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This could be an epic Thursday in the smartphone world

Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD) -- has long been both America's largest network and America's top seller of Android smartphones -- even if other networks sometimes have had better Android smartphones.

According to photographs of apparent internal memos obtained by Droid Life, Thursday, December 8, 2011 could be a huge day for Verizon Wireless.  The memo indicates two of the hottest upcoming Android phones -- Nexus Prime and the Droid 4 -- will launch that day.


[Image Source: Droid Life]

The Nexus Prime, the rebranded Galaxy Prime from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KS:005930), was officially announced back in the middle of October, but Verizon Wireless -- the device's exclusive carrier -- has been cagey about giving a release date.

The Nexus Prime is distinctive in several ways.  First and foremost it's the flagship Android 4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" phone, and may be the only phone for a brief while to carry the new operating system.  Second, it sports a distinctive curved face-hugging packaging (though the Verizon model is a bit bulkier and less curved as it has to house the larger battery in the LTE variant, LTE radio chips, etc.).  

Lastly, it is only the second Android smartphone to support a higher resolution multi-touch display than Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone 4s (720x1280 pixels vs. 640x960 pixels on the iPhone 4S; the iPhone 4S has a higher pixel density screen, though).  The other phone -- the Rezound from HTC Corp. (TPE:2498) -- generally has better hardware; but comes with a smaller screen, a worse battery, and is bulkier.

Nexus Prime
The Nexus Prime [Image Source: Google/Samsung]

A semi-complete list of the rumored specs is seen below:
  • 1.2GHz OMAP 4460 ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor from Texas Instruments, Inc. (TI)
  • 4.65" 720x1280 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
  • NFC
  • 1850 mAh replaceable battery
  • Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich"
(You may notice the specs are essentially identical to the upcoming Galaxy S II HD LTE, which is rumored to launch on Verizon, except for that the Galaxy S II HD LTE has a microSDHC slot, which the Prime lacks.)

The Droid 4 from Google Inc. (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola is special because it is only the world's second LTE slider phone.  (The first, the Samsung Stratosphere, launched last month.)  

Droid 4 leaked
Leaked pictures of the supposed Droid 4 design [Image Source: Droid Life]

There are few Android options if you want an Android smartphone equipped with a physical keyboard (slider) and fewer still if you want a top-of-the-line phone hardware-wise.  Currently the best sliders available are arguably the Droid 3/Milestone 3 from Motorola (on Verizon Wireless) and the G2 Touch from HTC (on Deutsche Telekom AG's (ETR:DTE) T-Mobile USA).  The Droid 4 should soon top that pack.  It includes:
  • 4″ Super AMOLED Advanced display
  • Full 5-row “illuminated” keyboard
  • RAZR styling
  • 4G LTE
  • Non-removable battery (maybe)
  • Android 2.3.5
  • 1080p video recording (assuming 8MP)
  • Front camera
  • HDMI out
  • MotoACTV syncing
With Verizon Wireless's double data promotion in full effect and with two of the most desirable Android smart phones on the market launching, this looks to be one epic day for the carrier, should the leak prove true.

Source: Droid Life



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Galaxy Nexus
By Devo2007 on 11/26/2011 4:44:24 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't the device just called the Galaxy Nexus? "Nexus Prime" was the rumored name before the official launch event in October. Unless the LTE version is being called something different from the HSPA version some UK carriers have (and Bell Mobility is going to be selling up here), then you may want to correct the article.

...the only device I know that has the Prime name is ASUS' upcoming Transformer Prime tablet.




RE: Galaxy Nexus
By pixelslave on 11/26/2011 2:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
That spoke for the quality of this article ... first, it accuses the Rezound being having a worse display (I really don't know what it means for a "smaller display". The tone of the paragraph seems to suggest that he's referring to the resolution, but we all know that the Rezound actually has a true 720p display.) Then it calls the Nexus a Prime, which has been rebranded to Galaxy Nexus for, almost a month.


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