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Galaxy Nexus specs, image and release date breaks cover early in Japan: it's almost everything you expected the Nexus Prime to be

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Galaxy Nexus specs, image and release date breaks cover early in Japan: it's almost everything you expected the Nexus Prime to be
Ladies and gents, the Galaxy Nexus is here! Kind of. Just mere hours before the official announcement, a flyer for the Android Ice Cream Sandwich handset, previously referred to as the Nexus Prime, surfaced over in Japan for local carrier NTT DoCoMo. 

The biggest news about it? Almost everything you heard about it was true – it is indeed coming with a humongous 4.65-inch display with an incredulous resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and it is indeed powered by a fourth-gen TI OMAP 4460 chip with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz. It's also pretty thin at just .35 inches, but at its thickest point that goes to .45 inches.

Galaxy Nexus specs, image and release date breaks cover early in Japan: it's almost everything you expected the Nexus Prime to be
Sadly, the flyer confirms only a 5-megapixel camera supporting 1080p video recording, but hopefully Samsung has done some work on the image quality and we'd be gladly willing to overlook the sheer pixel count as it's not the most important factor in a camera. There's also a 1.3-megapixel camera listed, good for video conferencing.

In Japan, this will be marketed under the NEXT series and NTT DoCoMo confirmed that it will be available next month

Regrettably, it's only listed with 14.4Mbps HSDPA for connectivity, and we see no mention of LTE. The rest of the connectivity package is pretty standard including Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS.

With all that in mind, though, we should note, that it's possible for the handset to launch with a slightly different spec sheet for the States. Here's to hoping for LTE and more megapixels in the camera.

source: Ameblo via SammyHub

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posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:29 5

1. android_hitman (Posts: 587; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


really? no MP race? samsung and google should really start learning from apple!
they really don't know how to sell their products. i am very curious what other features this phone has. for the OS ICS i will get it through a ROM update.

i am dissapointed

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:39 6

7. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


megapixel count is highly overrated. wasnt there a rumor of new camera technology that would make stills really nice? i hope we see that.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:44 4

9. android_hitman (Posts: 587; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


i agree. but marketing sell these days

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:02

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


you mean this?
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Pelican-Imaging-shows-us-the-future-of-the-cameraphone_id16604

it will be interesting if we see some progress on it they mention it yet we haven't seen anything about it

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:17 4

32. Synack (Posts: 641; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


It is overrated but people will buy a higher number no matter what it is. Take the iPhone for example......

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:39

35. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


if it has a higher number in anything its d*mn sure the price

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:59 3

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have to agree. 5MP cameras were 2010. 8MP cameras are 2011. I am willing to overlook a 5MP camera if it's flawless because MP count is a little overrated. But I love to take photos & a 8MP would have been lovely so I can blow up the images & frame them. So let’s see what the camera offers first. Also that Super AMOLED 720p HD screen is SICK, & the MOST important feature of all Android Ice Cream Sandwich is coming. Dual-core & quad-core devices all rejoice!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:03

27. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I had SE G900 back in 2008 and it has 5MP. And Samsung Memoir back in 2009 that had 8MP.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:09 3

28. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes you are 100% right, but I am talking about top-tier phones in 2010 & 2011. Most top-tier phones in 2010 had 5MP & the top-tier phones of 2011 had 8MP. There will be those phones that have more but those are far & few!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:15

31. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Right, probably in the US. But in different parts of Asia it's different. =)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:59

77. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i am prettyy dissapointed too... i think htc and samsung devices are better than the google made samsung or htc ones...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:29

2. ThomasFlowerchild (Posts: 12; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


I now have a Nokia N8, as if I would ever consider buying a phone with only 5 megapixels :P !!

But it shure does look nice!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:31 3

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


megapixels isnt only thing that matters. it also has to due with aperture, lens, etc

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:27 2

18. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


While that is so true, can anyone tell me:

1) How to evaluate a phone camera better?

2) How to find those specs on phone?

Camera picture quality is the second most important part of a decision for my wife, and I am truly at a loss as to how to separate camera's on devices except for reviews. I do not want to go by just megapixels.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:48

23. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


try to go by aperture size, lens type, flash type, features, etc

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:05

54. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I just try to read reviews. Between the PhoneArena and Cnet reviews, you should get a consensus on photo quality. It worked the last time I bought a phone.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:34

4. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


anyway nobody really needs 5 million pixels on a phone. its going to be a year or so before phones reach that resolution

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:35 2

5. tharag (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


megapixels dont matter its .k but 5mp gives a mental setback when the rivals are going with 8mp as standerd feature

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:40 1

60. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I would absolutely agree. Just the fact that a bunch of people were complaining about the iPhone "finally" getting an 8MP Camera makes me snicker at this. The Nexus Prime in every way should meet or exceed the iPhone 4S for pure marketing value.

Those of use who are aware of what the difference between a 5 and 8 and aperture size, sensor, lens etc would be a little more informed when making a decision to buy. This phone is still amazing! However, the "masses" won't understand unless they find out for them selves.

Kinda disappointed, but not really- if that makes sense.
Guess we'll wait for the actual announcement.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:36

6. umdterps26 (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


i really hope it has LTE.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:44 3

8. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


no way they would bring this to vzw without it.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:00

13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I hope not...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 13:07

65. Vzw_employee (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Verizon is pricing this device at $299 with a 2 year contract,if they want to sell any units I don't think they would price a 3g device that high, beside remember that Verizon will have a exclusive edition, I wouldn't be surprise if the other carriers would carry this one , and Verizon something far superior.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:53 1

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If it comes stateside with LTE, I might be motivated to take an early termination charge on my EVO 3D.... Dayum! Sammy really seems to be stepping up their game.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:59

12. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Samsung specs are great theres no doubt about it. But I think the build quality isnt as good as others.

And another thing, Galaxy Nexus will be on Sprint too.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:01 3

14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I always agreed with you but recently they seem to be hitting the mark on durability pretty well...

Did you watch the drop test in comparison to the iPhone4S? Granted, the iPhone4S is relatively "delicate" but I was surprised at how well the Samsung phone handled it.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:09

16. ayephoner (Posts: 833; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


plastic, especially outfitted with gorilla glass in front, is plenty durable.

it does feel cheaper though. and if buying THE top of the line android phone, one should expect a better feel.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:47 2

38. eaphx (Posts: 9; Member since: 24 Apr 2011)


I actually prefer the plastic because of weight. An inspire or thunderbolt compared to a galaxy s 2 is a big difference in the hand. But i guess once you spoil yourself you never want to go back,

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:50

40. taz89 (Posts: 1948; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Its matter of preference really one isn't better than the other
..some like to have light devices some like it heavy...factually one is not better.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:06

42. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


d*mn sure better when you drop it from 4-5ft up aint it?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:31

58. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I'm not talking about durability, what I mean is the feel of the device itself. I played with the Galaxy S, SII and Galaxy Tab models and to me they feel cheap. Samsung has always been using cheap plastics on their top of the line devices as I have noticed. And I'm just not in to it. I don't thing theres some thing wrong with it though, it's just me. I just don't like plasticky feel.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:39 1

59. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


just like im sure someone somewhere doesnt like htc using aluminum on some of their phones or apple using glass (wtf?) but i respect your opinion because everybody has their own

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 12:27 1

64. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


And that's what this is all about, isn't it? Choice. Opinion. Preference. With so many fantastic high-end smartphone lines out there (iPhone, Galaxy S, DROID series, Nexus series) there really isn't a single one that "sucks". Sure, some are definitely better than others, but simply because I like Android doesn't mean that iOS is crap, it's just not my preference.
Whether you like a phone with a small, medium, or huge screen; super thin or rather thick; lightweight or more "solid"; a simple and intuitive os or a more personal os; a plastic body or one made out of more premium materials such as metal and glass; there's a superphone for you. All the pointless hating and trolling only does damage to yourself and the phone/os you represent. Everybody has a preference; mine is lightweight with a big screen. That's not what you like? Fine by me.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:27

75. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Really? Even though the SGN has a much better screen, a little bit better processor (maybe, probably no real noticable difference), a better video camera, and of course pure Android and all the update goodies associated with that, compared to HTC Sense (the best UI hands down), 3D camera, and a way better build quality
Plus, am I the only one who thinks that the SGN was meant to have touch-sensitive buttons, only they took them out at the last minute and forgot to get rid of the space where they were? And I think the touch-sensitive buttons on the 3D look awesome, and aren't big enough to get in the way

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 07:56

11. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


So far I'm not impressed but let's see what the announcement brings us.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:32 1

19. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Um, what was the point of that post?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:35

20. tech-head (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Sep 2011)


Not impressed.......so far.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:44

21. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I don't think I have ever been more let down on a leak for a phone. 14.4mbps HSPDA? why didn't they just use at least 22. Ti OMAP and not exynos ( to be fair i was expecting that one). This just seems like a huge failure to deliver.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:45 1

22. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


I could care less about mp count as I rarely take cell photos....but if it is not LTE, I could never purchase one. I am but one consumer, but lack of LTE would change this from my next handset to not even a possible option.

No wonder vzw "excited" about the Razr.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:50

24. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


another specs dissapointment.. grrr... that camera better be spectacular!

Are my expectations too high or are theirs too low?!?! lol

Hopefully they bump up the specs for the US version :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 08:57

25. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


doubt it, I think we knew the chip was not the exinos, the camera might depend on how much you would like a good MP count, but my guess it will be hard to impress fans these days

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:12 1

30. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol.. ill still hold on to hope until the Tmobile version drops.:) Maybe they screwed up the SGS2 so they could get the superior Nexus?? I can hope and hope and hope .. lol.. at leaste until tonights announcement :)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:24

33. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I've said it all I wish I see today is faster updates and hardware acceleration, most people look at android as if where still on 2.0

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:28 2

34. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your right.

the biggest selling point to me right now is the updates, hardware accel and 720p screen. As long as they are still using samsung speakers and such in the phone, im happy as the galaxy series has probably the best sound of any phone... and among the best sound capturing for video (i like concerts, thats important for memorabilia :) )


I just dont know if that processor is worth my time. We are so close to quad cores and even 2nd gen dual cores..
I guess I will need to wait for a few hands on reviews or tonights announcement to make up my mind on that subject. I just feel that nexus might be missing the boat again for the 2nd time.. last time it dropped with a single core like a month before dual cores came out. This time its its dropping with a 45mm dual core when they are bout to drop quad cores and 25mm dual cores.... ugh! i hate being such a tech nerd some times.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:44 1

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


LOL tell me about it, I know cool stuff will show off really soon, in the end it will depend on how things run around, I have yet to meet a Nexus buyer that regrets completely purchasing it, and I hope this one will be better, now all we need is this thing on the market and reviews will tell if its worth it, with support for multiple cores and really high resolutions will have manufactures delivering that by feb

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:06 2

41. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats true too. part of the reason for me wanting the nexus was to break out of my heavy XDA cycle.. lol. its an addiction wanting to be on the latest n greatest.. kinda hoping that always having the latest update would help me with that ;)
Its a give n take for everything.. no such thing as a perfect phone..

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:18 2

44. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and there is still the off chance of 2 versions.. 1 for VZW, one for everyone else. if that is true, there is no telling if these specs are for one or the other..


yes, i am just finding ways to hold on to hope.. lol

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:21 1

45. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Most my phone are XDA free (except for root of course) flashing roms can become addicting, lucky market has enough tools for me to teak my phone enough to make me happy(My home screen addictions might be just as bad and cost me money XD

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:51

61. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol the only thing that has helped me fight my XDA addiction is time. School has picked up so much i just dont have the time for it.. lol but i still wanna!!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 16:57

73. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


LMAO im on the road like 19 hours a day.. still doesnt fight my xda addictions.. sportin the lg ally till i find a phone that im happy with. I hope its this one.. but then again.. can i make my ally last until quads come out? I currently am pushing my ally to 870mhz.. flash now works on it.. part of the time... or it gets into a nice force close loop for a few hours.. till i restart it.. The nexus looks nice.. and in terms of specs im ok with it.. as long as that battery can last me a day.. I hate having to carry a charger with me everywhere i go.. the cam as long as it takes pics with decent lighting and what not im fine. im a bit worried about the TI OMAP i hope it gets the job done and the gpu doesnt suck..

ill still root this nexus and ill still play with it more than i should.. but i do hope that its worth the hype and wait..

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 20:53

76. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the TI Omap is the 2nd strongest CPU outside of an exynos. Thats not an issue. there is a rumor that it will be paired with the powerVR GPU (we will find out momentarily), which is a huge GPU.. it will also be the first phone with optimization for both cores (thats what ICS does).. so, compared to your LG, its probably about 10x more powerful. :) No matter what phone you buy from the top end, your looking at a major upgrade.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:10

29. Cyd07 (Posts: 83; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


But stop with these gimmicks about megapixels counts for phones. Maybe it will be bad, maybe good. Image can be sharpened with less MP. Only way : wait for sample images (taken by average people, not commercial samples by photographers) and compare with Iphone 4S, GSII, N9, Amaze, ...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:41 2

36. Firedrops (Posts: 199; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


The disappearance of the 1.5GHz Dual-core is... rather disappointing.
It's pretty much just a Galaxy S II with a slightly bigger screen, but I have to say the 720p video display is rather impressive. It has in fact passed the requirements to be a "Retina" display with its 317 PPI!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:24

47. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


supposed to be underclocled from 1.5 to 1.2 will find out if its true and why when devs get their hands on the device

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:36

49. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Is underclocking better for battery life?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:58

53. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I wish I could tell

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 11:08

56. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I know the Droid 2 (1 Ghz) had better battery life than the Droid 2 Global (1.2 Ghz), but was that an effect of clock speed or running dual-mode?

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 09:47

39. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


I heard this wont be coming to the states for awhile kind of like the s2 did to us!!!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:18

43. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


Processor: no 1.5 eq processor... disappointing yes, surprising no not really. 1.2 should be ok...

No LTE: Huge disappointment, rumors of Verizon exclusive could be wrong. I don't even see Verizon carrying this if it doesn't have LTE... I certainly won't buy it without LTE.

Battery: no mention of battery size... Personally I think the 2k+ battery reported seems too big for such a slim phone but time will tell. The 2k+ batt will be important really... only if LTE is available for verizon. (but wouldn't hurt with such a large.screen).

Camera: 5mp, probably won't change and yes numbers matter if only for marketing. This would lead me to believe that the specs and build were determined sometime ago... thus supporting the no 1.5 eq processor since it was only just announced.

ohhh my I really hope this isn't another US SGS2... where europe and Asia get it 6 months before the US. With the iphone 4s you would think they wouldn't delay in the us for too long.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 10:34 1

48. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I think we will definitely see a separate CDMA-LTE version of the phone. Verizon internal info shows their version of the Nexus will not be a world phone, so the radio specs listed here (HSDPA 14.4) are not relevant for them.

I don't see the remaining specs changing though. I also don't think there will be more than a few weeks difference between the RoW and US releases, since the Nexus already showed up on a Verizon MAP list for Nov. 11.

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