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Next Google Nexus may pack LTE, 720p 'monster' screen

updated 11:15 am EDT, Wed June 15, 2011

Google Nexus 4G may use LTE, dual-core, 720p

Google's promised Nexus phone may be one of the most advanced phones ever when it ships this fall, according to a detailed rumor on Wednesday. Tentatively called the Nexus 4G, it would be a centerpiece for Ice Cream Sandwich's all-touch interface with a "monster-sized," 720p screen. It would also pack LTE-based 4G and could even be the first cross-carrier LTE device since it will follow after AT&T's LTE network launch.

Inside, the phone wouldn't necessarily be bleeding edge but would be at the forefront. It would run a future dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz processor, most likely either a TI OMAP4460 or else a Qualcomm Krait-based Snapdragon chip, along with 1GB of RAM. The speed would let it record 1080p video. Unusually, it would still be using just a five-megapixel camera and focus on low-light photography and genuine image quality over resolution.

A launch would come sometime around Thanksgiving in late November. The hardware manufacturer hasn't been identified, though, and it's possible the phone may simply be a regular third-party phone 'blessed' as Google's official Ice Cream Sandwich hardware. One as yet unverified rumor alluded to HTC once again manufacturing the hardware.

If a Nexus, the design would see Google return to making the phone one of the best devices on the market rather than just giving it an unmodified OS. The Nexus One led smartphones for months; the Samsung-made Nexus S, though, was just a mildly upgraded Galaxy S using a newer OS.

by MacNN Staff



  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    720p Overkill

    Maybe an Opthalmologist or Video Engineer out there can correct me, but I'm pretty sure that the human eye wouldn't be able to fully differentiate 480p vs 720p on a screen the size of a smartphone. Now, if they're talking about making the Nexus the physical size of say an iPad you may be able to take advantage of the higher resolution. Of course, a phone of that girth may be a little difficult to fit in the average persons front pocket.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Typical Marketing

    It's funny how marketing people love numbers. The fact that size appears to matter so much to these people suggests that they may be compensating for something. This mentality is so utterly juvenile, it should have no place within a corporate environment. Having a bigger anything, screen-size, RAM, Mhz or Ghz or whatever, without ever suggesting why such an enlarged number might actually improve the experience, is one good reason why all these marketing types should be placed at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean beside all the lawyers!

  1. droz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Monster Size?

    Really? This is what it's coming to?

  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Finally, it will be beautiful...

    Android boys will be well ahead of the curve with this. They will be able to run all their malware and virus application in a gorgeous screen. Virus and Malware never look this beautiful.

  1. yamid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A bit negative

    You guys certainly seem a bit negative on this. A display that size with 720p makes sense to me. If you don't think it does, think about the fact that the iPhone 4 is nearly that resolution and is slightly smaller, assuming that guy doesn't have some sort of freaky baby hand, so it would seem like this would be around the same general ppi resolution. The phone I use has smaller display with a resolution around 480p (800 x 480) and I can definitely spot pixels on, especially while reading. Yes, the phone looks like it's big, but really no bigger than the typical high-end Android phones. I'm not a fan of big phones myself, but it certainly looks like most people are going by what the most popular models are.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Typical Marketing

    It's funny how marketing people love numbers. The fact that size appears to matter so much to these people suggests that they may be compensating for something.

    Yeah, it can't be that they're using a large resolution because the screen is bigger, and they want to keep the dpi/ppi well above 300 so they can have their own 'retina display' (since that's all Apple's name implies, a high dpi).

    For, I'm sure you'd be pointing out the lower dpi if they used the same resolution that Apple has.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android fanboys compensating for shortcomings?

    So do these droid fans really think women will ask them if that is a phone in their pocket or if they are happy to see them?

    There comes a point when a phone can be "too" big.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android Frags

    What a buzz words c*** announcement. No clue on which type of screen they will use (LCD or OLED), 720p does not give any detail don't give a clue on the "REAL" screen resolution, we've seen many pretentious claimed HD screen before.

    I wonder how many resolutions Android phones got right now, at least 4 or 5. I wonder how game developer can handle that well.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'd like to know how they'll be able to keep

    the cost of such a smartphone low and still make a profit. I'm sure they're not going to have a very high production run of such a high-end smartphone. I'm pretty certain smartphones are being pushed up to their hardware limits about now and there's only so much average users need. Smartphones really need to be getting longer battery life rather than constantly pushing the processor speed higher and higher. Users will only need to have such fast processors if they're playing certain games and the rest of the time those cores will be idling. I wonder if there is such a thing as an optimal smartphone size. How big is too big? I guess companies will only know if most consumers tell them it's too big. Do most women really want huge smartphones?

  1. Integr8d

    Joined: Dec 1969



    HD, outside of the ATSC definitions, can mean anything you want. Sunglasses are now sold as 'High Definition'. Audio products are sold as 'High Definition'. Who will be first to market 'High Definition Water'?

    If they state 720p, it's generally assumed to be 16x9 resolution. But I say assumed. They could easily make it 480x720 and call it 720p. It would be outside the normal convention (and probably tick a lot of people off). But technically, it would be 720 (vertically).

    Companies get away with too much of this stuff.

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