Oct 06 AT 3:33 PM Dustin Earley 61 Comments

Dueling reports on the next Nexus tackle processor, graphics, network exclusivity


Two large voices in the blogosphere have stepped up today to throw their weight behind what they say will be the final specs of the next Nexus. Both BGR and GSM Arena say they have a source on the inside who has spilled the beans. The only problem is, the information doesn’t line up.

The specs mentioned by BGR are, for the most part, nothing new. We’re looking at a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a TI OMAP 4460 at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 5 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, NFC, a 1750 mAh battery and, of course, Ice Cream Sandwich (which they say can track data usage by app). BGR continues on say that “Nexus Prime” is only a codename, and that the device will launch as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a Verizon wireless exclusive. This is nothing new, but even their own spec sheet seems to add some confusion to this claim.

Listed in the specs for the Galaxy Nexus is network compatibility: “LTE/HSPA depending on carrier.” A Verizon exclusive device will launch with different network compatibility? If this was a scoop on the Nexus Prime in general, then that would make sense. But the specs on BGR are clearly related to the Galaxy Nexus, which they claim is a Verizon exclusive “here in the US.” It would seem that BGR is either confused or implying that any GSM variant of the next Nexus will only launch overseas.

GSM Arena’s report reads relatively the same, but with a change in processor, GPU, battery and camera. According to GSM Arena, the Nexus Prime will launch with a 1.5 GHz Exynos, backed by a dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2. The same GPU inside the iPad 2, and most likely iPhone 4S. They also say the Nexus will come with an 8 megapixel camera featuring 1080p video capture and an improved image sensor, along with a 2050 mAh battery.

Then we get to network compatibility. GSM Arena says the next Nexus will come with LTE inside, but will also be a GSM/CDMA world phone similar to the iPhone 4S. That means the device could run not only on Verizon, but Sprint and AT&T as well. I’m not sure how hard it would be to squeeze T-Mobile bands into a device like this, but if it can be done, it probably will be. No network exclusivity was mentioned by GSM Arena, but they didn’t say it wouldn’t turn out that way either.

It’s plausible that BGR is describing the Galaxy Nexus, and that GSM Arena is describing the Nexus Prime. But GSM Arena has said that their tipster has “basically put the previously speculated specs to sleep.” Which one do you think the next Nexus will turn out to be? The Verizon exclusive OMAP Nexus or the LTE/CDMA/GSM Exynos world phone? Could both Nexus devices exist in harmony? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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