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Is the GT-I9260 Really the Next Nexus From Google and Samsung?

The spreadsheet you are looking at popped up over at SamMobile last night, leading everyone to believe that Google and Samsung have already created the next “Nexus” device with model number GT-I9260. As you may recall, the original Galaxy Nexus (GSM) was GT-I9250, so I9260 does seems like a logical number to follow it up with. After that though, we have a bunch of questions that we’ll toss out at you to hopefully help us all understand this situation.¬†

First, let’s talk about specs. As you can see, it’s a minor bump from the current G-Nex. The jump to 1.5GHz over 1.2GHz is pretty minimal and probably¬†unnoticeable to anyone who were to use it. The rear camera is bumped to 8MP, the front to 1.9MP, and a microSD card slot could accompany it.

Now, onto the first set of questions. Since when does Google allow microSD slots in Nexus devices? It didn’t in the Nexus S and publicly announced why they chose not to use one in the Galaxy Nexus. We know that people like expandable storage, but is Google really going to give in on something they seem to stand firmly behind? Hell, even the Nexus 7 doesn’t have expandable storage.

Next, about those screen specs. First, the original Galaxy Nexus was not just a “Super AMOLED,” it was an “HD Super AMOLED.” So to see what everyone is claiming to be some official leaked spec sheet get that wrong, but also call it a “Super AMOLED HD” for the Galaxy S3 and new Nexus, leaves me a bit skeptical. The official term is “HD Super AMOLED” with “HD” at the front. If they are trying to say that this will be a “Plus” version, we’d welcome it, but again, this just doesn’t seem to match up. Moving on…

Let’s say that they choose to make a new Nexus that is nothing more than a minor spec bump. Remember that they essentially did this with the Nexus S. The Nexus S was by no means a game-changer when it was released. It sported an older Hummingbird processor, a dated 5MP camera, WVGA display, and no expandable storage. The only real new features for the device were its contoured display, NFC chip, and Gingerbread (Android 2.3). So it certainly is possible that Google and Samsung could release a slightly better version of the Galaxy Nexus.

If they do, what does that mean for the multi-Nexus program that was rumored, months ago? All I can say is that the multi-Nexus program better still be happening. While I love me some Galaxy Nexus, I’d be disappointed to see Samsung produce the third Nexus phone in a row that was nothing more than a slight bump over the previous year’s model. Give me choices, give me a beast Nexus.

Or has Google decided to move out of the high-end phone market and instead release a phone that could be considered “mid-range” that can be sold at a ridiculously low price? With the Nexus 7 taking over the low-range tablet market, what if Google wants to try to do the same with the phone market? We all know that they would prefer to sell unlocked phones directly through their own store at reasonable prices – slightly bumping specs on a phone from a year ago is a way to continue to do that.

Your thoughts?

Via:  SamMobile

  • http://twitter.com/Andr0_X Andr0_X

    OK this is would probably never happen but it would cool if Motorola let the RAZR HD be unlocked through their new program. Then have Google do a aosp experiment project with it like they are going to do with the Xperia. It would be like a unofficial Moto Nexus since they probably can’t make one official because of the merge. In the end though because its on Verizon and its a Droid the chances are slim to none.

  • AhsanS

    Another Crapsung Nexus?

  • Mark

    I’ve learned to approach these kinds of things with a big helping of skepticism.

  • Nobody

    It is probably hedging their bets for if they lose the lawsuit from Apple over the current Galaxy Nexus. Then they can just roll out the new and improved one that isn’t subject to the lawsuit.

    • Bionic

      This

  • dazz1996

    How about this, as you all know apple is trying to block the nexus sales so maybe this is the replacement that apple can’t block .

  • tomn1ce

    This is what the G-Nexus should’ve been….but with at least 32GB of storage.

  • http://twitter.com/HughHansen Hugh Hansen

    This looks pretty sketchy, but…

    The bump in processor from 1.2 to 1.5 is NOT a slight incremental bump if it’s from an OMAP 4 to Snapdragon S9.

    • http://twitter.com/Andr0_X Andr0_X

      Well according to these specs its not because this says its A9 and the S4 is A15.

      • droidsung

        But it could very well be OMAP 4470 instead of 4460. 4470 has a lot more powerful SGX544 GPU than 4460.

  • nightscout13

    Will it have LTE?

  • calum wilper

    personally i would love to see some motorola hardware with some pure google love.

  • zepfloyd

    Consider the fact that odds are low we will see another major version of Android this year, it makes some logical sense that the next Nexus won’t be a huge splash.

  • Tristan Cunha

    My guess is that Samsung trying to release a new mid-range phone, based on a slightly updated hardware from the GNex, but that it’s not going to be a Nexus phone. It’s just a way to fill a market niche, and make a little bit more back on their investment. If that’s true, the sd-card makes sense, and it’d would probably be running touch-wiz. Doesn’t the latest Nexus phone always launch with the latest version of the OS? It seems like this would be a bit early for that. Or it could be the LTE version with Jellybean? There’s certainly been enough time to justify a slight hardware bump to go with the latest OS. Or if Google really is planning on having 5 Nexus devices on sale at once this could be Samsung’s contribution to the line up. Two of the others might be the 7 and the Q, but that would still leave a couple more slots open for phones/tablets/phablets. Personally I’d like to see more handset makers do something like this, take solid hardware, and release slightly updated versions to keep up to date with the current market. Small upgrades to the screen/CPU/RAM/Camera can go a long way to keeping a phone current, especially since we’re not likely to see any big changes in the radios/spectrums they’re going to be using anytime soon. And doing that would also be a good case for releasing phones with AOSP instead of a skin, so that the slightly updated hardware could be shipping with the most up to date software available too.

  • Remixedition

    With the connections that Samsung has with Apple and the iPhone maybe the SD slot is to try and differentiate to avoid more comparisons and ensuing legal matters.

  • johnc7995

    Still a dual-core? Not interested.

    • Jeff Metzger

      Agreed. Needs a quad to get my attention.

      • Droosh

        I’d rather have dual A15s than quad A9s any day.

        • Bionic

          Yup

        • TheWenger

          Word

    • Perhaps?…

      Well for a person like me who didn’t have a G-nex before hand, the better camera and the possibly of a killer price might make me buy one

  • ezcats

    This better not be the next nexus (well it could be if they priced it at $250-300). I am hoping for a $300 model and a more expensive model (maybe $400…but not more)

  • ed

    Looks like a gs3 with a smaller screen

  • lye

    Damn, I was hoping they’d upgrade the screen to a 50″

    • tomn1ce

      You want to carry around a tv? unless you meant 5″…. O_o

  • kidheated

    Though I agree with just about everything said here, the nexus 7 is really a prototype. Googs put it out to test their market for vanilla tabs and they succeeded, I guess. But when the majority of your user base is saying “give me more built-in storage” its a good idea to give the peeps what they want. Though I rooted my nextab and use an external card reader, it would be nice to not have to change anything(Props to Wugfresh and his NexusRootToolkit). I can’t wait to see a high-end nextab equivalent or better than the TF700T. I just hope that others take Sammy’s front facing(and correctly positioned) speaker idea and run with it. As far as mid-range goes, they are useless. I never understood this concept. No one actively pursues 2nd place. The only people who use them are the elderly. I’m sorry, but even the poorest people in my neighborhood have either a fruit phone or a high-end android device(the GS3 is huge here).

  • http://twitter.com/codelinx abba dalla

    this just might be a revision, and why not use the new pro chips? i think the new nexus program phone will contain the new chis and have other bells and whistles. This is supposed to be the base for the new hardware, isnt it?

  • http://profiles.google.com/booboolala2000 Patrick Crumpler

    Maybe this will be a mid range phone. And Googlerola will release a high end phone for the ones who want it.

  • Knlegend1

    No sd

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    Hopefully Apple won’t sue them saying, “we’re the first to do minor upgrades and get people to spend their money on our slightly better than last year’s product.”

    • http://twitter.com/A2Eric Eric S

      Couldn’t have said better myself!

      • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

        You know, this report, if true, almost makes me believe that there will definitely be multiple Nexus vendors soon. Why? Why the crap would Samsung all of a sudden decide to throw a microSD card back on the phone? Maybe they saw the reaction consumers had when purchasing the SGS3 over the One X (possibly could have been due to the lack of expansion on the One X’s part).

        Either way, I still stand by my comment. Apple or Android fan aside, my comment about suing and slight upgrades on devices is true, right? :-)

    • meperson

      apple sued samsung because they copied the ipad (even the boxing and charger are copied). and they havenit sued, for example, asus for their asus transformer, because, well, that one is diff. hell, i have a galaxy S phone and i know it’s a iphone copy. a good copy but not good enough, it seems: the storage hardware started failing after only 2 years, right after warranty expired. wont buy a samsung android again. hope the next nexus will be a 4 inch motorola, not a idiot-sized 4.x inches samsung does.

      • meperson

        sorry, typos, not english native AND at work. no time to proofread.

      • BSweetness

        Rob’s comment is a joke based upon the ridiculous amount of lawsuits being thrown around…

        • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

          Hahaha you are 100% right Sweetness.

      • billy routh

        So u want a small pos moto device?

    • BAoxymoron

      Probably covered under their trade dress…

    • SKAVENG3R

      +BIZZILION

  • NorCalGuy

    Hopefully it does have a SD card I am tired of having to delete stuff off my gnex. 30gb just isn’t enough I need my expandable memory… please.

    • ezcats

      dude…what do you have on your phone?

      • gokusimpson

        You know exactly what he has on his phone.

  • Inquizitor

    I’m currently locked in for another year and half with my GNex, but I think all that really seems necessary for a solid new Nexus would be non-Pentile screen, either the same size or a bit smaller to bump up the dpi’s (any larger is braindead IMO), S4 or Exynos (dual vs quad is meh, I care more about 1.7+ GHz), 2GB RAM and at least 16GB storage. A bigger battery, and then cameras comparable to the Razr or S3. Honestly, who wouldn’t be satisfied upgrading to that?

    • Droosh

      The screen on the S3 is pentile and is huge upgrade over the G-Nex panel.

  • interstellarmind

    Marketing to the mid-range is brilliant. It’s the only way to have the masses adopt Android as their OS. Which, is good for us because it’ll mean more Andy devices, more choices. High end devices which we on this blog go for may cone at a premium, though. Which is better? Wide adoption if the OS, or keeping Andy a niche market, relatively speaking.

    • jak_341

      Mid range devices are giving Android a bad name. People have proven they will pay premium dollars for a phone. Dump the low and mid tier and focus on top of the line devices.

      • http://twitter.com/Andr0_X Andr0_X

        They really are. I’ve seen people with the cheap Android phones say, “I hate this phone. Android sucks. I want to get an iPhone.”

        • JoshGroff

          That’s when you show them a good android. ;)

          Back when I had my Rezound I used to show them what they’re missing out on. (now I show off my Thunderbolt’s Speaker and kickstand, that thing is impressive.)

  • blix247

    No upgrade to the display? Weak.

  • jak_341

    Doubt this is the new Nexus. Specs are pretty weak. I would expect a 2GHz quad core, 1080p screen, 2-3 Gb RAM, 128 Gb internal storage, NFC, with a 4000mAh battery at least.

    • RAZR_FANN

      128GB with a 4000mAh battery? Keep dreaming…I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a 2500mAh battery, but the storage is really anyone’s guess at this point.

      • jak_341

        The RAZR Maxx has 3300mAh. I would take a bit thicker for more ‘juice’. It is not outside the realm of possibility.

        • RAZR_FANN

          4000mAh would be a lot thicker, not a bit thicker. The efficiency of the new Snapdragon S4 processor means that the phone itself wouldn’t need as big a battery as the DROID RAZR MAXX has unless the new screen takes up that much more power. The TI OMAP 4430 processor in the RAZR MAXX is not nearly as efficient as the Snapdragon S4 and the Tegra 3 chips.

    • George Fayad

      When has the nexus ever been about specs?

  • Inquizitor

    Just wanted to point out that another big upgrade in the Nexus S was a front-facing camera. It was crap and didn’t even come with video chat at first (I know, my dad owned one for a few months), but it was definitely there. I still agree that it was a “meh” upgrade over the N1, @7f961ff7690239489f897b11e57de1eb:disqus. Just a small correction.

  • http://twitter.com/reggie1225 Reginald Jefferson

    I’d prefer a Nexus NOT made by Samsung. What good is a phone if it has poor radios.

  • fauxshizzl

    I am going to go with “Shenanigans” at this point.

  • Destroythanet

    Needs external memory and a better radio. Those were easily the two worst things about the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Mike

      They’re talking about the GSM version and not the bastardized verizon version. No radio problems with the GSM one at all, I’ve had it since November.

      • fixxmyhead

        lol preach it

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

    If Samsung makes the next Nexus there will be one less buyer. I will never own another Samsung after owning the Galaxy Nexus. I would honestly at this point have a locked bootloader than have the horrible reception of the Galaxy Nexus. The RAZR so much better than the Galaxy Nexus on so many levels. I am about ready to trade my wife so I can have a phone that actually works as a phone and doesn’t require WiFi because of horrible radios.

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    Or they are going to do it all.. This will be a refresh of current nexus at a VERY low price point, and then have more high-end nexus devices as well.. This might also be a way of getting a “Refreshed” nexus to market right away with a nice coat of jelly bean, while newer devices with even better specs are in the works. I guess we just wait and see. :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/princesation Prince Dela Cruz

    I want my first Nexus to be by Motorola

    • John

      You’re going to be waiting a hwhile, unfortunately.

    • Droosh

      I’d like to see what Sony could do.

  • r0lct

    If true we could see a $300 phone off contract. That would be a game changer just as much as a high-end spec’ed phone.

    Edit: hopefully this isn’t the only Nexus phone coming and there will be a high end as well. However I have a feeling this is either a fake or something old.

    • Booyah

      Yes, if they sold this for $300 off contract, this would be my next phone hands down. No more buying from carriers!!

  • Dimitri Whitman Sr

    This is the Nexus we’ve all been waiting for.

  • master94

    I hope not, the specs are lackluster and Google isn’t in the business of re-packaging the same phone and selling it as if its a brand new model, thats Apple’s job. *Cough iphone4s

    • JoshGroff

      Yes, because changing all the internals is a minor change… Also, same exact thing happened with the droid X and X2.

      • gokusimpson

        The X2 is a disgrace to the X. Not the same at all.

        • JoshGroff

          How was it a disgrace, it did get Tegra 2, and a screen resolution bump after all (if it had a 5MP camera, that would’ve been bumped up as well.) Besides that, it was essentially the same phone. So I’ll admit it changed less than the 4-4S, thus proving my point further that Apple is not the worst offender.

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      iPhone 4S: Adding some minor stuff that no one cares about.
      iPhone 5: Catching up to the Android phones of 2012 (4G, 4-inch screen, smaller charging port, etc.)

  • Brad Bowie

    “Give me choices, give me a beast Nexus.”
    ^this

  • John

    Let’s hope it comes with a better battery & I’ll be effin stoked.

  • Mark F

    No way a nexus!

  • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

    All I know is I’ll never get to have it because at this point I am convinced Verizon will never let another nexus phone on their network. Now that’s just me and I really hope I’m wrong. Would this supposed new processor be one that works better with lte and drains less battery?

    • Cowboydroid

      Why would you tie yourself to the devil Verizon?

      • Droosh

        No reason unless you are grandfathered into a deal that can’t be beat.

        • vzwsquasher

          Your grandfathered unlimited deal can be beat by about 7 prepaid bring-your-own phone carriers.

      • gokusimpson

        They’re the only ones with service anywhere near my home. All the other carriers have zero signal here.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        Because like it or not, they have the best network coverage in the country. I’m not terribly happy about the prices myself, but honestly it would take too much to drop my contracts and move, and the only ones with significantly lower prices ($30+ per line) are MVNOs, who have limited coverage at best.

    • TheWenger

      Should read more like “Google will never let another nexus phone on Verizon’s network.”

  • Patrick Kerby

    I want a SD card I am sick of this nexus with the Sin card!!!

  • GazaIan

    Fake. There’s an SD Card.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Its the Galaxy Nexus MAXX.

    • http://twitter.com/FusionSaint99 Joseph

      LOL

    • SH

      LMAO, I guess that Motorola purchase is starting to show…

    • http://peoplewho.tumblr.com wireless G

      I’m holding out for the Galaxy Nexus Epic 6G Touch HD II with Beats Audio.

      • kixofmyg0t

        I can actually see that coming to Sprint.

        • Nickan Fayyazi

          I hate the weird names Sprint gives some smartphones. Let’s look at the name “Epic 4G Touch”.

          Epic: Of course it’s epic.
          4G: Of course it has 4G. It’s not the iPhone.
          Touch: You don’t say!

      • White-o

        lawl achieved.

    • Jake

      Hah. Would be funny to finally get a proper sized battery in a GNex.

      My bet though is that this is a supply chain related component change for a device they have decided to continue to build beyond the EOL of various components in the original. Cheaper to change components to newer low end parts rather than ask for continued production of the older parts that are going EOL. Basically this will be ONE of the new devices and will hence be built for awhile longer so they switched out parts to keep easy supply of them.

      If any of this is even somewhat true, that’s my take.

  • htowngtr

    Seems like an incremental upgrade, honestly. When will A15 cores be available?

    • JoshGroff

      Well, considering the S4 is A15, now…

      • Droosh

        Not exactly. Qualcomm does much of their own architecture design for krait. Arm’s are coming though.

        • JoshGroff

          Yes, but I thought it’s equivalent to A15?

          • TheWenger

            Based off A15. ARM doesn’t make chips, they just do the R&D to come up with better ones and license the tech to chipmakers.

          • Droosh

            I’m no expert. I refer you to Anandtech.com. Read their SoC review articles. They are great.

      • htowngtr

        That’s my point. In these phones specifically instead of A9.

    • droidsung

      I wouldn’t dismiss the 1.5Ghz processor as small bump until we see what it is. Quad vs Dual is moot point. If it’s OMAP 4470, it’s got significantly more powerful SGX544 GPU than SGX540 in 4460.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    SD card slot = not a nexus

    • Nex__

      Thats what made me upset, SD card wish G-Nex and 7 had one.

    • Droosh

      Plus, I can’t possibly see them putting in a dual core A9 when the S3 International was quad A9 and the US wasi dual core Krait. A15’s will be coming out – and any Nexus with less than dual A15s or equivalent would be disappointing.

  • Droidzilla

    I’ll be disappointed if only Samsung gets in on the next Nexus; time fro somebody else to take a turn. If we’re going to have multiple Nexi, like it was rumoured, then I’m fine with it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mikeslager Mike Slager

      I REALLY want Motorola to get their crap together and get a Nexus. Their phones are so much better built (hardware-wise) than HTC and Samsung.

      • http://twitter.com/Thracks Robert Hallock

        At no point since the Motorola Droid has Motorola had any core hardware that’s superior to a competitor. Not screens, not SoCs, not RAM… Not one thing that sits on that PCB. Only battery and external materials.

        • Droosh

          Fit and finish is all many think about as being quality. Look at all those that swear by the iPhone despite it’s fragility.

          • Liquidretro

            I do agree the build quality of motorola phones are good, they don’t feel all plastic in the hand. They also tend to work well as a phone. Call quality is top notch with active noise canceling too.

        • gokusimpson

          I still can’t get enough of the slightly rubberized exterior of my Droid X. It holds up well to the dropsies and isn’t slick and slippery

          • Big_EZ

            I know, I wish the RAZR and RAZR Maxx had it. My dream phone would be the size and shape of a RAZR Maxx, maxx battery, quad core, 2 gb ram, 4.8″ HD screen, unencrypted bootloader, microsd card slot, and the finish of the Droid X.

        • hkklife

          Droid X? Other than than the OG Evo (which did have WiMax but also had a lower-re screen, an arguably worse camera and battery life and MUCH less internal storage), no other phone in the summer of 2010 could beat the DX’s 4.3″ 854×480 screen & 1Ghz CPU specs.

          Also, the D2 Global was clocked at 1.2Ghz which DID make it technically the fastest handset on the market at the time of its release but this ended when the first Tegra2 device hit a few months later.

      • Trueblue711

        It’s probably going to be a while before this happens.. Google probably doesn’t want to scare other OEMs into thinking that Google is going to give Moto special treatment. Also, I don’t think Nexus phones are very profitable, and given the financial hole Moto has been in, they need to sell to the masses, like the DROID line has been doing.

      • Nickan Fayyazi

        Motorola makes well-built phones; they’re just ugly (in my opinion) and their specs aren’t outstanding.

    • Nickan Fayyazi

      Me too. I’ll probably still prefer the Samsung version, but it’ll be nice to get some variety.

  • http://twitter.com/ianjfletch Ian Fletcher

    TWO REAR cameras? lol

  • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

    Its the S2 Plus. Not the nexus Plus

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Was sort of thinking the same thing, all though, it is called “Nexus” in this sheet. But again, who’s to say that this thing is official in any way.

      • r0lct

        Wasn’t there a rumor when Sprint got their GN that is was going to have a spec bump? Maybe this is where that rumor came from?

        • Nickan Fayyazi

          Perhaps. I’ve never heard of that rumor but if there was one your reason seems plausible.

    • Jerome Rhodes

      but the screen is smaller. seems like the next nexus

    • http://www.facebook.com/troop.threeninetwo Troop Threeninetwo

      I agree S2+, although I find Samsung’s release direction odd. Move on to “bigger and better”. Don’t rehash old standard create a new one!

  • Dc

    Oooooo SD card slot.

  • moe6

    “The rear camera is bumped to 8MP, the rear to 1.9MP, and a microSD card slot could accompany it.” Hay guys