This has to be a symptom of a very broken industry where an up coming device can be reviewed before it has even officially been launched. Belarusian blog Onliner has published a “preliminary review” of the prototype smartphone which actually doesn’t leave much updating when it’s officially launched.
The specifications match what the rumor mill is producing, like the Optimus G it is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch display with a 1280 x 720 resolution on an IPS panle, which would make this the first Nexus phone to use an LCD instead of an AMOLED screen with a PenTile subpixels.
Since this is a review of a prototype device we can’t really call a verdict on the handset, the Android Jelly Bean implementation is buggy, which makes sense since its a prototype. The benchmarks are also pitiful, which would be in line with a non optimized unit.
French newspaper Le Figaro has reported that the “LG Nexus 4” will be announced on October 29th, and we’ll be waiting until then to provide a verdict on this phone.