Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

Summary: Google's Nexus Prime could challenge the upcoming iPhone 5 this October, with a giant 4.5-inch, 720p Super AMOLED HD display, Android Ice Cream Sandwich and 4G/LTE.

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Details on the upcoming iPhone 5 may be getting all the attention, but Google is certainly not conceding the spotlight to Apple as it is also readying its flagship Nexus smartphone for an October launch, according to the Korean Electronic Times.

Following in the foot step of its big brother the Nexus S, the new Google phone codenamed Nexus Prime will also be designed and produced by Samsung, featuring a giant 4.5-inch, 720p Super AMOLED HD with Pentile Matrix display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4460 CPU, and Android Ice Cream Sandwich -- the world's first.

Other rumored specs according to Boy Genius Report include:

  • Celluar Network:4G LTE radio
  • Cameras: 5-megapixel rear camera with superior low light performance and can shoot 1080p videos; a 1-megapixel front-facing cam.
  • No physical menu keys
  • RAM: 1GB

DroidLife is also reporting that the Prime has been sighted in Verizon's headquarters so there is a chance this Google phone could launch on that carrier, which would lend credence to the possibility that this Nexus could be 4G/LTE capable.

Does Google's flagship phone stand a chance against the sure-to-be popular iPhone 5? I for one can't wait for a smartphone showdown this October. What do you think?

[Source: DroidLife, BGR, Electronic Times]

Topics: Mobility, Google, Hardware, iPhone, Smartphones, Telcos

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  • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

    iPhone 5 is going to be obsolete upon release. They have been getting further and further behind each passing year.
    Droid101
    • An obvious fact

      @Droid101, any electronics you buy is outdated once you purchase it. The difference is the iPhone 3gs, 4 or 5 continue to be a viable device that functions well in the ecosystem. Our 3gs is as great a phone as our iPhone 4 but has an inferior camera. My wife would be fine with her iPhone4 as to wait for 6 to come out. Not saying Android devices are not good ( as I have friends that swear by them) but my opinion is an android is an autonomous device. Some think that ok, I don't.
      lvavila
      • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

        @lvavila

        It is true that everything is obsolete upon release, it is however NOT in general true that everything is already technologically inferior to stuff that has already been on the market for months upon release.
        Doctor Demento
      • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

        @lvavila

        It is true that everything is obsolete upon release, it is however NOT in general true that everything is already technologically inferior to stuff that has already been on the market for months upon release.
        Doctor Demento
      • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

        @lvavila

        It is true that everything is obsolete upon release, it is however NOT in general true that everything is already technologically inferior to stuff that has already been on the market for months upon release.
        Doctor Demento
    • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

      @Droid101 The iPhone 5 will be incremental as far as Hardware goes but the Software will add quite a few features that help it partially catch up to Android so It should be a decent phone over all.

      The Nexus Prime is likely to up the anti quite a bit and it sounds like a Droid R2-D2 type naming convention... The Prime could be a reference to the Transformers which would also add some popularity to the device.

      Honestly though, the Hardware will be similar in performance and I still think the iPhone 5 will not be LTE so the Prime will have that advantage.

      The software, is likely to be more feature rich on the Prime with more refinement on the iPhone 5.

      Basically, it will continue to be Status Quo in the market as Android and Apple battle it out again.
      slickjim
      • The original catching up to the copycat

        @Peter Perry now that is funny.
        wackoae
      • Especially if consider that copycat does not have major iOS 5 features to

        @wackoae: ... catch up.
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

        @Peter Perry
        Ice Cream Sandwich is somehow behind iOS5? Am I missing something? iMessage is nice, I'll grant you, but the rest of it was available on Android Eclair.
        hoaxoner
  • Grrrrr

    Woulod luv that phone to come to ATT.......
    My alternate choice is the Galaxy S II......
    rhonin
    • Hmmmmm

      @rhonin
      Maybe launch on Verizon and ATT same time?
      i4GS/i5 tit for tat?

      ;)
      rhonin
  • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

    To be quite honest I'm sick of the obsessive Spec War that smartphone manufacturers are fighting. All of these phones are designed to look good on paper and that's it. The reason I say that is that all of the R&D seems to be going into screen resolution and processor speed, and none of it into BATTERY LIFE. I don't care how powerful these new units are, if I'm having to charge it after 6 hours of heavy use, it's 100% useless for me (not all of us work at a desk all day). But the manufacturers don't care about battery life. All they care about is releasing a phone with SUPER-ELEVENTY!!1!11! specs which excited saps will rush out and buy. And of course you will always get some of those saps raving about the battery life in the blog comments: "I'm serious, I get maybe 2-3 days off one charge, this thing is ridiculous" when everyone knows they're either lying, or they only ever touch the damn thing once every 3 hours. I've had 2 iPhones and 2 Android phones and ALL of them had terrible battery life. So much so that I went back to the Blackberry Bold 9700 which really DID have 2 days of heavy use off one charge. Until these super-mega phones can give me a full 10-12 hours of heavy use off of one charge, I'm just going to ignore them.
    Sharke
    • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

      @Sharke

      I could not agree more. The current battery life situation regardless of which phone we are talking about is an absolute technological disgrace.
      FrederickLeeson
    • RE: Not to be outdone by iPhone 5, Google's Nexus Prime is also launching in October?

      @Sharke

      That's why I stick with my Blackberry......people complain that they don't have the uberspecs that the slick Android and iPhones do....but what they do have is a solid antenna that makes it easy to make phone calls, AND great battery life so that I can easily go 2-3 days without recharging.....nope, Blackberries aren't slick and filled up with features, but in the words of a certainly fruit logoed company 'they just simply work, every time'
      Doctor Demento
  • Please no pentile

    I suppose the decision had to have been made already, but I'm going to be quite depressed if the Nexus Prime/3 comes with 1280x720 but only uses 2 colors per pixel (pentile). But it seems possible given Samsung just recently moved beyond pentile for a smaller resolution display. Hitatchi's prototype (4.5", 1280x720) wasn't pentile and if Samsung is going to be producing the screen for a second nexus, it better be as good as the competition (which is all going towards this resolution I'm sure).<br><br>As far as battery consumption - this has been an effort in the newest dual and quad core chipsets and I think things are getting better (depending on what you are asking your phone to do - running it to the hilt is always going to use a lot of battery, but for a fixed task, less energy should be needed).
    dara.parsavand
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