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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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Amazing hardware specs....
By daveinternets on 10/5/2011 1:52:41 PM , Rating: 0
.... on another Android phone.

I want a good WP7 dammit!!

I'm sick and tired of my iPhone 4, and my Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nothing special.

When will WP7 handsets get some good hardware?!

RE: Amazing hardware specs....
By Da W on 10/5/2011 4:13:10 PM , Rating: 1
Yes yes yes! I'm with ya! HTC titan with dual core and beats audio by Dr. Dre. I would be happy.

RE: Amazing hardware specs....
By Roffles on 10/5/2011 8:04:35 PM , Rating: 2
I'm inclined to agree. At first I thought the whole Dr. Dre beats audio thing was a gimmick (and actually I still do), but at least one of these Android manufacturers is trying to take audio fidelity seriously.

I mean, Korea is the place where Cowon and iRiver come from....they set the bar for portable audio quality on their pmp's. It's high time we got that sort of audio quality on our phones.

RE: Amazing hardware specs....
By theapparition on 10/5/2011 4:36:53 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting that you should say that. MS is in complete control of that.

Apple is in full control of thier hardware and software. People are stuck with what Apple decides to give.

Google only releases the source code to manufacturers who then can customize the OS to whatever hardware they chose. Other than the Nexus devices, which really are just a developement platform for the new OS, Google doesn't really get involved. Carriers also get involved to make the phone somewhat distinctive to them. This leads to faster developement and larger selection of handsets, but also fragmentation and slower updates.

MS on the other hand, is in full control of the OS. No carrier modfications allowed. But they also control the hardware specs. Since they control the end product software, they need to know the hardware it will be installed on. Hence right now, they've limited thier hardware specs to only use the Snapdragon SoC, and limited support hardware and LCD resolutions. To get better WinMo7 hardware, MS has to increase the minimum hardware specs to it's manufacturers.

RE: Amazing hardware specs....
By mcnabney on 10/5/2011 5:13:16 PM , Rating: 2
MS also made a bunch of other rules governing things like shape and button placement. Nexus Prime would be in violation of those rules. So the answer to your question is that WP7 phones are boring and all look alike because Microsoft WANTS them to be boring and look alike.

RE: Amazing hardware specs....
By seamonkey79 on 10/5/2011 6:11:08 PM , Rating: 1
Because Microsoft, as always, wants to somehow get a hold on Apple's 'cool' branding, no matter how poorly they fail to do so each and every time.

RE: Amazing hardware specs....
By seamonkey79 on 10/5/2011 6:12:22 PM , Rating: 2
I am a Windows user with an Android phone and the only people that I know with Apple stuff is my sister who ignored me and bought a Droid Eris after I told her it wasn't that good and my Mom who was convinced by my sister while they were 1200 miles away.

RE: Amazing hardware specs....
By DFranch on 10/5/2011 6:28:24 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung has a focus s coming out on AT&T. It sounds like a galaxy s2 but with WP7

By TakinYourPoints on 10/6/2011 3:15:24 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, it is insane that Windows Phone 7 handsets are lagging in hardware. It is such a good mobile OS

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