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New phone is expected to be flagship Android 3.5 "Ice Cream Sandwich" phone

Apple, Inc. (AAPL) delivered an updated fifth generation iPhone dubbed the "iPhone 4S" yesterday.  Many felt the design underwhelmed.  The phone lacked full HSPA+, offering only offering HSDPA.  And the screen size and resolution remained unchanged.

Apple's decision not to upgrade the industry-leading Retina display seemed like a sound one given current products, but if a teaser from top Android-phonemaker Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO 005930) is any indication, it may be one that Apple comes to regret in months to come.

Samsung released a teaser video just 24 hours after Apple's big event bragging "something BIG is coming".  

The phone in that trailer may be the Nexus Prime, a Google, Inc. (GOOG) branded flagship smartphone.  With each generation of Android, Google handpicks a flagship model.  For Android 3.5 "Ice Cream Sandwich" -- the release the unifies the tablet and smartphone code trees -- Google appears (based on the logos slapped on the teaser video) to have selected a Samsung handset for the distinction, much to the surprise of some who expected it to pick a model produced by its subsidiary Motorola.

Such models -- e.g. the Nexus One -- haven't always done so well in sales. 

But the Nexus Prime could buck that trend.  This week Samsung unveiled in its home nation of South Korea the monstrous Galaxy S II HD LTE, complete with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED handset with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution -- 50 percent more pixels than the iPhone 4S display.  The Nexus Prime is expected to get an LTE modem and a similar high-resolution screen.

It's possible the Nexus Prime is simply a rebranded and repackaged Galaxy S II HD LTE smartphone.  It's clear that at least some repackaging is afoot as the teaser shows a curved body, which indicates a curved glass overlay to the LCD and/or a curved LCD.  This is an interesting design move and could exempt Samsung's design from infringement claims by Apple.

Otherwise the video drops little in the way of clues about the phone's identity, showing only a power switch and three-pin docking connector.  

Samsung is currently fighting to ban the iPhone 4S in various regions and Apple is likely to return the favor with Samsung's next generation products like the Galaxy S II HD and Nexus Prime.

Sources: YouTube, Samsung

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Not the highest resolution.
By micksh on 10/5/2011 1:49:32 PM , Rating: 4
LG LU6200 would have higher resolution. While on paper it looks the same 1280x720, LG's display has 50% more subpixels.
Samsung's display is SuperAMOLED (not Plus), therefore pentile - two subpixels per pixel. LG's display is IPS LCD - full RGB triplet per pixel.

RE: Not the highest resolution.
By Omega215D on 10/5/2011 3:22:32 PM , Rating: 2
HTC will be releasing the Vigor soon as well and it sports a 720 display. I guess Samsung will have everyone beat by a couple of weeks or so.

RE: Not the highest resolution.
By mcnabney on 10/5/2011 5:08:17 PM , Rating: 2
Vigor might beat Prime out the door. They are similar, same screen resolution of 720p, but Prime has ICS while Vigor appears to remain on Gingerbread. Vigor may need to undercut the Prime price if they come to market at the same time since Vigor isn't flashy and has an older OS.

RE: Not the highest resolution.
By theapparition on 10/5/2011 4:06:36 PM , Rating: 2

Because Samsung hasn't released any specs on this phone at all. What makes you conclude it will be only be SuperAMOLED and not SuperAMOLED+?

RE: Not the highest resolution.
By Roffles on 10/5/2011 7:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
My thoughts exactly apparition. People are talking about the screen with authority as if the specs have been confirmed.

But you do have to at least admit that all signs are pointing to it being regular SuperAMOLED. The main reason being the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy SII HD LTE are both using SuperAMOLED HD displays which are not of the "plus" variety.

At any rate...the resolution and ppi is so high, nobody is seeing any problem with the Pentile RGBG configuration on the Note and HD LTE. All other first-world problems considered, it should be a non-issue.

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