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Galaxy Nexus Updates: Possible Dimensions, New Render and Usable Screen Size Thanks to On-Screen Buttons

After hearing that the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich announcement was postponed, things seemed to have quieted over the weekend. Let’s go ahead and ramp them back up, shall we?

First, take a look at the new render up above that was created from Samsung’s CTIA teaser and the hands-on video that took the world by storm on Friday morning. That is probably about as close as we will get to an official looking mock-up until the phone is announced in the next couple of weeks. Is this not one of the sexiest phones we have ever seen?    

Next, we have potential dimensions for the phone thanks to one of our readers. In the image below, he scaled it up against the original DROID to get a height of 5.26″ and a width of 2.62″ along with that 4.65″ diagonal screen. It’s not going to be the next hummer Thunderbolt, and will fit nicely in your pocket as almost all Samsung phones do.

The next subject that was attacked this weekend was the thought of the 4.65″ screen being far too big. I guess I thought we had covered the idea that the extra size was due to the on-screen buttons, but quite the conversation was started over it on a variety of sites and wanted to bring it up here.

So yes folks, the screen is 4.65″, but during normal use there will only be 4.3″ or 4.5″ of usable screen – the rest of the space is for the on-screen buttons. The cool thing here, is that during video playback or games, the buttons will more than likely be hidden like on the XOOM and Honeycomb, giving you the full 720p experience.  (via: reddit, geek.com):

Talking about this phone never gets old. There are so many things going on here that should make this the phone to beat for the foreseeable future. Any thoughts on the screen or dimensions?

Top render via TumblrCheers Greg, sperho and everyone else!!

  • Allofmybest

    I love the big screen. Bring it on real men like Big Toys

  • Anonymous

    Wow is all I can say. That new render makes this phone look so so sexy! I always liked the curve on the nexus s so this is not a deal breaker for me. If this phone is too big so is the droid x/x2, droid bionic, thunderbolt, galaxy s2 etc.   I think at this point, it’s a pretty silly thing for you guys to hate on it for that. Anyway, I really think this phone looks slick. 

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  • Anonymous

    I’d like to see how the size of the phone (not just the screen dims) compares to a common 4.3″ phone – like the Droid X, bionic, etc, rather than the OG droid…   That bezel does look excessive.

  • guest

    4.65″ sounds like a dream. Love it

  • ._. seriously too many lil girls complaining on how this device isnt going to fit their purses. Just wait for Galaxy SIII then.. or will you all b*tch bout how that wont be released for your carrier or fit either?.. Haters Gone (seriously) Hate

  • Anonymous

    Those buttons are under the glass but are not part of the screen. This made better aesthetics. If you think your movies will engulf all of the glass area, you are mistaken. They simply added three capcitive illuminated buttons under the glass in a portion below the actual screen. If you look closely, you can see the line of the bottom of the usable display.

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  • Zuki1216

    Bionic for sale. Anyone interested? Hah

  • Anonymous

    What are the rumored specs for the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon? Exynos? 2000 mAH battery?

  • Anonymous

    So only 0.25″ longer and a smidge wider than my Droid X?  Bring it on!

    For those who think 4.3″ screen is already too big, definitely stay away.  For the rest of us who don’t wear skinny jeans, totally psyched about that beautiful screen with 720p res!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait. Doesn’t look too big to me, but I may be one of the outliers.

  • mamrz

    Too big? Get over it. Your like the old gramma that can’t turn the defrost on in her car because the dash has “too many buttons.” Stop fcking complaining you big cry baby

  • Ionre123

    Gotta have this phone. To me bigger is better, no homo. The bigger the phone the more it appeals to me and this phone is just phenomenal.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone here agree it would look so much better like this’??

    I am totally hating on that bezel right now….. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh, so sexy!!!  Can’t wait to see the other side and back of this thing. More teasers!!!

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  • neowiz73

    Cm9+ ics can’t wait for the day 🙂

    • Peter

      Yeah I read the post from Cyanogen that the next version of CM will be CM9… what the hell happened to CM8?

  • Anonymous

    This jibes with that other blurrycam shot of the the phone showing the “heightPixels=1184”.
    So this means… 96 pixels are used for the buttons.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if you could drop the on screen buttons while on the internet? The extra little bit of screen would come in handy when browsing.

  • Lolercopter

    wtf is with that curve?  what if you accidently sit on it, won’t it break

    • Pardes33

      It made from titanium…. nothing will happen to it

    • Anonymous

      I’m saying – there’s no way it’s going to be that dramatic of a curve.

  • Anonymous

    I think (and hope) that the curvature in the render above is wildly exaggerated.  I put the one above, and the previous renders from the teaser video side-by-side, and the difference is significant.  I much prefer the one on the right.

  • Prime, RAZR, and Vigor are stepping up the game.  crApple and the iPhail 4suck have left the gates wide open for Google and Android to dominate market share.

    • Ionre123

      Lmao iPhail 4suck

  • J Dub

    Here’s a thought? When is the freaking announcement and release? I don’t care about wallpapers or new market apps. Give me the STINKING phone and let me give you my money. 

    • I believe the 27th is when they are announcing it (maybe even releasing). The event will be in London. 

      • joejoe509

        I thought the London thing was a misunderstanding? Ah… rumors.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been concerned about the gradual growth in screen size for awhile. It seems like companies where just trying to out do each other. Hearing this was going to be a 4.65″ screen was a little scary until I discovered that the aspect ratio was changing. Then junior high math kicked in and I realized it wasn’t going to be that big of a deal.  As long as phones stay under 2.65″ in width I’ll be happy.

  • Anonymous

    my best friend’s mom makes $78 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7587 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here HardRich.com

  • Cmorty72

    This is giving me a full-on Nexus Prime chubby!!
    Definitely the worthy replacement for my prevailing OGD.

  • droidlvr

    ima ejaculate on this phone

  • Anonymous

    I want this phone so bad I want to start a line at Verizon… today….

  • joejoe509

    Love it! Thanks for posting this! And hopefully this will quell most of the “too big” comments.

  • I want it now!

  • Telephoneteck

    I will be happy to switch from my Thunderbolt to this bad ass phone!

  • Anonymous

    Sprint do this phone right!

  • kbob

    That render puts the thick part of the phone at the bottom.  I expected it to be at the top for three reasons.

    1. When you rest it on a table, it would be tilted slightly toward you instead of tilted away.
    2. The camera would fit better in the thick part, and the camera is usually at the top.
    3. It would slide into a shirt pocket easier if it goes in thin edge first.

    Other phones have the bulge at the top, e.g., Droid X.  Do other Samsungs have it at the bottom?

    • The LTE Chip may need extra room…which may be put on the bottem. THE SGII has a chin at the bottom of the phone. Those other phones which are 8 MP need extra room. If this is 5MP the camera would be thinner.

  • Brentcrawfordrrt

    I have visions of sitting this phone on a flat surface to use because other hand is busy and having it rock back and forth or spin around.