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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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By TheJian on 3/19/2013 6:38:29 AM , Rating: 2
This will be T4, or someone else who ships in June/July not samples then. You have to ship then to get into xmas stuff not sample then. Since T4 destroys an S600 it's out. They could clock the A15's down a 100mhz or 200 and still destroy the S600's gpu. Octa could work but I think google doesn't want samsung dominating more than they already do and the T4 should use less power and be cheaper than octa which has a full feature set (dx11.1 opengl es3.0 etc...a bunch of crap using power/die size that nobody will see in anything for another 2yrs probably if not more). NV's T4gpu is 10.5mm which is smaller than ALL others currently out. Also T4 can do 1080p video playback on the lower power core where I don't think octa can do this (again giving more battery like the gpu cuts should give). But I may be wrong :) I'm not sure octa will have enough production to satisfy the next nexus phone either, as it's used in a good 1/2 of the galaxy S4 production (international version) and probably other samsung devices. So it looks like T4 just by default via cheap cost, availability and lower power vs. other A15 socs (because of the gpu).

I'm thinking T4 wins the nexus 10 rev2 and has a 70/30 shot at the phone barring production issues forcing another choice. The nexus 7 can't be done since T4 is too late for that and everything early is going to shield anyway (that will be S600 because it's available). Rumor has it one company is buying up all the production immediately after shield, and the same rumor said it wasn't htc, asus etc (clearly not samsung or apple). That pretty much leaves google. For gaming this would also make sense, as Shield and Ouya also use tegra and Ouya will keep upgrading to T4 etc yearly. Tomshardware already showed T3 has the best looking games in Jan (nexus 4 crapped out on 1/4 of them) and only apple held a candle to the results on tegra3+ in a dozen games they tested.
"A quarter of these games had problems running on Google's Nexus 4, Samsung's Galaxy S III, or both. Even if the optimizations aren’t always apparent, many higher-end games (like those based on the Unity and Unreal engines) are optimized for Nvidia's hardware."
"The company is known to leverage its close relationships with video game developers on the PC side, and now it's doing the same with the creators of mobile titles."

The 2nd quote is why I think they'll win the game war in the end especially as kepler creeps down into socs. The rest of the gpu guys have little to no experience in optimizations for gaming and working with game devs. This will prove invaluable shortly as unreal etc kick things up a notch on mobile. NV has spent years optimizing for unreal3 engine games etc. That can only help them as games ramp up in quality.

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