Nexus Prime Specs and Release Date

This article aims to be the most accurate compilation of all the facts, leaks and rumors out there on the Google Nexus Prime as of September 13 2011. It seeks to give the best possible estimate of the nexus prime specs and also includes what we think is the most accurate prediction of the nexus prime release date. We will also provide a lits of sources that you can check out for other facts and predictions about the nexus prime and the wild specs that we can expect from it.

 

The Nexus Prime Manufacturer

By now it is pretty well confirmed that the Nexus Prime (the next Android device to be co-designed by Google) will be manufactured by Samsung. I guess we can get used to saying the Samsung Nexus Prime now. For it’s previous devices, Google has gone with either HTC (G1 and Nexus 1) or Samsung (Nexus S, Nexus S 4G). Early on, there were rumors that the Nexus Prime would be build by LG, but that has been ruled out (at least for the moment)

The Nexus Prime Screen

The Nexus Prime is said to be the first 720p Android device (720 by 1280 pixels). This HD Smartphone is going to pack a SuperAMOLED HD Display. We can probably assume a similar look and feel to the Super AMOLED Plus display’s found in the Samsung Galaxy S II, but with more than a 50% boost to the resolution (Galaxy S II is only 480 by 800). Currently HTC is running one of the highest resolution smartphone displays in their latest devices – the qHD Display stacking up at 960 by 540. Basically the screen on the Nexus Prime is going to blow anything we’ve got at present completely out of the water. Size will be 4.3 to 4.65 inches.

The Nexus Prime Operating System

Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich – One of the most significant perks of the Nexus Prime is that it will be running the latest version of the Android OS – Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0. Although we have heard this won’t be much more than a new skin on top of Gingerbread (along with bringing the tablet OS and phone OS under a single framework) there is one important difference in phones built for Ice Cream Sandwich – Ice Cream Sandwich phones have no physical buttons. We can safely assume that no physical buttons will have a pretty big impact on the overall user experience – we saw it in Honeycomb on tablets and it definitely changed thing up a bit. This is not to say that if you have a whine with hardware buttons that you won’t get an upgrade to Android 4.0 – It’s been all but confirmed that phones like the Nexus S will get the upgrade to the new OS.

The Nexus Prime Processor

Earlier this year we found out that the processor is going to be manufactured by Texas Instruments. They make some of the fastest cpu’s in the smartphone industry, with and excellent record for battery efficiency. When the rumors that TI would be building the Nexus Prime processor first came out – they were accompanied by some promising stats and persuasive copy that suggested these beastly processors would be excellent when it came to power consumption. Lets hope they were telling the truth. As most of us who have ever checked out our phones’ battery stats know the display is the real killer anyway. It looks like the processor will be the OMAP 4460 clocked in the 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz range. Since most of the high end smatphones (or superphones) today are already hitting the 1.2GHz dual core mark, it’s pretty safe to say that the Nexus Prime will be closer to 1.5GHz. There are also rumors that we will find the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor in the phone (Krait) but this seems less likely (for now).

The Nexus Prime Battery Power

This is a tough area to predict before the phone actually comes out – so we’re not going to get too specific. As we all know battery technology has had almost zero fundamental change in the past 10 or 15 years, so we’re not expecting anything dramatic from the nexus prime. That said, bigger has always been better in the batter world and with a 4.5 inch screen you can pack in a pretty large battery. Coupled with the fact that the Samsung AMOLED series of screens consume the least power of all the Android screens on the market today – we predict you can safely make it through a 16 to 20 hour day on one charge. When we saw the average smartphone battery size increase as phones jumped from 3.7 to 4.3 inches, we got a very welcome boost to average battery life. Based on the 4.5 (possibly even 4.65) inch screen on the Nexus Prime, plus the Sumer AMOLED HD Display, plus the rumors that TI has improved the power consumption of it’s processors – we are confident in saying that the Nexus Prime will have nearly the best battery life of any high end smart phone available today.

The Nexus Prime Camera

The rumors and leaks are pretty sparse in this area. We’re predicting a 5 or 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and the usual auto-focus. Most people are saying 5, but we are putting our bets on 8 at this time. We can probably expect the same type of images as we are getting from the Galaxy S II (which is also 8 megapixels)

The Nexus Prime Release Date

We are predicting a release date of October 21 2011. This is based on a number of rumors and leaks – most of which explain an original plan (or Google’s) to have the phone out by Christmas, and then revamping that plan based on 2 things – being ahead of schedule and wanting to beat (or at least tie) Apple to the market on the release of their iPhone 5.

The Nexus Prime will probably have a Canadian release date a month or two later. Some analysts are calling for a March release in Canada but we will likely see it before as the incentive to have it available before Christmas is extremely large.

 

 

 

iPhone 5 Specs & Release Date

The iphone 4S release is expected today (October 4 2011) at 11:00 PDT (2:00PM EST)!

So far from today’s conference the features highlighted on the new iPhone are:

Now Confirmed Features on the new Iphone

  • The new iPhone will be a 4S model and not an iPhone 5 (good call CNet), though it still has plenty of cool new features.
  • It will have a new dual core A5 processor in it, apparently twice as fast as the iPhone 4’s.
  • Graphics will be 7 times more efficient in the iPhone 4S than the 4.
  • There will be a new antenna system to correct the reception issues.
  • The camera has an 8 megapixel sensor, can capture higher than 3264 x 2448 resolution and shoots 1080p video at 30 frames per second.
  • Today’s presenter not get specific if the iPhone was 4G as the standard seems to have wide boundaries but did say the new iPhone will have 5.8 Mbps upload and 14.4 Mbps download speeds.
  • The new iPhone will be both GSM and CDMA making it easy to bring it across borders.
  • Siri made it into the phone in a pretty large way. Rumoured to be called assistant, the app lets you speak pretty much anything into the phone and get an answers back. For example, if you want to know if there is a type of restaurant in the area you can simply ask your phone exactly that and it will give you the top 5 listings from Yelp based on your spoken parameters.
  • In the United States the phone will be 16GB for $199, 32GB for $299 and 64GB for $399 under contract. It will probably be about the same price in Canada.

Compared to the compiled rumours below it looks like the analysts were pretty close!

  • NFC Technology – The new iPhone 5 supports NFC technology the one which is used in Google’s Flagship Android phone, the Nexus S. With NFC technology, iPhone 5 will have extremely high data transfer rate between two devices.
  • Slimmer and lighter – The enclosure for the iphone 5 (or 4s) will be much more economically spaced, allowing for a slimmer and lighter iphone than it’s predecessor.
  • New Smart and brainy iPhone – Now with the new iphone5, you can even get answers to your questions like: What is the phone number of nearby hotel, Dispensary, taxi company? What Italian restaurant is nearby?
  • Facial Recognition – The iPhone will be able to identify  its owner through facial recognition. The phone can be unlocked and begin to function after recognizing its owner. We’ve seen similar technology in laptops when logging on to windows via face recognition. It no doubt come in handy for other apps.

  • iPhone 5 Camera – The new iPhone 5 will have an  8 megapixel camera and can record full HD video (720p we expect) with a capped recording time of 25 to 30 seconds. The camera is equipped with a Omnivision OV8820 sensor.
  • Case – The iphone enclosure will be slimmer and lighter than the iphone 4.
  • Battery Power – iPhone 5 comes with an awesome battery that exceeds the life of the 3G by 14 hours – 7 hours over 4G which makes it perfect for heavy use.
  • iPhone 5 Screen Size – 4.0 inches (scratch and shatter proof) Apple will be removing more of the nonsensitive borders on either side of the screen, reducing the size of the home button and possibly increase the size of the phone itself.
  • iPhone 5 Processor – The Iphone 5 will be powered  1.2GHz Dual Core Qualcomm wireless baseband chip.
  • iPhone 5 provides you with a variety of email alerts and notification. You can now assign alerts for different emails as well.


How iPhone 5 is different from iPhone 4?

  • The processor used in iPhone 5 is a 1.2GHz dual core processor which makes it faster than its former version in the iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4 had a complication regarding the antenna issue, attenuation in receiving signals, dropping off calls etc.  will be completely sorted out with iPhone 5.
  • The battery backup of iPhone 4 is high enough to last up to 48 hours despite of its heavy use. With iPhone 5 we expect no issues regarding the battery life. It will have an extended battery life of 14 hours on 3G and 7 hours on 4G with a stand by time of 600 hours.
  • The hardrive will be larger on the iPhone 5, a range of sizes will be offered up to  around 64Gb.
  • iPhone 5 is expected to have a 8 MP camera, an upgraded from iPhone 4’s  5MP,  to capture high quality pictures and videos.

iPhone 5 Release Date

The iPhone 5 is expected to launch sometime in the middle of August 2012 in the US and shortly after that in Canada. Most analysts are calling for a Canadian release date of October 1 2011 to Telus and Rogers.

The information in this article is based on the most reliable rumors we found. Final specs will likely differ, but this list gives us some good hints as to what we can expect.