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This could be an epic Thursday in the smartphone world

Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD) -- has long been both America's largest network and America's top seller of Android smartphones -- even if other networks sometimes have had better Android smartphones.

According to photographs of apparent internal memos obtained by Droid Life, Thursday, December 8, 2011 could be a huge day for Verizon Wireless.  The memo indicates two of the hottest upcoming Android phones -- Nexus Prime and the Droid 4 -- will launch that day.


[Image Source: Droid Life]

The Nexus Prime, the rebranded Galaxy Prime from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930), was officially announced back in the middle of October, but Verizon Wireless -- the device's exclusive carrier -- has been cagey about giving a release date.

The Nexus Prime is distinctive in several ways.  First and foremost it's the flagship Android 4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" phone, and may be the only phone for a brief while to carry the new operating system.  Second, it sports a distinctive curved face-hugging packaging (though the Verizon model is a bit bulkier and less curved as it has to house the larger battery in the LTE variant, LTE radio chips, etc.).  

Lastly, it is only the second Android smartphone to support a higher resolution multi-touch display than Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 4s (720x1280 pixels vs. 640x960 pixels on the iPhone 4S; the iPhone 4S has a higher pixel density screen, though).  The other phone -- the Rezound from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) -- generally has better hardware; but comes with a smaller screen, a worse battery, and is bulkier.

Nexus Prime
The Nexus Prime [Image Source: Google/Samsung]

A semi-complete list of the rumored specs is seen below:
  • 1.2GHz OMAP 4460 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI)
  • 4.65" 720x1280 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
  • NFC
  • 1850 mAh replaceable battery
  • Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"
(You may notice the specs are essentially identical to the upcoming Galaxy S II HD LTE, which is rumored to launch on Verizon, except for that the Galaxy S II HD LTE has a microSDHC slot, which the Prime lacks.)

The Droid 4 from Google Inc. (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola is special because it is only the world's second LTE slider phone.  (The first, the Samsung Stratosphere, launched last month.)  

Droid 4 leaked
Leaked pictures of the supposed Droid 4 design [Image Source: Droid Life]

There are few Android options if you want an Android smartphone equipped with a physical keyboard (slider) and fewer still if you want a top-of-the-line phone hardware-wise.  Currently the best sliders available are arguably the Droid 3/Milestone 3 from Motorola (on Verizon Wireless) and the G2 Touch from HTC (on Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) T-Mobile USA).  The Droid 4 should soon top that pack.  It includes:
  • 4″ Super AMOLED Advanced display
  • Full 5-row “illuminated” keyboard
  • RAZR styling
  • 4G LTE
  • Non-removable battery (maybe)
  • Android 2.3.5
  • 1080p video recording (assuming 8MP)
  • Front camera
  • HDMI out
  • MotoACTV syncing
With Verizon Wireless's double data promotion in full effect and with two of the most desirable Android smart phones on the market launching, this looks to be one epic day for the carrier, should the leak prove true.

Source: Droid Life



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Galaxy Nexus Prime
By mcnabney on 11/25/2011 11:10:48 AM , Rating: 3
The Prime is not the first Android device with an HD screen. The HTC ReZound (Vigor) which was released earlier in November had the first 1280x720 HD screen. The ReZound's screen is actually quite superior to the Prime. It is smaller, providing a higher DPI image, and also uses non-Pentile LCD technology. The Prime uses Pentil which provies two subpixels instead of the proper three per pixel. In addition, the ReZound has a faster chip - dual core 1.5ghz. The main negatives for the HTC device is a slightly smaller battery and a much thicker design. They throw in a pair of premium earbuds and include a special audio process to balance things out. One thing is certain this winter for the smartphone shopper - lots of choices, each providing different trade-offs.




RE: Galaxy Nexus Prime
By JasonMick (blog) on 11/25/2011 11:53:27 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The Prime is not the first Android device with an HD screen. The HTC ReZound (Vigor) which was released earlier in November had the first 1280x720 HD screen. The ReZound's screen is actually quite superior to the Prime. It is smaller, providing a higher DPI image, and also uses non-Pentile LCD technology. The Prime uses Pentil which provies two subpixels instead of the proper three per pixel. In addition, the ReZound has a faster chip - dual core 1.5ghz. The main negatives for the HTC device is a slightly smaller battery and a much thicker design. They throw in a pair of premium earbuds and include a special audio process to balance things out.

Good point, I've updated/corrected the piece to clarify this. Good work on the pros and cons... it's also worth mentioning that the ReZound as MicroSDHC expansion.
quote:
One thing is certain this winter for the smartphone shopper - lots of choices, each providing different trade-offs.

Lot's of choices indeed... if you're an Android or Windows Phone shopper. ;)


RE: Galaxy Nexus Prime
By Lord 666 on 11/25/2011 12:17:39 PM , Rating: 3
Not sure if I would count planned obsolence as having "lots of choices."

Droid 3 released on July 7, 2011 and was widely questioned one the lack of LTE. Now only four months later the LTE made available? The only justification is ICS, but even that supports the planned obsolence because VZW has not released timelines on when (if ever) ICS will be made available for previous handsets such as Thunderbolt, Incredible, etc

Droid X2 released on May 19, 2011.

Yet, Droid Pro was released on November 18, 2010 and still has yet to receive an update.


RE: Galaxy Nexus Prime
By TakinYourPoints on 11/29/11, Rating: 0
RE: Galaxy Nexus Prime
By Johnmcl7 on 11/27/2011 8:48:59 AM , Rating: 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note which was released before the Galaxy Nexus has a 1280x800 screen.

John


RE: Galaxy Nexus Prime
By darkhawk1980 on 11/30/2011 11:58:02 AM , Rating: 2
Well, you seem to forget a few other things...

-CIQ, do you really want someone spying on you all the time, everything you do and everything that goes on with your phone? I don't...
-4460 is actually 1.5 GHz, but they underclock it to 1.2 GHz. Meanwhile, the MSM8660 used in the Rezound is based on Scorpion core's, which are old designs in comparison to the 4460 which is based on A9 based cores. I'd still take the TI over the Qualcomm chip any day of the week...

I'll give you that the screen is nice, but search around and you'll see a few reviews that beg to differ.....And I'm not talking the fanboy based articles, I'm talking articles that actually examine it technically.


First LTE Slider?
By Jedi2155 on 11/25/2011 12:58:36 PM , Rating: 4
Umm...what about the Samsung Stratosphere?

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395234,00.as...

It's been available for over a month now....




Galaxy Nexus
By Devo2007 on 11/26/2011 4:44:24 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't the device just called the Galaxy Nexus? "Nexus Prime" was the rumored name before the official launch event in October. Unless the LTE version is being called something different from the HSPA version some UK carriers have (and Bell Mobility is going to be selling up here), then you may want to correct the article.

...the only device I know that has the Prime name is ASUS' upcoming Transformer Prime tablet.




RE: Galaxy Nexus
By pixelslave on 11/26/2011 2:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
That spoke for the quality of this article ... first, it accuses the Rezound being having a worse display (I really don't know what it means for a "smaller display". The tone of the paragraph seems to suggest that he's referring to the resolution, but we all know that the Rezound actually has a true 720p display.) Then it calls the Nexus a Prime, which has been rebranded to Galaxy Nexus for, almost a month.


Increasingly leaning toward Apple.
By Adam M on 11/27/2011 6:47:13 PM , Rating: 1
Fragmentation has those that believe it is a problem and those that don't. A Droid 4 coming 6 months after the Droid 3 further encourages me to believe that it is an issue. I understand that my EVO is a geriatric case being just over a year old.(By my purchase date.) I'm sure it will not get ICS unless HTC surprises me. I never really liked Apple products but the fact that they continue to support their older models makes them more and more appealing. I thought about getting a Nexus phone to skip the whole manufacturer GUI issue, but even the older Nexus One will no longer be updated. Between the updates never coming out and phones becoming obsolete before they even come out (Razor), I don't know how much longer people will be staying with their Androids.




By TakinYourPoints on 11/29/2011 4:59:14 AM , Rating: 2
Faster hardware and real developer support are other good excuses to go iPhone. The main entity Android handsets are in aid of are the carriers, not the customer. You get to choose all kinds of hardware, sure, and it's because very little of it gets support from carriers, which means more turnover in order to upgrade the OS which means more profits for them. Disgusting.

Why go through numerous substandard pieces of hardware in order to keep up with OS updates when you can just be on one well supported platform with good hardware? My biggest worry with WP7 is that carriers have shown the same support (or lack thereof) in terms of OS updates. I really hope MS takes the reins on it, or at the very least enforces it with the Nokia handsets.


Correction
By mdbrotha on 11/25/11, Rating: 0
RE: Correction
By JasonMick (blog) on 11/25/2011 4:45:47 PM , Rating: 2
Hi, thanks for the catch... that paragraph went through a couple of revisions during my editing pre-posting and the second sentence came out garbled.

As for LTE battery, I meant the battery in the LTE variant (which larger than the battery for the HSPA+ variant), but I've changed the wording slightly to make it less confusing.

Thanks!!


By stm1185 on 11/25/2011 10:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
It currently cost 1 cent, 1 little copper on Amazon, which does not look likely for the Galaxy Nexus. Better performance, better screen quality, heavier, bulkier, worse battery life, but it costs $199.98-$299.98 less if you buy it on Amazon right now.

That in mind I just bought one instead of continuing to wait for the Galaxy Nexus. All told I think the Galaxy will be a slightly better device because of pure ICS and form factor. But HTC already confirmed ICS on Rezound in early 2012.

Amazon also has the Razr for a penny and it seems every other phone out there besides the iPhone if anyone else is looking to buy. New Contract required of course.




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