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Summary:

The Samsung Unpacked event that was expected to introduce the Google Nexus Prime smartphone next week has been postponed to a future date. Meanwhile we have leaked specs and what appears to be a legitimate hands-on video with the Nexus Prime and Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

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The Samsung Unpacked event that was expected to introduce the Google Nexus Prime smartphone next week has been delayed. Samsung and Google have jointly decided to postpone the launch to a later date. The likely reason for the delay? Respect for the untimely passing of Steve Jobs, says AllThingsD.

Delaying the product launch, however, won’t likely impact sales as the expectation was for a product announcement more than an actual product that could immediately be purchased. While many smartphone enthusiasts were interested in the new Samsung phone, even more are curious to see what the next version of Android, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, will bring. Google has said the new software will unify Android on both smartphones and tablets.

While the event cancellation may be disappointing to Android fans, there have been recent specification leaks indicating what type of handset the new Samsung will be. If correct — and they appear believable — the phone will have a large 4.65-inch screen with 1280×720 resolution, a fast dual-core processor, 32 GB of storage and an LTE mobile broadband radio for Verizon’s network.

We’ll have to wait for a rescheduled event to get validation on the phone’s hardware, but in the meantime, Ice Cream Sandwich looks very tablet-like on this video demo uploaded by Mobilissimo.ro:

My first thought was that the video was an elaborate fake; perhaps with a custom ROM on existing hardware. But after seeing just three capacitive buttons on the bottom of the screen, I suspect this is the real deal.

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  1. John Harrington, Jr. Friday, October 7, 2011

    the screen doesn’t look as curved as it does in the promos

  2. Its likely that there would have been many jabs at Apple and the iPhone at the event (as is often the case at product events/keynotes).

    However, with Jobs’ unfortunate passing and the huge amounts of public goodwill from both inside and outside of the industry – there is no way Google/Samsung could have done that without seeming ill natured to his passing.

    It would have been the equivalent of shooting themselves in the foot PR-wise.

    1. Which means that Apple should have not issued the pre-ordering of the new iPhones or the immediate sales of the iPods out of respect for Steve Jobs’ passing. But, wait a minute, that never happened.

      Poor excuse for doing the right thing. They should have held their announcement on a smaller scale than was planned. Unless, of course, there’s something amiss with the new OS!

  3. Omid Mirshafiei Friday, October 7, 2011

    This phone is worth getting for the Google updates alone. Hope it comes out soon.

  4. just to point out those arent capacitive buttons…its on screen buttons the black just blends in to the phone

    1. I was just going to say the same thing. All screen, no buttons… Mmm, true mobile nirvana.

  5. I hope there is more to it than just Verizon LTE. A worldphone with both CDMA and GSM, supporting at least 3G speeds on all popular frequencies would be sweet.

  6. “But after seeing just three capacitive buttons on the bottom of the screen, I suspect this is the real deal.”

    How come?

    How is this different from the soft buttons on the HTC sensation?

    I’m not quite sure how this affects our decision to trust the video or not……..

    :)

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