Oct 19 AT 1:56 PM Dustin Earley 15 Comments

LTE Galaxy Nexus puts on some weight after ditching HSPA+

Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Image via Romain Guy
Lost among the flurry of Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich news last night, Samsung shared an interesting fact on the size of the Galaxy Nexus and how it relates to the radios inside. Apparently, the LTE version of the device will be a tad thicker than the HSPA+ version.

The representative that spilled the beans wouldn’t say exactly how much bigger the LTE Nexus would be. He said it wouldn’t be much, but there is a definite difference. But why? Is it because of the additional chips needed for voice and data? Or could a bigger battery be the culprit? Either one makes sense.

LTE devices are notorious battery hogs. I feel most people would rather have a phone that’s a couple millimeters thicker if the battery lasts all day. But not everyone is crazy harsh on their phone, and the standard battery does them just fine. If the added thickness comes from the LTE chip, then there’s not much that can be done.

We’re just going to have to wait for both devices to make their way into the wild to see how the size difference really measures up.

Source: Engadget

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    wasnt there bunch of hands on at the show? or did they have just the lte model.? The suspense is killing me on many levels

    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      I’m sure it wont be MUCH thicker. Just wont have bragging rights of being slimmer than the iPhone 4S or whatever.. Still slim. Still sexy. Still ICS. =)

      • Dustin Earley

        Check, check and check.

      • http://None CaribGrackle

        Still Android, no matter what :-)

      • Dharmabhum

        Yea, and bragging rights might be going nigh out the window with a designed-to-be-ultra-slim Droid RAZR on the horizon.

        Either way though, I think people make too much of “this number is bigger than this number” for things like thickness. Yes, it matters if you’re talking about 1 mm vs 1 inch, but all these phones are so close to each other that it gets too much attention I think.

    • Dustin Earley

      Until we can look at both devices sitting right next to each other, it’s going to be too hard to tell.

  • triangle

    Droid Life posted the picture from the video last night, which shows the Verizon model. It doesn’t look too thick.


    • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

      That’s the same picture that’s in THIS post. o_O

  • alex

    Bring this to sprint google

    • Nate B.

      And in reasonable time please :)

  • ben dover

    I’m going to have to wait for the hspa+ anyway. I pay $136 for two lines on sprint with my work discount. I want off of sprint but big red will run me $180 before my discount which will bring it down to $160 or so plus tax so $175ish?

    I’m not about to pay $40 more a month

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    HSPA+ for me since we don’t have LTE in my country, and won’t have any in a long time apparently. I was saving for a Nexus S (AT&T version its the one that works with my carrier) and then boom Galaxy Nexus, I’ll just have to wait some more and save a lot more.

  • Mark T

    I would rather have a better capacity battery, thick or thin it does not matter. It has to last a full business day including commute time.

  • Starship

    Don’t really care about the slight thickness as long as it’s thinner than my current incredible. Also I really like seeing that it’s on Verizon AND has just “Google” and not “with google” :-) no bloatware makes me happy.

    • Marc

      Agreed. Though I do like the back of the possible Verizon version (4GLTE logo and Google). Google had to give Verizon SOMETHING, am I right?