This coming Tuesday, Samsung and Google are expected to officially unveil their newest Android phone. We’ve heard about this device countless times so far, and it’s been rumored to be called anything from Droid Prime to Nexus Prime to Galaxy Nexus. And it looks like it’s going to be Galaxy Nexus after all. That’s according to BGR, who have also received a full spec list for the smartphone from a ‘trusted source’. So first of all, don’t forget that this all has rumor status right now. Although everything kind of fits with previous rumors and leaks as well as with Google’s track record with the Nexus S.
Confused? Let me explain. If you were disappointed that the iPhone 4S was just an evolutionary step forward, with a few hardware tweaks here and there, mainly getting it in line with what Android phone makers have been announcing since February… then you clearly don’t know Apple. And if you were expecting the Galaxy Nexus to be another Nexus One, you’re in for yet another disappointment.
The Galaxy Nexus will have a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD touchscreen (just as leaked yesterday) with curved glass (as Samsung has hinted in its teaser video), a TI OMAP 4460 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage, a 5 MP rear camera with 1080p HD video recording, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, LTE or HSPA support, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC, and a 1,750 mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will be 9 mm thin. It will be exclusive to Verizon in the US, and will be (as expected) a pure Google Experience device. As such, it will run ‘vanilla’ Android, no TouchWiz in sight here.
So if you wanted to know almost everything about the specs of the Galaxy Nexus, you should just have taken a long look at a Galaxy S II. The Galaxy Nexus borrows most of its main features, while, indeed, coming up with a few new touches. The touchscreen (see what I did there?), for example. Other than that, and aside from the fact that the processor inside isn’t Samsung’s own Exynos, oh, and the fact that the camera has been downgraded to a 5 MP unit – this is basically a Galaxy S II.
Just like the Nexus S was, for the most part, a Samsung Galaxy S. It’s not about revolutionary new hardware anymore. The Nexus line’s only strength right now is software. The Nexus One was the first phone to have a 1 GHz processor. It set new standards. The Nexus S? Not so much. But it will get software updates first.
So from breaking new hardware barriers, the Nexus line of phones has turned into a mostly me-too kind of thing. Yes, the Super AMOLED HD display should be gorgeous (pentile matrix and pocketability issues aside), but other than that, nothing’s really all that new about the Galaxy Nexus.
Which isn’t to say people won’t buy it. They’ll buy it because while it may not bring many revolutionary hardware features, it’s still going to be a solid smartphone. And Google will keep supporting it with new software releases. And that’s becoming more and more important in today’s world.
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