A smorgasbord of leaked specs for Samsung's new phone

Update: According to stuff.tv, Samsung has decided to postpone the product announcement that this post refers to. Stuff.tv says they received this quote from Samsung:

"Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced."

Engadget has confirmed the news. So it seems we go back to waiting.

Update #2: AndroidCentral has a slight more detailed quote from Kim Titus, director of public relations for Samsung Telecommunications America:

"Samsung and Google have decided to postpone the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event during the CTIA in San Diego, previously scheduled for Oct. 11. Under the current circumstances, both parties have agreed that this is not the appropriate time for the announcement of a new product. We would ask for the understanding of our clients and media for any inconvenience caused. We will announce a new date and venue in due course.

The obvious connection to make from "current circumstances" is that the postponement is a result of Steve Jobs' death, but that's just speculation at this point.

Original post follows.

Wow, yesterday was an exciting day for Android phone fans as a flurry of speculation erupted around Samsung's new phone, code-named Nexus Prime.

Let's start at the beginning. Next week at CTIA, Samsung and Google are hosting an event called Samsung Mobile Unpacked 2011. Google has already spilled the beans that they'll be announcing Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich) and Samsung is teasing the event with a video (embedded below) stating "Something BIG is coming." Most pundits expect Samsung will show off its new phone currently code-named Nexus Prime. Of course, most pundits expected Apple to show off the iPhone 5 earlier this week, too.

Anyway, early in the day yesterday, Boy Genius Report leaked the specs of the Nexus Prime, calling it the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and saying that it would be a Verizon exclusive.

As for the technical specs, the highlights were a TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHZ, a 1280x720 4.65" Super AMOLED HD screen with curved glass, a 5 megapixel back-facing camera, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera, 32 GB of on-board storage, a 1,750 mAh battery and running Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

There were a few details that surprised me. 32 GB of storage seemed very generous and the post said both that the phone would be a Verizon exclusive and that it was "LTE/HSPA depending on carrier."

Anyway, the Internet did not take kindly to these leaked specs, with various comments on blogs and social media disputing the them. At this point there's so much confusion that we should probably just sit tight until next Tuesday when all will be revealed, but where's the fun in that?

GSMArena is one of the sites disagreeing with BGR. They claim to have spoken to a tipster from inside Google who said the device will have Samsung's own chipset with a dual-core, 1.5 Ghz processor. This chipset also has a dual-core GPU from Imagination; possibly the same GPU found in the iPad 2. The tipster told GSMArena that the rear-facing camera is 8 megapixel and capable of shooting 1080P video and that it would have a 2,050 mAh battery that should be good for a couple of days between charges.

The one point of agreement is the 1280x720, 4.65" screen, described as "head turning."

Now let's dip into the social networking pool for an example of what's going on there. Over on Google+, a gentleman in my Circles named Lee Johnston claims he has the real specs as well. His specs are basically in line with GSMArena's except he suggests the battery is only 1,850 mAh and that the front facing camera is a 2 megapixel. Johnston says the Nexus Prime is basically a Galaxy S II LTE and offered a link to Samsung's Galaxy S II press release. Johnston says he knows people; maybe he does.

Confused yet? It gets better. Droid-Life defended BGR's leak, saying "these [specs] match up exactly to what our sources have told us" and going on to say the Nexus Prime will have a 5 megapixel camera but that it'll be very fast. I hope that part of the rumor, at least, is right. I'd love a faster camera on my next phone.

So who should we believe? I must confess I'm not sure.

I do think the reveal is going to be more than just a phone. I think they must have at least two products, given that their teaser vid is all about how some things just go better together (though maybe they're just referring to Android 4 and the phone). What do you think?

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