Nexus Prime Rumor Roundup: Chipset, Battery Life, Release Details

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Just because Samsung chose not to debut its Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus yesterday, doesn’t mean people aren’t talking about it plenty. Some new rumors seek to nail-down what processor will power the phone, as well as address some concerns over battery life and how the smartphone will be released.

The source’s affiliation with the companies involved in the phone’s release is unclear, but the moderators he contacted at Phandroid’s Android Forums are convinced of his (or her) identity and access to Prime information.

It’s been said for some time that Google was working with TI chips as it created Ice Cream Sandwich, and that the Nexus Prime would feature such a processor. We’ve heard both 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz figures thrown around – dual-core, of course. This source identifies the processor in the unit he got to try out as a TI OMAP 4460 at 1.5GHz.

Apparently the phone has been running into issues with battery life, and Samsung has been trying out a bunch of differently-sized components to find a balance between usable battery life and device size/weight. Granted, this is a phone with a 720p screen, and tested with brightness all the way up, so more conservative usage might be key to maintaining a charge.

Lastly, Verizon’s apparently getting a bit shut-out of the phone’s release process, with Google and Samsung leading things. One consequence of this could be that, assuming there is a period of Verizon exclusivity, it would be quite short, with a wide release possibly following in a matter of weeks.

Source: Android Forums

Via: Phandroid

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