Sep 17 AT 6:21 PM Dustin Earley 50 Comments

Is the Samsung GT-i9260 the Galaxy Nexus II, Galaxy Premier or both?


The closer we get to the one year anniversary of the Galaxy Nexus unveiling, the stranger a complete lack of future Nexus leaks become. We’ve certainly heard a couple rumors, but by this time last year, the blogosphere was lighting up non-stop with Nexus news. Today, even with the appearance of a user agent profile for the Samsung GT-i9260, we’re still left wondering if we know anything about the next Nexus at all.

The first time we heard of the GT-i9260, it was attached to small spec-sheet under the name “Nexus.” Compared against the lesser Galaxy Nexus and incredibly similar Galaxy S III, the i9260 was rumored as having a 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 16GB of expandable memory, an 8-megapixel camera and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

This past weekend, Pocketnow got their hands on a user agent profile for the i9260. According to the UAProf, the i9260 has a 1280×720 display, and an ARM11 CPU. While the display resolution makes sense, the CPU does not. The ARM11 dates back to the HTC Dream, otherwise known as the G1. So there’s absolutely no way the i9260 will come with an ARM11 CPU. Pocketnow suggests that ARM11 could refer to Cortex-A11, but according to ARM’s own website, there is no Cortex-A11. ARM went straight from Cortex-A9, to Cortex-A15. The only reasonable assumption then is that ARM11 was only listed under the cpu as a placeholder.

Essentially, the UAProf on the i9260 tells us nothing. There has, however, been one other leak between the original i9260 spec-sheet showing up online and yesterday’s UAProf for the device.

Back in August, SamMobile, who has a good reputation for nailing down Samsung rumors, posted a complete spec list for the i9260 under the name “Galaxy Premiere.” According to SamMobile, the i9260 will come with a 4.65-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a minimum of 8GB of storage, which can be expanded via microSD. The Galaxy Premiere lines up well with the original i9260 Nexus leak, except on one front. The Galaxy Premiere is rumored to launch with a Qualcomm MSM7227A, a 1GHz single-core Cortex-A5. Plenty of manufacturers are still using the MSM7227A, but it’s a weaker, low-end Snapdragon S1 chip. Not what you would expect to find in the Galaxy Nexus II.

Confused? Here’s how it breaks down:

Original i9260 “Nexus” leak

  • 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16GB expandable storage

Galaxy Premiere i9260 leak

  • 4.65-inch HD display
  • MSM7227A 1-GHz single-core Cortex-A5 processor
  • 8-megapixel camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 GB/16 GB expandable storage

At this point, it’s safe to say the Samsung GT-i9260 exists. And it make sense for that model number to be assigned to the Galaxy Nexus II, since the first Galaxy Nexus was the GT-i9250, but it might not be.

To answer the title question of this post, I guess both would be the closest answer I can come up with. I think the spec sheets for both the original “Nexus” leak and Galaxy Premiere could very well be correct, but one was attached to the wrong model number. Samsung pumps out similar devices all the time. They might change one thing between two handsets, like the processor, and introduce them at different prices under different names.

I could definitely see the Galaxy Nexus II releasing under these specs. Samsung has just improved the subpixel layout of their SAMOLED HD displays, so even at the same size it could still be an upgrade, and the Cortex-A9 series of processors still have a lot of life left in them. Plus not jumping on the Cortex-A15 bandwagon right this minute would keep unlocked devices cheap, while still giving Samsung and Google a chance to play around with hardware design.

We’ll be on the lookout for more information on the Galaxy Nexus II, Galaxy Premier and GT-i9260. For now, hopefully this clears up a little bit of the confusion surrounding the devices.

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

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  • Nate B.

    This is not at all the next Nexus. I don’t expect it to be mind blowing but one of those is less then what we have now. That would be going backwards, and the other is pretty much what we have now spec for spec. I wouldn’t see the point.

    • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

      Personally I thought the G-nex was mind blowing. I dont understand why people say the nexus isn’t high end, its always been high end to me. The only low end I could think of is the camera quality in low lighting, and the feel of it. The g-nex introduced/had 720p HD super amoled, awesome led, ICS, nice processor, good amount of RAM, barometer, and etc.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Hate to say it fellas I am extremely happy to own my Galaxy S3 and look forward to the upcoming Galaxy Note 2. I wish Samsung well on it’s Galaxy Nexus 2 but I pass I will already have the best.

      • Usman

        Meh…it’s all relative. Personally speaking, the “best” can only be a Nexus device, because I (again, personally) prefer pure Android, rather than “Android-based” devices. Of course this doesn’t apply to everyone, but I’m sure you see my point.

        • squiddy20

          No, he doesn’t see your point because I’ve been saying the exact same things to him for the past 2 years and he still says this crap.

          • scrabber

            Lol so true…

        • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

          I personally prefer sense 4 and up because its beautiful, but choose nexus because the newest upgrades are more compelling.

      • Orion78

        No one cares about your imaginary phone. The Nexus ”pimp slaps” anything you have…..which is nothing. Now go play on a fire hydrant.

      • Adrien C.

        Goddamit. I’m resisting to believe but it’s true, there are some Galaxy S Fanboys out there. It’s just like kids fighting for whose father is better, stronger and richer.

        The greatness of android is the plurality of the ecosystem. You love your SIII? Great. But if for you boys having bigger specs is key, for others it is not. There’s a device for all here, and none of them are perfect. Just like real life or rpg. Nobody has the top specs.

        Like having the up-to-date OS? Go for the Nexus. Like cutting edge hardware? Go for SIII, One X, etc. etc. And the list goes on.

        I myself had the chance(and money) to get myself an One X, SIII or Razr. And still kept on my GNexus because of the unlocked nature plus first hand on updates. It’s what suits me.
        I miss my Milestone noise cancellation, and would love the harware of SIII, but the design is ugly as hell, and I don’t like the idea of being unable to customize as I want.
        Oh, but you can unlock! Yeah,sure, and lose warranty. For my profile, doesn’t work.
        BTW, I have an Asus TF300. And I’m unhappy. Got JB fast? Yeah. Can root? No, unless I unlock. If I unlock? Bye warranty. It’s an awesome device tho. But I loved to use Titanium Backup and being able to tweak audio.

        tl;dr: grow the fucking up people. Stop fighting over who has the better toy.

  • jaxidian

    Glad we’re starting to get some Nexus leaks! Too bad this one is of limited use (some of those specs are obviously wrong), but glad to see things starting to come out!

    Can’t wait for some real beefy Nexus leaks in the next few weeks!! :-D

  • SanzaBlancoAkA2C

    If the update to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t all that much better than what they are currently offering then I really hope there’s some truth to the LG Optimus Nexus rumor. If the LG Optimus Nexus is based on the Optimus G then it’s going to be hands down one of the best phones released this holiday season.

    • Khalid

      I think a small upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus specs is great. It would allow those wanting a budget phone without a contract to get in on Android. After all, Google only cares about you using Android and their services, not about profiting on the devices. So as long as Samsung is happy with the payment terms, it’s a win. Even if not many people buy it.

  • Hinds2009

    I think it’s good that no rumors have come out. I want the next nexus to be outed at launch. Being surprised is such a thing that never happens in reality, but I wanna be surprised for once!

  • Frettfreak

    Would be a really bad move if these things didn’t have an a15. After having one in my one s I can say that for sure I would never own a phone with less. Its an amazing CPU (the s4) and really should be the minimum standard for a high end phone.

  • The_Diz

    The fact that both rumors contain expandable storage is the highlight as far as i’m concerned.

    • iamXiV92a

      This fact leads me to believe it can’t be THE next Nexus, but perhaps an “entry-level” of some sort (though it wouldn’t necessarily fit the Nexus family of devices). I’d use the term “special edition”, but that entails enhanced characteristics that the same family of devices wouldn’t benefit from, and “entry-level” makes it sound like a feature phone which the Nexus definitely isn’t.

  • Phil

    My neighbor has got a GTi in his garage

  • orangestrat

    I hope its neither of them. I am so sick of Samsung.

    • Homncruse

      You’re not the only one. If it IS the next Nexus (assuming the CPU spec is wrong – or, at best, misinterpreted), I’ll be greatly disappointed that Samsung is awarded the Nexus phone for the *THIRD TIME IN A ROW*. 3 out of 4 releases. 75%. That’s not really a Nexus anymore so much as it is “whatever Samsung reference hardware exists at the time”.

      Unless, of course, the rumors are true about multiple manufacturers. Then I’m okay with another Samsung Nexus phone.

  • Ardrid

    Please, for the love of God, do NOT give Samsung the Nexus a THIRD time. I don’t care how many million Galaxy devices Samsung sells, someone else needs a shot at this.

    • jamal adam

      I agree. I would prefer that Google gave others a shot at making the new Nexus but it could also be possible that this Samsung one is just one of many that will/might be released.

    • Homncruse

      Especially when you consider those of us who want a Nexus experience, but don’t want a Samsung device.

  • Dags -

    Probably should mention that in the original Nexus leak, it was the author of the article that added the word “Nexus” to the spreadsheet – it wasn’t leaked information, just supposition. Specs are obviously wrong in some respects but make sense for a low-mid range Samsung phone based on the current GN design. There’s nothing to say that this is a Nexus device aside from the model number.

    • iamXiV92a

      Agreed – that’s what I was trying to say in my earlier post!

  • auronblue

    Aside from the expandable storage, this could easily be the next Nexus. They have never been cutting edge on the spec front, but because they are Nexi, they are much more fluid in the software experience.

    • Ardrid

      They haven’t been at the pinnacle of hardware since Samsung was chosen to manufacturer them. The Nexus One was at the forefront of both hardware and software. The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, on the other hand, have been nothing more than Nexus versions of the Galaxy S and Galaxy SII. Hell, the Galaxy Nexus is actually worse than the Galaxy SII if you’re just talking about hardware specs.

  • Marcus

    If it does have expandable storage, then I don’t think it will be the next Nexus… Didn’t Google post something about not using expandable storage on their Nexus devices because it makes storing applications more complicated? Something along those lines but I’m not sure.

    Anyway, I’m really glad to see more Nexus rumors! Been waiting on those for a while, haha. Definitely saving up for it!

    • Andrew

      Yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking too, Marcus. I know Android Central has an article on that issues somewhere in the archives. As soon as I saw “expandable storage” I knew this wasn’t the next Nexus. As nice as expandable storage is… I work with 16GB onboard storage in exchange for pure Android goodness :)

      (I Love my Gnex. Boost the CPU, crank up the screen a bit, and PLEASE Samsung, figure out how to build a better radio stack so we can get better reception, and you’ve got a great start toward the Nexus II)

  • aranea

    I don’t know given that there are rumors out for quad-core phones coming out and multiple Nexus devices I don’t see samsung staying behind the competition. LG has a beast coming (on paper at least). We can expect something big from Sony too. Even if the cpu are similar camera on Sony phone will be good. So if this is samsung’s offering it’s going to be behind other Nexi.

  • CTown

    Is there a possibility that the Galaxy Nexus II might not be “the main Nexus” this year and thus, the Galaxy Nexus is only going to get a small refresh? There are rumors that Sony and LG are also making Nexus phones, right?

  • Max.Steel

    Please, no new Nexus this year. We don’t need one every year. The Galaxy Nexus is a perfectly fine and capable piece of hardware.

    • aranea

      They need to get at least 1 nexus phone out every year. How else are they going to push new Android versions?

      • iamXiV92a

        Not to mention match and/or exceed the competition

    • Homncruse

      The Galaxy Nexus is a little dated at this point when compared to other flagships. I’m not saying it’s not capable, it’s just not current. Just because a new Nexus is release doesn’t mean you have to buy it, and it doesn’t mean the earlier Nexus devices won’t be updated. I just want someone *other* than Samsung to make the Nexus this time.

  • Adam Outler

    ARM11 probly means Tegra3. That’s ARM 11 CORTEX A10 or A15. We generally don’t care about the ARM version because that’s the instruction set, not greatly affecting how it runs.

    • Homncruse

      The instruction set matters a *lot* in how it runs.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Form rumors this is really disappointing.

  • uknowme

    Nothing against Samsung, but I think someone else needs a shot. LG looks to be on track for a good Nexus device. I would also like to see HTC get another shot because they could use the boost in sales.

    • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

      I would like Sony, Motorola or HtC. I wouldn’t mind Samsung but I want to give someone else a chance. I would like LG to make a nexus with the specs of the new LG phone, and 1080p IPS+ from HTC. As long as anyone, especially LG makes a phone that’s a sexy piece of device, nice feel, awesome/good specs, pure android, and with little to no bugs I’ll buy it in a heartbeat. I’ll buy it anyways, buttthis will make the decision easier :p

  • Hawaiian

    Thrilled to see a Nexus II so quickly…but all Manufacturers should get a shot at this. Samsung is good but let’s share the wealth.

  • ihatefanboys

    Personally I want the next NEXUS to be made by HTC.

    • iamXiV92a

      Tell HTC to put a bigger battery in it with NFC and definitely think they can be in the running :)

  • RafaelVatury

    uhm seriously? i mean what the point the next Nexus will be like SGS III and i bet the S III will be even better…..

    if thats the case, it does remind me Apple – like marketing, buy it only cause of the name!

    and few new software features……iphone 5 like?

    anyway, my point it give LG/HTC/Sony a try on Nexus, it wouldnt be similar to any of their devices, they have a cool style (design), and im sure it will have great specs.

    although, i wouldnt mind Sammy to make the new Nexus, just not S III like…make it Unique.

  • Mat

    Guys think please!!!!! For next nexus Google would have to make an announcement, secondly Google would have to make a specific changes to the aosp code and release the images on the developer webpage, again without announcement very unlikely. And thirdly any Google event scheduled for this year? Or even Samsung?

  • Nathan D.

    Well hopefully we will get some solid rumors/leaks that will make more sense as time goes on. I wouldn’t mind have a A9 chip still but maybe make it quad-core so it at least some kind of an upgrade, also HD super Amoled plus would be great as well. Everything else I could care less about since I know those other specs would probably stay the same, maybe bump in camera quality and I would probably still get this phone.

  • Mix

    I am waiting to hear more on the Optimus G and the next Nexus, I signed up in March here so I could stay up to date and current on when the next Nexus would be coming.

    It’s been a long exciting wait, lol.

  • kinderdm

    Make it pure google and make it affordable unlocked (like the current galaxy nexus) and I will definitely buy a Nexus 2. Even without a big jump in specs these days raw power just seems less and less important when compared to what the phone will let you do with what it has available. Good use of that power is so much more important than how much power there is.

  • vforvortex

    So the last three of the samsung phones in galaxy series are:
    gt-i9300 galaxy s3
    gt-i9100 galaxy s2
    gt-i9000 galaxy s

    The last two nexus phones were:
    gt-i9250 Galaxy Nexus
    gt-i9020 Nexus S

    If the next nexus phone is basically the same phone with a slightly higher processor , i can see it being the gt-i9260 , but i am hoping the model # is in the gt-i9300′s range.

  • Noel

    They can definitely fit a 4.8″ super Amoled HD screen on the current GNex form factor, also will hope for a bigger battery 2200 to 2500mAh, an SD card slot 64GB, 2GB RAM, int storage 16/32GB, a bump on the cam 10+MP rear and 2MP front and running the show the dual core Exynos 5250. Make it penta-band HSPA+ 21/42 if feasible and future proof it for Tmo LTE.

  • steadysam

    Jst wish i can afford oNe. That will be so coOl