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Samsung's latest smartphone is a specs monster

Samsung offered a brief teaser of its upcoming Google "flagship" smartphone earlier this week. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus (previously known as the Nexus Prime) will be the standard bearer for Google's Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system.

Today, Boy Genius Report (BGR) is revealing the full specs of the Galaxy Nexus that will be unveiled next Tuesday:
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 9mm thin
  • 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front
  • 1080p HD video capture support
  • LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • NFC
  • 1,750 mAh battery
According to BGR, the Galaxy Nexus will at least initially be tied exclusively to Verizon's wireless network. BGR also notes that since this is a Google Experience device, you won't have to worry about dealing with TouchWiz getting in the way.

Source: Boy Genius Report

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By AMDftw on 10/6/2011 11:07:18 AM , Rating: -1
That's it? I thought 8mp is becoming or already is a standard?

RE: 5mp?
By niaaa on 10/6/2011 11:20:23 AM , Rating: 5
lens quality > megapixel number. The numbers are just for the hype.

RE: 5mp?
By MrTeal on 10/6/2011 11:36:12 AM , Rating: 5
I don't get the drive to have such high MP counts in a phone, anyway. The lenses aren't high quality enough to approach even a good P&S camera, and the extra pixel density just hurts low light performance even with a good microlensing system.

Even then the extra pixels might be a benefit if the majority of people if they kept their images at the original size used high quality compression, but the vast majority of people aren't using a camera phone for serious photography. Once the image is resized and compressed for upload so that you don't have to send 3MB for each image, the benefit evaporates. Having a lower resolution sensor of the same size and with the same glass will often give you a better image if you have to reach a certain filesize for upload.

RE: 5mp?
By JLL55 on 10/6/2011 11:39:29 AM , Rating: 3
Bingo! Give this man a star. Often the higher MP makes people feel happy that they are getting the best camera mp... regardless of how it looks. I have seen reviews on this site and other tech sites showing that on such a small CMOS and as you said not the best lenses, the noise level is through the roof. Good post!

RE: 5mp?
By retrospooty on 10/6/2011 11:52:01 AM , Rating: 1
"I don't get the drive to have such high MP counts in a phone, anyway. The lenses aren't high quality enough to approach even a good P&S camera"

Exactly... A camera in a phone is nice to have, but any spec over 1-2megapixels is just fluff.

RE: 5mp?
By aegisofrime on 10/6/2011 12:34:57 PM , Rating: 5
I find the 8MP on my SGS2 pretty effective though. Here's a pretty nice (IMHO) photo I took a few days ago.

Quite decent, if I say so myself.

RE: 5mp?
By Solandri on 10/6/2011 4:47:15 PM , Rating: 5
I'm sorry, but that just reinforces OP's point. Here's a 8MP pic I took (for a "found dog" poster) in 2005 with my then 8MP DSLR (Canon 20D). I picked this pic because (1) it was similar in composition to yours, (2) the camera was 8 MP, and (3) it was a JPEG straight from the camera (I normally shoot RAW). No additional processing has been applied.

You can see how much clearer and more detailed it is than your smartphone pic. That is the OP's point. The 8MP pics you get from phone cameras and many digicams simply don't contain 8MP of information. The optics and small sensor are incapable of resolving that much detail. They're empty pixels added because marketing wanted a bigger number on the sales brochure. I'd have to scale down the cat pic by about 50% (2 MP) to make it look as clean as the dog pic.

RE: 5mp?
By cmdrdredd on 10/6/2011 6:12:43 PM , Rating: 3
You are comparing a DSLR to a point and shoot anything? WTF...

RE: 5mp?
By Solandri on 10/6/2011 6:38:45 PM , Rating: 2
To demonstrate that the optics in the point and shoot/camera phone can't generate 8 MP of data.

RE: 5mp?
By Roffles on 10/6/2011 6:48:53 PM , Rating: 2
His entire point was to compare to a DSLR. Look at both photos at 100% zoom and notice which camera is capable of using all 8MP and which one is not. The point being that small optical sensors on camera phones are not advanced enough to use all 8 megapixels (limited aperture, ISO and shutter speed). If you were to take that cat picture and reduce it to 5-6 megapixes, it would only then begin to resemble the quality of what you get on a DSLR at the full 8MP. Conclusion: megapixels on phones are just a number and a marketing gimmick.

RE: 5mp?
By aegisofrime on 10/6/2011 8:44:07 PM , Rating: 2
I fully get your point. Logical and coherent post as always Solandri. Thanks! :)

RE: 5mp?
By Fost04mach on 10/6/2011 7:26:50 PM , Rating: 2
That was my thought too, unfortunately, I can tell a difference between HTC's 8mp cameras and samsung's 5mp cameras. I have an epic (5mp) and the Evo camera (8mp) is way better. I don't know if it's the mp or not, but I highly doubt it's a better lens.

Knowing this is samsung though, this phone will come with android 2.2, with a promise of 4.0 shortly after release, and after half the world moves to android 5.0, Samsung will finally release an upgrade. Possibly to 2.3 or 3.0. After 5-10 leaked upgrades/beta tests.

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