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Phone will reportedly feature Snapdragon 800, 3 GB of LPDDR3, and 1080p OLED screen

Android and Me is reporting on an interesting rumor about a supposed prototype for Google Inc.'s (GOOG) next generation Nexus phone (the fifth generation model).  Supposedly, LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570) is competing for the contract with a model called "Megalodon", which appears to have a truly monstrous spec.

The Google-branded smartphones have been a tradition for Google since the 2010 Nexus One by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498).  The Nexus One was succeeded by the Nexus S (Dec. 2010), Galaxy Nexus (Nov. 2011) from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), Nexus 4 (Nov. 2012) by LG Electronics

LG will have to work hard to win another contract from Google.  While its Nexus 4 was well received and a hot seller, it was set back by troubling supply shortages during the 2012 holiday season.  A Google rep. described the supplies as "scarce and erratic" -- not exactly a glowing recommendation.

But the spec sheet on the Megalodon (if accurate) is hard not to love:
  • 5.2″ OLED Display with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800 @ 2.3 GHz
  • 3GB LPDDR3 Ram
  • 16/32/64GB of internal storage
  • 16MP rear camera by OmniVision (4k video recording @30FPS, 1080p video recording @60FPS, Real Time HDR & HDR video recording, optical image stabilization, BSI 2.0)
  • 2.1MP front camera (1080p video recording @30FPS)
  • 3300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery
  • Front positioned stereo speakers
  • Qualcomm RF360 (LTE 150 Mbps & HSPA+)
  • Integrated DVB-T / ATSC-antenna
  • Gesture like controls (navigation, zoom, etc)
Nexus 5
A supposed picture of the "Megalodon" prototype. [Image Source: Android and Me]

The gesture control makes sense; it would put the device in line with Samsung's just-released Galaxy S IV.  The 1080p screen resolution is also pretty predictable; both the HTC One and the GSIV pack 1080p.  The surprises are the inclusion of OLED -- a technology LG is indeed pursuing hard -- the large battery, and the super-powerful Snapdragon 800.

The Snapdragon 800 won't be sampling till early next quarter, making the rumor a bit hard to believe.  If LG can pull off the device by the expected October launch date for the Nexus 5, it will have to snatch up much of the early production of Qualcomm's most prized upcoming high-end chip.

An image (above) also leaked, but it's hard to see whether the case will be metal or plastic (it looks like the rim is either metal or metallic toned plastic, at least).

Not all past "leaks" of Nexus products panned out; Sony Corp. (TYO:6758) was rumored to be working on a 5-inch Nexus prototype for holiday season last year; instead Google went with the 4.7-inch device from LG.

Source: Android and Me



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What happened
By Shadowself on 3/18/2013 2:12:23 PM , Rating: 2
to all those people posting a few short years back claiming that a phone's camera's optics could, in absolutely no way, support 8, 6, or even 5 megapixel sensors? While I disagreed (with some specific caveats) with that assessment back then, there is no way any current optics can fully support (properly at least) a 16 megapixel camera. Hell, even some high end point and shoot cameras have a difficult time having optics that properly support 14+ megapixel sensors.

Additionally, DVB-T and ATSC on a phone? What is this? A phone or a TV? (And by the way, the DVB-T waveform has issues with doppler and multi-pathing. The waveform was not originally designed to support highly mobile platforms.)

This set of specs sounds like more of a person's insane dream than reality. If it is reality, it certainly is more specmanship than building something that makes sense.

And on a more personal note: for me, 5.2" (even with virtually zero bezel) is just too big for a phone and too small for a useful tablet. But that's just personal taste.




RE: What happened
By cyberguyz on 3/19/2013 1:37:32 PM , Rating: 2
It is not just about resolution.

What separates a phone from a viewfinder camera is the size of the sensor. This is also the separation of a cheap viewfinder camera and a dslr.

Through micro-miniaturization it is possible to pack more and more resolution into tinier bits of silicon. The downside kis of course that the smaller the sensor gets, the more noise creeps into the pictures. A DLSR will have much less noise than a viewfinder camera with the same resolution. Likewise that viewfinder camera will have a much less noisy picture than that smartphone.

There are a lot of other factors that make a camera great than the resolution of its sensor. Physical sensor size, focal lengths and quality of the lenses all combine to determine which will produce the better picture from the same inputs.


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