Samsung Galaxy Nexus Officially Announcedby Brian Klug on October 18, 2011 10:40 PM EST
Samsung today officially announced the specifications for the newest member of the Nexus family - Galaxy Nexus. The announcement closely matches what we've been anticipating for some time now, including a TI OMAP 4460 SoC at 1.2 GHz, 720p Super AMOLED HD display, HSPA+ or optional LTE connectivity and a few other things. We've put together a table with the specs handed out by Samsung at the event.
|Samsung Galaxy Nexus|
|SoC||1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460|
|Display||4.65" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED|
|Camera||5 MP AF with LED Flash (Rear), 1.3 MP Front Facing|
|Memory||1 GB LPDDR2, 16 GB / 32 GB NAND|
|Dimensions||135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm, 135 grams|
|Battery||1750 mAh Li-Ion|
HSPA+ 21.1 850/900/1900/1700/2100
LTE depending on region
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, ALS, Proximity, Barometer|
|Connectivity||802.11n a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), BT 3.0, NFC, USB 2.0|
The profile of the Galaxy Nexus matches the teaser photos that Samsung has been pushing out, including a thin curved profile with a thickness of 8.94 mm at the thinnest point. Samsung also stressed that although the display size has increased, the phone hasn't gained much in terms of outline thanks to a reduced bezel size of just 4.29 mm on the left and right. Of course, the device will be host to the newest verison of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when it launches.
Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Nexus will be available sometime in November, and we look forward to getting some hands on time with the device and giving it a full review.
Source: Samsung Mobile, Google
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Goi - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkHmm yeah, facial hair could mess things up...
Ushio01 - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkFor all the fuss I expected more than a Galaxy S 2 HD with worse camera's.
jiffylube1024 - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkWorse camera? You mean because 5MP cannot possible be better than 8MP?? All we know about the new Galaxy Nexus' camera is that it's 5MP, does 1080p HD video (just like the SGS II's camera) and has virtually no shutter lag. It's very possible that the camera in the Galaxy Nexus is similar, the same or better than the one in the SGS II and they dropped the megapixels to improve shutter lag and performance in the new panoramic camera mode.
Ushio01 - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkThe phone is thinner so wouldn't the sensor require a decrease in size? plus the front camera is 1.3MP reduced from 2MP.
Zan Lynx - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkMegapixels is not the final word on camera quality. Not even close.
Now, I am not saying the camera is better or worse. I am saying that you can't claim it is worse just because it's 5 MP instead of 8 MP. Optics, sensor noise and processing all contribute to the picture.
I used to have a 2 MP camera and its pictures were clearly superior when compared to a friend's 8 MP camera, just because my 2 MP camera was top of the line when it was new and his 8 MP was a $75 give away model.
doobydoo - Thursday, October 20, 2011 - linkJust because there are exceptions doesn't mean we should ignore a clear correlation. The majority of phone cameras which have higher megapixel cameras take more detailed pictures and can obviously zoom in more without losing quality.
I'm seeing no evidence here to suggest that the camera has improved anything which should lead us to ignore the aforementioned correlation.
Paulman - Thursday, October 20, 2011 - linkTheoretically, more megapixels often results in LOWER image quality. Because with cell phone cameras, you're usually bound by noise and low-light performance, which is a direct result of smaller pixels.
So a lower megapixel camera should outperform a higher megapixel camera in a smartphone in indoor or low-light settings. The only time it won't is if you need to crop / want to zoom in digitally, and only if there's already LOTS of light (e.g. outdoors during the day). But if you're taking an outdoor daytime shot, the majority of users won't care if the image is 5MP or 8MP because they're going to upload it to Facebook / Twitter straight from their phone, anyways, so it's going to be downsampled.
HOWEVER, where doobydoo may have a point though is that typically a 5MP camera will be OLDER than an 8MP camera - in other words, it's not just lower megapixels, but the 8MP camera may be made on a better silicon process, etc. Case in point: iPhone 4's 5MP camera vs the BETTER (in low-light) iPhone 4S 8MP camera sensor. It's better in low-light because of backside illumination, NOT because of the megapixel increase.
Really, I'm just curious to see what this 5MP sensor is really like. Maybe it's quite advanced? :P
doobydoo - Thursday, October 20, 2011 - linkAs you say, the only way a lower megapixel camera would outperform a higher megapixel camera is if they hadn't made the necessary changes to allow the same level of light to be captured per pixel, that was a big selling point of the iPhone 4 camera, which would only happen with poor engineering.
The point is, that improvement HAS happened in the iPhone 4s, as you say - and that is the phone to which this one will be compared - and as a result the major difference is simply resolution.
Resolution on its own is important consideration anyway - it simply means more available pixels which can capture more minute details. I think it's fair to say that the iPhone 4S camera is likely to take better photographs than this one.
Skiddywinks - Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - linkAnd a worse GPU.
doobydoo - Thursday, October 20, 2011 - linkThe Galaxy S2 also has a faster GPU in the Mali-400, both of which are significantly slower than the 543 found in the iPhone 4S