Here we go again. The Nexus 3 rumor mill is back in full force. This week’s rumor is brought to you by Boy Genius Report. They’re now reporting that Google’s upcoming Android phone will be called Nexus 4G and will have all the following goodies:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Dual-core 1.2 GHz or 1.5 GHz processor with TI’s OMAP 4460 and Qualcomm’s Krait-based Snapdragon chips as likely candidates, according to BGR.
- 720p HD “monster-sized” screen
- 1 GB of RAM
- 5 MP rear-facing camera with “class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance”
- 1 MP front-facing camera
- 1080p HD video capture and playback
- 4G LTE support
- Ultra-thin design
- No hardware buttons
While a very impressive spec sheet, we actually have a couple of bones to pick with BGR’s report, starting with the processor. Qualcomm’s Krait-based Snapdragon processors won’t launch on devices until 2012. This alone brings into question the validity of BGR’s “exclusive.” We’re nice guys, so we’ll just let it slide.
But then there’s the name: Nexus 4G. Is it me, or is it a little weird that Google would put “4G” on there? Even if the device does support true LTE 4G, they already have the Nexus S 4G. And this could be a little confusing for consumers. Who knows, though? I could be wrong.
BGR also speculates that the Nexus 4G could come to AT&T, which we’re having a hard time believing for a couple of reasons. First, just because AT&T is buying T-Mobile doesn’t mean that Ma Bell is now the default choice for the “Google Phone.” AT&T and Google are not exactly best friends, and the two companies have a long history of butting heads. And second, AT&T’s LTE network is not even turned on yet and will only be available in 15 markets by 2012. Why release an LTE 4G phone on the one carrier that’s furthest from having a true 4G network ready?
Lastly, BGR says this device might not be a Nexus-branded phone after all. It could turn out to be merely the first phone to launch with Ice Cream Sandwich–just like Google did with the Motorola Droid and Motorola Xoom. Again, BGR seems to be all over the place with this report, raising more questions than answering. But what do you guys think, should we believe this rumor or take a wait-and-see approach before jumping to conclusions? Let us know in the comments.