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Samsung Nexus Prime specifications leak out
The Samsung Nexus Prime is probably the most anticipated device after the iPhone, and now that the 4S has been unveiled, the hype about the Prime reaches its peak. 

BGR now claims to know pretty much everything about the Nexus Prime as a “trusted source” has spilled the specifications. Most of them confirm previous rumors, but in either case while they look credible, we'd still take them with a pinch of salt until we get official confirmation.

So with no further ado, here’s what the Nexus Prime is expected to be:


  • Powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich,
  • 9mm thin,
  • with a 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass,
  • a TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 32GB of built-in storage,
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front,
  • 1080p HD video capture support,
  • LTE/HSPA depending on carrier,
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n,
  • NFC,
  • and a 1,750 mAh battery.

Samsung Nexus Prime specifications leak out

So basically, this confirms all previous rumors and if that is indeed true, it will make the Nexus Prime the first phone slated for a US release to trump the iPhone 4S screen resolution. The 4.65-inch screen however will still have a lower pixel density (316ppi) than the iPhone (326ppi).

Not surprsingly, the Nexus Prime won't have any skins like the TouchWiz UI, but will rather come with vanilla Android. Verizon seem to also have nabbed exclusive rights to the Prime stateside, but that seems the least certain of all.

Looking at the rest of the specs, the most thrilling addition is LTE, which is said to arrive on carriers supporting it (Verizon users, rejoice!). The only slightly disappointing part of the spec sheet is the pixel count as 5-megapixel seems a bit low for the high-end profile of the Nexus Prime. We all know that image quality depends on more than just the megapixels, though. Do we have the best Android to date? Chime in with your opinions below.

source: BGR

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posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:40

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


FIRST!!!

Nexus phones sets standards so that the developers can make apps for the platform. The galaxy s 3 will be the undisputed next year...

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:45 7

5. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


The processor and camera bugs me. The exynos is obviously still gonna be better right? Including the Camera? It's like the atrix with TI OMAP, different screen and different OS. :/

S3 it is for me I think. Since touchwiz 5 will be co developed with cyanogen mod and google.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:56 3

108. skaar18 (Posts: 31; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


It bugs me too that the processor is omap and only 1.2 ghz? wasn't the new exynos processor just release with 1.5 ghz?

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 12:06 1

121. Ivan6479 (Posts: 244; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Look the GS3 sounds great and all, but be prepaired to wait almost a whole year before we see it in the US because if things go down like they did with the GS2, which took 6 months to reach us then the release of the GS3 if it happens after the new year we probably won't see it until the summer. Unless you plan on dropping some big bucks for an unlocked versoion online, but good luck with that when you could be enjoying the GS2 as we speak as I currently am. :)

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 14:17

203. Dr.Phil (Posts: 904; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


After seeing the processor all I can say is GALAXY NOTE ALL THE WAY! (that is if it does prove true)

The Galaxy Note has a faster 1.4 GHZ dual-core Exynos processor, a larger 5.3 inch screen also Super AMOLED HD at 1280x800, and 8 MP camera on the back 2MP on the front. Sad news though is it will ship with Gingerbread and who knows when it will receive ICS being on Samsung :(.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 14:51

222. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


http://www.gsmarena.com/source​_close_to_google_reveals_real_​nexus_prime_sp​ecs-news-3239.php
This article from gsmarena says otherwise...........dont know really what to expect.....

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 15:53

235. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i was just about to post that.

The GSM arena is saying that the Exynos Gen2 chip specs are the correct one.

That makes a lot more sense to me
a) its a samsung phone, why would they show off someone elses tech on a "top" phone?
b) nexus always has the newest and or the best chips in it. OMAP is nice, but its not the best.. exynos is.. and exynos gen 2 is even newer.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 16:56

246. Dr.Phil (Posts: 904; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I think the reason the whole TI OMAP thing came out was because Google supported the processor. There was an article about it a while back. I mean it will be interesting to see what future Motorola's offer in terms of their processor since they will be owned by Google.

If it does have the 1.5 GHZ Exynos processor, I will recant my statement and would highly consider getting it.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 17:17 1

248. Dr.Phil (Posts: 904; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I'm just going to leave this here:http://nexusprimer.tumblr.com/

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 17:12 1

247. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Exynos with LTE....This phone is making my mouth water =))

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:04

23. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


This is what i was talking about before. Android is a great platform but every month a new device comes with this spec and that spec and the android fans unintentionally down other android phones. For instance the us just got the sgsII officially and yet ppl already are talking sgs3. Really what more can you need that a sgsII can't do?

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:15

31. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


for US the s2 just came out but for for many the phone has been available since april/may so the talk of the next galaxy s3 is on time so blame your carriers for the delay.got the s2 and is amazing and am really really happy with the screen but i sure cant wait for the amoled hd etc thats all the s2 will miss out really so the s2 will last easily for a while...to be honest if the s2 had the amoled hd i would not even bother with another phone and be happy with the s2 for another year

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:41 5

91. remixfa (Posts: 13903; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


dude, the Ip4s was ANNOUNCED and on the SAME DAY they started ip5 rumors. Thats the nature of the industry. its not android, its ALL OS's. Dont be a hippocrite.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:51 3

101. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3989; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey remixfa is this TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz any good? I am a little bummed I really wanted that 1.5GHz Exynos from Samsung. I respect your opinion so what’s up with that OMAP 4460 1.2GHz?

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 12:34

147. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


i have read that ti omap dont have 1.2ghz officially and they have a 1.5ghz so my guess is its a mistake or samsung underclocked it but i dont think samsung are one to underclock...whether its as good as the exynos dont know but it has a9 cortex which the a5 and exynos use so dont think it should be a concern

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 13:14 1

169. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


it's the next best thing.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 13:21 2

176. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3989; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Thanks Thump3rDX17!

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 12:33

143. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


Its hypocrite and not rumors, actual devices. No os brings more phones than android. They out do themselves and hurt their own sales. How many ppl skipped the sgsII because they heard another more powerful android device is coming. That's what i mean. They don't allow each device to stand out.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 12:45

157. quang le (unregistered)


Nexus is not gonna hurt anybody sales, they are not widely released. And its still unsure if Nexus is more powerful than SGSII.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 12:29 1

140. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


I really wish P.A. would get their head out of Apple's @ss. Their writing of Android products still gets be-littled by their idiot comparisons. #myopinion

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 12:37

150. Kjayhawk (Posts: 287; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


Im not bashing this site or anything but these specs are being said to be incorrect, read this article it will tell you whats happening. It just got updated

http://phandroid.com/2011/10/06/samsung-galaxy-nexus-nexus-prime-specs-get-detailed/

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:41 4

2. fayez (unregistered)


BGR leaks are 100% fake, remember there leaks of Galaxy Line up in USA. they do it for publicity. i dun trust them, they turn out to be fake all the time

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:41

3. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Nexus Phones are the best Androids out there! Not GSII, and also will it have a metal coating at the back?

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:45 4

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't think its metal but an 8mp cam would be appreciated

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:10

28. deeoh1084 (Posts: 48; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)


i agree protozeloz and don't forget the SD card slot if it doesn't have one i think i'm gonna have to pass this nexus b/c i just bought a darn 32gb sd card!!! if it doesn't i'm gonna have to go with SGS2

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:18

33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


you cant go wrong with either...the s2 is the nexus prime without the hd amoled screen and a new shell which does infact look nice from the side...once ics is on the s2 you wont be missing out on anything apart from the screen

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:21 2

37. camera (unregistered)


Seriously. Will you EVER look at your phone taken pics and think.. DAMN.. if I only had 3 more megapixels, I could have....

Not likely!

The thing of it is.. the more MP the camera sensor has, the smaller the "photo sites", which gather light... which means that the photo quality goes down FAST as the lighting gets dark.

I think 5MP is a great number.. seriously big enough to do 8x10 enlargements if you really wanted to.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:37

50. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Which explains why even with dual LED flashes, indoor photos with 8 MP phones don't compare to a good point-and-shoot. I'd rather my Prime has a stellar 5 MP camera with optimized optics than a mediocre 8 MP just for the sake of saying 8 MP.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:11 1

75. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


some people still have the mindset that more MP means better...even dedicated cameras have been using less MP and emphasizing on it less and more on optics and software etc

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:38

89. BarneyDroid (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Its all about the lens not MP

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:45 1

96. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


The lens, the aperture, the sensor quality, the software AND the optimum MP for all those attributes.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:47

6. wlolc (unregistered)


is it a world phone?

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:49 1

8. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Doubtful. It'll be hard enough to wedge LTE into a phone that thin.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:00

20. kenosando (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


It is a Verizon-exclusive phone, so it will have LTE.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:04 1

24. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Exactly, so like the rest of the current crop of phones, it will have LTE but not dual-mode capabilities.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:20

35. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


they fitted lte in the tab which is 8.9mm and this is samsung they always manage to put things in a slim profile when it seems not possible...

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:29

43. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


They have a lot more room overall in an 8-10" tablet with a wide bezel than in a 4" phone.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:36

49. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


true but i still think samsung will manage lte with dual mode.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:39

53. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Next year perhaps, but I doubt it'll happen with this generation of phones. Won't they need two SIM cards too? That's more internals to cram in.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:13

77. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


lol i cant argue with you there...guess not dual mode then...maybe they will have 1 version for verizon and elsewhere will be the usual gsm 3g version

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 11:15

79. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


That's my guess. Just like the Sprint Nexus S.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 13:57

189. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I think they have the new 4g chips to make a skinnier phone it's the reason why phones like the iphone5 did not have it is because they could not produce enough for the amount of iPhones that need to be made. Google nexus phones are usually made in smaller numbers so I can see having the thinner LTE chip inside it

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:50

10. kenosando (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


Possible, but not probable, even if they are going by Apple's terms of "world phone"

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:48

7. kenosando (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


5 MP? I understand they are trying to keep is a slim as possible, but 5 MP cameras aren't gonna cut it for 1080p recording IMO

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:49 2

9. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You do realize that 1080p is only 2 MP, right?

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:53

13. kenosando (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


Yes when you are capturing still images. The reason why Apple bumped up to 8mp was to increase the sensor size. 5 MP camera is there because they wanted a small sensor therefore a small, slim body. There is likely a lot of post-processing involved, which, if you ask any video photographer, is not always good.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:55

15. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Apple increased the sensor size, but I'd argue they didn't need to. They were just keeping up with the market. They could've made other improvements to the camera but kept it at 5 MP, they simply chose not to.

The ability to capture 1080p video is independent of sensor size. Like I said, a 2 MP sensor could do it. The reason we haven't seen 1080p until recently is that only the new dual core processors can handle the realtime video processing.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:09

26. kenosando (Posts: 6; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


I am not saying it isn't possible for 1080p capture, because a lot of it depends on post-processing, but allowing the ample amount of light in (aperture) and capturing as many pixels as you can in order to process frames (sensor) will not be as good as other devices that use bigger sensors, larger apertures.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:14

30. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


But now you're talking about two different things - the aperture letting light in and the sensor capturing it. A large aperture and small sensor is better than a small aperture and large sensor. No matter what size sensor you put on it, the same number of pixels (2M) will be captured per frame. It would be a waste of processing if each frame had to downconvert 8 MP to 2 MP.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:54

67. camera (unregistered)


careful throwing around the word "sensor size".

Did Apple actually increase the SIZE of the sensor, or increase the MP count on the existing sensor? The impact is HUGE..

If you increase the physical size of the sensor, the photo sites get bigger, which makes for better photos, especially in low light conditions.

By keeping the sensor size the same, but increasing the MP count from say.. 5mp to 8, or 10MP.. you are decreasing the photo sites dramatically, which translates into BAD pics in low light.

I believe with these phone cameras, a great place is around the 5MP mark.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:45

60. princefamiliar (unregistered)


megapixel nothing got to do with sensor size.

nikon d40 has APS-C size sensor and the megapixel is only 6MP.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:47

61. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


We're talking about the "size" of a sensor in MP, not physical size. Although that will affect image quality as well.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:55

16. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I don't think many android fans would complain for the extra mm if it has a 8mp one I think it would be nice to have it

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 09:59

18. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Only because we've been conditioned since the release of the Droid Incredible to expect an 8 MP camera. 5 MP is all you really need in a cameraphone. Pushing it to 8 MP (or 12, or 16, or whatever ridiculous sensor size they want to cram in there) is just for spec inflation.

A good 4 MP point-and-shoot camera from 2003 can outperform a lot of 8 MP cameraphones simply because it has a better lens, better focus and zoom abilities and better image processing software. The sensor is only one part of the package.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:10

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Damn you mental conditioning :-[ just hope lents are good

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 14:10

194. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I was under the impression that the bigger the mega idle means that there is more pixels in the picture so you then can either digitally zoom in or make the picture larger before seeing the individual pixels that make up the picture. Kinda like the retna display having 320 something pixels per inch where a larger screen with the same amount of pixels will or could have let's say 200 pixels per inch so if you look at some random inch square on each picture the one with 200 ppi will have bigger pixels that are easier to see. And the retna will have more pixels tamed into the same space so they need to be smaller to fit and you might not even see them. But at a distance they both look about the same. Basically what I heard is the bigger the mega pixel count on a picture the larger you can male the picture in size before it starts pixelating

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:23

39. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


they managed to put a very good 8MP camera in a the s2 which is slim so my guess would be that they could have put the same camera in the nexus...so if it is a 5MP then i would say it may be even better than the s2 camera?not long left will find out soon anyways

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:27

41. roldefol (Posts: 2860; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Maybe to fit other internals like the LTE radio and antenna. The Galaxy S2 LTE is bigger overall than the S2.

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:38

52. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


is bigger but not by much also was probably more down to the bigger screen...either way should be a great phone

posted on 06 Oct 2011, 10:37

51. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


maybe verizon gets lte and smallest camera?

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