By Stephen Schenck | November 1, 2011 12:32 PM
We’re learning more and more about which smartphones will be among those getting updates to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but there’s been less talk about phones that will be arriving with Ice Cream Sandwich already installed. There’s the Galaxy Nexus, obviously, but after that, will it be a while before we see more of its ilk? A new pic has leaked of what very well may be one of those early Ice Cream Sandwich handsets to arrive post-Nexus, an LG model supposedly called the Optimus U1.
For now, there’s little to go on but the image above, and the rumor that the U1 is set to debut sometime next year; whether that means January, or even in Q1 at all, we’re not yet sure. Hardware-wise, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the U1 land specs very similar to the Optimus LTE, with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4.5-inch 720p display. In fact, this design looks a lot like the Optimus LTE, though a little more squared-off, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the U1 measured-in a bit slimmer.
We can see what appears to be an eight-megapixel main camera, as well as a front-facer of indeterminate resolution.
We’d expect a native Ice Cream Sandwich handset to have gone the full virtual buttons route, but this U1 pic shows a hardware home button, and two faint dots where we’d expect capacitive Android buttons to live. If someone really was trying to make a fake image, those would be trivial to remove, so why leave them unless they’re legit? It’s a bit confusing, but hopefully we’ll learn more from LG in the coming weeks and get this cleared up.