Samsung is all set to launch its new mobile phone Nexus Prime (rumoured name) in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The new phone will be the third mobile phone to be made in collaboration with the search giant Google, the first two being Nexus (made by HTC) and Nexus S (made by Samsung itself). It was first scheduled to be launched last week, but was postponed due to the demise of arch rival Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs earlier this month. Let's have a look at what we can expect from the new mobile phone.
Nexus Prime will be the first mobile phone to run on Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), the latest version of the Android operating system. We had first written about the OS when Google announced it at its I/O 2011 conference earlier this year and later when Notion Ink disclosed that the new version will be launched by Google in late October, 2011. It seems their prediction turned out to be true after all (earlier Notion Ink had accurately predicted the release date for Android 2.3 Gingerbread)
Android has already become the most widely used operating system for smartphones and tablets and Ice Cream Sandwich will take this to the next level since it will be Google's first operating system that will run on both tablets and phones.
Running on the Android 4.0 (ICS) operating system, the mobile phone will have a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED high definition (HD) touchscreen display (1280x720 pixel resolution) and will be powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz processor. The device will have 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory which can be further expanded up to a total of 64GB (32+32) with a 32GB microSD card.
The device will be free of physical buttons and instead will have on-screen touchscreen buttons instead (like the ones present in popular Samsung devices). It may also sport an 8 megapixel rear camera that can also record full HD videos at 1080p and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.
The device will also have a 2050 mAh battery, which should provide up to 10 hours of talk time. On the connectivity front it will have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G and will come with a microUSB port, a microSD card slot and an HDMI port.
Availability and Price
The device would be made available in various countries including US and UK early November this year, following which it will be launched in other parts of the world including India. The device will easily be priced in excess of Rs 30,000 considering the specifications it offers and many believe that it will directly compete with the latest sensation from Apple, the iPhone 4S.
Apple has already sold more than 3 million pieces of iPhone 4S since its launch and we expect that the initial craze over ICS will work in favour of Nexus Prime and will help boost the sales of the new mobile phone from Samsung.
Keep track of this space for the actual specs and price of the device when it is finally launched tomorrow.