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.
- 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.