Samsung's Nexus Prime Android 2.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich" smartphone is briefly shown by the company in a video ahead of CTIA, where the Android OEM and Google will introduce the phone.
There's nothing like the launch of a major, potentially
big-selling product to get the competitive juices flowing.
Just hours after Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled its iPhone 4S
, Samsung Mobile
released a brief video teasing its forthcoming Android-based Nexus Prime
smartphone, which the company is expected to unveil alongside Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) at CTIA
In the 29-second clip, available on YouTube here
compares things that go better together, such as cookies and milk and newspapers
and coffee before noting that "something big is coming" at Samsung's
Unpacked event next week in San Diego.
The "something big" reference is an allusion to
the screen size of the Nexus Prime, which reportedly offers a 4.65-inch, Super
AMOLED Plus display with a 1,280-by-720 resolution.
Indeed, Samsung at the end
of the video showed a dark side view of
the alleged Nexus Prime, which is clearly contoured like the Samsung Nexus S
before it and appears to have a larger display.
The Nexus Prime almost certainly will launch exclusively
on Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZW) with Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich,"
the next-generation build that leverages holographic user interface
functionality from the Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" branch for tablets.
an idea of how that will look, check out this video made by someone
who scored a Samsung Nexus S running ICS on eBay
. Note the multitasking and
offered several other details, including that is has a metal body and
packs a 2,000-mAh battery inside a super-thin, 8.8-millimeter-thick frame.
Moreover, the handset will run a 1.5GHz, dual-core Samsung Exynos processor
and offer 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. An 8MP camera with HD video
recording in 1080p is also on tap.
Samsung Galaxy S II handsets have sold over 10 million
units worldwide since April without the benefit of major U.S. sales.
Yet clearly Samsung feels it
needs to do something big to blunt the hype from the iPhone 4S, which offers
users a speedy A5 processor, an 8MP camera, iCloud and iOS 5, as well as
the Siri intelligent assistant application on both GSM and CDMA networks.
While the handset still boasts the 3.5-inch screen Apple
fans have become accustomed to, Samsung and Google will clearly tout the larger
screen size of the Nexus Prime, the speedier processor, along with the fresh
ICS build, as advantages over the iPhone 4S.
Meanwhile, Samsung sued to block the iPhone
4S launch in France and Italy
, claiming the device infringes on the company's
3G wireless technology patents.