06
Oct
nexus81

It's apparent that the Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus announcement is getting closer, as new information is starting to surface almost daily. Today, the hardware specs have been revealed by a "trusted source" in BGR's camp -- so let's have a look:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Note: we're still not sure of the version number for ICS, so take that with a grain of salt)
  • 9mm thin
  • 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front
  • 1080p HD video capture support
  • LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • NFC
  • 1,750 mAh battery

After reading through the specs, it's clear that there are a couple of things that may come off a bit... lackluster to some users. Namely, the 1.2GHz processor, as we've been hearing 1.5GHz for quite a while. Of course, once we heard that TI was having some issues with its 1.5GHz dual-core, it was assumed that the Prime wouldn't be packing the chip under its hood, either. This probably isn't cause for concern, as the TI 1.2GHz OMAP is an absolute powerhouse in its own right.

Secondly, let's talk about the camera. While 5MP may seem awfully low compared to most other phones (which generally ship with an 8MP shooter), let's not forget that sheer numbers mean almost nothing. Samsung has some amazing camera tech in its other phones, and I would expect nothing less of the Prime. Don't knock it until we've actually seen what it's capable of.

One more detail, which should come as no surprise: the Prime will be a Verizon exclusive at launch. Like with other Nexus devices, it will become available on other carriers eventually, so if you're not willing to jump to Big Red, just bide your time.

So, now that we've had our first look at what most likely will be the official specs, what do you think? Still interested in this device? Sound off in the comments. 

[BGR; Thanks, Matt!]

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.

  • Telik

    Just tell me where to pre-order ;)

  • matt

    you can't trust BGR lol they had so many iphone "exclusives" that were made up!

    • lostsync

      That's not really BGR's fault necessarily. Apple intentionally dissimenates bogus rumors to help track down leaks, so it wouldn't be surprising if a trusted source turned out to be wrong. Anyone reporting (or reading) iPhone rumors should definitely never take any of them too seriously.

  • http://mattdonders.com Matt Donders

    I cannot wait to see some TI OMAP 4460 benchmarks. I hope consumes less power as to increase the battery life.

    I also hope the camera is something to write home about. I use my dSLR and my Droid and always tempted to carry around a point&shoot because the Droid camera is awful.

  • Mathato

    Well.. looks like the Amaze 4G will be in my hands in a week.

  • http://villainrom.co.uk Fysi

    Screen will not be 4.65".

    If the photo the other day was the nexus prime then the screen will be 4.59" (320PPI with a res of 1280x720 = 4.59" screen).

    • Zomby

      Then again, no one knows if that photo was real or fake, just like those rumors.

    • ben dover

      yeah, based on number crunching that's about right.
      if you take away the part of the screen used for the onscreen buttons, you're left with a 4.33" screen with 320ppi at 1184x720 (based on the leaked screen res)

  • Dward

    My Desire contract is up, just waiting for a UK release date! Looking forward to the showcase next Tuesday :-)

    • mcduvet

      in the same boat mate!

      • Wam31

        I guess that makes 3 of us!

        And I'm not worried about the 5MP, it just determines the image definition, not its quality. 5MP is quite large enough.

  • LtDan

    If the Apple announcements taught us anything, they taught us not to listen to any "trusted sources". I believe nothing until Tuesday...

  • Juggalotus

    I'm Personally Not Going To Jump On This...The Bezzel Is Far Too Thick For Me...I'm Going To Wait For Phones That Have A REALLY Thin Bezzel So We can Really See Why Virtual Keys Are Going To Make Life A Lot Better.

    • http://www.eurodroid.com Phil Oakley

      How do you klnow the bezel is going to be thick? You haven't seen the phone yet.

      Also, please don;t use capitals for every word. It's very distracting and offputting.

      This whole comment is a *faceplam*

      • Juggalotus

        Just the way I type but I'll tone it down just for you. Not going to get in a pissing match over this but with the picture that was "leaked" the bezel is extremely thick.

      • Gentle Ben

        Oakley, You're An Idiot

    • Zomby

      Funny how people can comment on the bezel size while no official picture has been shown yet. I'll wait for the official release to pass judgement, and not base them on rumors an maybes.

  • ben dover

    I'll be very disappointed if verizon really does get the exclusive...

    I refuse to switch to big red even though I was already planning on buying the nexus prime on day one

  • JH

    I'm good and happy with my Nexus S - just waiting for ICS :)
    But from now on I'm keeping with the Nexus-line and pure Android. I've had other skinned Androids and the slow update is just killing it

    • Inspiron41

      same here. i would love to upgrade to the nexus prime, but i overspent my budget this year. nexus s has decent power and storage space for the ICS upgrade and it'll certainly last for another year.

      side note, i'll take Nexus Prime over iPhone 4s any day if both were free :)

  • Josh

    It it is in fact an OMAP 4460, then it is underclocked to 1.2GHz as the 4460 is spec'd at 1.5. This might just be for battery life.

  • AppleFUD

    The VZW exclusivity is the killer. I really don't get why Google/Samsung can't just release to multiple carriers at once and be done with it. By the time it gets to my carrier there will be other devices way ahead, thus if I still want it I have to suck it up and buy old outdated tech--hell quad-core phones will probably be hitting the market.

    Thus, it's a big F U to everyone else that wants to get it asap. . . . guess I'll just have to go with the T-Mobile version of the GSII
    Or maybe I'll send a message to the big G and buy the iphone 4S on sprint and become and apple fan boy and start telling all my friends how the iphone is better because it won't be outdated by the time it gets to your carrier, etc. . .

    Google. . .
    Knock off this carrier exclusivity crap!!!!!

    • Josh

      FYI... the iPhone is already outdated by the time it gets to your carrier...

      • Hary Ayala

        Actually it's already outdated the moment they announce it ^_^

        • mrbrooks418

          LMAO!!! Now that's awesome....

      • AppleFUD

        There's a better iPhone than the 4S?

        ;)

        the iphone is only "outdated" by another iphone. . .

        and in all seriousness, the iphone 4S isn't a bad phone for a new person to iOS or 3G/3GS upgraders, sucks for iphone 4 upgraders. . . not that I want an iphone.

        Nonetheless, my point still remains. Why put out a great device to be held back by carrier exclusivity? I understand why the carriers want to do it, but Google & Samsung? That's just pissing off the people that have stuck with the Nexus line.

        Hey, all you Nexus owners that are looking forward to getting the next Nexus asap. Well, we know we've gone T-Mobile in the past and you supported us but we feel it's time for you to change carriers. . . WTF?!?!

        • lostsync

          I think he meant that, compared to other phones, the iPhone, especially with respect to hardware, isn't in any way ahead of the curve. And it isn't.

          Also, I think that given the fact that Verizon customers have been completely denied the opportunity to own a Nexus device, it's pretty fair that we get this one first this time. A lot of D1 owners are up for upgrade right about now and, for Google at least, that might've played into their decision. As a D1 owner, I've been waiting and waiting for this phone. I bought the best Android phone in existence the first time around and I'm not going to be satisfied with anything less awesome than the Droid was at the time, and that's a tough phone to stand up against. Honestly, if I hadn't dropped mine into a pond and killed the camera and flash, I really wouldn't even feel like I needed a new phone. It survived that, btw, 4 feet of water. Incredibly badassed phone.

  • wirbly

    Still keeping my fingers crossed the the Nexus One will get ICS.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    What I'm interested in is a ICS Nexus Tablet!
    I'm fine with my N1, I'm confident it'll run ICS, but I'm waiting for more than a year for a true "Nexus" Tablet!

    • wirbly

      That would rock. I gave in recently and got a Xoom since it's the closest thing to a Nexus tablet that we have right now. (I don't regret it - I've been genuinely surprised by how much I like it)

  • Brian

    I think this is the phone for me. Was able to upgrade in July but waited on the Bionic, but this was rumored to be so close behind I figured I might as well wait some more. Think I'll be pretty happy with this one. If I like my original Droid and am still using it, then I should love this right?

    • Juggalotus

      When I upgraded from D1 to a Tbolt it was like night an day...Trust me you will love a phone that hauls ass :OP

  • Ripley

    BGR, trusted source, please. I will wait until the 11th before I believe any rumor from that crap site.

  • jrr

    9mm thick. the phrase is 9mm _thick_.

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

      It's fine when you're trying to point out how thin it is.

      • jrr

        Yeah, well you're six feet short.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    Altough I have no complains with OMAP cpu's but it would better if the prime comes with tegra 2 or better still with sammy's exynos processors

  • Edd

    Still waiting on the Samsung Note! Probably the first time in my life my hands will feel small since I last held a half-pint glass!

  • jim

    I CANNOT FREAKING WAIT!!!!!

  • dirtydozen

    rumored release dates are:
    November 12th on Verizon
    November 24th on Sprint and T-Mobile

  • Gentle Ben

    Poll
    How important is curved glass to you?
    It's kind of classy but what is the interaction like with it? Typing, reading, ...
    I can see talking with it might feel a little better but who uses their phone to talk much anymore :)

  • LAmDroid

    and to be clear, this will NOT have an SD slot right?

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    Sigh, BGR -- the same group of people also said that there would be a iPhone 5 for Sprint, with WiMAX. None of them came true.

    Hopefully, they are WRONG this time again, so that we can have some serious surprises!

    If there's only one thing I wish they are wrong, that would be the Verizon exclusive launch. Look, it means nothing to me 'cause I am on Verizon. But I really want EVERY Android fans to have a chance to get a Prime this holiday. It's time for us to beat the iPhone to the point of no coming back.

  • erran

    IPhone 4s who? This will be an amazing device, I will prolly leave my beloved sensation for this phone when it finally makes it to T-Mobile.

  • Erik G

    LTE/HSPA??? Wouldn't that indicate not being exclusive to Verizon??? Or we're not sure if it will have LTE or HSPA??? Or dose Verizon have both???

    • Oliver

      It probably has both simply because it will not remain a Verizon-exclusive forever.

  • MarcosV

    I really wanted to order a Galaxy S II on Verizon and was disappointed when at the last minute, it turned out it wasn't going to be available on Verizon.

    I guess this Nexus Prime thing will have to do.

    Now if we get punked a second time, I'll be upset.

    • lostsync

      I was livid when they passed on the SGSII.

      My wife was in a Verizon store upgrading to a Bionic about two weeks ago. While she was checking out, I was over playing with a Galaxy Tab and a Verizon rep came over and said, "So what are you passing on the Bionic for?" I said, "The Droid Prime, or whatever you're calling what you guys passed on the SGSII for." He said, "I think you'll end up pleased with your decision." I asked, "When? Because right now my decision has me on a half broken phone that's over two years old." "Soon." That was all I could get him to say. Definitely subsided some anxiety though.

      • Yo-Yo Ma

        I am replacing the clutch in a car for a VZW employee. I told him he could pay me with a Nexus Prime. He was oddly coy about it. I'm certain VZW will get this phone. Perhaps others as well, but I doubt that because Samsung would not want to canalize the SGII sales at this point.

  • Sorin

    I'm looking for a universal phone. One that can run in any LTE/Wimax network. That was the whole purpose of 4G, but it seems the networks still try to have the phones built exclusive for their own. And also I want a bold phone, not one filled with bloatware like the HTC Sence interface. It's like using a browser that comes with Yahoo, Aol and Microsoft tool bars. Yuck

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com Aaron

    It's funny:

    Quote:
    Secondly, let's talk about the camera. While 5MP may seem awfully low compared to most other phones (which generally ship with an 8MP shooter), let's not forget that sheer numbers mean almost nothing. Samsung has some amazing camera tech in its other phones, and I would expect nothing less of the Prime. Don't knock it until we've actually seen what it's capable of.
    EndQuote

    Problem here, Samsung shouldn't have their hands in the pot on this one, since I am assuming this will be a Google Experience phone. So that would mean, stock ICS.

  • SarcasticOne

    GSMarena have very different specs:
    http://www.gsmarena.com/source_close_to_google_reveals_real_nexus_prime_specs-news-3239.php

    1.5ghz Exynos
    8mp/1080p
    2050mAh battery
    gsm/cdma radio

    still has 720p display

  • chris

    Can't wait to try one of these!! Would say it would be a day one purchase for me, but I'm not sure about the curved screen...I love the kind of plain look about my GS2! May end up just putting a ICS rom on that! :P

  • Rahul Kadukar

    They were spot on :)