Of all the questions that have been surrounding the upcoming Nexus Prime, there has been quite a bit of intrigue about the buttons, or lack thereof, I should say. How will it work? What will the on-screen buttons look like? How will Ice Cream Sandwich work on device that already has physical buttons?  ...and that's just the beginning of the inquiries.

While we still can't confirm how ICS will handle the latter, thanks to a leaked blurrycam photo obtained by GSMarena, we now have a better idea of what to possibly expect from the Nexus Prime and its button configuration. Have a looksee:


Aside from the buttons, one of the first things that you'll probably notice is the display resolution: 1184x720. This, of course, excludes the notification bar and bottom navigation panel, basically confirming a full 1280x720 resolution at 320 ppi.

So there you go -- a little Prime action to start the day.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • L boogie

    It won't be long for Primetime

  • Christopher

    That's what I'm talking about.

  • drew

    Looks like a nexus s to me without the backlight buttons on it tbh. Kinda worrying if it is the prime.

    • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

      Yeah, but with a crazy high pixel density and a metal backing of some sort. You can tell by the ridge of what appears to be aluminium around the bezel. The corner of this thing reveals a lot about the Nexus Prime (if this in fact what we're seeing here), and it looks like it's going to be a monster of a phone from this pic alone.

      • Drew

        Looks like the light to me mate. Just playing tricks.

        • hassan

          yes it defiantly looks like an nexus s

        • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

          No way. This may not be the Nexus Prime, but it certainly isn't a Nexus S. I own a Nexus S and the ridge of black plastic around the phone's bezel is much fatter than the metal ridge in this picture.

        • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

          I was right, same Nexus S form factor, but with an aluminium ridge around the bezel:


    • BigVDawgy

      As an owner of a Nexus S, the phone in the picture is a Nexus S with the buttons blacked out. The contours are identical, the button on the left side is in the same location, and the distance from the edge of the screen to the edge of the phone (i.e. the screen border) are exactly the same

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    Those on-screen button icons look fucking cool.

  • drew

    Infact I'm pretty certain it is a nexus s.

  • Yourissues

    Is it just me or is the screen looking kinda Pentile.. and not the good kind... Sigh ..:-(

    • Eric

      I'm almost certain that what you are seeing is digital noise. Pentile has a much different look.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8YprCzWm0g JS

      I think the picture is just pixelated, a problem common with crappy camera phones. Look closely at the other objects in the picture.

      There is a reason it is termed "blurrycam."

  • Duffin

    Am I the only one who thinks software buttons are a terrible idea, especially on a phone? I hate capacitive buttons as it is...I want real, physical buttons on my phone. If the software is lagging, those software buttons aren't going to work responsively. I'm still mad that the green and red call buttons have been pretty much abolished from all phones. Why is there such a stampede toward getting rid of all buttons on a phone?

    • mikeymop

      I don't like the changes either, not only does our use more screen space, they already have the notification bar at the top so it sandwiches everything. It's also a no no for oled based screens as the buttons will burn into the screen.

      • Duffin

        Yeah, for a tablet or something, it's fine, but that's too much real estate taken up by the notification bar AND software buttons on a phone.

        • RandomRant

          Yeah but the screens are getting larger as well to where it's more of less the same.

        • Eric

          @RandomRant, no, they are also going widescreen, taking the small side away. A 4.3" with a 800x480 display is 2.28" wide. A 4.6" 16:9 screen (720p) is 2.25" wide. So these new phones are slightly narrower than last gens phones even with a larger screen. Again, 2.25" is rather small, I don't I don't want it taken up with buttons

    • dfsdgfsd

      Yeah, but no current Smartphone has real buttons (Iphone aside). They won't be worse than the current buttons, but more flexible.

      • Cameron Summerson

        No current smartphone has real buttons? What? The Droid X and X2 both have physical buttons.

      • Duffin

        The current buttons ARE worse. As I said, I have had nothing but problems with capacitive buttons. They fail a lot more easily than physical buttons.

      • Eric

        Actually, I don't see how much more flexible they will be. I don't want my phone buttons anywhere but where they are now. If you hold your phone in landscape, you don't have much in the way of vertical space. Imagine if some of that small space was taken up by buttons. Better suited to stay where they are now, even in software (I could care less, I actually like the aesthetic of it) in my opinion.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Capacitive buttons behave exactly the same as the on-screen buttons and freeze the same way too - your argument is invalid.


      • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

        Thank you. I'm annoyed by people thinking that the on screen buttons won't work. I think it's the major improvement to android. Having the nav buttons shit position according to screen orientation is worth the change alone!

        • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

          Shift* not shit. That'd be gross.

        • Eric

          I disagree. Shifting buttons is not a good thing imho. In landscape, there isn't much verticle space. Shifting buttons will kill landscape mode.

  • Adam

    I've had 0 issues with the software buttons in honeycomb. If software hangs up (rare), the buttons still respond fine.

  • jim

    just broke my phone yesterday too! hope we get some good new ssoon


  • Michael

    Why didn't this person take a picture of the whole phone. People just love to leave consumers wondering. Selfish.

  • Felix

    This is mine! STAY AWAY

  • Eric

    Highly (tentatively) disappointed. That does NOT look like a SAMOLED screen :(

    Also, if pixel density is true, it's a 4.6" screen.

    edit: take that back, the bar containing buttons was so black I didn't even see it

    • Felix

      What Will be next? A PHYSAMOLED?

      • Eric

        Nah, they're branching off into symbols. SAMOLED+, SAMOLE+!, SAMOLED*+*, etc

    • Aaron

      The maximum pixel density you see here can only be as good as the camera or your computer... chain is only as strong as its weak link. I'm thinking "blurrycam" is the weak link.....

      • Eric

        What...? That has nothing to do with my comment. At all.

        • Aaron

          sorry i must have misunderstood.... :/
          I think i was still thinking about someones earlier comment...

        • Eric

          @Aaron, ah, my comment was taking the resolution and pixel density in the photo (not making my own measurements) and using an online calculator reverse calculated the screen size. Or, trial and error :p

  • yuku

    Anyone notices that the font is also different? It's the same font as the leaked video of ICS.

    • Ben

      Phone systems has other fonts like Arials and other system fonts when testing. But not for ICS. ICS will have Droid Sans like all the previous android versions, not Arial. It's Android, Android has Droid sans font in the system, not Arial, iOS uses Arial and Samsung for their touchwiz, not android OS.

  • bigdaddy

    Please don't let this be flashy chromey aluminumy. Just make it look like the Nexus S.. which is the best looking phone i have ever seen and come to Verizon- first!

  • Zack

    On screen buttons are very responsive on my Tab . I am actually looking forward to see what ICS has to offer :)

  • SYO

    I'm afraid of the burn in these buttons will cause. :| The burn in from my notification bar already is getting more noticeable to me nowadays.

  • Chris Banks

    I personally don't think it will be a good idea.

    Will most probably lead to burn in on OLED screens.

    I like the good old click of a button acknowledging that it has been pressed.

  • matt

    I dunno if anyone noticed, but the screen looks to be a bit curved...