Sep 08 AT 11:28 AM Alberto Vildosola 79 Comments

Rumor: Nexus Prime to be 8.8 mm thick, have curved screen, metal chassis


I hope you’re ready for your daily dose of Nexus Prime rumors, ’cause we have a good one for you today. Thanks to a “trusted tipster,” the guys over at GSMArena have managed to get their hands on a few bits of information about the Nexus Prime. As with most rumors that come our way, we ask you to take them for what they are: just rumors and nothing else.

If you’re getting too attached to the Nexus Prime name, don’t. According to GSMArena, the Nexus Prime name is just a code name. Instead, the device will launch as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Confused? We are too. I’m having a hard time believing that Google is going to get rid of the “Nexus” brand, but anything can happen.

The GSMArena tipster has also confirmed that the Prime will launch with a 4.65-inch screen and a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. We’ve heard this same spec from various sources by now, so it’s pretty safe to assume that they’re real. Supposedly, the Prime will also have a curved screen like the Nexus S. It seems someone at Google is a pretty big fan of them.

The device is also said to be 8.8 millimeters thick, making it just a hair thicker than the Samsung Galaxy S II. Surprisingly, the Prime will also feature a metal chassis, said GSMArena. This is a huge departure for Samsung, who’s notorious for making the most plasticky devices around. Personally, I hope this rumor turns out to be true.

Finally, GSMArena says we can expect the Prime to arrive in the US by the end of October. This lines up perfectly with Eric Schmidt’s October/November release window for Ice Cream Sandwich and another rumor that popped up last month.

With October just a few weeks away, rumors and leaks about the Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich are only going to increase from now on. Hold on to your popcorn, the pre-launch rumorpalooza has officially started.

Source: GSMArena

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • YellowDucati

    Verizon can has?

    • Gabe

      Is T-Mobile can has, is better

    • secret pony level

      iPhone 5 is only 7mms thin, nexus fat prime is a bad joke!

      • Jay



        Pull out a god damn ruler. 1.8mm. Measure it. Are you fucking serious?

        If this is how you rank phones then you must not actually use your phone, you must just want to brag about it.

      • Tariq

        You really made my day, the iPhone only 7mm . So what that really means is just like the iPhone 4 in order to make it thin they made one of the most crappiest phones ever, they had to eliminate one of the aerials and as a result it’s one of the worst phones to call or receive from. A few of my friends have them and I just hate calling or receiving calls from them. So if the iPhone 5 is even thinner then defiantly it’s gonna be much worse, it’s likely to be the straw than breaks the camels back and sinks apple. Just what they deserve

  • Nathan

    i know i’m going to get flamed for this, but honestly i would of prefered a plastic/metal/glass mix.

    Solid metal phones are heavier, and a phone this big, if solid metal is going to probably be one of the heaviest made. and honestly that i don’t like.

    but we’ll just have to see, it also is so thin that maybe that’ll balance it out.

    at this point i just want to see a damn picture with t-mobile on the lockscreen.

    • Nate B.

      I think you forget who the manufacturer is. Sammy uses rare and quality material and can make it light as a feather. First look at how thin it is claimed to be (that you already mentioned yourself) They use Durulamin (check out the Series 9 or 7 laptops) on their laptops which is a type of Aluminum used on fancy sport cars and fighter jets. Hard material but allows it to be so thin. Not saying this is what they are making it out of, but this is Samsung we are talking about. They’re not just innovative in screen tech. They dominate in other areas as well. Let’s not knock it before we even see it or get a personal hands on experience.

      I believe IC will be very innovative, fun to use, performance on another level, and a very attractive UI.

      • Nathan

        very good points both of you. Mostly when i think of metal i think of HTC and i know my nexus one, when compared to a galaxy S seems almost twice as heavy.

        and this being a larger phone just makes me a little nervous.

        but as both of you said, they use very high quality metals in their other devices. so we’ll just have to wait and see.

      • cb2000a

        How about titanium? Now that would be something…..

    • sean

      Actually im kinda the opposite. One of the things I hate about my galaxy s is how plasticy and light it is. I want a phone with a little heft in it. I don’t want a brick but I want something heavier and sturdier than my galaxy s.

      • Christhian

        Im with you on that, something about a phone with a nice hefty feel that isnt a brick makes it feel expensive and makes me want to take care of it more

    • Futureboy

      The material doesn’t matter to me as long as it doesn’t make creaking noises!

      • Sarah Palin (the republican hood rat)

        The perfect phone for hood rats like me.

    • Alex Nguyen

      I agree with you buddy. After using the G2 for 9 months, I now realize that having a nice metal phone results in a heavier phone, which I feel really tired holding after a while. I miss the lightness of my Vibrant. Plus, plastic takes more beating that glass or metal can

      • Jay

        Plastic takes more of a beating than metal?

        Scratches MAYBE. Dropping it or other high impact no way.

    • Mike

      Make it out of carbon fiber lol

    • coochie coo

      would “have” preferred

  • goncalossilva

    Awesome resolution? Check.
    Great screen? Check.
    Solid body? Check.

    It’s all there. I hope Google can cope with the quality standard that’s being set here :p

    • dcormier

      Unfortunately, a large, high-resolution screen doesn’t make it great. What it’s entirely unreadable in sunlight, or has pool color reproduction?

      • dcormier

        Poor, not pool.

      • Nate B.

        Ever since Super Amoled was introduced that fixed the in sun light clarity. So the same thing but higher res should do just well. That’s like saying all laptops have bad clarity in sun light. That’s why they have matte screens and etc. This phone won’t have a matte screen but I’m sure it will do just fine. I don’t understand bad talk about something before it’s even revealed. Do you not think about the higher up people not thinking of this. Sun clarity has been fixed issue generations ago in the mobile tech world. That was a Incredible issue when it had an Amoled screen. They introduced Super and now +

        • Dragonithe

          The amoled I’ve got on my Desire sucks in sunlight.
          But the samoled+ on a friends s2 is WAY more readable.

          And now we’ve got to samoled HD, I’ve got high hopes.

          • DeRocKK

            I’ve got a Desire too and I think even the Desire is quite readable in the sun. I don’t think there will be ANY readability issues with the Nexus in any conditions.

  • Nathan

    Sweet! hopefully it’ll have that metal body we all want instead of that plastic phone like samsung is use to.

    • Belinda G

      or better get the superior iPhone 5! Im getting the iPhone 5.

      • lol

        Hey look, I can make up phone names too! The Samsung galaxy s6 will destroy all ur phone bitches!

        Or maybe the nexus 46! With 88tb internal memory, expandable to 1560tb via super sd!

  • kepley

    The source says it’d be called the “Samsung Galaxy Nexus” rather than “Samsung Galaxy Prime” as you said. Just keeping everything clear. *thumbs up!*

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Fixed. Thanks. That makes even less sense.

  • dcormier

    I really, really hope it doesn’t have a curved screen. It just seems so pointless and poorly designed for pockets.

    • Nate B.

      Poorly designed for pockets? What curved screen item has had a bad impact on your pockets or with anything in your pocket? Does that really have an impact on how you use your device?

    • irishrally

      You obviously don’t own a Nexus S or have ever held one.

    • Ian P

      Curved screen my ass. They pulled this crap with the Nexus S and it’s a fine phone. A great phone. But it doesn’t have a curved screen. It’s just a gimmick, which is a shame because this phone is otherwise probably totally kickass.

  • Lee

    Hopefully other manufacturers will follow and release handsets with 1280×720 screens. The HTC Sensation took a few design cues from the Nexus S so hopefully they’ll release a Prime inspired handset too.

    • DeRocKK

      As far as I remember other manufacturers already announced phones with a 720p resolution.

      • CactusCat

        Yep, everyone except Apple….

  • SliestDragon

    I. Cannot. Wait! Every post about this phone gets me more and more excited about this phone, if that’s even possible at this point! :D

  • Remy

    In regards to the name…this would be in line with the previously rumored Droid Prime and why the Nexus would go away in favor of the carrier preferred name.

  • RockinEvo

    Hope they really don’t change the nexus name, u hear that word u automatically think of Google.

    • BiGMERF

      They can call it whatever they want..i’m on it I just want vanilla ics.

      • R.S

        I also don’t care what it’s called. I just want it to be available for T-Mobile and sold at actual T-Mobile stores.

        Having it sold exclusively through one third party retailor like Bestbuy not only (imo) hurts sales but also keeps some people, like me who aren’t able to upgrade through third party retailors, from getting the phone.

  • Dragonithe

    At this point, I don’t care less about the specs because they will be awesome!

    Now just give us some pictures!

  • Ash

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for the name of Samsung’s own branded one to be called the Samsung Galaxy Prime and the Google phone to be Nexus Prime? HTC did a similar thing when they made the Nexus One, then released their own branded version with Sense and hard-buttons and called it the HTC Desire remember?

  • Sean

    a larger, thinner, metal version of the Nexus S? yes. please.

  • Danootz

    But the carrier! What about the carrier?! (Carriers?)
    Last I read it might be a Verizon exclusive. To be competitive w/ the iPhone, shouldn’t it be on nearly all carriers? I’m fighting back the urge to the the Galaxy S II, but only if I could be certain the new Nexus device will be on Sprint. :(

    • Nate B.

      It won’t just be on one carrier. If that was the case it would of stuck with T-mo and them only. Making a new one and having it only for one of carrier and a new carrier at that would be a fail. Them getting it first? Who knows, maybe. But just them? I doubt sir.

      • HyperBeast

        That would be a big mistake only having the phone on one carrier. Almost as stupid as Apple having the iPhone on AT&T only for so long.

    • Adam

      These days it would be foolish to limit what essentially amounts to every Android developers handset of choice (Nexus XX) to a single carrier. I hope they realize this. It’s vital that all major carriers (and hopefully all minor carriers) get this phone. Exclusives on a Nexus only hurt Android.

      My opinion as a developer on the Sprint network. Now if it’s announced as a Sprint exclusive, well … I’ll be less sympathetic but …

      Oh, I kid, I kid.

  • cheese

    Is it this?

    has metal chassis. This image was leaked back in May but was taken down at the behest of Samsung or some other company.

    • TehFoz

      That one has been debunked as being a fake already. It was a prototype HTC Incredible S,

  • ben dover

    I’m totally fine if these rumors continue daily! :)

  • inviolable

    Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That’s just corny. That’s like handing over your own IP to Samsung.

    • keridel

      i feel the same way. the fact that it is samsung making it should be immaterial it is a google branded device so the galaxy name shouldnt be applied.

  • Anthony Domanico

    I am disappoint.

    I was hoping for a bacon chassis

  • Black Kristos

    Keep them coming! And please, SOMEONE has to get a shot of a Googler with this handset. You KNOW they are out there…

    • ben dover

      maybe I can go tour the googleplex and I’ll only pay attention to what phones the googlers are using :)

      • Hacknet07

        There is a pretty good chance that they have some kind of cover over it. :)


    Hmmmmm, yum yum.. I love the rumors! Nexus time has become like a yearly holiday season for me! Boy if the metal chassis is correct,I will hug the next Korean I see. It better have left notification though.

    • Citizen

      man get a life

      • Bro

        U mad bro??

  • Richard Yarrell

    Mmmm I love them thick ones

  • Interpol91

    I love my daily dosage of Nexus Prime news!! I’m excited about the metal chassis and screen resolution but even more excited for a pure Google experience rid of bloatware! Hopefully this is released to all carriers in a reasonable amount of time.

  • John

    Mannn, I swear, with all this waiting my patience better pay off!

  • RX-78-7

    Pleas have a gorilla glass.

    • Iam Hungary

      Please have kryptonite as the screen. That way I can finally take down that pesky Superman….

  • triangle

    I am eagerly anticipating this phone and it will take me a lot of discipline to pass on the Galaxy SII, having played with it last night at the BGR-Samsung reception. The Galaxy SII is just a fantastic device (so thin and light with a huge brilliant screen), but the Nexus sounds like it’s going to be so much better with that HD SAMOLED screen. Just hope it is actually released soon.

  • mooncricket

    cheap phone….ugly

    • kazahani

      Nice try, but we don’t know what it looks like yet.

  • GreyBeard

    Hope the new Nexus launches on Sprint so I can enjoy unlimited EVERYTHING!

    • snowbdr89

      Better yet I hope it drops on big red so I can enjoy my UNLIMITED everything and my UNLIMITED 4g hotspot!!! Did I mention that was unlimited lte : )

  • Richard Yarrell

    Mmmm big thick ones

  • kazahani

    I HAVE to have this phone, but I don’t know how I will ever be able to afford it. SO SAD!

  • d
    • Kye

      Hmm what indeed, that looks sweet!

  • Cwalden21

    it’s a fake :(

  • Marcus

    All these rumors are making me excited!! :D yes they’re making me sad because I know I can’t afford one :(

  • whatwhatinthebutt

    if it’s made by samsung again im thinking it would be the same as the nexus s but with way better performance Parts like 1.5 dual core etc it seem really nice.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    I’m just exited for ICS and the possibilities the big G has with Motorola, of course this phone sounds outright awesome!