The conflicting rumors about the Nexus Prime specs


Today there has been a bit of back and forth about the rumored specs on the upcoming Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus. First off, BGR and their sources are confident the phone will be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus Prime is just a codename. No one is exactly sure, but we’ve heard enough of both names over the past few weeks.
Then we come to the issue of specs. Here are the specs that were published by BGR this morning:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9mm 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


Now some of those sound…rather mediocre. While every other flagship phone out there is packing 8 megapixels or more, Google’s benchmark device will have only a five megapixel camera? Don’t get it wrong, 5MP is plenty if you have a good sensor, lens and the software. Megapixels aren’t everything, but you still have to question that kind of spec. Also the TI OMAP processor at 1.2Ghz is a question. We heard word the latest OMAP4 was delayed, the one that clocks in at 1.5Ghz, but why go with the TI when Samsung has a perfectly good 1.5Ghz Exynos unit available? Although it’s already out in the open that Google and Texas Instruments have teamed up on the Ice Cream Sandwich launch. Everything else seems to line up with what we’ve been hearing, but we have to remember, they’re still just rumored.


Later on in the day, a tipster to GSM Arena, which claims to work at Google and be familiar with the Nexus Prime, had a different story to tell. The source said the processor will be indeed Samsung’s own probably Exnos dual-core processor and running at 1.5Ghz, the Prime will also have the  PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, the very same found in the iPad 2. Instead of the 5 megapixel camera, it would have an 8 megapixel unit with full 1080p video capability. Additionally, the source said the Prime will have 4G LTE onboard, as well as dual mode GSM/CDMA connectivity. The battery is said to be a whopping 2050mAh unit. The only thing everybody agrees on at this point is the 4.65-inch, 1280×720 Super AMOLED display.


So who do we believe? Honestly it doesn’t really matter. Whatever the specs, we’re sure Google and Samsung have put a lot of time and effort into the device. And undoubtedly, some of use will come away disappointed. When the Nexus One was first announced, it blew away every other phone out at the time. With the announcement of the Nexus S, there were other phones with better specs, but it was a well put together package, a pure Google phone, still gets the latest Android updates first, and it’s still relevant today. At least until Tuesday when its replacement will be announced.

Ben is the owner/editor of The Android Site, as well as the main writer. He has been writing about Android related news since 2009 and obsessed with everything Google and Android related. You can find him on Reddit, Twitter, Google Plus and most other websites under the username benmarvin

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