Although rumors that Google is already working on the next Nexus smartphone should not surprise anyone, the fact that the search giant already has some functional prototypes available is good news for Android enthusiasts.
The folks over at Android&Me claim they have been tipped on one of these prototypes that might end up on the market as Nexus 5.
The cited source, as we already mentioned earlier, says Google has more prototypes made by different manufacturers, which are now being evaluated, so this device that has just been leaked may or may not get chosen by the company.
So, the image next to this article is the so-called LG Megalodon and is the South Korean company's first attempt on Nexus 5 (probably the only one though).
First of all, the Megalodon is supposed to be equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chipset which features a quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz.
This chipset will not be available for commercial use until Q4 2013, so if LG Megalodon is going to be launched on the market in October, as this source claims, it will be on tight schedule.
Furthermore, the prototype is said to boast a large 5.2-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution.
On the inside, the device will pack 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16/32/64GB of storage, Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+) and front-positioned stereo speakers.
The 16-megapixel rear camera by OmniVision (4k video recording @30FPS, 1080p video recording @60FPS) will feature real time HDR & HDR video recording, optical image stabilization and BSI 2.0.
Other highlights of the device include: 3300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery, Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+), integrated DVB-T / ATSC-antenna and gesture like controls (navigation, zoom).
So far, there's no telling how much of this is a hoax and what part might end up in the next Nexus device, but we will keep an eye out for any other leaks. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.