LG's Nexus 4 handset will be announced later this month on October 29th according to French newspaper Le Figaro. That's shaping up to be a busy day in the mobile world, with Microsoft planning to hold a Windows Phone 8 launch event. As for the Nexus 4, rumors point to a mid-November launch here in the US; the reputable publication neither confirms nor denies that window, but reveals that the Optimus G-inspired hardware will hit France sometime in December.

Earlier today we reported that the Nexus 4 is already popping up in retail inventory, so it wouldn't surprise us if Google and LG are shooting for a prompt launch following the public reveal. Leaked specs and photos have given us a decent idea of what to expect from the latest Nexus handset, though questions remain as to what Android-related surprises Google may have in store for its latest flagship device. And if you haven't been thrilled with what you've seen of the Nexus 4 thus far, you may find yourself with other options to pick from.