Nexus Prime is coming: U.S. carrier Verizon has leaked that Google and Samsung's Nexus Prime smartphone not only exists, but has a price tag, a date of release, and a full spec list, revealed below.
The rumored leak was first reported by Engadget, which said Nexus Prime (officially the Samsung Galaxy Nexus) will go for a minimum price of $299.99 for a two-year contract. It may be released as early as Nov. 10, 2011, with a launch expectancy of between Nov. 10 and May 2012.
The rumors come only days before Google and Samsung make their Oct. 19 unveiling of a new Nexus, as well as Google Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android OS: 4.0. The reveal will happen in Hong Kong (for U.S. audiences, in the afternoon into evening) at the All Things Digital event. Afterwards, a statement by Samsung and Google will be made concerning their two new products.
Both Google and Samsung have declined to comment on the alleged Verizon leak, but sites are ablaze with information and hypotheses about the new Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus, some saying that the Nexus Prime, rather than the expect Samsung Galaxy S3, may be what is revealed on Oct. 19.
BGR obtained this spec list from a trusted source, which seems to say that the Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus will be the first device to come with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Below, the full Spec List:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 9 milimeters thin
- 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
- TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
- 1GB of RAM
- 32GB of built-in storage
- 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front
- 1080p HD video capture support
- LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
- Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
- 1,750 mAh battery
To translate for non-tech geeks: If the rumors are true, Nexus Prime will be a gadget to rival the iPhone 4S, making Google and Samsung direct competitors with Apple and its iPhones.
Apple, which recently announced that it had sold over 4 million iPhone 4S devices in the first 3 days, doesn't have much to worry about so far. If site predictions are true however, the iPhone 4S could be elbowed, if not overtaken, b such an early release of Nexus Prime.
The Galaxy S2, an earlier product by Samsung, was called the iPhone killer when it first premiered, but was quickly lost in the iPhone 4S rush. A new version however, the Galaxy S3, is expected to be release in 2012, and may have even more to offer than the Nexus Prime. These new leaks, plus the anticipated unveiling of the Google Ice Cream Sandwich and another Nexus, make a Samsung vs. Apple battle more and more likely.
Earlier this month, another alleged leak was a Nexus Prime video, with a sampling of some of its features. The video has also yet to be confirmed or denied by Google or Samsung. The video can be seen below: