It's time again for a round of "Parse the Rumor"! Yesterday, we had a good time deconstructing the likely false rumor about the Nexus Prime having a dedicated Google+ button
. And, today we get to sort out some interesting tweets by the Samsung Mobile Romania team about production for the Nexus Prime.
Originally, there were two tweets sent out by the Samsung Mobile Romania Twitter account. The first seemingly confirmed that the next Nexus phone will feature the Samsung AMOLED Super HD (720p) screen. The second claimed that production would begin in late 2011. Since then, a tweet has been sent out on the account claiming that the two Nexus tweets were uploaded by mistake, and are based on rumors not official Samsung statements. It seems someone got a little overeager, but let's look at the rumors anyway.
First, the screen. At this point, the most credible rumor surrounding this whole thing is the inclusion of the Samsung AMOLED Super HD screen. Even with the recent move to qHD screens, Android devices in general have been lagging behind the iPhone 4 display, and there is no doubt that Google would like to see screen quality improved in the ecosystem. Whether that means that the Nexus Prime will feature a qHD, or the Samsung Super HD is yet to be seen. However, Google has been a big proponent of AMOLED screens, even adding an overall darker look to Gingerbread in order to boost battery life on devices with OLED screens (and we can confirm around 45 minutes extra per day on the Nexus One since that update.) So, it seems more likely that Google would want the Samsung screen, and that may point to a higher likelihood that Samsung will in fact be the manufacturer of the Nexus Prime.
Secondly, the timeline. This just sounds completely wrong to us. It seems like Google wants to claim the holiday season as the window for their Nexus device launches. The Nexus One looked like it was going to hit the holiday season, but slipped into early 2010. The Nexus S was pushed out just in time
for Christmas. And, Google has repeatedly pointed to Q4 of this year
as the release window for Ice Cream Sandwich. So, the idea that production of the Nexus Prime wouldn't even start until late 2011 seems incredibly suspect.
Granted, Nexus phones are inherently niche devices and developer handsets, so Google doesn't need to produce amounts on par with say the Samsung Galaxy S II, but if the device is going to be launched in Q4, which seems to be what Google is aiming for, then production needs to get going earlier than "late 2011". Of course, if the Super HD screen will cause delays in manufacturing, it would be interesting to see if Google keeps to their current timeline, or delays the device.
What do you guys think? Would you rather a qHD Nexus device in time for the holidays, or a Super HD device in time for Valentine's Day? Sound off in the comments!