Nexus Prime battery life and processor worries

By Alan Ng - Sep 30, 2011

If you have already decided that the Samsung Nexus Prime is the next smartphone for you, there is little doubt that you’ll be tuning into Samsung and Google’s upcoming Mobile Unpacked event that has now been confirmed to be taking place on October 11.

One thing that is still up for debate though is the type of processor that will be included in the device, as although it has been heavily rumored to include a dual-core 1.5ghz processor, the brand of this processor is yet to be determined, and could make a vital difference in terms of overall performance.

Now the news has been confirmed that Samsung has just announced and unveiled their latest mobile processor, the dual-core Exynos 1.5GHz processor which is said to brings with it a 30% increase in power efficiency compared to the old Exynos processor that was featured in original Samsung Galaxy S II handsets.

This new chip will be featured in the new models of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but it is understood that it will not be featured in the upcoming Galaxy Prime, or Galaxy Prime, much to the disappointment of Android fans. Instead, the processor of choice is likely to be the dual-core 1.5Ghz OMAP 4460 which has been designed by Texas Instruments and is apparently the platform of Google’s choice for Ice Cream Sandwich, as reported from Droid-Life.

Obviously this will not be 100% confirmed until Google and Samsung dish the dirt at their Mobile Unpacked event on October 11, but it does put pose the question that the Nexus Prime would carry more battery life if it had Samsung’s new Exynos processor equipped within, rather than the TI OMAP 4460.

Let us know your thoughts on this one guys. Would you be disappointed if the Nexus Prime featured the TI processor rather than the Samsung Exynos chip? Perhaps more importantly – would you still buy the device at launch?

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  • “but it is understood that it will not be featured in the upcoming Galaxy Prime”… Understood by whom? Unless you mean the Droid Prime?

    Otherwise I’d have to completely disagree. EVERYTHING points to the Nexus Prime HAVING the new Exynos 4212… The Nexus line is (per Eric Schmidt) Google’s means of pushing the hardware platform. The CTIA has a spot open in their Gaming and Entertainment award section (likely) for the Nexus Prime. And it’s a little too coincidental that Samsung announces the 4212 only a couple of weeks before the expected announcement of the Nexus Prime.

    The only I see that the Nexus Prime doesn’t have the 4212 is if by they went for the mindblowing surprise of using the NVidia quad-core Kal-El instead!

    • Anonymous

      the 4212 has just been announced(and probably first sampled around this time), you can’t get a phone in the market with a new SoC in a month or two from the date you hear about it. It takes at least half an year for software to mature on a new SoC.

  • Sumit Banerjee

    I’m going to buy it either way, but I would rather have an Exynos processor than the OMAP. In the end, though, no one’s going to notice the difference.