The upcoming LG Optimus U1 will feature Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
A TwitPic photograph of the device recently leaked, but the image was removed soon after. A few of the smartphone's build specifications could be seen; however, some claim the leaked image was not authentic.
The LG Optimus U1 is rumored to come with a 4.3-inch display, 8 MP camera on the back and a dual-core processor clocked in at 1.2GHz.
The 8 MP camera could also feature LED flash capabilities and enable 1080p video recording support.
The Optimus U1's external design makes it look very thin compared to thicker smartphones.
LG's other smartphone models will not feature Ice Cream Sandwich, however. Those smartphones include the LG Optimus 2X, LG Optimus 3D and LG Optimus Black. These devices will instead receive the Android 2.3 software update.
LG announced the exclusion of Ice Cream Sandwich from one of its devices on its fan page.
"We will not be introducing Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich updates on LG Optimus 2X P990. Keep watching this space for further updates,” wrote LG.
Google's Nexus One smartphone also will not run the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It was launched in the spring of 2010, and it came pre-loaded with Android 2.1 Eclair and was upgradable to Android 2.3.6.
LG's Optimus U1 smartphone is expected to launch with ICS sometime next year.
Gabe Cohen, an Android product manager at Google, outlined Ice Cream Sandwich’s features in an online post last month.
He noted that Ice Cream Sandwich added ASLR to better protect the new Android system and its applications from memory exploits.
"ICS also has a new public keychain framework to make it easier for applications to manage authentication and secure sessions," Cohen said.
Cohen also promised that the operating system would help fix bugs and improve security from previous Android systems.
"ICS also adds a number of improvements to the email app including server-side search for Exchange and IMAP, nested sub-folder navigation and sync controls, reply/forward indicators, quick responses, and better app navigation," he added.