Is LG Making Monstrous Megalodon for Google Nexus 5 Android Superphone?
March 18, 2013 12:54 PM
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. (
) 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
by HTC Corp. (
). The Nexus One was succeeded by the
(Nov. 2011) from Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (
(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. (
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)
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
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
(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. (
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.
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