 5″C” too……

    • Elliot Kotis

      That is a render, by a fan, not the actualy one.

  • Mondy

    i hate how the camera is not centred and the headphone jack is on the top. might not get this phone after all

  • Rajkumar

    Y is the front still the same….pls change the design google.

  • I have no idea what that guy in the pictures above is trying to achieve. Every single photo is completely out of focus. If he’s trying to take “pictures” of these phones, well, he’s not doing a very good job, is he?

    • Dehaha1

      He is trying to take pictures that are off similar quality to the Nexus “5” photos, to try and see if their earpieces would also be impossible to see. However, since they are all visible, he speculates that they may have gotten rid of it in favor of bone conduction.

  • system.img

    The camera looks like a Chameleon’s eye!

  • w00t

    there has been a German company witch transferred sound by ultrasonic vibrations inside a glass window of a train.
    so its possible to vibrate glass and hear the sounds only when your skin touches the glass
    then an earpiece cutout wouldn’t be necessary

  • edd1965
    • Elliot Kotis

      HAHAHA FAIL! That’s is a RINGKE FUSION Nexus 4 case.

  • Pep

    oh No… I am huge fan of nexus phones, but if the next one look like this I will switch to iPhone… really…

    • Elliot Kotis


  • RanRu

    If the phone has a bone induction speaker for the earpiece, what are they supposedly doing for the loudspeaker? There’s no conventional speaker grille, and you can’t use bone induction for a loudspeaker….

    • Elliot Kotis

      The back or sides maybe?

  • Ben

    I have to say, this is pretty ugly… Nexus 4 looked a lot better. I know this is a render, but it is based on the real leaks.

    • Elliot Kotis

      But it doesnt have any clear picture as a reference and material, finish etc would all be wrong, oh and colours, and contrast.

  • Fox Gabann

    Honestly, I’m not feeling it. I think for a new flagship nexus they should have a big name competitor build it other than LG. Sony would be an awesome choice but seeing how they make Google Edition phones now maybe Sony can pick up the rear end and make the Xperia Z1 a Google Edition. But in the meantime I’m getting a iPhone 5S.

    • Elliot Kotis

      With your finger print scanner than Moto Atrix 4G had 30 months ago?

  • Brian Shieh

    Wonder if the earpiece is like that of the Kyrocera (torque?). The one with the bone thingy to ear.

    • Elliot Kotis

      Think that is what they are hinting at :D

  • Arturo Andres Zúñiga

    I just fell in love with this phone, i really like it. By the way where can i get that wallpaper?