LG Nexus 4 due on 29 October

LG’s rumoured Nexus phone could be with us by the end of the month, as reports suggest the raw-Android smart phone will reveal itself on 29 October.

French site Le Figaro says that’s when LG’s Nexus effort will get a “worldwide release”, which could just mean outside of France, as a coordinated debut on a single date is a tricky task for any manufacturer.

29 October is also when Windows Phone 8 is set for launch, which means that day would be an odd choice for LG — if it does show off a new smart phone on this date, it risks having its thunder nicked by Microsoft’s tile-based operating system.

Perhaps LG is boldly gambling on drawing more attention than Windows Phone can — a new Nexus device is an exciting prospect, after all. With the number of leaks increasing rapidly, it feels as though a proper unveiling can’t be far off.

The Verge spotted LG’s mystery mobile showing up in Carphone Warehouse’s inventory system bearing the moniker ‘LG Nexus 4’. That could just be a codename the retailer is using in its internal database, but this would be the fourth Nexus phone (following the Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus), so the name makes sense. It’s listed as coming in black or white.

The snaps above come via Pocketnow and give us a clearer look at the phone’s design — I’m enjoying the chrome loop around the device’s edge (and how brilliant is that sunken ship wallpaper?), but the sequin-effect rear is looking less flashy in these photos than it did in earlier snaps.

Rumoured specs point to a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera and a 768×1,184-pixel resolution screen.

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