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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 MadMan007 on 3/18/2013 8:43:23 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, it's an opinion, relax. It doesn't need some kind of factual support (? - I'm not even sure what you're looking for honestly, aside from an argument) because it's an opinion so it's inherently subjective. Or, if it does, an opinion preferring bigger screens has no more merit than the one for smaller screens. Who says the only relevant discussion of an item has to be supporting it?

The reason I think it's important for the Nexus is because I currently own a Nexus 4 and I think the Nexus program, especially without the phones being $600 like all other unlocked phones, is a great push by Google to break the stupid subsidy business model and carrier phone version lock we have in the US. I would like to continue to buy Nexus phones and hope that a product which suits me is available. Surely a Randian like you can appreciate that ;) I even wrote the last sentence in my first post, which you entirely ignored, stating that a small/large phone split would be fine. That way everyone can get what they want.

When you grow up, you'll come to realize that people can have different opinions and preferences about things and that's OK. How you discuss those differences is what matters, you aren't very good at making people sympathetic to your opinion - attacking other people's opinions is not the way to do that.

RE: too big
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: too big
By althaz on 3/18/2013 9:42:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's no less interesting a thread than "It's not too big, waaaa!".

RE: too big
By TheJian on 3/19/2013 6:58:31 AM , Rating: 2
How thread worthy is it to argue with someone over them actually having an opinion on a forum for...wait for it...opinions...

I hate thread police as much as grammar/spelling nazi's. You've wasted more of my time than him. Every comment on a thread doesn't have to be backed by insurmountable evidence.

His opinion is no different than yours, and if you don't like his opinion move along and get over it. Your post amounts too "I want it big, waa and shutup". WTF? What makes you think we all wanted to hear your opinion OF his opinion?...LOL.

Somehow you interpret his opinion as taking something from YOU personally? Thanks for making me waste my time responding to this. Please take a your pill now. :)

RE: too big
By MadMan007 on 3/19/2013 10:34:25 AM , Rating: 3

Reclaimer77 said:
Actually growing up is about knowing that everyone doesn't always want to hear your opinion. And that you don't ALWAYS have to share yours.

btw thanks for writing this classic paragraph. It will now haunt you for years...I hope you can take your own medicine :D

RE: too big
By Ramstark on 3/21/2013 12:57:42 PM , Rating: 2
OMG Please tell me how can I bookmark this post.
Never mind, Reclaimer will find a way to "backup" his "opinion" nevertheless.
Thank you for your research!

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