Is Google preparing to add another phone to its Nexus line of smartphones?
The Nexus One and Nexus S have one thing in common: They’re both official ‘Google Phones,’ which means they get Android updates as soon as they’re available. The fact that you don’t have to wait for your carrier or manufacturer to get their ducks in a line is incredibly valuable to some users, so both phones have proved quite popular.
However, though both phones feature impressive specs, the Nexus One’s release dates way back to January of 2010 and the Nexus S will celebrate its first birthday this December. Both phones hit before the dual-core ‘superphone’ trend kicked off in at CES in January of this year, so it won’t be long before they’re considered out of date. But fear not, Nexus fans, because Google’s apparently got another Nexus up its sleeve, and this one has got a dual-core processor, a “monster” screen and 4G support to boot.
According to BGR sources, what’s believed to be the next Nexus phone will feature a next-generation dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU (likely an OMAP 4460 or an ultra low-power 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon); 1GB of RAM; 1080p HD video capture and playback; a 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.” All of this will run on Ice Cream Sandwich, aka Android 4.0.
Before you get really, really excited, BGR says it’s also possible that this device is just the flagship/reference phone for Ice Cream Sandwich and not a Nexus-branded phone after all. Either way, it’s expected to launch around Thanksgiving so we’re hoping to find out more as that holiday draws closer.