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'Nexus Prime' to Be Ice Cream Sandwich Phone?

By - Source: Boy Genius Report | B 19 comments

Last week we heard word of a device rumored to be the Nexus 3. This week, the scuttlebutt has it that the phone will actually be named the Nexus Prime.

Google's Nexus line of smartphones is popular among those that don't like to wait months for their OS updates; so it seems only fitting that a brand new Nexus device be the first to bring us Ice Cream Sandwich. Last week BGR reported on the specs of what it purported to be either the next Nexus handset or, at the very least, a "pure Google" flagship handset from one of the search giant's partners. Today, we've got a few more snippets of information.

In addition to the dual-core CPU (clocked to either 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz), 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video capture and playback, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a rear-facing camera with an "advanced 5-megapixel sensor delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance" that we heard about last week, BGR reports that this device will also boast a 720p-resolution Super AMOLED HD display. What's more, while it's still not clear if the phone is part of the Nexus line, or a standalone device, Boy Genius sources say it carries the codename 'Prime' and could launch as the Nexus Prime.

Another possibility is that Google is working separately with a number of OEMs to develop exclusive Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich devices that will all launch at the same time. The device being discussed by BGR is thought to be Samsung-made.

Last week's rumors put this device in particular down for a Thanksgiving launch so we'll focus on that date until we hear something more solid.

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    LePhuronn , June 29, 2011 11:34 AM
    Nexus Prime vs LG Optimus - sorry, unnecessary geek out
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    bennaye , June 29, 2011 11:36 AM
    These specs are extremely sexy. I'd jizz my eyes all over AMOLED HD display playing 1080p video. But you know what? iPhone 5 will outsell it despite it having inferior specs and being more expensive because, lets face it, the sheep have too much wool and feel that they need to be sheared. And they will line up for miles for this 'service'.
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    chunkystyler , June 29, 2011 12:00 PM
    should start with a J! jelly something!
    it's been in alphabetical order so far:
    cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb, ICE cream sandwich!
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    Titanius , June 29, 2011 12:13 PM
    chunkystylershould start with a J! jelly something!it's been in alphabetical order so far:cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb, ICE cream sandwich!


    Hmm, Jello?
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    ZyxMEvEuuxcZ , June 29, 2011 12:15 PM
    Naming new version of software after the food
    its very very wrong!
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    Anonymous , June 29, 2011 12:16 PM
    The next Android release will likely be Jelly Donut, look at all the release names, they're alphabetical
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    rflynn88 , June 29, 2011 1:07 PM
    bennayeThese specs are extremely sexy. I'd jizz my eyes all over AMOLED HD display playing 1080p video. But you know what? iPhone 5 will outsell it despite it having inferior specs and being more expensive because, lets face it, the sheep have too much wool and feel that they need to be sheared. And they will line up for miles for this 'service'.


    Don't get me wrong, there are way too many people who buy the iphone because its "changing everything again" and they cant see past the golden apple walls. However, did you ever think that some iphone buyers are intelligent, technically inclined people who simply prefer the phone to the android options? I have an iphone 4. It's jailbroken, allowing me to modify it and set it up how I please. I like the ios interface for smartphone tasks, and it has a great camera and build quality. It's plenty fast for web surfing and shooting off emails, and I live in NJ where ATT's 3G service is pretty decent. I totally understand the appeal of android, however for me, I'm very happy with my iphone. I dont own a mac or an ipad, and dont plan to. I'm just saying that there are people who buy the iphone because that particular device does what they want it to do, and it does it very well. These people don't all go out an buy everything with an apple logo on it because lord jobs said to do it. It'd be nice to read an article about an android phone or a new iphone rumor and not see over 9000 posts of; "ZOMG F**K THE APPLETARD SHEEPS, LORD JOBS THIS, AND ANDROID IS AMAZING THAT!" We all know way too many people buy apple products for the logo, perhaps we can discuss the merits of this phone in the article, rather than apple bashing, or any other bashing for that matter.
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    asdf634 , June 29, 2011 1:12 PM
    I'd be surprised if the next version is not called "Jelly bean".

    On topic, 5MP camera? They should be putting an 8MP in it. With great picture quality. I want my1080p 60fps video recording!!

    Also, I thought we're going to see quad core phones coming out end of this year?? It ain't hardcore until it's a hexa-core!
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    asdf634 , June 29, 2011 1:31 PM
    rflynn88However, did you ever think that some iphone buyers are intelligent, technically inclined people who simply prefer the phone to the android options?


    Yes, they all would like to think so.
    Just kidding, I agree, with the two of you.
    I kid again. Seriously though, my friends with Apple products think they're cool, and when I asked them "Why do you buy Apple?" All of them replied, more or less to the tune of, "It's Apple, it's cool!"

    You're in the minority of the minority there buddy. People I know buy Apple products because it's trendy, and they don't have to take control because they don't know how to. Everything is set up for them, and if not they can always pay a small fee for an app that may or may not be helpful.
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    tomrippity02 , June 29, 2011 1:52 PM
    asdf634 People I know buy Apple products because it's trendy, and they don't have to take control because they don't know how to. Everything is set up for them, and if not they can always pay a small fee for an app that may or may not be helpful.


    Agree'd. My girlfriend is looking at new laptops and is leaning towards Apple. When I asked why she said it was because all of the other laptops are ugly. She is a very intelligent girl, but this is proof once again that way to many people care way to much about looks and a brand, and they are willing to pay tons for both.

    On another note, when I took her to the store to actually look at laptops, she didn't find the usability of the Apple laptops all that great... she actually admitted to liking one of the Dell laptops better.
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    fayzaan , June 29, 2011 3:42 PM
    bennayeThese specs are extremely sexy. I'd jizz my eyes all over AMOLED HD display playing 1080p video. But you know what? iPhone 5 will outsell it despite it having inferior specs and being more expensive because, lets face it, the sheep have too much wool and feel that they need to be sheared. And they will line up for miles for this 'service'.


    Maybe if Android phone's had the same kind of software support that Apple did it'd be a different story. So my recommendation would be for Android to pay $$ to developers to make softwares for Android so it can become a success.
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    mcqsoft , June 29, 2011 4:11 PM
    I think the important thing, even a phone remains his ability to communicate people. Everything else is incidental.
    Okay, some will say it is very basic but what I say essentially the technological toys are just that. And if I also like that increasingly more powerful and full of new features because it satisfies our inner child
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    Niva , June 29, 2011 4:25 PM
    asdf634On topic, 5MP camera? They should be putting an 8MP in it. With great picture quality. I want my1080p 60fps video recording!!


    Stop drinking the coolaid and being sold by the greater # of megapixels a cell phone camera can shoot at! It always boggles my mind how people are sold by these numbers. Because of physical limitations of the optics even 5MP is too much on a cell phone. If they've done good and optimized the hell out of the camera I'd be thrilled with a phone camera that can shoot at 5MP and come close to quality of a handheld @ 8MP.

    It's about high time that some website like Tom's or Anand ran a proper article about cell phone cameras and the limitations associated with them.

    And btw 5MP is plenty to record 1080. A single 5 MP frame is normally 2592x1944. A regular 1080 frame is about 2MP.

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    dalethepcman , June 29, 2011 5:23 PM
    Yes buy the iPhone because "It just works." Like when you dial someone then touch it to your head it mutes the phone because the sensors sucks. And when you "hold it wrong" it hangs up / looses all signal. Or when you press the button to take a picture, and 15 seconds later you hear the click. That's what I call "Magical."

    All kidding aside every phone has its flaws. Apple has done its best to overshadow flaws in its devices (and they all had them) with easy to use software, a polished beautiful exterior, and incredible marketing. And for the most part been successful.

    Android device manufacturer's have not been as proactive in the advertising department, or the software department and this has caused them a lot of grief. If every manufacturer used stock android, most of their worries would be gone.

    Hopefully Google will confirm some solid details about this phone in the near future, as this will most likely be what I replace my Nexus One with.
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    lolyumadbro , June 29, 2011 6:44 PM
    Only thing keeping me from going to Android is the fact that the user experience degrades over time. It starts to lag a little more every day and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it. Yeah they can mask it with 1.5ghz dual core CPU's, but that only delays the inevitable.

    Once they fix this, then i will hand in my iPhone for a top of the line Android device.
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    asdf634 , June 30, 2011 4:21 AM
    NivaStop drinking the coolaid and being sold by the greater # of megapixels a cell phone camera can shoot at!


    I do understand that great pixel count != great image quality. That's why I added "With great image quality". I said they should put in an 8MP purely because by the time it ships 8MP should pretty much be the common spec for smart/super phones, so a brand new flagship from Google that boasts a 5MP ain't gonna sound too good when the competitions - and possibly the iPhone 5 - all have 8MP.
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    eddieroolz , June 30, 2011 12:38 PM
    Mmm, most of this content tastes like marketing speak...mmm.
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    RobinPanties , June 30, 2011 6:46 PM
    chunkystylershould start with a J! jelly something!it's been in alphabetical order so far:cupcake, donut, eclair, froyo, gingerbread, honeycomb, ICE cream sandwich!

    jPhone?
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    athreex , July 2, 2011 7:40 AM
    greghomeSo..........What's Android 5.0 gonna be?Vanilla fudge? Chocolate Sundae?or some other desert I dont know of?Latka ?


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