Samsung used low cost chip for Samsung GALAXY Nexus

Samsung used low cost chip for Samsung GALAXY Nexus
A breakdown of the Samsung GALAXY Nexus by ABI Research revealed that the Korean based manufacturer used a low cost LTE chip in Verizon's variant of the phone. The newer chip offers the same high-data performance as the older one, but at half the $23 cost according to ABI Research. It is smart purchasing like this that has enabled a company like Pantech to offer an LTE enabled phone like the Pantech Burst, for under $50 with a signed 2-year contract. And by making phones that support LTE cheaper, it helps spread the use of  the technology globally.

ABI Research says that the Samsung GALAXY Nexus modem is constructed with the combination of a Via Telecom CDMA/EVDO Rev. A integrated circuit and a Samsung LTE baseband integrated circuit. While this combination is now considered the standard for Samsung's smartphones for Verizon, the new version of the LTE chip is where Samsung is saving half the $23 cost of the older version of the chip, without losing performance. 

Another interesting discovery made by ABI Research is that the 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 application processor found in the unit matched the performance and power of the 1.2GHz Exynos chip used on some models of the Samsung Galaxy S II. As stated in the report, "The OMAP4460 matched the performance and power consumption for graphics and video test but consumed significantly more power in computational intensive tests."

Other discoveries made in the teardown include the phone's support for NFC with the antenna embedded in the battery (which was also discovered in iFixit's teardown of the same phone), the use of a CSR GPS single chip and ther inclusion of a Broadcom Wi-Fi/BT/FM single chip.

source: ABIResearch via MobileBurn

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GALAXY Nexus CDMA
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1850 mAh(12.00h talk time)

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75 Comments

1. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

thats a very interesting report... MY NEXUS IS COMING TOMORROW I CANT WAIT!!!

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Don't worry, you'll keep waiting on the Galaxy Nexus to lock in on a signal. ZING!

27. SleepingOz unregistered

you keep mistaking the GNexus for your iphone 4 with antennagate, how lame!

30. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I had an iPhone 4 with ZERO issues. My Samsung Skyrocket dropped more calls. Its not always the phone, it is the network or even just the area you are in.

33. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Course, Android fans will as usual, deny it.

32. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh look, bitterness, pure bitterness lol. Guess 12 people(and counting) couldn't handle the truth about the GNEX not being able to lock onto an LTE signal let along a signal period.

36. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I wouldnt have any problem with apple if idiots like you werent ruining fans name...

37. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I'm not ruining anything.

39. thephoneguy92

Posts: 191; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

You kinda are...

2. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Then why the price is too high?

5. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Yes I agree, customers won't get any kind of discount because of this. Its all about profit. Just look at how Apple over charges for their iPhones vs what they actually cost.

6. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

It's expensive because it gets taxed by Apple to help subsidize their phones. If Apple didn't have any subsidizing, Android phones would be cheaper and their iPhone would be more expensive.

8. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

The phone is the same price as the same memory iPhone 4s, with a much bigger screen that's HD, a faster processor, more RAM, worse rear camera though a higher MP front facing camer, a barometer, and of course LTE. It's not "too high" it's just right.

10. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I agree, you're limited to 32 GB on-board memory; really less because you have to adjust for formatting and the memory reserved for OS and operation. Then, this: inferior chipset. Not to mention all the reported bugs and the much expressed disappointment in the rear camera. This is a sad day for Android and, basically, GN owners have iPhonez (after all)??????......

15. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

if you upgrade the screen size and make it high rez the iphone 4s would definitely not be as quick as it is on benchmarks compared to the android. however i believe android is far superior tech wise i mean the iphone 4s without the os is inferior in every way now compared to the latest and greatest android. the point and click style camera function of the 4s isn't always beneficial especially to people with a background in taking pics. off course the noobiness of alot of apple users wouldn't be able to tell a difference between a shot from a 4s and a dslr especially if you consider the retarded journaling and dslr and 4s comparison this site tends to throw up

16. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Are you retarded or did you just not read the article and have never actually used the GN?

14. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

its verizonread the news

3. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

go to Costco, right now is only $220 :)

9. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

$100 on AmazonWireless!

4. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Got one around launch from Amazon for 150 when Verizon was at $300, now they're 99 on the Am. Not sure why everyone isn't buying all their cellphones from Amazon?

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

because after sales support is a pain in the ass?

29. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

What sales support?? Amazon has sales support? I buy all my phones directly from Verizon (or, Craigslist).

7. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

OMAP4460 on par with the 4210? interesting...

12. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Thats what I got out of this as well.

11. tyguy829

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

I knew it! I strongly disagree with the report saying that the performance is on par. I've had nothing but trouble with my nexus as far as signal strength and data speeds go. I can put a droid bionic right next to it with -100 dbm and my nexus won't get 4g at all. It really is a big difference. Depressing knowing it is hardware difference and not a software bug.... :(

17. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

What city? In NYC, the Nexus has much better connection than my Moto Droid, HTC Thunderbolt, and Moto Razr.

24. erratic

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 08, 2012

You're an idiot. -100dbm? You have nearly no signal...and then you compare a different phone and say it doesn't get signal at all? -100dbm is near no signal at all as it is... Why don't you get in a better signal area, and test them both. No matter what your GN says, it will still surpase the quality of the call of the phone it is compared to. As far a software bug and not hardware if there is an issue...that is where you are wrong too. They create hardware and implement it after testing. It is the software that is suppose to take advantage of what it offers. If it doesn't, then the software for the radio can be updated to fix any issues.

20. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Samsung using a low quality chip. Next thing you know, they're going to tell me the sky is blue.

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Low cost doesn't always equal low quality. Just ask the iPhone 4S, the most profitable iPhone yet.

47. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Everything on the 4S is high quality, unlike something on a Motorola device.

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