The smartphone war rages on between Apple and well, everyone else.
According to Engadget, Google and Samsung will unveil the so-called Nexus Prime on Oct. 19 during All Things Digital’s first Asia conference in Hong Kong. Android VP Andry Rubin and Samsung EVP of product marketing Won-Pyo Hong will be in attendance.
Rumors about the Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus?), Google’s third Nexus smartphone, have been circulating all year long. According to the latest rumors, these are the alleged features it will have:
1. The Nexus Prime is supposed to pack a 5- or 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing one. The better front camera one-ups the iPhone 4S, though that phone also got a camera upgrade.
2. A Texas Instruments dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP4460 processor! HTC’s Nexus One featured a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, while Samsung’s Nexus S featured a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor.
3. More carriers. Tom Fleming’s Twitter poem alluded to carriage on AT&T’s GSM network, Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network, and Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Given that Sprint is unveiling a brand new 4G strategy on October 7, and AT&T’s 4G LTE network has just begun rolling out, it’s not completely implausible that Verizon will be the first to offer the Nexus Prime.
4. Who needs buttons? Perhaps the biggest aesthetic change to the Nexus Prime is that it won’t have any buttons, doing away with the four-button display on both existing Nexus phones. Rumored as well is a dedicated Google+ ‘button’.
5. Screen size… GSM Arena posted a photo allegedly showing the corner of a Nexus Prime device, an important corner that reveals specs like a 4.6-inch display with 720p HD resolution and 330 ppi pixel density. That pixel density would make Nexus Prime’s display even sharper than the iPhone 4′s so-called retina display, which at 326 ppi, is still the industry leader.
Interesting upgrade from Samsung. As with all businesses, competition is always good for the customer. At times it means lower prices, other times we get better products… in the end we all win.