Samsung Manufacturing Nexus Prime, Won’t Be Only ICS Launcher?
Earlier this month, one of BGR’s sources with information on the development of Google’s next Nexus devices let slip some supposed details of the smartphone, like a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, full 720p display, and a possible name. Now armed with some follow-up info, BGR is confirming many of those specs, as well as naming Samsung the manufacturer of the handset, which it now believes may be called the Nexus Prime.
The 720p screen will purportedly be of the Super AMOLED variety, with a new HD designation. In further support of the claim processor choice, BGR now names the chip itself as the Texas Instruments OMAP4460. Sure enough, that’s a dual-core A9 running at 1.5GHz and with a PowerVR SGX540 for its visuals.
Even without a new OS revision, that hardware sounds like it could make for a pretty notable smartphone on its own. Lucky for us, though, the situation will be made all the sweeter with the release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. What’s interesting there is how BGR claims Google may release the code. Instead of having just one showcase phone released along with the OS, Google could coordinate a release across carriers and manufacturers, all arriving simultaneously, and giving you a choice of how to enjoy ICS. That sounds like part of a great idea, giving more users access to one of the smartphones straight away, but there was something nice about having one reference device to be associated with a particular software release. We suppose we’ll find out what’s really going to happen soon enough.