Oct 18 AT 11:10 PM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

Texas Instruments confirms Galaxy Nexus has newer OMAP4460 processor


Google mysteriously left out which dual-core 1.2 GHz processor was inside their Galaxy Nexus, but Texas Instruments just hit us up with an email to confirm it’s their newer OMAP4460. Yep, that’s the same OMAP4460 that was supposed to debut at 1.5 GHz. There were reports of problems hitting those speeds, so it looks like Google decided to clock it to 1.2 GHz.

Today is a great day for our collaboration with Google…The long-awaited Android 4.0 release is finally being revealed with the OMAP4460 processor powering the absolutely gorgeous Samsung Galaxy Nexus device. I am so excited about this launch. What I may be the most excited by is not only the ability to converge to one Android release for both smartphones and tablets, but to be able to pack that level of performance across graphics or video on an HD screen and within the power envelope of a smartphone device…This is where our OMAP smart multicore architecture makes a huge difference. At the end of the day, brute force (number of cores, for instance) does not rival sophistication.Remi El-OuazzaneTexas Instruments

The OMAP4460 is very similar to the OMAP4430 that’s already appeared in many Android devices, but the PowerVR540 GPU has been cranked up to 384 MHz (compared to 304 MHz in the OMAP4430). I won’t go into a technical deep-dive on OMAP4 right now, but you can find out more about their unique “tri-dual” architecture in the video below.

I’m sure some people will complain that Google didn’t use Samsung’s own Exynos processor, but the overall user experience on the Galaxy Nexus should be the fastest of any Android device thanks to Android 4.0. We haven’t seen many applications that even stress the current crop of dual-core processors, but most models out there offer comparable performance.

What do you think about Google’s decision to go with the OMAP4460? Let us know if it affects your decision to purchase the phone in the comments below.

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  • Brown cream sandwich

    A5 in iPhone 4S is even more powerful!

    • Josh

      Graphics-wise, yes, the PowerVR SGX 543 MP2 is more powerful. But processor-wise (or just non-GPU wise), it’s like the tegra 2: it’s been out for too long (it’s just an underclocked version of iPad 2′s A5), and it has been surpassed by bigger and better things.

    • NeoJesus

      I’m the biggest fandroid ever so I hate to say this but it’s true, esp considering this thing has to push a 720p display….THIS IS A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!!!

  • Justin

    whining about no exynos in 3, 2, 1….


    Thanks for the tip taylor

  • Nate B.

    Nothing to cry about. Nexus phones are built to okay nice. Meaning the OS is optimized for the hardware. That’s how you really get things running buttery smooth. Now if it was optimized for the 1.5 Exynos, then, yea it would be drool worthy. Its nice how it is now. People need to realize that. They don’t realize where all the quality comes from. It’s not just raw specs. That alone is actually limited.

  • Robert Hallock

    We all knew that the GalNex was going to launch with an OMAP4460/SGX540, but I won’t deny that a little part of me was holding out for an SGX543MP2 or a Mali-400. Oh well.

    After 3 years of waiting, it’s finally the perfect product and phone for me.

    • NeoJesus

      Yea and after 3yrs of waiting, it’s still using a GPU that’s 2-3 yrs old. LAME.

      • JR

        Well the OMAP5 with PowerVR SGX544 is due out in after the new year, THAT we’ll see a nice leap. Gotta love the Exynos 4212 that will be in SG3 as well. With H/W acceleration in ICS, all these phones in the near future will be smooth as butter, regardless if it”s the latest CPU.

        • Coop

          The OMAP 4470 also has the SGX544, and its out now, would have been a decent alternative. Crossing fingers for it’s inclusion in the LTE version?

  • Jim McManus

    Thats why the new UI is looking so clunky???? :( :(

  • Tico4674

    How long before Taylor has one of these bad boys in hand for a complete review w benchmarks?

  • Droidberg

    doesnt matter cuz i know it will be one badass fast as hell phone..
    and i can Dig that. :)-
    November sometime cant come soon enough.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    Those of you who wish this had Exynos might as well wait for the Galaxy S III with MWC just around the corner!

    • KR

      YES! SG3 with Exynos 4212 @ 1.8 or 2.0 GHz and ICS will set the barr yet again.

  • NeoJesus

    I’m so pissed, this stupid ass thing has a GPU from 2009! There’s no way it will be able to push games that are coming out soon, at full 30fps or faster.

    Grrrrrrrrrr! No way this POS is worth $300, the battery is smaller than the SGS2. This is really such a medicore phone compared to the SGS2.

    • joe

      If you get an SGS2 or any other phone with crappy custom skins on it, prepare to enjoy waiting until mid 2012 before getting Android 4 ported to it.

      • NeoJesus

        Yes, but the KEY POINT here is that all SGS2 owners have to do is WAIT for a software upgrade.

        There is NO WAY IN HELL that GNex owners will be able to UPGRADE THEIR HARDWARE. In 6-9mos, GNex will be pwned by the SGS2.

        Again, the KEY DIFFERENCE here is: software upgrade vs hardware upgrade

        Only one of these is possible after buying the phone. It’s not like a desktop PC where you can swap in a faster CPU & GPU later.

        • http://www.spyderdan.com Spyder Dan

          Galaxy Nexus owners can upgrade their hardware in 6 to 9 months easy…

          Shell out the full cost for a new phone. :P

  • Ann Monis

    1. A5 + SGX543-MP2 (iPhone 4S) – GLBenchmark 2.1 Pro Standard @ 2971 (720p)
    2. Exynos 4210 + Mali 400 MP (Galaxy Note) = GLBenchmark 2.1 Pro Standard @ 2560 (720p)
    3. OMAP 4460 + SGX540 (Galaxy Nexus) = GLBenchmark 2.1 Pro Standard @ 2079 (720p)
    4. S3 MSM8660 + Adreno 220 (Galaxy SII HD LTE) = GLBenchmark 2.1 Pro @ 1630 (720p)

    N/A. S3 APQ8060 + Adreno 220 (Galaxy SII) – GLBenchmark 2.1 Pro Standard @ 2993 (480p)

    As you can see even the more powerful Galaxy SII HD LTE is no match for the Galaxy Nexus, but the Galaxy Nexus is almost 50% as powerful as the iPhone 4S, seeing that has 2-processors instead of 1-processor in the GPU.

    • NeoJesus

      In other words, Google really dropped the ball on this one! The Nexus sucks and Verizon wants $300 for this POS? Forget it!

    • NeoJesus

      Wait, what do you mean almost 50% as powerful as the IP4s? Don’t you mean 33% LESS powerful?

      2971 vs 2079

  • mmmm

    The iPhone 4s was built with gaming and multimedia in mind so why is the spec such a suprise to everyone?

  • The Walking Dead Season 2

    Welcome to 2009.

    • NeoJesus

      Exactly!! Grrrr, I was so excited for this thing too.

  • Joao Lopes

    Very disappointed. Google could have really pushed Android forward and past anything Apple has but no. The processor is last gen. There was no announcement of a tablet docking station to dock your smartphone and turn it into a tablet.
    What you get is an expensive device that is specs wise the same stuff we’ve seen this last months with the great feature being just an OS upgrade.
    Whats the point of buying a phone that is comming out in November with the first quad-core phones probably arriving January-February? Oh I know. “It’s a Google Phone. You’ll get the latest OS updates first.”
    Well I have a Nexus One and I still had to wait quite a long time to get Gingerbread. About two months is fact.
    And even if Google does manage to deliver OS updates fast across all Nexus devices, truth is its probably a safer bet to wait for a better phone that allows custom roms. At least that way you’ll get both Ice Cream and specs wise a better phone.

  • mountainmaniac

    well at least you know that when the modders get their hands on it they will be able to overclock it to 1.5ghz!!! And hopefully beyond! *dreaming of a 2ghz android phone*

    • http://www.spyderdan.com Spyder Dan

      Quad Cores 2012, will blow out anything released Q4 2011

  • http://www.spyderdan.com Spyder Dan

    Yeah, I’m disappointed in the specs for Q4. The hardware should be faster and the GPU is too slow. Q4 should have Dual Core 1.5GHz or greater, at least a dual core GPU, 720P 4.5″ or greater. 2012 the Quads will start showing up, it doesn’t give you incentive to buy now. They almost got it but are missing the mark.

    Is Google forgetting their primary consumers? Techies are impressed by the specs. Yeah the software will boost performance, with crap hardware. But think of how much faster it could have been with top of the line specs.

    Well now it’s time to see the specs from HTC and LG for their LTE phones, maybe they’ll put together a Q4 phone. Not rehash Q1-Q3 phones.