We reported details of Google’s first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone few days ago and now rumors have recently taken to the streets of the internet regarding Google’s in-the-works Nexus Prime phone. The device is said to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which would make the Nexus Prime the first smart phone to support this release.
Details on the phone are a bit scarce at the current time, though it’s said to be made by Samsung, and will feature a monstrous 720p AMOLED HD display running at 1280×720. The display has been dubbed a “Super AMOLED HD” screen due to its screen resolution, which is far and beyond anything currently available in the smart phone market.
It’s also rumored that the phone with come with the OMAP4460 mobile processor. The chip 45 nanometer chip is a dual core model running ARM Cortex A9 CPUs. It supports full HD 1080p encoding and decoding multimedia acceleration. Hardware acceleration also exists for both 2D and 3D video–no indications yet as to whether the device will feature a 3D screen.
Both cores are said to run at 1.5 Ghz. Other specs mention that the CPU can support cameras up to 20 megapixels, with video support for dual 12 megapixel working in tandem. Dual video recording cameras have been recently used in smart phones to provide 3d video recording, but there is no indication that the dual cameras will make it into the Nexus Prime.
The chip also supports low power audio. This gives users the ability to play back cd quality audio for up to 120 hours. Along with this battery saving hardware support, the phone will also use the chip sets advanced power reduction. By dynamically adjusting voltage and frequency based on device usage, it promises to have even better battery life than previous Nexus devices.
Other exciting news that has come out with this device is that Google will be working with multiple carriers to release new devices that use its mobile operating system. It has been a complaint in the past that Google would pick a single partner to work with during these releases. If this news is true, it means that all of the major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile to name a few) could be getting their own Android 4.0 devices by the end of the year.
Andy Rubin of Google’s Android division recently revealed via tweet that they are seeing half a million activations per day of Android devices. And although the idea of an ‘iPhone killer’ has been thrown around a lot, the Nexus Prime may very well be just that. With the technical specifications that have been leaked already, this phone is shaping up to be the premier Android device of Google’s burgeoning fleet of devices.
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