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Samsung’s official press event in Hong Kong to debut the Nexus Prime smartphone isn’t until Wednesday morning, but NTT DoCoMo may have outed the details and a photo a bit early. The hardware components match earlier leaked lists and still show a 5 megapixel camera.

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Samsung’s official press event in Hong Kong to debut the Nexus Prime smartphone isn’t until Wednesday morning, but a Japanese carrier appears to have shared details of the phone on Tuesday. NTT DoCoMo has reportedly shown a picture of the phone, called the Galaxy Nexus in the photo, and full specifications, along with a Nov. 20 availability date in Japan.

The hardware listing, which comes from a translated web page at the Blog of Mobile via Android Central, lines up with the leaked specifications seen earlier this month:

  • Dimensions: 136.0 mm × 68.0 mm × 8.8 to 11.5 mm
  • Weight: Approximately 135 grams
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Texas Instruments OMAP4460 CPU; ARM Cortex-A9 MP Core SMP (Dual-Core); CPU operating frequency: 1.2 GHz
  • GPU: Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540
  • Network support (varies by carrier): W-CDMA; GSM; LTE, CDMA2000; HSPA; EDGE, GPRS; LTE; EV-DO
  • Display: AMOLED HD: 4.65 inches with 1280×720 resolution
  • Main camera: 5 megapixels with LED flash; 1080p video capture
  • Front camera: 1.3 megapixels
  • GPS; NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS; 802.11 a/b/g/n; Wi-Fi Direct
  • Memory: 1 GB of RAM; 16/32 GB of storage
  • Battery Capacity: 1750mAh
  • Notification LED

In less than 12 hours, we’ll know for sure how accurate these specifications are, but there’s little here that I’d question. Given that quad-core chips were expected to power some smartphones by the end of the year, I had thought the next Nexus might be the first to use them, but that seems unlikely at this point: Samsung has no such chip ready, although is reportedly in talks with Apple to supply one for the next iPhone, per Korea Times. Regardless, a dual-core chip should be plenty to power Ice Cream Sandwich, which consolidates Google’s platform for smartphones and tablets.

The only two issues I see with the list are the camera sensor and no mention of microSD expansion. But Android enthusiasts that want the latest and greatest software — along with updates directly from Google — may be willing to overlook those small shortcomings. Besides, the 4.65-inch, 1280×720 resolution display works out to 316 pixels per inch, rivaling the crisp and clear Retina Display used on Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch handsets.

  1. Interesting, can’t wait to one and hopefully get one also..

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  2. Professor Peabody Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    The desktop picture on the phone looks like it was ripped off from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture.”

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  3. Dan reblogged this on Around the Hill and commented:

    Wow, a phone with 720p resolution?

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  4. Dalanie Edgington Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    I can’t wait! Glad I held on to my DX. If you have to wait I found a site that has the Ice Cream Sandwich wallpapers. It is formatted for mobile so installing them is easy. It also has a ton of other good wallpapers as well. http://www.freedroidwallpaper.com

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  5. I was really hoping for a better gpu. hope these specs aren’t true cause if they are this phone doesn’t really blow the iphone 4s out of the water by much.

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    1. It doesn’t blow the iPhone 4S out of the water at all on GPU. Not to mention having a few more pixels to push around. The iPhone 4S would be twice as fast in raw GPU power at the same clock speed, so probably in the 30%-40% faster in raw GPU power. But in comparing the effect performance across the whole screen, more like twice as fast given the extra pixels to push on the Prime. The MALI-400 based SII may be faster still, given the higher performance architecture coupled with the 800×480 screen.

      I think Apple’s clearly understood that iOS has emerged as the predominant handheld gaming platform right now, and they’re supporting that well. One of the issue with Android being multi-platform is that each individual manufacturer’s focus is not necessarily on any particular aspect of the platform. So maybe Sony’s more worried about gaming, etc.

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      1. I was really hoping for the next generation Mali gpu in this but that was just hopeful thinking. I honestly was expecting at least the powervr sgx 543 mp2 or the mali 400, but not the year old sgx540. If this rumor is right I guess I’ll just buy galaxy s2 or the iphone 4s. Leaning more towards the gs2 because I play many video game emulators such as fpse and n64oid, and they run flawlessly on my friends gs2. I wonder how the iphone 4s will run emulators with its beefed up specs?

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      2. The biggest reason the iPhone 4S has such a strong GPU is because the A5 SoC is *twice* as big as A4, Tegra 2 or any other mobile SoC, which means since the CPU and everything else must be about the same, most of the size increase goes to the GPU, which should be at least twice as big as any other GPU.

        But that also seems to have led to significantly weaker battery life. Apple themselves admit a 33% reduction in standby battery life, but I think that applies overall, too. In an article yesterday on camera comparisons, the iPhone 4S finished with 32% battery life, while the Galaxy S II and the others finished with over 50% left, after all the tests were done.

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  6. I understand why the a5 is able to house the powervr 543 gpu, but what I don’t understand is samsung makes Apple’s A5 CPUs for the iphone, so why aren’t they able to use a powervr 543 gpu when they have a perfect CPU to go along with it.

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  7. ugh i hope the 1.2 ghz is not true…i mean theres already alot of phones coming out running on 1.5 ghz…and also i hope there is a microSD slot…..

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    1. I’m with you on the processor, this is far behind samsungs homegrown exynos processor.. And being the phone this is supposed to be, I don’t understand why google or samsung would want the very best in the phone.. Especially as they’re competing with apple. In regards to microSD, no one said it wouldn’t be there, it would be a bit redundant to list it, as microSD has become a standard in all smartphones with the exception of apples Iphone’s

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      1. wouldn’t want this to be the best* Correction

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      2. Nexus S didn’t have a microSD slot. It’s why I skipped it. Maybe Samsung is leaving the microSD slot out of their Nexus range

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  8. Ugh. I got my hopes up for nothing. I really wanted this to be a big push for advancing the platform.

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  9. If these are the true specs, then they’re disappointing. 1.2 GHz? 5 megapix cam?? And Verizon passed on the SG2 for this?? I’m not buying this thing after all, and if this is the best Verizon has to offer, then it’s time to switch carriers.

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  10. The only two issues I see with the list are the camera sensor and no mention of microSD

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    1. In regards to microSD, no one said it wouldn’t be there, it would be a bit redundant to list it, as microSD has become a standard in all smartphones with the exception of apples Iphone’s

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