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Nexus Prime Will Sport Tablet Docking Mode?

Last night’s Nexus-fest that started after Samsung posted a teaser to their CTIA event has already created enough talking points to take us through to next Tuesday.  The video did not give us much, but as with any teaser, folks spotted what they believe to be hidden messages like the one we are about to talk about.

The topic of the video was the idea that some things are just better when they are put together:  candles and wine, cookies and milk, newspaper and coffee, etc.  So when G+ member Joe Lancaster paused it when the new Nexus showed up, he noticed an extra shadow or outline behind it that he believes may be a tablet of some sort. His idea – that the Nexus that will be unveiled will also have the ability to be docked inside a tablet.  

Seem crazy?  Yeah, pretty much, but let’s talk about it.  See those 3 pinholes on the left side?  Those look like docking connectors of some sort.  It certainly seems odd that a phone would dock on the same side as its lock switch, but the MHL port is likely on the bottom so they needed to move them somewhere.  The logistics of it all seem impossible, but with a “better together” theme, we should keep our minds open to all possibilities.

With that said, Samsung could simply be referring to Ice Cream Sandwich which is the merging of a phone operating system with one from a tablet.  And the shadow that looks like a tablet behind the Nexus is just a visual opportunity for that idea to be displayed.  That’s a pairing that Google has been talking about for quite some time.  It could also mean that Samsung and Google are just better together among other things.

Interesting idea – and this is why we love teasers.

And the video one more time because it’s that awesome.

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Via:  Joe Lancaster, Phandroid

  • joejoe509

    Hmmm… Interesting, mind-blowing idea at the very least. I’d very much prefer a tablet dock over a laptop dock (Moto). If this isn’t the case, Samsung needs to start working on this. If I can have a Galaxy Tab AND a Prime in one device, I might just die a happy man. :-)

  • http://twitter.com/MrDonBonJovi Matt DombovyJohnson

    and then I jizzed in my pants…

  • http://plus.google.com/100780849097348485078/posts Stynkfysh

    I sure like this advertisement better than the futuristic fighting robot Droid commercials.

  • Anonymous

    Based on their use of blue and green as the colors for the combinations it think it’s more geared towards Gingerbread and Honeycomb coming together for ICS.  I just don’t see Samsung wanting to make their Galaxy Tablet obsolete this soon after launch.  

    • http://plus.google.com/100780849097348485078/posts Stynkfysh

      TabletS – many new ones launching, including Note… You have a strong point!

  • Lpmeteoraremix

    If VZW deal with this phone falls through, Im switching networks. End of story. Galaxy S2 was a big enough disappointment, VZW drops the ball again, screw it Im leaving

    • Anonymous

      Speculation was that Verizon skipped the GS2 for something bigger from Samsung. It also avoided having the Bionic compete directly with the GS2 their own network.

      • Anonymous

        Yes but Verizons idea of “something bigger” is always skewed.

  • Jstew182

    If this is suppose to be sans soft keys, what other option would you have to turn the screen on if the docking pins are on the same side as the power button?! Maybe a double tap of the screen like the Nokia N9? That would be cool!

    • Anonymous

      There could be a button on the dock to activate the screen. It could even double as a snooze bar.

  • Kixofmyg0t

    this reminds me of the Droid Bionic teaser……yet everyone loves it. :/

    W/e though, still not interested in it. Thats just my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a wild theory – would be interested to hear what you all think.  

    Rather than be a dock for a tablet, ICS is going to have some functionality that allows your tablet and phone to function *together*.  So, for example, you are on a web page on your phone and want to see it in a bigger form factor on your tablet – you swipe it or send it somehow to your tablet.  Or, you’re watching a YouTube video or Netflix movie and you pause it, swipe it to your tablet, and viola.  Essentially, a continuous client between phone and any ICS tablet.  Not docked, but working in synergy.  

    Now that would be cool.

    • Keith Sumner

      That would be a virtually useless feature, if I was already doing something on my phone, or tab, or vice versa, why would I need to switch on the fly?

      • Anonymous

        I’m looking something up on my phone, want to see it in a larger display size.  I’m working on something on my tablet and want to take it with me when I leave.  I can think of lots of reasons.

      • Jake

        I do it all the time at home to my Logitech Revue (Google TV). I come across a funny or interesting video on my phone, and rather than as my wife and son to crowd around my little device, I select Share>Google TV, and it instantly starts playing on our large HDTV.

        Sometimes I switch over from my Droid X to my rooted Nook Color to view certain web sites because I enjoy them more with the additional screen real estate.

    • Anonymous

      I think it would be extremely useful if they could get apps to sync between your phone and tablet.  Especially for games.  

  • Anonymous

    The glowing line is a very common video effect to make the eye follow a certain pattern. I use it all the time, so I doubt it’s supposed to be a tablet of any sort.
    There’s always the possibility it’s a tablet, but I highly doubt it.

  • Jason

    Watching the video shows nothing of the tablet and I think that this one freeze frame brightened up just exposes the graphics. This tablet idea is a far reach for something. Yes it would be cool but still a reach. I’m definetly looking forward tuesday and hope they have a date so I know how much longer the OG has to hang on for. It’s been progressively getting more frustrating to use (CM7) I’m holding out for this prime though!!!

    • Anonymous

      In the same boat with a DInc

  • JDMRoy

    Shopped. The left end of the fake tablet is thicker than the right.

    • Keith Sumner

      or, you know, it could ACTUALLY be thicker, wow, what an idea that is…

  • Anonymous

    @Apple – get the lawyers ready – it looks exactly like your iPhone4S(uckers).

  • Gottheguds112

    Jesus… Samsung already has FIVE current galaxy tablets, do they really need another?

    • Avery Ma

      Everyone’s doing it – Apple added another iPhone4 .

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  • Avery Ma

    My upgrade compass is pointing to the Nexus Prime… yes, that is a compass in my pocket.

  • Tyczj

    the lightened picture definitely shows off how the phone really looks, phone is not as curved as it first appeared the line is just an optical illusion

  • Anonymous

    Also, if thats a tablet, its the thinnest tablet in the world. Not seeing it…

  • Anonymous

    Asus PhonePad?

  • Sean333

    HMMMMM..?????
    If you take into cosideration that Sammie just dropped flexible displays at a tech show here recently it really doesn’t come off as too far fetched. Would be a huge leap in  the development of mobile products though.

    • Anonymous

      As to the tablet I doubt it will happen.  Also the flexible screen thing has been suggested for years since they first announced it.  I doubt you will see a flexible display at 720p 300+ ppi.  Another flat LCD with curved glass and digitizer.  Nothing wrong with that it it works properly, as this phone has the potential to be amazing.  Now if Moto could build it using Samsung internals and Moto radio chip…  Out of metal.

  • http://twitter.com/gpaulu G. Paul U.

    While this seems unlikely, it could totally work. ICS merges the tablet and phone APIs. This means that you only have to code apps once to work on both. When you dock the phone into the tablet, the apps would automatically switch to the tablet UI.

  • Anonymous

    Idk, not really buying it. I wouldn’t blame Sammy for making a tablet to go with the phone though.

    I figured those three pinpricks were notification LEDs…

    • EC8CH

      they are the same as the dock pins on the Nexus One.

      • Anonymous

        hmm i see that now. hanging head.

  • Anonymous

    Hopefully Verizon won’t be the only one not to join the Nexus party this time around. This might just extinguish my hate for Samsung.

    • Anonymous

      huh?

      • Anonymous

        I just worry that Verizon will not get this device because they have passed on the first two Nexus devices and I dislike Samsung because I owned a Galaxy S1 model phone and it was one of the worst phones I have ever owned. I had some non smart phones that were better than my Fascinate.

  • Davros

    That would be awesome but I think it is probably a symbolic representation of Ice Cream Sandwich bringing together the phone and tablet operating systems.

  • Anonymous

    Well I am really excited… and I sure hope this phone comes to Verizon.

    Instead of having to pay full price for this phone as I did my T-Bolt I called Verizon yesterday and asked them to give me an upgrade now. I wasn’t due for upgrade till next September but since I am such a good customer and since the Bolt has had so many issues they they are allowing me to upgrade now… :)

    That was very nice of them.

    Of course I love my Thunderbolt and don’t have all the issues so many of you complain about….. BUT I am sure I will love my new Nexus just as much!  (Unless the Vigor can sway me first)

  • Anonymous

    Well then. Anyone want to buy a gently used Xoom and Droid 2?

  • EC8CH

    I pointed out before that it’s odd the docking pins are on the same side as the power button… maybe there is something to this idea of the phone docking inside another device, because this setup makes no sense on a standard desk dock.

    • Mctypething

      u think there is something to this idea bro?

      • EC8CH

        I’m hopefully bro…

        but

        Still skeptical bro.

    • Dave

      Portrait dock? I believe the Nexus One’s desk dock was portrait but I could be wrong on that.

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    After watching the video about 30 times I really don’t think that is a tablet.  I watched it 1080p repeatedly for about 20 minutes this morning and everything I see to me it just looks like a curved line where they split the screen to show the curve of the phone.  People are trying to read to much into it.  Samsung and Google are the combination you can tell that by the end and this is just another device in the nexus line.  Now granted I will be buying one the first day they are available for sale you can guarantee that.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.  It looks like Samsung Blue streaking across the screen to highlight the curves.  See unicorn comment below to validate skepticism.  lol

    • Mctypething

      Wow, you have a lot of time on your hands.

      • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

        Yeah some mornings I do at work.  With my XOOM out for upgrade I had to find something to do.

        • Mctypething

          Just sent mine off for upgrade too. Strange how much you miss it when it’s gone.

          • Anonymous

            You mad bro?

          • AnothaMexican

            I thought I was the only suffering from xoom withdrawals. I miss my xoom!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.

    • http://twitter.com/Qeegan Qeegan

      I agree

    • http://twitter.com/Qeegan Qeegan

      I agree … I dont think its a tablet …

    • Rohicks

      The screen is not split. The product is in the middle of the screen with rim lighting (the blue) to backlight the product. Granted this is a 3d render and not the actually product, but there is definitely either a tablet or as the topic suggest some sort of tablet/phone combination.

      The image is right. Watch the video in 1080 and pause it exactly at 24 seconds.http://youtu.be/oM9RO-GAKjE?hd=1&t=24sIf you are on a mac pull your screen towards you at full brightness and watch as the front product (possibly phone) separates from the back product (possible a tablet). There is definitely two different items here displayed as one product as this post image shows very well.

      • Rohicks
        • Anonymous

          As to whether or not it’s actually a phone integrated into a tablet is unknown. As a comment below suggest it could be integration between samsung and google, but there is defiantly two devices together in that promo.

    • http://profiles.google.com/animorphed Jake Byckowski

      I agree with Justin. If the graphic was meant for anything it would most likely be the idea of the tablet OS and phone OS merging and the first time we will see that will be in the Prime. Could represent a tablet but I wouldn’t bet its anything more than just a representation of one. Far too thin imo for a tablet. I’ve been surprised before though and as thin as Samsung makes devices, if all the processing power would come from the phone then there isn’t much reason the sides had to be much thicker just to house a large curved screen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/japultra Jason Nguyen

    Apple failed to deliver “epic” because Samsung and Google had dibs on it with the Prime. 

  • shdowman

    Yeah…

    I don’t believe any of that for a second.

    The blue “swoosh” graphic is simply to accentuate the curve of the phone. Nothing more.

    This kind of speculation gets into Apple territory.

    • EC8CH

      “This kind of speculation gets into Apple territory.”

      For that to be true on October 11th Google would need to introduce the exact same phone as the Nexus S only with a upgraded processor and camera.

  • http://twitter.com/bigtexatx Bigtex ATX

    If this unlikely possibility may be true it, in my opinion, would be a massive game changer for the android tablet app community. I’ve been without some great apps for a while with my Galaxy Tab. The tablet app market is growing slowly for Android, but I think this configuration would give a massive boost. If the Nexus Prime is advertised properly, non ridiculous Droid Bionic TV spots, using actual good advertisements that make non nerds want it, you’d have a good batch of people wanting that tablet accessory too. Then the tablet apps would be higher sellers with more people wanting them and a market to buy them.

    The Asus Phonepad Padfone whatever it is, has me super intrigued, however I’d much prefer a Nexus with a tablet base.

  • Anonymous

    Did you see the unicorn in the background?  It was holding the tablet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Kirk-Hinson/1401588098 Brandon Kirk Hinson

      Win

    • Anonymous

      Was his name Charlie?

      • Anonymous

        No, it is Greta.  She is female.  And is currently dating the Nyan Cat.

        • Anonymous

          Well, some people will get it.

          • Anonymous

            Don’t worry, I got it – I even liked the comment.  I just prefer Greta as a unicorn name. lol

      • shdowman

        Look Charlie, it’s the magical leoplarinexus…

  • Anonymous

    Not sure it necessarily means it will dock, though that does look like some sort of dock on the side of the nexus. Could just mean that ICS will interface a lot better between phone and tablet so that the two can communicate. Always fun to speculate though. Next Tuesday can’t come soon enough…and neither can the release of this thing (these things)!

  • Anonymous

    First thing that caught my attention was the color scheme. It clearly screams Gingerbread (Green) + Honeycomb (Blue) = Ice Cream Sandwich.

    • John Landgrave

      I hadn’t thought about this angle, which lends more credibility to the “together” being OS’s, but I wouldn’t put it past Google to completely smoke everything we’re all expecting and wow everyone. As I said on Phandroid yesterday, Apple dropped the “innovation” torch, and now someone has to pick it up, and we’re all pretty sure that’ll be Google.

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    It is going to be a long week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-St-Hilaire-Bona/18601205 Joe St. Hilaire-Bona

    Question for the knowledgeable folks here:  My contact is up on 11/7 and I want to renew before it expires so I can get grandfathered in to unlimited 4G data.  I also want this phone and assume it’s going to launch after 11/7.  

    Does anyone have any tips/tricks/suggestions how I can accomplish both?

    • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

      Wait until it is released to upgrade.  I don’t think you will lose unlimited by being out of contract.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Kirk-Hinson/1401588098 Brandon Kirk Hinson

      going off contract will not stop you from being grandfathered in. The only way you lose your unlimited on Verizon as of right now is if you change your plan. renewing your contract before or after your current one ends does not change your plan.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t even think changing the plan will exclude you. Since the data package is separate from your voice package, I think you need to drop or intentionally change the data to a limited option.

    • Anonymous

      Dont know which carrier you are on, but with Verizon, a grandfathered unlimited 3g plan allows you to be grandfathered into an unlimited 4g plan.

      • Jake

        And an unlimited tether plan if you want to pay for it.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty sure one of the main dates being thrown around for this phone is Nov 3. Also seen a couple rumors about a late Oct release. We won’t know for sure until next Tuesday.

    • John Landgrave

      As far as I know, you can continue to pay for service on your old contract as long as you want without re-upping. I know people that have had the same dumbphone for years, and I personally have been eligible for upgrade since July, but haven’t because I’ve been waiting for this, and I’ll still have unlimited.

    • Taylor Davis

      Sorry it will not be available on the 7th.  History shows this and we would see reports of mystery box’s showing up at carriers leading up to the date.  To easy to leak with product out in the wild.

    • Anonymous

      Renew your contract and sell whatever new phone you get on eBay when the Prime comes out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Kirk-Hinson/1401588098 Brandon Kirk Hinson

    I think that is more of a reference to the OS. ICS will be on a phone and a tablet. So the OS will combine the two not the hardware. 

    Edit… oh look there are more words after I click the link.. My bad, I agree with you Kellex it’s the OS

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    That would be one really curved tablet. Oh, and I just assumed the “better together” was referring to Nexus + Verizon.

    • WAldenIV

      I think at that size the image would be really distorted, too.

  • Anonymous

    Why are the latest Google phones curved? And if that is a tablet that is super cool! But it also be just speculation…

    • Taylor Davis

      They are curved because of the study they did that it feels more natural to the touch.  Our fingers work on a pivot not a horizontal slide.

    • http://twitter.com/toofly504 Jahrid Pierre

      I actually heard that the curved screen feels good in the hand, I didnt own the Nexus S but when I did play with it at Best Buy I was snappy fast and and I wished I woulda got it when it first came out but, the Prime gonna be BEASTLY

  • http://profiles.google.com/bigwavedave25 Dave Estey

    ooooh, magnetic charge connector possibly (three pinholes).  I really like that idea, would make it much easier to plug in… in the dark… when you are half asleep and realized you forgot to plug in your phone!

  • Cmrstang

    Asus does have the PadFone in the works which is the same basic principal so this could happen.

  • http://twitter.com/superchachi Charles Rutherford

    Oh lordy lord.  That would be outstanding.  

  • Anonymous

    If this turns out to be true it would be amazing.  

    I have the Atrix and love the concept of docking your phone and using it’s processing power in a larger form.  But the Atrix and Bionics implementation falls flat since you boot into a crappy webtop environment that is only good for web browsing.

    Something like this that would show the tablet version of ICS when docked and the phone version when undocked would be truly awesome.  If they kept the cost of the “dumb” tablet to $200 or lower then it would be a good way to get people to use this android tablet instead of getting an ipad based on pure cost savings.

    Please let this be true and let them do it the right way and not be a letdown like the lapdock and the webtop environment.

  • OG Droid

    I know one thing it will be docking with; and thats my hand!!!!

    • Chris G

      Definitely upgrading my OG with this.

    • Anonymous

      For the love of god, please please secure the deal with Verizon…I can’t take a heart break if they release to another carrier. 

      • Anonymous

        That would be very upsetting, but not surprising.  For me the Vigor will be my backup plan.

        • Anonymous

          Damn… I have no backup in that scenario. Bionic?

          • shdowman

            DROID HD (RAZR, KRZR, Whatever name they resurrect…)

          • Anonymous

            That will be it for me. I’m worried that the profile in the pic is insanely thin and not sure if this accommodating the LTE chip from Verizon. This is my big concern.  

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002918282828 Christopher Grame

            that bulge at the top could be the radio.
            …or the camera but either way there is hope.

          • Anonymous

            There is just no way in hell that thing on top is a tablet.  Not possible to make a tablet that thin (yet).

          • Anonymous

            My thoughts exactly, i think the person that “assumed” is just reading between the lines on this, the graphics in the video make it a silhouette on purpose and that curve on the ends could very well be there just to hide the rest of the graphics or just there to make the complete “eclipse” look seeing how this will match up nicely for a galaxy name

          • http://niku.me/ Nicu Calcea

            Maybe it’s just some sort of a larger display for the smaller smarthphone?

          • vh

            Is that bulge at the top your LTE radio or are you just happy to see me?

      • Anonymous

        I might start another holocaust if this doesnt come to verizon

        • Stevewest87

          just who would you be after this time?

          • Anonymous

            Fapples

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-L-Wolfe/100000451164661 Thomas L. Wolfe

    I think you’re reading into it too much.  What they’re saying is that Google and Samsung go together…

    • Anonymous

      I agree with this.

    • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randy

      You sir, are not reading into it enough. Isn’t that why the internets were created? To base wild ideas off of nothing?

      • Anonymous

        Yup wild speculation and crazy rumors are the way to go.

        Then we can all be disappointed and call the next nexus a huge disappointment like everyone is calling the iphone 4s because it wasn’t a 4″ bezelless screen and only 6mm thick and had a curved teardrop shell and wasn’t called the iphone 5 and doesn’t give you a BJ when you slip it in your pants pocket.

        That is the bad thing with rumors and speculation, if you take them too seriously your setting yourself up for a disappointment.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-L-Wolfe/100000451164661 Thomas L. Wolfe

          Points for both of you.  Let me have a redo:

          I’m pretty sure you’re right Kellen.  I also think the video shows that this phone requires no battery and runs at 1.5 gigawatts.  I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but I also believe the teaser hinted at the phone powering my motor vehicle while simultaneously curing cancer… 

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-L-Wolfe/100000451164661 Thomas L. Wolfe

            I possibly saw a flux capacitor at 1:04

          • Anonymous

            There you go.  That is the spirit.  We will crush our competitors phone… and have crazier rumors.

          • http://twitter.com/havens1515 Randy

            I believe you meant 1.21 jigawatts. Don’t forget to get it up to 88 mph in order to get that cancer cure.

    • Matthew Galyon

      Yeah, this is probably it, BUT Samsung and Google have been together (Nexus S) and the ad seems to be suggesting something new.  This a long with the idea that ICS is merging Honeycomb and Gingerbread at least partially keeps this dream alive for me :-)

  • EC8CH

    That would be cool… not original (see ASUS)… but I think it might be a bit of a stretch to base that assumption all off of that image.

  • Anonymous

    Come on universal dock!

  • Anonymous

    That would be awesome but I don’t think that’s it. It looks like it’s just a Samsung graphic IMO, like the bottom of their TVs and monitors with the blue curved light.

    • WAldenIV

      This.

      I’m not buying the tablet dock idea.  It doesn’t make a lot of sense.  The battery life would be like 10 minutes if the cellphone had to power it.

      It’s just a graphic showing the Prime.

  • http://twitter.com/deadly_v2 Jeff Stewart

    i had just noticed that before coming here. I was like PAUSE-PLAY-PAUSE-PLAY. AAAAAH SO EXCITED!

  • EC8CH

    Now that’s would be a… and “one more thing” moment

  • Anonymous

    $hhhiiiittt

    (Tim Cook thinking)

    • Anonymous

      About all the money they’re raking, have raked, and will continue raking in.

      • EC8CH

        You’re right… the i*hone 4s is such a disappointing update, but I guess I should buy it anyway because *pple has such impressive profit margins.

        • Anonymous

          Hah +1 to that.

        • Collin

          It’s such an exciting update though! They’re finally getting features we’ve had for years!

          • EC8CH

            Don’t you dare compare Siri to Voice Actions…  

            Siri is a magical creature that resides in my i*hone to do my personal bidding.

            /s