We’re painfully close to the official unveiling of the next Nexus smartphone. We say painfully because the rumor mill has reached a critical state. Every damn day we’re hearing something new, but not everything we hear is true, which makes our job that much more complicated. But enough insider baseball, let’s get to the news. Today, courtesy of an online forum in Belarus, we have images of the LG Optimus G Nexus. The model number is supposedly E960, but that’s not really important. What’s important here is that we now know, without a shadow of doubt, that this phone exists.

How does it differ from the LG Optimus G? From what we can tell, the Nexus version has a rounder design, it has a silver rim around the edge of the device, there are no capacitive buttons, meaning it’s just like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and … that’s sadly all we can make out from the pictures.

When is Google going to make this thing official? Like we said earlier this week, Andy Rubin, the father of Android, is going to be speaking at a conference hosted by AllThingsD at the end of the month. Similar to how Andy demoed the Nexus S at the same conference back in 2010, we think the same is going to happen this year. That means we’re just three weeks away from hearing something!

But what about the other Nexus devices? Rumor has it that HTC is also making a Nexus, and so is Samsung, and even Sony might join the game. Will each company host their own event to show off their respective devices? Will Google hold one massive event and demo a massive new Nexus portfolio?

This holiday shopping season is going to be completely and utterly confusing for Android fans. With so much to choose from, it may be time to consider selling that spare kidney.