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Full Details of Galaxy Nexus Emerge [Update]

David Gilbert


Samsung Galaxy Nexus

The fact that Samsung and Google will launch the latest Nexus phone next Tuesday will be about as much of a surprise as someone crying on the X Factor stage because their dead cat always wanted them to sing - but ahead of that launch we’ve gotten a sneak peak at the phone’s specs and its new name, the Galaxy Nexus.

Website BGR has received all the specs from a “trusted source” and we have to say that they do seem to stack up with what we’ve been hearing up until now.

The Galaxy Nexus will have a 4.65in Supoer AMOLED HD curved glass screen (just shy of the 4.7in screen seen on the HTC Sensation XL} but will have a much higher resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

It will be just 9mm thin and feature a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It will have 1GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, which will be a first for an Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

It will have a 5 megapixel camera on the rear, capable of 1080p HD video capture, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. It will have LTE/HSPA support depending on carrier (and of course whether you live in a country with a working 4G network), Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC and a 1750mAh battery.

The Galaxy Nexus of course will be the launch also of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the version of the OS which aims to unify the tablet (3.x) and smartphone (2.x) strands of Android. According to BGR, the Galaxy Nexus will run a pure flavour of Android with no TouchWiz modifications.

Update: According to Pocket-lint Samsung has cancelled the Unpacked event scheduled for next Tuesday with Samsung and Google issuing the following statement:

"Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced."

There is speculation that the sad death of Steve Jobs may have led to this decision with the funeral possibly taking place early next week and holding a major press event at the same time would be seen as inappropriate.

We'll keep you updated as soon as we hear any more information and when a new date for the event is announced.

Source: BGR

Hamish Campbell

October 7, 2011, 4:51 pm

When the video was racing through the the perfect matches (cookies & milk = better snack etc), I was expecting it to end with Ice Cream & Sandwich.

Not sure what the punch line would have been though.


October 7, 2011, 7:18 pm

5MP camera is a bit of a disappointment after hearing Apple's superlatives about the 4S. In fact, that suggests to me that the rumoured specs might be a bit off..


October 7, 2011, 7:29 pm

@haim: Surely the implied perfect combination is Google + Samsung, not "Ice Cream Sandwich" which would be a creation solely of Google? Nor is it a popular combination of food ingredients in the first place.


October 7, 2011, 7:42 pm

"It will have [..] 32GB of built-in storage, which will be a first for an Android phone"

What's the betting that this phone will eschew the MicroSD slot again, much as the Nexus S did before it? If so, I can't imagine why Google would be continuing to push for this retrograde step, but I'm sure there's some sort of reasoning behind it.


October 8, 2011, 8:28 pm

Hang on. Did you say 1280 x 720?? A *pocket* device with a native 720p resolution? If that's right, then this is surely going to be the ultimate media consumption device.


October 10, 2011, 1:41 pm

Aah. But will it have have an HDMI output?


October 10, 2011, 1:44 pm

It might be something to do with the whole way that Google seemed to add the ability to put apps on the SD card as an afterthought. Even now, you can only put apps on the SD card if the developer allows it, and it seems to kaibosh any associated widgets. Not only that, but a lot of the core apps (keyboard, email etc) ie the ones written by Google, can't be moved to the SD card.

I only know this because I've noticed that as the core apps seem to be getting bigger and bigger over time, in a typical bloat-y sort of way, and they leaving less and less of the memory on my HTC Desire for my own choice of apps! I can't wait for a new phone with more memory...


October 10, 2011, 1:55 pm

5MP a disappointment? Nonsense! A 5MP sensor is not what limits images taken with these devices. That comes down to the optics and the software. I believe that the megapixels game that manufacturers are playing, on phones, is just a "my Dad is bigger than your Dad" argument to impress the mass of uninformed consumers.

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