Will Google stick with Samsung for the next Nexus-series phone? If this spec sheet that just leaked is accurate, it looks like Samsung could be returning for a three-peat, with what amounts to a small upgrade over last year’s Galaxy Nexus.
Instead of a quad-core Exynos, this document claims the phone would stick to a dual-core SoC, but ramp the clock speed up to 1.5GHz. Unfortunately, there’s no work on just which SoC we’re talking about, only that it won’t be a new design based around A15 cores.
Supposedly, this model GT-I9260 will keep a 4.65-inch display, which is now noted as an HD component; that’s a bit odd, since the Galaxy Nexus already has an HD screen. Why mention it for one but not the other if they’re the same resolution?
According to this, the next Nexus would use the same cameras as the Galaxy S III, with an eight-megapixel component around back, and would also offer the same microSD compatibility the GS3 enjoys.
Frankly, it’s all a bit underwhelming, and we can’t help but hope to see something a little more exciting from the next Nexus. That’s not to say that these specs look underpowered; maybe we’re just expecting too much to be wowed, when we really need a more utilitarian upgrade to a solid design.