Google Nexus Prime phone probably launching in October, probably putting it head to head with the iPhone 5
Rumor has it that Apple will announce its new iPhone in late September, with the phone hitting shelves in early October. “But wait,” says Google. “October is when we’re going to launch Nexus Prime, our brand new Android phone with our brand new ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ version of Android.” Oh shit, it’s on. SMARTPHONE FIGHT!
The hardware, according to the Korean-language Electronic Times (via Boy Genius Report), will be beastly. Rumored specs include a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a 4.5-inch display with 1280-by-720 resolution. Samsung is reportedly the manufacturer, although Nexus phones are Google-branded.
Google has suggested that it’ll have a new Nexus phone ready for the holidays, but has otherwise been cagey about its hardware plans and about what Ice Cream Sandwich will look like on smartphones. Google’s tablet version of Android, known as Honeycomb, moved navigation buttons (such as “home” and “back”) into the software, and also added a multitasking button for quick access to recent apps. If phones based on Ice Cream Sandwich are to do the same, it makes sense to have a larger touch screen where those navigation buttons will reside.