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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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RE: too big
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 3:38:20 PM , Rating: 5
"the sharply defined edges of it are quickly gnawing their way through the denim in the shape of the phone"

Dood, your jeans are WAY too tight.


RE: too big
By FITCamaro on 3/18/2013 3:45:23 PM , Rating: 5
Hipsters ftl.


RE: too big
By Visual on 3/20/2013 4:56:23 AM , Rating: 2
faster than light?


RE: too big
By Breakfast Susej on 3/18/2013 5:41:27 PM , Rating: 3
Really they aren't tight at all, but the 4 basically drives into my hip when I sit because it's so big that the pocket is barely big enough for it.

I'm not a hipster at all, these are like a relaxed fit 34/34. I couldn't be any more anti fashion if I tried.

I just spend way too much time sitting at a computer because, well, I'm a geek.


RE: too big
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 6:15:51 PM , Rating: 3
I dunno, I wear jeans and sit on my ass in front of a computer all day too and have never seen that happen. Driving into your hip? I have my hand in my pocket now, maneuvering my phone around and I cant get it to happen. Why are people walking by my office and laughing?

Anyhow, it only touches my hip if I put it at the very top of the pocket and all the way to the inside. Maybe you need deeper pockets? OK that one wasnt a pun, Levi's have plenty room in the pocket to go really deep. Damn, I cant describe this and not feel dirty. =(


RE: too big
By Breakfast Susej on 3/18/2013 6:43:30 PM , Rating: 2
The genetic betrayal that is my turkey like legs, (thanks for that by the way Dad), means that jeans which are a fit in the waist, and baggy in the lower leg, just fit in the thigh.

Also I am kind of high waisted, so for example, right now my pocket traverses the joint of hip and leg at about the 3/4 mark. So about 3/4 of the pocket is on my leg, 1/4 on the upper body. So yes I suppose deeper pockets would be nice in this respect, or to start wearing my pants like Justin Bieber.

So if you can imagine a large smartphone in the lower half of that pocket as you sit, the edge of it is being pressed into the hip joint. I would just leave it on my desk, but I am also exceedingly forgetful, and that means I am going to forget it at work 60% of the time.


RE: too big
By retrospooty on 3/18/2013 6:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
aha! http://news.yahoo.com/gadget-watch-samsung-shows-b...

Problem solved ;) Lumpy space FTW!


RE: too big
By Captain Orgazmo on 3/18/2013 8:19:50 PM , Rating: 2
I have two pairs of Levis that have pockets my SGS2 can't properly fit into, and when I sit it drives the phone into my hip bone. Also, my thumbs are somewhat short, so I can't use phones bigger than about 4.5" anyways.


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