Next Google Nexus phone: 720p display, 4G LTE, Android 4.0?

By on June 16, 2011, 8:00 AM

Google's third Nexus phone is expected to be running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and is rumored to ship around Thanksgiving, possibly on AT&T. Google's next Nexus device will be possibly called the Nexus 4G, though we think that will be confusing, given that there's already a Nexus S 4G. Either way, details on the device have leaked, courtesy of BGR.

The Google Nexus 4G will feature a next-generation dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU: either an Nvidia Kal-El processor, an OMAP 4460, or an ultra low-power 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon. The display is will reportedly be a 720p HD "monster-sized" screen, and there won't be physical Android menu buttons below it — everything will be software-based. Other rumored specification include a 4G LTE radio, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video capture and playback, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel rear camera "delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance."

Google's Nexus One, manufactured by HTC, was released running Android 2.1 (codenamed Éclair) on January 5, 2010 and set the standard for Android devices in 2010. Google's Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung, was released running Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread) on December 16, 2010 and is attempting to do the same for the platform in 2011.

Since Android 3.x is reserved for tablets, it makes sense for the next Nexus phone to be the next version of Android (codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich), which is slated for Q4 2011. While we don't know what version number it will have, rumors have previously suggested Android 4.0. The big change with Ice Cream Sandwich will be that it works on all devices. That means Google will be porting features from Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb) to the smartphone, including the holographic user interface, more multitasking, the new launcher, and richer widgets.




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chaboi390 said:

"1-megapixel front-facing camera"

WTF? is that correct? I don't think the Nexus 4G will have a 1-megapixel front-facing camera...... if it does, i will laugh my pants off and then buy it xD.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

chaboi390 said:

"1-megapixel front-facing camera"

WTF? is that correct? I don't think the Nexus 4G will have a 1-megapixel front-facing camera...... if it does, i will laugh my pants off and then buy it xD.

You do know megapixel amount does not translate to overall quality, right? Although I do agree, 2 megapixel or more seems more sensical for such a phone, even if they do go with the reportedly 1 megapixel front-facing camera, other more contributing factors such as the actual lens, zoom, (or even a new technology?) etc. could make up for the extra resolution a higher megapixel camera would provide.

Guest said:

Megapixels is not the same as quality. 1 Mpx will be able to do more or less 1280x720. A front facing camera is supposed to be used for videochat, do you really want to stream more than that?

Also, I'd rather have a good quality image than a lot of pixels. That's what a Megapixel is, the number of pixels in can put into an image. Unless you plan to hang your photographs in a wall, even for landscapes, anything upwards from 3.2 Mpx is just marketing fluff (and 99% of the people will be satisfied with 1280x720, as long as it has quality).

Someone should really put an end to this "More Mpx -> more quality" crap, it gets on my nerves.

aj_the_kidd said:

"Nvidia Kal-El processor", i'm sold, lol

but then i read

"there won't be physical Android menu buttons"

this kinda puts me off, still sounds impressive, will Samsung again be the manufacturer?

Guest said:

"Google's Nexus One, manufactured by HTC"

WTF? it was made by Samsung...

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

"Google's Nexus One, manufactured by HTC"

WTF? it was made by Samsung...

Uh, no, the Nexus One was manufactured by HTC. I believe you're confusing the Nexus One, with the Nexus S 4G...

princeton princeton said:

The Google Nexus 4G will feature a next-generation dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU: either an Nvidia Kal-El processor, an OMAP 4460, or an ultra low-power 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon.

Wow way to contradict yourself. Next gen dual core followed by saying kal-el which is a quad core.

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