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Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is sportin' Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich

After weeks of teasing and false starts, Google and Samsung are finally ready to get official with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and the Galaxy Nexus. Being that this a "pure" Google phone, customers will get the full Ice Cream Sandwich experience without the added fluff that carriers like to spray all over their smartphones.
For those that doubted Boy Genius Report's leaked specs a few weeks ago, you'll have more than a bit of egg on your face tonight. BGR's earlier story matches up perfectly with the production Galaxy Nexus:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.65" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB of memory (optional 32GB)
  • 5MP rear camera with LED flash plus a 1.3MP front facing camera
  • 1080p (30fps) video recording
  • LTE
  • 1750 mAh battery 

It should come as no surprise that Samsung has thrown in dual-band 802.11n, NFC, a barometer (!), and Bluetooth 3.0. Those looking for the nascent Bluetooth 4.0 spec in an Android phone will have to mosey on over to the Motorola Droid RAZR.
The most distinguishing feature of the Galaxy Nexus is its curved display which better conforms to your face while talking. In addition, the Galaxy Nexus is 8.94mm thick and weighs 135 grams. This compares to 7.1mm and 127 grams for the just announced Droid RAZR.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will operate on Verizon’s LTE network according to a leak from earlier today, which will be serving 178 markets by November 17.

Source: The Verge

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Wholly specs!
By retrospooty on 10/18/2011 10:14:49 PM , Rating: 2
Nicer than I thought... I knew it was 4.65 inch screen with 1290x720 res, 1.2ghz cpu and 4G, but I had no idea it was under 9mm thick. This thing is a monster!

RE: Wholly specs!
By vol7ron on 10/18/11, Rating: 0
RE: Wholly specs!
By priusone on 10/18/2011 10:44:01 PM , Rating: 2
Back in 2004, I picked up a 5mp Minolta. The local haji shop carried 8mp no name ones, and naturally, the Joes fell all over them, despite my warning. Yup, my 5mp one took awesome pics, while their 8mp ones looked like hell. You may dislike the 5mp, but that 1080 video capture looks interesting.

RE: Wholly specs!
By atlmann10 on 10/19/2011 10:48:37 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah the camera is actually all about the lens all the Mp cap is is the data size maximum of the pictures. It is more like this if you have a great lens on a 3Mp camera it will take better pictures than an 8Mp. The 5 Mp camera on the new nexus will by default record full HD in picture or filming mode and will take a picture very fast. That tells me the lens has a very good depth perception and very fast shutter action. Without those two thing you can use a 16Mp camera with a standard or normal lens and get pics of half the value visually this 5Mp one will produce!

RE: Wholly specs!
By maven81 on 10/19/2011 1:26:01 PM , Rating: 2
If that was true, simply attaching a good SLR lens to your phone (there are kits for this) would make the pics rival a dslr. They won't, because you're greatly oversimplifying things. Sensors matter. Tiny pixels collect less light and are more prone to dark current, blooming, and tend to have more noise. That's why if you cram 8Mp into the same space as a 3Mp chip you start to get problems. The best solution there if to make the sensor larger. The other option is binning, telling neighboring pixels to work as one big pixel, turning your mediocre 8Mp camera into a pretty good 3Mp camera. You probably know all this too, it's just not good to generalize when it comes to imaging.

RE: Wholly specs!
By torpor on 10/19/2011 2:01:02 PM , Rating: 2
If that was true, simply attaching a good SLR lens to your phone (there are kits for this) would make the pics rival a dslr.

Um, no.

You'd have to take off the cheap lens first. And that's not likely.

A cheap lens can distort the image, reduce focus, or introduce aberrations. This isn't fixed by using a better lens on top of it. That's like smearing a layer of vaseline on your eyeglasses and claiming putting binoculars in front of your smeary glasses will give you better vision.

A lens has a HUGE impact on image quality. You do need a good sensor, but for the size of apeture and depth from sensor to lens you're stuck with, you're not going to have anything incredible.

RE: Wholly specs!
By Spuke on 10/18/2011 11:02:53 PM , Rating: 2
let down
Cool, I'll take yours.

RE: Wholly specs!
By ChronoReverse on 10/18/2011 11:17:34 PM , Rating: 3
I'm fine with 5MP.

Did you see how fast this can take photos? It was like click click click click fast.

Panorama stitching along with autofocusing image stabilized 1080p video recording (with live zoom) is impressive too.

RE: Wholly specs!
By Tequilasunriser on 10/19/2011 12:45:35 AM , Rating: 5
Why on earth do you need more than 5 megapixels on a phone? I would like someone to answer this sincerely. Please tell me why 5 megapixels is not cutting it for a phone camera.

Do you plan to print poster sized prints? Better yet, do you even know what a megapixel is?

I would gladly take less megapixels on a phone for faster shutter speed. I'd even take less than 5mp if it meant lightning fast focus and shutter speed.

RE: Wholly specs!
By stayprivate on 10/19/2011 8:41:50 AM , Rating: 4
"Why on earth do you need more than 5 megapixels on a phone?"

Bragging right most probably?

RE: Wholly specs!
By seamonkey79 on 10/19/2011 10:46:37 AM , Rating: 2
So that if there's just not quite enough light your picture can be all fuzzy and washed out. That's what I get from my Droid Incredible's camera... great pictures outside on a bright sunny day, okay pictures inside when the flash is enough, but if either of those two conditions aren't met, then it's just nasty.

RE: Wholly specs!
By Kel Ghu on 10/19/2011 5:40:07 AM , Rating: 3
Resolution is overrated. 8MP way too much for the sensor size. I'd rather have 5MP because that's more light for the cells. And what do you want to do with 8MP anyway?

RE: Wholly specs!
By Da W on 10/19/2011 6:48:36 AM , Rating: 2

RE: Wholly specs!
By nafhan on 10/19/2011 9:19:25 AM , Rating: 2
Not if the pixels on the higher resolution sensor are lower quality (generally the case on tiny sensors). Believe it or not, zooming in on crap is going to look like... crap.

RE: Wholly specs!
By Reclaimer77 on 10/19/2011 10:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
I did, and I knew they reported a 5MP rear camera, but I was hoping for an 8MP, since the RAZR has one... let down.

That's not a big deal to me. I have a digital camera for when I absolutely need great looking photos. What really damns this phone, in my opinion, is the fact that the pixel layout is PenTile matrix. Sorry but that's just unacceptable to me and a complete deal breaker. It's true that PenTile screens CAN give the appearance of having more sub-pixels than they actually do, but often they just look like shit.

RE: Wholly specs!
By Spuke on 10/19/2011 11:58:16 AM , Rating: 2
It's true that PenTile screens CAN give the appearance of having more sub-pixels than they actually do, but often they just look like shit.
Cool. I'll take yours and swap out my wife's phone! There's gonna be extra Nexus phones galore!

RE: Wholly specs!
By Reclaimer77 on 10/19/2011 1:12:13 PM , Rating: 2
Lol! Oh no you don't! :P

RE: Wholly specs!
By Pirks on 10/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: Wholly specs!
By pxavierperez on 10/19/2011 3:40:32 AM , Rating: 2
Pirks, why do you even bother commenting? Or are you going after Reclaimer77's record breaking troll points?

RE: Wholly specs!
By bug77 on 10/19/2011 4:12:13 AM , Rating: 5
I've read somewhere that this is a phone and not a gaming console.

RE: Wholly specs!
By robinthakur on 10/19/11, Rating: -1
RE: Wholly specs!
By Paj on 10/19/2011 11:58:43 AM , Rating: 2
Er, theres loads. Anything by Gameloft for a start. or Samurai Warriors II, or any of the games that are Tegra 2 exclusives.

RE: Wholly specs!
By Helbore on 10/19/2011 8:15:19 AM , Rating: 5
I've read somewhere that this new Nexus GPU sucks iPhone 4S dick

Damn, no wonder you're pissed off. Don't worry, I'm sure the Nexus will be done soon and you can get your lips back round there again.

Don't take it personally, I'm sure the Nexus won't give as good head as you and the iPhone won't betray you again.

RE: Wholly specs!
By Spuke on 10/19/2011 9:36:02 AM , Rating: 5
Damn, no wonder you're pissed off. Don't worry, I'm sure the Nexus will be done soon and you can get your lips back round there again.

RE: Wholly specs!
By pxavierperez on 10/20/2011 3:30:03 AM , Rating: 2
Only in dailytech and only among android fanboys that a juvenile respond such as yours gets voted up to a 5.


RE: Wholly specs!
By Helbore on 10/21/2011 7:48:31 AM , Rating: 2
God, some people have no sense of humour. Try unclenching your arsecheeks once in a while. It feels much nicer.

RE: Wholly specs!
By gwidionx on 10/19/2011 1:23:12 PM , Rating: 3
This is a pretty dang loaded Razr reboot. I'm surprised. AMOLED screen is defintely a plus in my book. Too bad it just missed Ice Cream. :(

The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By phatboye on 10/18/2011 11:35:24 PM , Rating: 3
Whose ass do you have to kiss to get a top of the line Android experience phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard. I'd sacrifice the large screen for a physical keyboard.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By Flunk on 10/18/2011 11:52:06 PM , Rating: 2
What you're going to have to sacrifice is thickness because there is no way they could make a slider anywhere near this thin. This is why the high-end phones don't have keyboards.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By phatboye on 10/19/2011 12:19:35 AM , Rating: 3
I would gladly sacrifice phone thickness for a physical QWERTY keyboard.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By kleinma on 10/19/2011 12:45:22 AM , Rating: 2
With things that work well like Swype and google voice input, a physical keyboard isn't as needed as it used to be.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By Johnmcl7 on 10/19/2011 6:49:16 AM , Rating: 2
I don't find that at all, in fact with smartphones becoming ever more powerful I find there is an increasing need for a proper keyboard. I've been trying a Galaxy S2 and then a Sensation recently but I was back to the old Nokia n900 as I couldn't stand the lack of keyboard on the Android phones. Google voice input is entertaining to see just how wrong it can be and Swype I'm sure is fine if you're trying to type something very predictive but I'm frequently using technical terms it has no clue about.


By Mk4ever on 10/19/2011 8:26:56 AM , Rating: 2
Just a reminder, not any keyboard would be a good replacement to your current keyboard, and not any OS will give you functionality/shortcuts like the N900. I had phones with keyboards before. I only appreciated the keyboard and became addicted to it on the N900.

I too tried the Galaxy S II. My N900 was stolen about 2 months ago, and a friend lent me his Galaxy S II to persuade me. It took me less than 12 hours to realize that I'd rather get another N900, which I did. I hated android before hating anything else in the Galaxy S II. Maemo is/was an exceptional OS.

The only mobile I was willing to upgrade to was the Nokia N950. Trojan Elop crushed all of my dreams.

I guess I'll have to wait for Tizen, or see what Windows Phone will be able to do if Tizen was also killed for whatever reason, as I don't like iOS or Android.

By Topweasel on 10/19/2011 12:45:11 AM , Rating: 2
Droid 3? Feature wise it is pretty similar except ICS. Very few flagship phones will be qwerty phones. Flagship phones are about getting as many products sold for brand recognition. You don't get that from a slider or qwerty candybar. Those phones are for making sure that fill other market segments.

RE: The perfect Android phone (I want it all)
By Pirks on 10/19/2011 2:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
I would gladly sacrifice phone thickness for a physical QWERTY keyboard
If you depend on some exclusive Android only apps then I have nothing to suggest... but if not then you might want to try BlackBerry Bold 9900 or 9930, I heard a lot of very positive comments about its QWERTY keyboard typing experience. You may be in for a nice surprise :)

By acer905 on 10/19/2011 12:21:22 PM , Rating: 3
Portrait QWERTY keyboards always suck.

You should try out the keyboard on the HTC Arrive. Best keyboard currently available. And the tilting screen is quite useful.

By nafhan on 10/19/2011 2:00:04 PM , Rating: 2
I suck at tiny phone keyboards (physical or virtual). Since needing to enter multiple lines of text on my phone isn't usually necessary, I just wait until I get to a real computer.

By Johnmcl7 on 10/19/2011 6:50:27 AM , Rating: 2
Annoyingly not one high end Android slider has made it to the UK out of the three available in the US, the Droid 3, Mytouch 4G slide and Captive Glide.


Nice screen but...
By Aloonatic on 10/19/2011 2:40:32 AM , Rating: 2
I like the resolution, although I hope (as someone with a qHD android phone - yes I gave up on waiting for WP7 Mango and got a HET Sensation for £40 instead) that this doesn't mean that Google (and developers) ignore qHD as a resolution.

One of the issues that a higher resolution screen raises brings with it is the processing speed/power needed to support it. There's a noticeable hit (apparently, according to benchmarks) when going from the standard 800x480 to 960x540.

What sort of impact will going to 1280x720 have?

The spec's say a 1.2 GHz dual core, no mention of GPU, but HTC have pretty much admitted that they need more power with their qHD when they released the Sensation XE, so it'll be interesting to see what sort of 1.2 GHz dual core processor (and GPU) we're talking about here, although I'd have to assume it's something rather similar to the SGS II's?!

Wasn't their talk of a 1.5 GHz SGS II being released soon too? I would have thought that this might have been that phone and that it'll be clocked at 1.5 GHz, but who knows.

Also, other than the screen though (which is a big part of any touch-screen smart-phone, granted) there doesn't seem all that much to get excited about here, but maybe when we see more...

Finally, if it's as good as many people want it to be, I only hope that Google actually make sure that this thing gets a wide release. I don't know how things work in the US (And elsewhere), but in the UK it's actually quite rare to find a carrier who will sell you a Google branded phone. Maybe Samsung will make sure that it is pushed out far and wide, as if it's named as this article suggests, it will be part of the Samsung Galaxy family, but that will probably only bring more annoyed Samsung users who've bought a SGS II, who might not get any Android updates, if Samsung's track record is anything to go by.

RE: Nice screen but...
By robinthakur on 10/19/2011 5:01:25 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, the spec of the GPU is mysteriously absent! Well done on getting a HTC sensation, and good call, I don't know what MS is smoking, but the longer they spend away from the market's higher echelons, the bigger the sales they will lose, seems bizarrely lazy.

I think however, that its HTC and the other Android third parties who will get a bit miffed as Samsung have got the exclusive Google approved handset once again and means that their handsets will be locked out of official updates once again. I see official updates as being the most compelling argument on Android as to which phone to buy, but mostly because using iPhone, the thought of not being able to update on release day does seem a bit silly in this day and age.

RE: Nice screen but...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/19/2011 6:40:12 AM , Rating: 2
It uses a SGX540 GPU, same one in the Nexus S. Surprising as the performance which was choppy to begin with will certainly be noticeable on the higher res display

RE: Nice screen but...
By mcnabney on 10/19/2011 9:22:29 AM , Rating: 2
That is seriously bad news. The screen on this device has about twice the pixels as the old S - so expect a dreadful experience, especially as the ICS platform matures and allows improved games.

RE: Nice screen but...
By 3DoubleD on 10/19/2011 11:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
It is disappointing that they stuck a SGX540 in there. But you have to remember the SGX540 in the OMAP 4460 has a clock speed bump of almost 100% over the Nexus S (204ish MHz vs 380ish MHz).

Still.. it's disappointing. They should have used Exynos with a Mali GPU instead of something so old. Blame LTE though. They had to use the OMAP 44XX SoC so they could integrate an LTE modem chip onto the system board. LTE is such garbage right now, it really kills every phone they put it in.

HSPA+ is plenty fast (20 - 40 mbps), it doesn't destroy battery life, and it allows you to choose good SoCs with better CPU/GPU performance.

RE: Nice screen but...
By 3DoubleD on 10/19/2011 11:56:06 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, I was slightly mistaken. I was thinking of the SGSII T-mobile variant that had a 1.5 dual core snapdragon SoC instead of Exynos because the latter didn't support 42 mbps HSPA+ - which is NOT LTE.

However, the SGSII LTE variant also has the 1.5 dual snapdragon SoC. So I still may be correct, Exynos may not support LTE.

By InfinityzeN on 10/19/2011 9:18:58 AM , Rating: 2
Why would Samsung release this phone with an OMAP 4460 CPU and SGX540 GPU? Their Exynos CPU is clock for clock slightly faster than OMAP and its Mali 400 MP4 GPU is faster than any other GPU except the SGX543MP2.

In short, I'm trying to understand why they used a slower SoC than in the GS2.

By InfinityzeN on 10/19/2011 9:20:46 AM , Rating: 2
The Mali 400 MP4 having exceptionally high scrolling performance would be even more noticeable with the 1280x720 screen. The SGX540 will be getting rather choppy, even if they run it at 300mhz.

By 3DoubleD on 10/19/2011 11:59:55 AM , Rating: 2
My guess is that Exynos doesn't support LTE or supplementary LTE modems. Look at the SGSII LTE variant. It uses a 1.5 GHz dual snapdragon SoC instead of Exynos.

I guess Google didn't want different SoCs in their HSPA+ and LTE versions of the Nexus Prime. Too bad, they should have just dropped LTE. Don't need it, don't want it. 20+ mbps HSPA+ is plenty for web browsing and downloading 5 MB apps.

What is the memory speed?!?
By SublimeSimplicity on 10/19/2011 10:22:58 AM , Rating: 2
This is the most crucial performance spec to any shared memory embedded device and is the one that is always left off.

Latency, bus width, clock speed all play key roles in the overall performance of a platform. A 4ghz processor will do nothing but spin 10x faster than a 400mhz processor if it's starved for bandwidth or waiting on fetches due to latency.

RE: What is the memory speed?!?
By 3DoubleD on 10/19/2011 12:01:28 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have an answer to your question, but wanted to add another. It states 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. Will their still be an microSD card slot? I haven't seen it mentioned anywhere.

Verizon exclusivity
By Tequilasunriser on 10/19/2011 12:40:18 AM , Rating: 2
Hopefully this isn't a Verizon exclusive for long. This hot piece if ace deserves to be on all the carriers.

Curved glass display patent
By fuzzlefizz on 10/19/2011 5:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
If this curved glass phenomenon kicks off. Samsung will have one helluva patent hold over their design than Apple's "minimalist" rectangle design.

Slow learners
By Tony Swash on 10/19/11, Rating: -1
Rose tinted specs
By Tony Swash on 10/19/11, Rating: -1
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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