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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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RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By kleinma on 10/5/2011 2:29:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think a curved phone is great when you are using it as well.... a phone. Large rectangular phones always feel a bit odd being held up to my face. Especially when some background noise keeps me swapping the earpiece or microphone for which one is closest to my face.

I think it will also help fend off potential suits from Apple over design.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By quiksilvr on 10/5/2011 2:36:35 PM , Rating: 2
I thought it was done for durability reasons? Like if you drop it it's highly unlikely the screen will get damaged.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By TheRequiem on 10/5/2011 4:00:15 PM , Rating: 2
I don't care what they do with this AS LONG as they release it to all the carriers, if this is a Verizon only deal or whatever... not only would it shoot them in the foot, but I think I would join the dark side of the force!

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By DFranch on 10/5/2011 6:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
This isn't the droid you're looking for. I couldn't resist.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By Roffles on 10/5/2011 7:35:01 PM , Rating: 2
It will probably make it to other carriers eventually...but Verizon is trying to pimp their new LTE network and they can't do that without an LTE god-phone. It makes sense (to me at least) that this phone would come to Verizon first.

RE: Benefits of Curved Screen?
By Samus on 10/6/2011 4:04:25 AM , Rating: 1
The biggest advantage of a curved screen is protection. If you drop it on something flat, the screen won't be damaged. One of my friends swears by this logical implementation as he broke his last phone's LCD (G2x) in what he accounts as a very light drop, but still cracking the screen.

The other advantages are glare reduction, more natural feel in hand (like a flip phone) and supposedly less noticable fingerprints.

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