Samsung Galaxy Nexus Officially Announcedby Brian Klug on October 18, 2011 10:40 PM EST
Samsung today officially announced the specifications for the newest member of the Nexus family - Galaxy Nexus. The announcement closely matches what we've been anticipating for some time now, including a TI OMAP 4460 SoC at 1.2 GHz, 720p Super AMOLED HD display, HSPA+ or optional LTE connectivity and a few other things. We've put together a table with the specs handed out by Samsung at the event.
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus|
|SoC||1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460|
|Display||4.65" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED|
|Camera||5 MP AF with LED Flash (Rear), 1.3 MP Front Facing|
|Memory||1 GB LPDDR2, 16 GB / 32 GB NAND|
|Dimensions||135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm, 135 grams|
|Battery||1750 mAh Li-Ion|
HSPA+ 21.1 850/900/1900/1700/2100
LTE depending on region
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, ALS, Proximity, Barometer|
|Connectivity||802.11n a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), BT 3.0, NFC, USB 2.0|
The profile of the Galaxy Nexus matches the teaser photos that Samsung has been pushing out, including a thin curved profile with a thickness of 8.94 mm at the thinnest point. Samsung also stressed that although the display size has increased, the phone hasn't gained much in terms of outline thanks to a reduced bezel size of just 4.29 mm on the left and right. Of course, the device will be host to the newest verison of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when it launches.
Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Nexus will be available sometime in November, and we look forward to getting some hands on time with the device and giving it a full review.
Source: Samsung Mobile, Google
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JasonInofuentes - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkThe SoC for this is the TI OMAP 4460, and we have actually covered this thing extensively, despite not seeing it in a shipping product yet. The GPU is the SGX540 that we've seen in lots of other devices, but it isn't fair to call it the same. In the Hummingbird SoC's of the Galaxy S it was clocked at roughly 200 MHz. In the OMAP 4430 it was clocked at 304 MHz, as in the Bionic. So if you look at a more recent chart than the one you were looking at you'll see (http://www.anandtech.com/show/4910/motorola-droid-... That in Egypt the Fascinate scores 22 FPS and the BIonic 28 FPS, a roughly 30% increase, which tracks with the clock increase.
Now, the implementation in the OMAP 4460 puts the clock at 384 MHz (http://www.anandtech.com/show/4413/ti-announces-om... which should yield another 20-25% increase in performance.This won't put it faster than the iPhone 4S, nor will it be faster than Mali, it will however be the third fastest GPU shipping.
I will coach all of this by saying, the discussion above is based on the chip manufacturer's specs, but the device manufacturer has final say on how he clocks his devices. It could be that we'll be disappointed and that the SGX540 in the GN will be clocked lower than it's max. But if it is it'll still be among the fastest GPU's in an Android device.
3DoubleD - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkEven if it is in "3rd place", it is still significantly behind, especially next the the SGX543MP2 in the iPhone4S. I think most people would have been content if this at least shipped with an Exynos SoC.
What we are seeing here is more LTE bull****. Carriers feel that the only way they can differentiate their services is through theoretical download speed... the 3G/"4G" marketing war. So they pressure the phone manufacturers to add LTE, even though there is very little coverage and the SoC's do not yet include an LTE modem. There are so few LTE modems available we are restricted to OMAP 44xx chips. That's why we don't have Exynos in the Nexus Prime.
My home internet connection is 24 mbps... I don't need more than HSPA+ speeds on my phone! I might need a GPU that can keep up for more than a year (that isn't already a year old)!
cmdrdredd - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkVery little LTE coverage? You need to read more. It covers half of the population and will be in 175 cities on Nov 17.
cmdrdredd - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkOh I totally buy a phone to play "modern games". Oh yes...wait, I have a what...an iPad? a Real PC? a PS3? A Xbox 360? A Wii? A 3DS? a PSP? Oh yeah...that's right...my phone doesn't matter for games.
doobydoo - Thursday, October 20, 2011 - linkRight, so you're happy to buy a second rate smart phone with old technology?
If your phone performance (in not just gaming) doesn't matter, then don't waste your money buying the fastest phone on the market currently (the iPhone 4S), Instead, buy an older second generation phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S or iPhone 4.
A lot of people do appreciate the performance boost throughout the OS in every single app that a better GPU would have offered, but if you want a slower phone, fair enough. A lot of people also play games. On the iPhone 4S, for example, you can stream the phone content to a TV, so it becomes very much like a games console. Some Android phones let you link with a physical cable too.
doobydoo - Thursday, October 20, 2011 - linkIs it just me or is the missing GPU specification (the Primes worst feature) a glaring omission from this article?
I'm sorry but this absolutely screams of bias. Why would such an in-depth tech site miss off such a key specification which also just so happens to be it's worst.
Couple that to an unfounded 'justification' of including a 2 year old GPU in a flagship smartphone within the comments sections, with wild claims of '20%', '30%' improvements etc - including defending the phone rather than objectively stating the facts.
Not too impressive on the impartial front.
LostPassword - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - linkis this actually going to be pentaband or are they going to separate it by carriers when it reaches america?
Trefugl - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkI'm wondering that as well. I don't recall seeing Pentaband HSPA+ before, but maybe my memory is failing me.
Currently looks like they're going to support AWS, so I'm thinking it might come to T-Mobile? Oh how I hope it will.
Goi - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkJust wondering if the face unlock can be fooled to unlock the phone by showing the phone a picture of its owner?
tipoo - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkNot sure about Google's implementation, but I tried that many times with my Dell's face recognition. To answer your question, it was never fooled.
On the down side, sometimes if say I don't shave for a few days, it takes a while to re-learn me.