The history of Google’s Nexus series of smartphones has been very interesting. First came the Nexus One, the device promised users an unadulterated Android experience. This at a time when most Android device manufacturers were busy customizing their Android offerings came as a breath of fresh air to the purist Android user who didn’t want all the bells and whistles that most other snap on UI’s offered.
The Nexus One came and went away, died a rather unceremonious death and people mourned. If that wasn’t all, there was virtual confirmation from Google that they were not interested in following it up with a successive reference Android device. However, they did however surprise many folks by coming up with the Nexus S, an obvious successor to the original Nexus One. Taking cues from the Samsung Galaxy S, even the Nexus S has started to look a tad outdated, rumor mills have started churning out reports that seem to suggest that Google is already working on a successor to the Nexus S.
The replacement to the Nexus S will be known as the “Nexus 4G”. It will feature some seriously powerful hardware and would also run the then latest version of Android. The device is likely to be powered by either 1.2Ghz or 1.5 Ghz dual core processor that power phones like the HTC Sensation and the Samsung Galaxy S II. The source also adds that the device will not feature Nvidia’s Kal-El processor – but would use an OMAP 4460 or a 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon processor.
Another juicy bit of information we have regarding the phone is about its display, the size of which has not been revealed. It is said to have a 720p display (1280*720 pixels). The device will also do away with physical buttons as seen on the Android smartphones of today. The buttons would make way for a full Honeycomb like experience.
Expected features include full 4G support, at least 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture and playback support coupled with a 1 Megapixel front facing camera for video calling.
This device will also be interesting because it might end up as being the first device to run Google’s next major Android release, the much anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich.
The device is expected to be out on sale by Thanksgiving this year.