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Possible “Nexus Prime” Specs Sneak Out This Afternoon, This Isn’t the Galaxy Nexus (Updated)

GSMArena has apparently received a tip from an “anonymous” tipster who works at Google, yet is…anonymous. This source claims that the real Nexus, which they are referring to as the “Nexus Prime” has completely different specs than the ones released this morning for the Galaxy Nexus.

Their source suggests that this phone will actually run Samsung’s new 1.5GHz Exynos processor – a chip that has yet to even go into sampling and was just announced last week.  It will also pack a PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, 8MP camera, and 2050mAh battery.  The screen though, is indeed the 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD that was reported earlier.

So what do we make of this?  Well, if this device truly exists, it is NOT the Galaxy Nexus.  The G-Nex is as was reported earlier.  I know people with the phone that are not “anonymous” and believe what they have told me.  

So what is this unicorn that the anonymous Google tipster speaks of?  I would bet that if it exists, could be the Nexus Prime or the non-Verizon Nexus that is expected to come out towards the end of the year or beginning of 2012.

It sounds like a wonderful device, but there are too many things going on here that would suggest it won’t be announced next week at CTIA.  The fact that the processor will start sampling this quarter means there is almost a 0% chance that it will make it into a retail device in the next few weeks. Remember, the Galaxy Nexus has been rumored time and time again to be available at the end of October/early November. Let’s also not forget that Texas Instruments has been flaunting their relationship with Google for Ice Cream Sandwich for months.

My thoughts are that the Galaxy Nexus is the SCH-I515 and is headed to Verizon at the end of this month. The unicorn Nexus Prime could be the GT-I9250 and will be the non-Verizon Nexus released early next year.

You guys tell me what you think. What a day, eh? Anyone else wishing it was Tuesday, October 11?

Update:  Is there a chance that the phone referenced above is a version similar to the Galaxy SII LTE HD and ready for a stateside appearance?  I guess we have all been surprised before.  I just know that the device that is currently floating around to some pretty major players, is not that phone and is the one mentioned time and time again this morning that is known as the Galaxy Nexus.  Would it be amazing if Samsung and Google surprised us with this SGS2 LTE HD variant in a last second swap?  You betcha. We’ll know on Tuesday.

Update 2:  Check out this mock-up that was posted to Tumblr (not real of course):

Via:  GSMArena

  • Korntoff

    I’m in love with that render. I want to father its children.

  • Anonymous

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  • Icecoldandroid

    Saying that your sources are anonymous and saying that you know your sources and that they are not anonymous so ur sources are more reliable yet your not naming them or saying who or what they are is the same as them being anonymous…dumbass statement is all I’m saying. 9 times out of 10 the sources are anonymous because they don’t want to be named in the article but the person whom they are tipping off knows who they are but as readers we won’t.

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  • Anonymous

    Engadget is reporting that ICS and Galaxy Nexus have now been postponed. Any other word out there confirming this? 

    • Tyrian

      news stories everywhere.

  • Anonymous

    Ok I am really not liking the rumors coming out now…

  • I hate to say this and I hate myself got saying it, but I will be a slight bit disappointed if the phone doesn’t look exactly like that.  But we all know it won’t be long until it can look that way.  muahaha.

  • Anonymous

    Cannot wait for Tuesday. Chances verizon gets the Nexus Prime after the galaxy nexus? I’m desperate here.

  • I believe there is ONE device, except different numbers because 1. for CDMA 2. for GSM

  • Aoholmes95

    The only thing that will be different in the two devices is…wait for it… one will be called (droid prime-verizon. And the other to all the other carriers will be called nexus/galaxy [whatever ) the end


    Doesn’t make a lot of sense since the “leaked” specs for are radically different (if you believe the specs).  I doubt Google would want this to happen, they designed the phone to be the flagship ICS handset.  I think they are both the same phone.  Verizon gets it first with a verizon model number, then others a couple of months later.  That is how it has happened before, (exclusive on one carrier then follow on releases soon after) no reason to think differently now.

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  • droidlvr

    kellex we all know your not telling us something about the Nexus….

    • Anonymous


      Nothing but love for ya tho Kellex! =]

      After all, we wouldn’t want to witness another underwhelming October announcement. He’s helping us keep our expectations from running wild, while keeping his pact with Samsung/Google/VZW at the same time.

  • Hinja89

    i cried when i saw the picture then realized it was fake beautiful fake or not hopefully one day Google can get in to the prepaid network before Apple with a nexus phone 

  • Anonymous

    i*hone fail and all of this Prime news gives me a big fat week long BONER

  • Surf

    Nexus Schmexus.  As long as it’s got LTE and not made by Moto, I’ll be happy.

  • Anonymous

    Your logic seems to be a little off. If the Galaxy Nexus has the Exynos processor, then the G-Nex would be the phone to come out in 2012. The Nexus Prime would be the device Samsung would reveal at CTIA on Tuesday, and release at the end of this year. If Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus has the unsampled processor, how would they reveal it next week? I am not contesting what you are saying. I just think you mixed up a few sentences/devices. All that aside, thanks for the insight.

  • Sporty

    Is anyone else completely confused by all this? I sure am…what’s coming out when and what name is what….going to which specs….second base….

    • JayMM

      Literally sooooooooooo confused….had to re-read that 5 times. Next Tuesday can’t come soon enough.

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather have the better camera (5MP> 8MP) and lose out a bit on the processor.

    Both processors are derived from the same ARM SoC generation right?

  • Dwjr82

    Very simple Verizon will not get an official ne us brand because its not part of the alliance thing… its satisfying everyone on Verizon with nexus like phone

  • Anonymous

    I like the tumbler mock-up. Wouldn’t it be great if there was no branding on the front?!

  • Bearroberson

    im hoping this phone isn’t that wide! the HTC sensation has excellent feel in hand im hoping this phone will have the same feel

  • Anonymous

    I am SO confused… 🙂

  • shdowman

    Gorgeous mock up!!

    Can I say it…if those are what the screen menu buttons will look like, they need to find a new designer.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been wishing it was the 11th for over a week now ^_^