The wait has been long for those eager to find out more about Ice Cream Sandwich (i.e. everyone in the Android community), but it appears that the date is finally drawing near, as more and more details are starting to leak out. Last week we got our first look at the next version of Android, and today Electronic Times published some details on the first device that will run it - the Nexus Prime.

The info jives well with what we've heard previously: the Prime will be built by Samsung, and will feature a 4.5-inch "HD" AMOLED display as well as a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. But perhaps most intriguing of all is the claim that the phone will launch as early as October - it's hardly an official release date, but it's a hell of a lot better than Google's launch timeline of "Q4."

As with all rumors, this should be taken with a grain of salt - but given the overlapping info, it's very likely that there is some truth to this leak.

Source: Electronic Times via Engadget

Jaroslav Stekl
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  • Letroy

    4.5" sounds far too big..

    • Droidrev71

      4.5 will be good. Do I hear 5?

    • Enikfox

      Seeing as there will be no physical buttons it will probably be smaller than the original evo. Not too big for most people.

      • aj

        Yeah, I was worried about 4.5 being too big, but if there aren't any physical buttons, I can see it working out just fine.

  • Joey

    @Letroy - I would recommend you not get one then. I'm excited for a phone with a bigger screen, myself (currently have an HTC Droid Eris). I would love if this landed with Verizon this time around, but I am not holding my breath...

  • zach

    why are phones getting so big. How am i suppose to hold this phone in my tight sexy shorts with the 4.3 inch pockets. i'll never be able to get this phone now

    • george

      and the world takes a collected sigh of relief

      • SparklingCyaNide

        Speak for yourself george!

    • Someone

      The solution is simple. Castrate yourself to make room for the extra 0.2".

      Phone's more important these days, anyway, ya?

    • Lemuel

      It's 4.5 inch because there aren't any physical buttons, so the screen stretches all the way down. I'm guessing the phone size will pretty much still be the same as the galaxy S2.

  • Drayon

    For all of you who think that 4.5" is to big, don't forget that it's rumored that in iCS the hardware key's will likely disappear.
    So the screen can shift down so it can manage to keep the same size as a 4.3" counterpart, and maybe even smaller.

    • Bon

      When the screen gets bigger not only does it get taller, but wider as well. There's not much room to get wider on existing phones without phone itself getting wider. You can easily feel those a couple of millimeters of differences. I don't want to have to use both hands to use my phone and existing phones with 4.3" screens are not easy to do one-hand operation already.

      • bajica

        WVGA (800*480) is not same aspect ratio as HD (1280*720) or qHD (960*540) that means screen only goes up in one direction while other can stay the same (in your case it gets taller and not wider)

  • SparklingCyaNide

    gonna be my next phone, just sayin'

  • L boogie

    And the next gen of smartphones continues here

  • JLishere

    Just please, Google, make sure it's not made of plastic again. The HTC Nexus One had, in my opinion, one of the best constructions with its soft-touch metal finish. And multi-colored glowing LED trackball!

    • aj

      I agree. Would love for it to NOT be plastic, but I don't see Samsung moving away from their plastic phones anytime soon. Even the galaxy S II is all plastic :/

      • Chris

        Samsung likes to advertise the light weight of its phones, which I've never seen other companies like HTC do. Doesn't mean I agree with that marketing strategy, but I imagine that, along with profit-maximizing is their rationale.

  • Elvis

    Well if they go around keeping details secret I might just grab sgs2 or vigor :o

  • Deltaechoe

    i'm hoping that for once a real superphone lands for verizon. If this does indeed drop on VZW then I'm dropping my tbolt so fast that it will travel through time

  • Rotmann

    You should get an iphone if you wear tight shorts, really :D

    • zach

      even if i have to wear tight shorts for my profession? ;)

  • Chris

    The Samsung Hercules on its way to T-Mobile vaguely looks like it has a metal backing, but I imagine that may just be the pattern on the plastic. I too wish it were metal, but I can't honestly Samsung doing it.

    I had previously thought though that Google was trying to switch manufacturers for every Nexus phone as a sort of carrot to entice manufacturers to push their specs, but this is the second Nexus phone from Samsung.

    It was probably too far along to transfer to Motorola anyway, but I suppose it also serves to assuage fears that Google will be giving Motorola preferential treatment, for the moment at least.

  • http://androidactivist.org Nathan

    from all the leaks the nexus program had at least 5 entries. And google was simply going to pick the one its employees liked best.

    So if everyone liked the samsung one best, that one wins.

    HTC's nexus probably was based off the evo3d or t-bolt. If they had based it off of the sensation it probably would of won.

    • JBO

      For all technical purposes the EVO3D and the Sensation are the same phone when you take away the 3D. Just sayin...

      • Chris

        They're quite a bit different aside from the 3D features:

        The Sensation uses an MSM8260 processor, while the Evo 3D uses an MSM8660 model, both Snapdragons clocked to the same speeds but with different radios.

        The Sensation has 768 MB of RAM, while the Evo 3D has 1 GB.

        The Sensation has a VGA front camera, while the Evo 3D has a 1.3 mpx front camera.

        Case differences, combined with component differences, mean that manufacturing lines can't be shared between phones.

        Overall, the differences aren't tremendous, but they are clearly different phones, unlike the various Samsung Galaxy S models or the Nexus One/HTC Desire, which really were almost identical.

        • JBO

          LOL My bad but either way he was wrong. Based on specs the 3D is the better phone. And I of course knew they had different radio hardware but I did think they shared the same processor and amount of ram. So once again my bad. Don't they know that God decreed anything less than 1gig of RAM along side that beastly dual core Snapdragon is now the 8th deadly sin?

  • Mike C

    Let's just hope that this time Google launches the device worldwide and not just in the US.

    Especially after the problems with the Xoom, where European customers were misled to believe that Google would deliver software to their devices, only to find out that they were not. Instead Motorola failed miserably in delivering updates – far behind their Asian counterparts.

    If the Nexus Prime is made by Motorola then I will not buy it.

    PS: And yes I do know that Google is trying to buy Motorola.

    • Luis Gustavo

      trying? they already did it!

    • SparklingCyaNide

      Not trying they already have come up with an agreement, its practically written in stone.

    • Chris

      Unless regulators reject the deal, which is unlikely, it's basically sealed. And with Google offering a $2.5 billion breakup fee, it'll be lobbying damn hard to make sure it happens.

      There are no monopoly or anti-trust concerns here, at least no more so than with Apple producing the iPhone, so it should sail through the regulatory commissions without problem.

  • RockinEvo

    Please don't this phone be released with Verizon they already flooded the streets with the droids give it to sprint then Verizon

    • zach

      why not release it to all carriers..? not every droid is a great phone.

      • Bacon_Hat

        Unless they cram CDMA/GSM radio's in it, LTE/WIMAX/HSPA+, and a magical app that lets you fry iPhones from the inside out it aint happening. AT&T JUST got their Nexus S and Sprint got theirs after shoving WIMAX up its poop shoot. Too little to late for me on Sprint.

        Google now has great market recognition and clout that they should try the "phone without a carrier" vision that they tried with Nexus One. Having a truly universal phone while you shopped for a favorable rate.

  • DJ suMo

    Sorry, I have to be blunt, but October my ass!! I hope so, though.. :-D

    • Elvis

      +1 to that for sure... um pretty tired of rumors dates... which are almost always 3-6 + months off :/

  • RockingmyEvo3D

    If I was a betting man this will land on tmobile then sprint before anywhere else. Verizon will never see this device you can bank on that. And I only say tmobile first because the merger has not took place. If that did happen then sprint would see the Nexus Prime first. Sprint rules android..

  • Jaime

    Gah... my hopes of a 4" screen has been dashed. I've known these rumors for awhile. Without the buttons it will be almost exactly the dimensions of an EVO/Thunderbolt, theres a thread in AC explaining it all. Ah well... guess my tiny hands will have to do ^.^

    The crappy part is that my job bans all phones. My Dinc is small enough to not really be noticeable in my pocket... i'll have to find a new way to hide this monster!

  • Warner

    Samsung is known to its poor build quality due to its plastic body. I'll just wait for the next Nexus to come hoping it will be build by HTC

    • SYO

      I don't know about you but I've been a happy user of my Samsung Galaxy S for over a year now and despite the plastic material, the phone feels solid in construction overall. I've dropped it a few times (without a case) too and aside from a scuff in the corner, everything else is pretty much like new still.

      The SGS2 warranted a lot of criticism about it's own flimsy plastic battery cover but really, it's not like it's more prone to breakage that way. The battery cover itself is quite pliable in hand based on what I've seen and from personal handling so it's not all that likely to crack under normal circumstances. And if you look at the SGS2, Samsung did do pretty a good job hiding the plastic look imho.

  • TA

    The phone sounds very interesting, but I'm hearing at Droid-Life that the 4.5" HD screen is PenTile. Which ... no. Fuck that.

  • Sorin

    I don't think a 4.5" display is too big as someone noted in a previous comment. I just think that the border around the screen has to decrease so the display itself take more percentage of the front of the phone. A 4.5" diagonal display is really easy to hold in hand or stick in the pocket. it's the outer layer that makes the actual phone times and a half bigger. Oh and this phone it better be 3D otherwise I don't see it going.

  • vernon

    i have found a worthy successor for my htc desire..... :)

  • Melissa

    I'd really love to see Verizon get at least 1 of these awesome phones (Nexus, GS2, anything)! I am "rocking" an old skool Droid 1, and I am due for a new phone. Unfortunately I am stuck with Verizon due to work. I am looking at the Droid 3, but would love to get the newest biotch out there!