SamsungLogo Is this the Samsung Nexus Prime specs?

Google and Samsung are together expected to announce what is currently codenamed the Nexus Prime on the 12th of October and now detailed specification of what is purportedly the new handset. The new handset will feature a curved screen and Samsung has already released a teaser video that shows little else but the curve.

Google and Samsung are together expected to announce what is currently codenamed the Nexus Prime on the 12th of October and now detailed specification of what is purportedly the new handset. The new handset will feature a curved screen and Samsung has already released a teaser video that shows little else but the curve.

If you recall the Nexus S, Google's most recent own brand handset was made in co-operation with Samsung and it's nearly a year since that was announced and with Google gearing up for yet another major revision of Android, it's time for a new device to go with it. The screen is said to measure 4.65-inches and it's a Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 1280×720. We're not quite sure it fits on the phone category any more with a screen this size, but it seems to be the only innovative feature to do these days with regards to the external appearance of the handsets.

We're a little bit perplexed about the choice of processor, as the rumour suggests that the Nexus Prime will sport a 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP 4460 SoC. Now this wouldn't be the first time Samsung would use an OMAP chip in one of its devices, but the Nexus S is using a Samsung Hummingbird SoC and we would've expected Google to continue that trend, but alas it seems like that isn't the case. We're also curious about the clock speed, as the OMAP 4460 is meant to run at 1.5GHz, but it's possible that Samsung had to clock it down due to the thin 9mm profile of the handset.

The OMAP 4460 sports PowerVR SGX540 graphics that should be clocked around 384MHz and the SoC supports dual channel LPDDR2 memory of which Samsung has apparently fitted 1GB. It's also said to feature 32GB of storage, much like some of its Galaxy S II models. Other features include a fairly unimpressive 5Megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p HD video, a front mounted 1.3Megapixel camera for video calls, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4/5GHz) and NFC support. In terms of network connectivity it's said to be offered either with HSDPA or LTE depending on the network, so this one could be a bit tricky. The battery is meant to be a powerful 1,750mAh unit.

Beyond the fact that this sounds like one impressive handset, it will of course be running Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.0 as it's expected to be known as. It'll be running a bog standard version of the OS without any Samsung tweaks. The source is also suggesting that a new feature in Ice Cream Sandwich is the option to measure the data usage (i.e. downloaded and sent data) for each and every app. Well, it's not long now, so hopefully the real deal will be somewhat similar to the rumoured specs, although we'd really expect a more impressive camera on a device which is otherwise on the cutting edge.

Update: According to GSM Arena the specs are quite different and we should instead be looking at a 1.5GHz dual core Samsung Exynos, although for some unknown reason GSM Arena talks about PowerVR SGX543MP2 graphics which doesn't match the spec of the Exynos SoC and you can't easily chop and change the graphics in an integrated chip. The camera should be 8Megapixels or in other words in line with the Galaxy S II. The battery is also said to be 2,050mAh instead of 1,750mAh. 

Judging by the video, there's also a "connector" for a charging dock, much as per the HTC Rhyme, something we didn't pay attention to at first.

Source: The Boy Genius Report, GSM Arena