Upgraded 1.8Ghz Galaxy Nexus CPU whispers

By Alan Ng - Jan 31, 2012

Google and Samsung have only just released the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless, but this week we have whispers to suggest that a new upgraded model may already be in the pipeline, after a recent benchmark produced some interesting results.

The Galaxy Nexus launched in November 2011 in Europe and after a month later, the device finally arrived on Verizon Wireless in December. Many consumers feel that Google’s latest flagship handset is easily the best Android smartphone on the market right now, and this is largely thanks to the fact that it is the first device to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s latest version of their Android operating system.

Now imagine our surprise when we heard that a new model may already be on the way. It hasn’t been officially confirmed yet of course, but recent benchmark results obtained and published by Droid-Life appear to show a Galaxy Nexus with a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, which has been attached to an upcoming processor from Texas Instruments known as the OMAP4470.

Just so you’re aware, the Galaxy Nexus ships with a SGX 540 GPU and a TI OMAP4460 processor, so there definitely is something fishy going on. What is even more exciting for those who are interested in an upgraded model, is that the new OMAP4470 processor can apparently be clocked right up to 1.8Ghz. If it turns out to be true that Google and Samsung are planning an upgraded model so soon, then you have to feel for those users who have just forked out on the current Nexus on a two year contract with Verizon – should this treatment really occur for a supposed flagship model?

Don’t forget though, that the Sprint Galaxy Nexus has already been confirmed and this could just be a glance at the Sprint version which will come with an upgraded processor compared to the Verizon model. 1.8Ghz is obviously very attractive on paper though, so it will be interesting to see what becomes of this.

Galaxy Nexus owners – how do you feel about this?

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