Making sense of Nexus (Droid) Prime rumors

By Peter Chubb - Sep 23, 2011

By now you would have noticed that rumors surrounding the Samsung Nexus (aka Droid) Prime would have now started to increase, which is due to the reason that it is likely to be released on Verizon next month, along with the iPhone 5 as well. Back on September 9th we were treated to a photo and a spec list of what we can expect. Now we do not know if this was the real deal, but from what we have seen over the past week, we cannot see why not.

The most interesting thing that we learned happened not so long ago, and that was the fact that one guy claimed to have actually seen the device, but was said to have taken place after the Verizon Developer Conference. We listed some of the features, and that oversized home button was there also. However, we cannot be certain if it will make it to the final build version.

What we found most interesting is the weight of the handset, as we recently reported that it will not be as light as a Samsung Galaxy S II, but will be more like a Droid – as we know that those devices always weigh more than many other Android handsets on the market. Again, we cannot say if this is true, but it would make sense, as the S2 as it is commonly known is considered to be a little too light and fragile for some consumers.

Another rumor that we need to look at is the Android OS, it was first assumed that the Prime would come with Ice Cream Sandwich installed, but it now looks as though we will have to wait. This means that it will come with Gingerbread for now, due to the fact that the latest Nexus phone could be with us in October, and the next version of Android will not be released until the end of this year.

Having said that, Google will want the ICS to be released at the same time as a big phone launch, this either means bringing the new OS forward, or delaying the Prime until a later date. When do you expect to see the Samsung Nexus Prime, and what mobile operating system will be running things?

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  • Ffitchner

    Mid November at the earliest with ics installed. If ics is NOT installed, then the phone will be a user flop just like the fascinate getting froyo (which was well over 6 months past due). If this phone has the samsung name on it I will be very surprised as well as sad as it will certainly remind us fascinate users of the bitter taste of failure. The current line up of smart phones from Verizon is boring except for bionic so big red needs this one to be done “Really right”.

  • Anonymous

    I was at a bar last night and had a few pints next to a guy that introduced himself as Mike.  He claimed to be a field tester for Samsung.  Mike had the most beautiful phone ever in his shirt pocket (Nexus Prime) and showed it to me, even let me handle it for a minute but wouldn’t let me take any pictures.  No keyboard, no buttons on the front, the screen dwarfed my OG Droid and it was insanely fast.  The screen was absolutely brilliant.  There was no slider keyboard and he said there’s no talk of one with a keyboard (at least not that he’s been informed of).  8MP Camera on the back and 5 on the front!!!  I was relieved to see an LED for notifications as well.  Metal chassis, it has a nice weight to it and feels great in my hands.  I’m still drooling over this thing.  He confirmed that the target date is actually October 27.  I can’t wait!!!  Oh and I don’t want to forget…NFC :-)

    • Manny Subia

      That definitely sounds about right! I just left a comment on another blog about the Prime. I happen to have a close friend that is an Engineer at Big Red. He didn’t get into details such as yourself, but he told me it was amazing and that I should DEFINITELY wait for it =D

    • Aww so its not being released on October 11th just announced!? Grr, I’m so tired of waiting then when its finally announced I’m just going to have to wait longer.

  • Anonymous

    It would be a huge misstake to release the Nexus Prime without ICS pre installed.

  • Anonymous

    I believe that a cut down version(from its original hyped goals) of ice cream sandwich will come with nexus and that is the whole reason there is already rumors of the next version ” jelly bean”.

  • I don’t know when the Nexus Prime will come out, which Android version it will be packing, what the final build might look like of what the specs will be as all I have heard is rumors.  It comes out when it comes out.  We might know more when we are closer to launch whenever that might be.

  • I don’t know when the Nexus Prime will come out, which Android version it will be packing, what the final build might look like of what the specs will be as all I have heard is rumors.  It comes out when it comes out.  We might know more when we are closer to launch whenever that might be.

  • Ytram

    Seeing as how Eric Schmidt has stated ICS is coming out in the October/November timeframe, I think it’s safe to say the Nexus Prime will come out at the same time.  I’m not sure if that historically holds true or not with previous Nexus models though.

  • Ytram

    Seeing as how Eric Schmidt has stated ICS is coming out in the October/November timeframe, I think it’s safe to say the Nexus Prime will come out at the same time.  I’m not sure if that historically holds true or not with previous Nexus models though.