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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Announced: The Galaxy Nexus with ICS!


Finally, here it is! Samsung officially announced the third generation of the Nexus series: The Galaxy Nexus alias Nexus Prime. It is no surprise that it will be the first smartphone to run Ice Cream Sandwich.
Keep on reading for the spec list and the reason why it isn't the ultimate smartphone CG hoped for.

At first, the specs:
  • 4.65-inch (1280 x 720-pixel) Super AMOLED with curved glass
  • TI OMAP 4460 2x 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back (recording at 1080p), 1.3-megapixel on the front
  • LTE or HSPA
  • NFC
  • 9mm thin
  • 1,750 mAh battery
  • running Android 4.0 alias Ice Cream Sandwich

At a first glance, these specs really look superb, but as we took a closer look, we revealed these two disapointments:

1.  CPU: We heard a lot of rumors about the high-end SoC from Texas Instruments and that the latest Nexus will feature it. Instead of two times 1.5 GHz, we have "only" 1.2 GHz. Of course, this isn't bad at all, but not what we hoped for...

2. Outdated GPU: Again we have to criticize the choice of Samsung's SoC. Instead of using the Exynos SoC with a very powerful GPU called Mali-400, the Nexus contains only a very old GPU from 2007: the SGX540. C'mon Sammy, 1280x720 pixels combined with a four years old GPU?! 

We know, this is critic on a very high level, but remember: Sammy promised us a "big" thing....


It is still the best Nexus ever with a very impressive screen (HD+SAMOLED). But again, it isn't a phone without a spot. It features a disapointing GPU and a weaker CPU than expected. It just ruined our overall impression.

But if you are searching for the pure ICS experience combined with a phone up-to-date, the Galaxy Nexus is definitely the best choice!

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