What do you get when you take leaked, pre-production phone hardware running pre-production software and subject it to a full review? Well, you get something like the review that appeared at Belarusian tech site Onliner.by today. That's the same site that got hold of the upcoming LG Nexus ahead of time, and published several high-quality images of the device earlier this week.
In today's "preliminary review," the site describes numerous issues with the build of Android 4.1.2 loaded onto the device, from hard locks to force closes, to certain buttons not responding. So it's safe to say that the software is very much pre-release, and this matches what we've heard from our own sources, who tell us the device is now being tested with Android 4.2.
On the hardware side, the preliminary review reveals a device very similar in appearance to the current Galaxy Nexus. Main differences include a flattened front and back, an iPhone-style microSIM slot along one side, and a non-removable back panel furnished in LG's "crystal reflective process" finish. Like the Galaxy Nexus, it sports a notification LED beneath the screen.
There are also some photo samples from the device, though quality is decidedly iffy, on account of the pre-release hardware and software. Camera quality has never been the Nexus line's strong suit, but we'd expect images shot with the final version to look a bit better.
Really, there's only so much that you can tell from hand-on time with a prototype. As is the case with every Nexus, we imagine most of the exciting new stuff in this device will be software, not hardware-based.