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Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is sportin' Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich

After weeks of teasing and false starts, Google and Samsung are finally ready to get official with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and the Galaxy Nexus. Being that this a "pure" Google phone, customers will get the full Ice Cream Sandwich experience without the added fluff that carriers like to spray all over their smartphones.
 
For those that doubted Boy Genius Report's leaked specs a few weeks ago, you'll have more than a bit of egg on your face tonight. BGR's earlier story matches up perfectly with the production Galaxy Nexus:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.65" 1280x720 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
  • 1750 mAh battery 

It should come as no surprise that Samsung has thrown in dual-band 802.11n, NFC, a barometer (!), and Bluetooth 3.0. Those looking for the nascent Bluetooth 4.0 spec in an Android phone will have to mosey on over to the Motorola Droid RAZR.
 
The most distinguishing feature of the Galaxy Nexus is its curved display which better conforms to your face while talking. In addition, the Galaxy Nexus is 8.94mm thick and weighs 135 grams. This compares to 7.1mm and 127 grams for the just announced Droid RAZR.
 
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will operate on Verizon’s LTE network according to a leak from earlier today, which will be serving 178 markets by November 17.

Source: The Verge



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Nice screen but...
By Aloonatic on 10/19/2011 2:40:32 AM , Rating: 2
I like the resolution, although I hope (as someone with a qHD android phone - yes I gave up on waiting for WP7 Mango and got a HET Sensation for £40 instead) that this doesn't mean that Google (and developers) ignore qHD as a resolution.

One of the issues that a higher resolution screen raises brings with it is the processing speed/power needed to support it. There's a noticeable hit (apparently, according to benchmarks) when going from the standard 800x480 to 960x540.

What sort of impact will going to 1280x720 have?

The spec's say a 1.2 GHz dual core, no mention of GPU, but HTC have pretty much admitted that they need more power with their qHD when they released the Sensation XE, so it'll be interesting to see what sort of 1.2 GHz dual core processor (and GPU) we're talking about here, although I'd have to assume it's something rather similar to the SGS II's?!

Wasn't their talk of a 1.5 GHz SGS II being released soon too? I would have thought that this might have been that phone and that it'll be clocked at 1.5 GHz, but who knows.

Also, other than the screen though (which is a big part of any touch-screen smart-phone, granted) there doesn't seem all that much to get excited about here, but maybe when we see more...

Finally, if it's as good as many people want it to be, I only hope that Google actually make sure that this thing gets a wide release. I don't know how things work in the US (And elsewhere), but in the UK it's actually quite rare to find a carrier who will sell you a Google branded phone. Maybe Samsung will make sure that it is pushed out far and wide, as if it's named as this article suggests, it will be part of the Samsung Galaxy family, but that will probably only bring more annoyed Samsung users who've bought a SGS II, who might not get any Android updates, if Samsung's track record is anything to go by.




RE: Nice screen but...
By robinthakur on 10/19/2011 5:01:25 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, the spec of the GPU is mysteriously absent! Well done on getting a HTC sensation, and good call, I don't know what MS is smoking, but the longer they spend away from the market's higher echelons, the bigger the sales they will lose, seems bizarrely lazy.

I think however, that its HTC and the other Android third parties who will get a bit miffed as Samsung have got the exclusive Google approved handset once again and means that their handsets will be locked out of official updates once again. I see official updates as being the most compelling argument on Android as to which phone to buy, but mostly because using iPhone, the thought of not being able to update on release day does seem a bit silly in this day and age.


RE: Nice screen but...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/19/2011 6:40:12 AM , Rating: 2
It uses a SGX540 GPU, same one in the Nexus S. Surprising as the performance which was choppy to begin with will certainly be noticeable on the higher res display


RE: Nice screen but...
By mcnabney on 10/19/2011 9:22:29 AM , Rating: 2
That is seriously bad news. The screen on this device has about twice the pixels as the old S - so expect a dreadful experience, especially as the ICS platform matures and allows improved games.


RE: Nice screen but...
By 3DoubleD on 10/19/2011 11:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
It is disappointing that they stuck a SGX540 in there. But you have to remember the SGX540 in the OMAP 4460 has a clock speed bump of almost 100% over the Nexus S (204ish MHz vs 380ish MHz).

Still.. it's disappointing. They should have used Exynos with a Mali GPU instead of something so old. Blame LTE though. They had to use the OMAP 44XX SoC so they could integrate an LTE modem chip onto the system board. LTE is such garbage right now, it really kills every phone they put it in.

HSPA+ is plenty fast (20 - 40 mbps), it doesn't destroy battery life, and it allows you to choose good SoCs with better CPU/GPU performance.


RE: Nice screen but...
By 3DoubleD on 10/19/2011 11:56:06 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, I was slightly mistaken. I was thinking of the SGSII T-mobile variant that had a 1.5 dual core snapdragon SoC instead of Exynos because the latter didn't support 42 mbps HSPA+ - which is NOT LTE.

However, the SGSII LTE variant also has the 1.5 dual snapdragon SoC. So I still may be correct, Exynos may not support LTE.


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