Android Ice Cream Sandwich: Which Smartphone will Accompany Google’s New OS?
With the Hong Kong unveiling of Google’s new Android Ice Cream Sandwich just one hour away, analysts and critics alike have come to question which smartphone Samsung will launch alongside the new OS. Samsung

A new leak from the smartphone market suggests that Samsung's Nexus Prime is expected to release on Oct 19, for a minimum price of $299.99, nearly a week after it was supposed to launch.

A Web site, Mobilesyrup, received an email, earlier this week, from Samsung that mentions the launch of its coolest Smartphone.

The mail states that The coolest Samsung Smartphone will be coming to Canada soon. Stay tuned for additional information regarding launch date and availability in the coming weeks, but doesn't specify if it is talking about the Nexus Prime or some sequel of a previous product, just like Apple released the iPhone 4S in place of the much-anticipated iPhone 5.

The tech world has already learned a lesson from the release of Apple's next-generation iPhone. After naively believing truck-loads of online rumors, being presented a revised version of an iPhone model instead of the new iPhone 5 turned out to be a massive disappointment for the entire world.

All of that could have been part of Apple's strategy which, if true, turned out to be a highly profitable and viable one. The new iPhone 4S has crossed 4 million in sales, after the first weekend alone.

The series of events and rumors during the iPhone 4S's launch and the new ones surrounding Samsung seem quite alike; the chances are high that Samsung might play the same strategically-planned smart game with its loyal customers, as Apple did a few weeks back.

There is, then, a possibility that the new leaked image of Samsung's unconfirmed forthcoming smartphone is that of the Galaxy S3 and not the anticipated Nexus Prime with the fictitious Ice Cream Sandwich.

Also, if the site's predictions of Wednesday's launch prove to be true, the battle between Samsung and Apple, as well as the Google - Apple face-off, in the smartphone market is likely to get intense, with both companies releasing products soon after the other.

The Google Nexus Prime was due to launch on Oct. 11. However, the event was postponed by Samsung, as a mark of respect for Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs, who passed away recently. However, critics are speculating patent issues to be the real reason for the delay.

Earlier, Engadget claimed to have obtained an anonymously-leaked document, from wireless carrier Verizon, which contains information and the details of the Nexus Prime.

Both Google and Samsung have declined to comment on the alleged Verizon leak but information and details of the kind have already surfaced on the Internet.

Samsung's Nexus Prime (Galaxy Nexus) is believed to be the world's first Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, pre-installed with Google's forthcoming Android mobile operating system which is a combination of Honeycomb and Gingerbread.

The new OS will run on both smartphones and tablet PCs.

The other spec details viral on the internet include the features mentioned here.

  • 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
  • NFC
  • 1,750 mAh battery

Check out a video, leaked earlier this month, for more details on the Nexus Prime's features, before the Samsung event that is expected to unfold tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. EDT.