Take this with a massive grain of salt, but BGR has just let loose an article detailing what they claim will be either the next Nexus phone or, if not a Nexus, simply the new Android reference handset. Far more exciting than that is what BGR's source has told them what kind of features the phone will be packing:

  • A 720p "monster-sized" display - exact size unknown (also, goodbye qHD - nice knowing you)
  • Dual-core processor @1.2 or 1.5GHz (either a TI OMAP 4460 or a ULP Qualcomm 28nm Krait Snapdragon)
  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich (possibly dubbed Android 4.0)
  • Software function buttons (ala Honeycomb - no more capacitive touch)
  • 4G LTE (yes, yes, yes!)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear camera w/1080p video, 1MP front camera
  • Release around Thanksgiving

Unfortunately, several big questions remain unanswered. Namely, who is building this thing? Also, which carriers will be supported? LTE does narrow that down to AT&T and Verizon for the moment, so Sprint and T-Mobile customers may never see this device grace their respective smartphone lineups. Additionally, BGR's source couldn't confirm whether the device would actually bear the Nexus moniker, or would simply be a vanilla Android reference device like the Motorola XOOM. So the Nexus 4G name could go out the window - we just don't know.

And, of course, there's the elephant in the room - just how much faith should we put in this rumor? BGR is a well-respected blog, and they've broken a number of exclusives and rumors in the past that have panned out, and we don't think they'd go publishing this without substantial confidence in their source.

And hey, this is a good rumor - we're really hoping this one ends up being true.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Vince

    As usual, no report on what battery would be powering these power hungry features.

    • Seth

      Have you ever had a smartphone with good battery life? I always end up getting a few extended batteries for my phones. They're useful for camping and travel too

      • http://trueacu.com acupunc

        that's the way to go until we get batteries that fully charge within a few minutes. . . which might happen.

        Otherwise the device sounds decent but looks like Google isn't trying to set the hardware bar as they did with the N1.

        • ddp

          Let's kill the spec talk, and worry about a smooth, unified experience. iOS has been running on under-powered or older hardware with a smoother experience than Android. Don't mean to bring it up, but we ALL would love a better experience with the OS. Hopefully, they make use of those dual cores and add optimized GPU acceleration to the UI, and I mean Better than what's currently in Honeycomb.

  • John J

    None of those specs are outside the realm of possibility, and, actually, they seem to fit the natural progression of Android handsets.

  • Steve

    Hmm...my Droid X may have an unfortunate encounter with a large magnet around release time... (yay for insurance!)

    • ddp

      Insurance is going to upgrade you from the Droid X to the new Nexus?? Who's your insurer??

  • Max

    When I read LTE, I got so excited. If this is on Verizon, consider it mine.

    • Brendon

      Its not going to be on Verizon, they stated publicly they would never have unlocked bootloaders on their network

      • ddp

        Never say Never! People can say what they want until a business decision actually has to be made... And they WILL want to sell this.

      • mike

        did you read there statement to clarify that come on do your homework before u write crap u know nothing about

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    The dual core CPU is a bit disappointing, but the original article did state that it's a "NEXT GENERATION" dual core CPU -- not sure what this means exactly, though.

    LTE, however, is a big news. I hope it's not just a rumor, but a real deal because my Droid's contract is finally over this Nov, and if this phone is on Verizon, I may be getting one.

  • Phil Oakley/redbullcat

    Dunno what I'd rather, a 720p display or qHD. qHD is good because it does exactly what it says on the tin: quarter of 1080p.

    But a 1.8ghz dualcore chip sounds good :P

    • Lucian Armasu

      That doesn't make sense. 720p is still the most popular "HD" format. qHD is a format coine recently with the latest Android phones.

      I think it's disappointing it's not a Tegra 3 phone. Why can't Google make Nexus have the best hardware anymore? All the Android chip makers are their partners. How hard can it be to request to test their chips, and pick the best one for their phone?

  • mskks64

    5mp camera? my DX has 8 haha. And I would figure more like Christmas time when Google introduces the new OS

    • ddp

      Specs. iPhone's camera is 5MP, and much, much better than any other camera-equipped cellphone I've seen. Yes, I am a Android user. Point is... specs don't mean Anything.

    • Lucian Armasu

      Read the BGR source article. It says it's a very *advanced* 5 MP camera. Remember how iPhone 4's 5 MP camera was pretty much toe to toe with Nokia N8's 12 MP camera?

      Seriously, we need *higher quality* cameras not bigger MP cameras. You don't need more than 5 MP for your normal pictures, and the file sizes become larger and larger with higher MP.

  • Stuart

    These may be specs of an up coming phone but will not be a nexus device. For no other reason than the LTE. Google won't put out a nexus device that can only work on 1 carrier possibly 2 as LTE isn't world wide.

    • fanouz

      Nexus s was only available in t mobile for some time.....so not out the ordinary. I have to agree this is not next nexus research show the next will have quad core there's already development for it being worked on. Sprint is actually adding lte or wimax 2 to there 4g phones so if it is sprint will see this to

  • Chris

    Yeah, Google has generally favored a wide-adoption model for its Nexus line over carrier-specific 4G options. There may be a 4G LTE version later, a la the WiMAX Nexus S on Sprint, but the original base model will probably be compatible with 3G GSM, and possibly HSPA+ since it's only a variant of the HSDPA standard.

    The 720p screen would be interesting. It would allow me to watch my 720p media without any scaling, and would possibly reduce processor burden as a result. No need to downscale 720p media anymore.

    I would have thought the specs would be better though. 1.2 GHz dual-core phones are already becoming par for the course thanks to the Sensation and SGS II, and the phone world has long moved past 5 MP cameras.

    An array camera would be an interesting feature to test, or that 13 MP shooter debuted for testing a while back. NFC is probably a given as well if it's truly a Nexus phone.

  • EggoEspada

    Sounds amazing. Sure how this turns out true and finally comes to Verizon. I have an upgrade ready.

  • http://twocentstechnology.blogspot.com Robert Dunn

    Do I take a family member's upgrade now for the LG Thrill, or do I wait for my upgrade in November for what could potentially put the Thrill to shame? I'm on AT&T by the way.

  • http://kenkinder.com/ Ken

    Ditching physical buttons is not a good idea. They add a touch of consistency you can't otherwise get. Your home button, for example, is always there, as is your back button. Having them as physical buttons forces programmers to always respond to a user's desire to go home, go back, or see a menu of options.

    Removing them takes away that guarantee and you just have to hope that such software buttons will be available when you want them.

    Bad design decision. Please, Google, just because Apple did it, doesn't make it a good idea. Apple is always a form-over-function company and their products are less usable because of it.

    • ddp

      Have you not seen Honeycomb in action? Apparently, not. And Apple doesn't offer software home/back/menu/etc buttons that are ALWAYS at the bottom of the screen.

    • Lucian Armasu

      Did you say the same thing about removing physical keyboards from phones, to allow for larger screens and on-demand virtual keyboard?

      The button-less Honeycomb tablets seem to work well. The benefits of not having physical buttons are much bigger than having them. For one, it would allow the 4.5" displays to become the new standard, without compromising on phone size.

      I think they'll make those buttons appear on demand somehow, too, so they don't occupy the same space, but on the screen. If they didn't do that, it wouldn't make sense to go with the 720p 16:9 resolution, and they would've gone with the 1280x800 16:10 one, like on tablets.

  • Michael

    On screen buttons just don't make sense to me. For capacitive touch, you have a screen of size x and a touch panel of x + the button size. For on-screen buttons, you can keep the same size touch panel, but now you need a bigger display, drawing more power, for what benefit?

  • Noel

    Just hope the new Nexus comes with a multi band radio (penta band)...one device that could be used on multiple carriers, ie with 3G/HSPA+/LTE. Apple will be coming on strong with the next iPhone/iPhones...they are gunning for all the major carriers. I hope Google should do the same with the new Nexus. They should stop shooting themselves in the foot each time they release a Nexus device...(Nexus one a monster device of its time suffered from the lack of a good sales model and lack of aggressive advertisement, the Nexus S a gr8 device suffered from omissions of some key specs(micro Sd cards slots, SAmoled plus) and also some percieved issues ppl had with Samsung at the time). So pls pls Google do it 110% perfect this time...cover all the basics so all passionate Nexus lovers will come back home. We would like to be able to use the new Nexus on Tmo if it survives the Att buy out onslaught, which i hope they will if common sense and protection of consumers by preserving competion and innovation prevails.

  • L boogie

    Some of the phone's specs are truly awesome; ice cream, 720p display, next-gen processors etc but the cameras needs to be updated 8,2 or 10,3 then again, this is the prototype specs not the final release..... This on verizon could beef up its present line of not-quite there phones and it also previews the next-Gen line of android phones coming such as galaxy s 3

  • L boogie

    Amazing that google hasn't turned the nexus into THE phone all other handsets should aspire to be considering all the tech arsenals at their disposal hopefully they finally get it right with advanced cameras (front/back), dual/quad core processors, super AMOLED plus or better displays, advanced battery management, larger internal memory etc to make this upcoming Nexus, the epitome of all android phones but that's wishful thinking

  • BobbyPhoenix

    4G LTE? paaaleeeze! That is so overrated. At least for me. I have more than enough speed on 3G. Heck most of the time I use a Desire HD in the USA, and that only gets EDGE, and even that is enough for me to do what I need to. I would rather take awesome battery life over high speed any day. Why do you need blazing fast speed to check email, or Twitter/FB?