The official unveiling of Android Ice Cream Sandwich and Google Nexus Prime is still a few hours away; however, a leaked advertisement spotted by Android Police has already confirmed what has long been rumored. The next Google experience device is indeed going to be called the Nexus Prime and it will indeed have a ginormous screen.
The leaked ad, pictured below, touts Android 4.0, 4.7 inch HD Super AMOLED screen, and a 1.2 GHz dual core (Cortex A9 TI OMAP4460) processor. Earlier today, Japan’s NTT DoCoMo had let it slip on Twitter that it will launch the Nexus Prime in November. The highly anticipated unveiling is scheduled to begin at 6:30PM PDT/9:30PM EDT in Google’s Hong Kong office. Ice Cream sandwich is expected to merge Gingerbread (Android Mobile OS) and Honeycomb (Android Tablet OS) into a “cohesive whole”. As is customary, the Ice Cream Sandwich sculpture has landed in Google campus in preparation for the launch. Check out the Ice Cream Sandwich’s arrival video below, or catch up on all the leaked Ice Cream Sandwich news and rumors from our past coverage.
The much anticipated and very soon-to-be-announced Nexus from Google and Samsung has been teased. If you watched the video, you’ve been longing for a bit more. A bit more has been provided.
If the snapshot above looks a bit too curvy, it’s because it’s emphasised by the contrast and then drawn out by a razor-thin light shining from behind. We can easily make out 3 contact pins which are likely for a dock, a camera shutter button and a rather bulbous housing at the rear. Chances are, you’re going to watch the video again and pause it to try and make out some more detail. Don’t bother.
A cleaned up and modified image from the Samsung Teaser video has been floating around the web. Some kind chap took the liberty of putting his photoshopping skills to work. After removing the backdrop, punching up some color compensation and I’m sure a bit of the clone tool was used, the image left is one to behold.
If the rumoured specifications are true, the next Google flagship is going to absolutely be the next clamoured-after device. BGR, having a penchant for posting ‘sourced’ exclusive rumours, has published full specs of the upcoming device.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 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
- 1,750 mAh battery
The specs are nothing crazy, making them that much more believable…except the powerhouse stuffed inside the Android slab. TI’s OMAP 4460 is a beast of a SoC to dump into a phone, but OMAP4 is the reference platform for Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) so, again, it’s very likely believable. The screen size and resolution are perfectly aligned with what’s been trending in the industry. Competitor devices, such as the recently announced HTC Sensation XL, are hitting 10mm measurements and come packed with the full gamut of connectivity. Huge batteries are getting shoved inside small phones in order to power larger screens and NFC chips, while still allowing you to get a day’s worth of work done on a single charge.
Even if none of the extremely likely, highly believable and trending rumours are true, one thing is for sure, Samsung’s UNPACKED event is highly anticipated and I hope they can deliver.
Last night, Apple unveiled the next-generation iPhone 4S. While externally, the iPhone 4S looks the same, internally it sports an A5 SoC, better camera and is a world phone. Nevertheless, many people have been disappointed by the new iPhone.
Now, all eyes are set on the upcoming Samsung-Google Nexus Prime event. Today, Samsung has released a new video of their upcoming Unpacked event, which also gives us a sneak peek into the upcoming Nexus handset.
Below is the video :
From the above video, the Prime looks like one sexy, thin and curvaceous handset. The small jut which you at the back of the handset see in the video, is of the camera. The three dots which one sees on the handset, are apparently the connector for the docking station.
This video from Samsung is definitely going to raise the curiosity and anticipation for the next Nexus handset, to an all time high.
The Nexus Prime is rumored to sport a massive 4.65-inch display with a staggering 720p (1280×720) resolution. The handset will also run on the latest version of Android, which is Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung and Google have started inviting tech blogs to a special “Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011 – Google Episode” event. The event will be held on October 11 at 11.30 AM, and it’s very likely that the next rumored Google Android flagship device — the Nexus Prime — will be unveiled at this event, along with the next version of Android — Ice Cream Sandwich.
Here’s an image of the invite, via Techcrunch
The Nexus Prime will be the first smartphone running Android Ice Cream Sandwich and will be the best phone yet, in terms of specifications. It is rumored to have a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, a 4.65 inch touchscreen display and will support 4G connectivity.
Ice Cream Sandwich aims to unify the smartphone and tablet versions of Android. It also hopes to address the very pertinent problem of fragmentation.
Apple recently announced that it will be launching a new iPhone on October 4. Amazon launched its new Kindle Fire tablet just yesterday.
Hopefully, we should see an Ice Cream Sandwich update for major devices rolling out soon after the official launch. I can’t wait to install it on my Samsung Galaxy S 2.
For now, check out this video of a Nexus S running Ice Cream Sandwich by Engadget.