Nexus Prime (rumored specs) vs. iPhone 4S – Google’s next handset looks killer

Earlier today BGR leaked what IS allegedly the next flagship Android handset’s spec sheet. The Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus boasts some impressive specs, and with stock Android, we know that those should amount to one fantastic performance.

Green colored specs are those which for many would be considered “better”, but like I’ve stated in the past, it’s completely subjective. The 0.3mm size difference won’t be noticeable – the shape of the Prime will though, with it’s crazy curved glass display. But it’s one huge display. For me, anything over 4-inches is way too big for a smartphone, but that’s just my own personal preference.

Undoubtedly, if this device does end up having a 720p display, it’s going to look incredible, especially with Samsung’s awesome Super AMOLED technology behind it. The blacks will be deep and the colors much more vibrant than the Retina display. However, having such a power intensive display – lots of pixels = more processing and battery power – that 1700mAh battery and 1.2GHz dual-core won’t appear any better than the 4S in day-to-day use. You’ll get zippy performance, that’s for sure, but the battery will last about a day, unless you’re constantly watching movies, then it’ll last a few hours.

Essentially, for me, this battle of devices comes down to whether or not you want a fantastic camera, or an incredible display. Which do you value most? The iPhone 4S’ 8mp camera doesn’t just have a higher resolution, it is a better lens system and will be – in my opinion – the best snapper ever seen on an iPhone. Time will tell, but, if they’ve improved on the one already in the iPhone 4, it’s going to be insanely good.

A deal clincher for data hungry users will be the LTE compatibility. Granted, the iPhone 4S’ 14.4mbps is going to be quick, but it’s no match for Verizon’s 4G network. That is, if you’re inside an LTE area. If you are, you should be on the lookout for a spare battery, because this beast will kill it in no time – flat. For those outside the 4G coverage sweet spots: you could be grateful that you’re not draining your battery after a couple of hours web surfing.

So, when it comes to pure hardware specs, essentially what you’re looking at is this: one device has an awesome display and (potentially) very fast data speeds, the other has an amazing camera and fast data speeds. One runs the latest version of Android, the other runs the latest version of iOS. Which will you choose? Let me know on twitter (@TiP_Cam), or use the comments section below. (Rumors are that the Nexus Prime/Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be launched a couple of weeks after the iPhone 4S.)

[UPDATE: GSM Arena is reporting the following: 

"According to our source, the device codenamed Nexus Prime is going to ship with Samsung's own chipset, with a blazingly fast dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. But wait, there's more.

On that chipset will also reside a powerful dual-core GPU from Imagination. We suspect it's going to be the PowerVR SGX543MP2, or in other words, the same GPU found in the iPad 2 (and quite probably on the iPhone 4S as well).

On the back, instead of the 5-megapixel snapper, our source claims, there's an 8-megapixel, full 1080p HD video-shooting camera with some sort of an improved sensor. As for the battery, expect a 2050mAh one (do we hear a whoa?), which should be good for a couple of days use without charging."

This could change the game entirely. It's fair to say, this would blow the 4S out of the water. Thanks Stephen.]

 

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  • Stephen Peters

    These specs were just recently updated on GSM Arena.

    FTA: 

    “According to our source, the device codenamed Nexus Prime is going to ship with Samsung’s own chipset, with a blazingly fast dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. But wait, there’s more.On that chipset will also reside a powerful dual-core GPU from Imagination. We suspect it’s going to be the PowerVR SGX543MP2, or in other words, the same GPU found in the iPad 2 (and quite probably on the iPhone 4S as well).On the back, instead of the 5-megapixel snapper, our source claims, there’s an 8-megapixel, full 1080p HD video-shooting camera with some sort of an improved sensor. As for the battery, expect a 2050mAh one (do we hear a whoa?), which should be good for a couple of days use without charging.”

    • Anonymous

      It’ll last one full day, not two, my iPhone 4 battery barely makes it through the day if I restrain from using it all the time I want to, I suspect that 2050mAh will finally be enough for one day. Though don’t get your hopes up, some people will still run out :)

      The specs do look impressive though. It seams the industry is moving very fast, I’m not sure what this means for Apple, I think the only thing that most people have to complain about the iPhone is the screen size. And that’s beginning to be a problem.

  • Anonymous

    I would be shocked if the Nexus gets more than 8 hours of battery life

  • alex

    nexus prime :”D

  • http://www.facebook.com/gabanitin Nitin Gaba

    yep saw the updated specs by GSM Arena. If those specs are right then Prime kills Iphone 4S if not then prime is still better but not by as much. Also the earlier specs by BGR have underclocked the Processor TI OMAP 4460 dual-core is actually clocked in at 1.5Ghz not 1.2 so either they got the name wrong (prime would probably use the newest one which is this) or they just wrote 1.2 instead of 1.5

    • Anonymous

      The TI OMAP 4460 has been delayed until early 2012. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/gabanitin Nitin Gaba

        maybe but regardless BGR listed the Galaxy Nexus as having the 4460… also starting to wonder if rumours from way back that Galaxy nexus and Nexus prime will be 2 totally different phones are true. If so then both sources might be right but i highly doubt that. Nexus prime seems much more likely. 

      • Anonymous

        just for tablets. Most likely samsung took out a large order for these and TI just does not want to take more large orders yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1179696837 Noah Anderson

    nexus has an 8 mp camera. these specs are incorrect. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/gabanitin Nitin Gaba

      Also 1700 mAh would not make sense since the Galaxy s2 LTE is launching with 1850. The nexus prime will be either the same or an improvement on every spec of the S2 making the BGR sources very unreliable 

  • http://twitter.com/Rafaztar Rafael Jesus

    But the iPhone (wich is great) is a consumer focused object, whille the nexus prime not so much

    • Anonymous

      Who’s to say that it isn’t? We don’t know the reality of how the new OS will be and the “leaks” we’ve seen have hardly been confirmed. There’s a huge potential for a new tide to be turned with vanilla Android. Right now, there’s just too much speculation on the hardware of the first Ice Cream Sandwich running smartphone let alone the OS and UI. 

  • http://twitter.com/TheTechChat TheTechChat

    Nexus Prime, in a heartbeat. Incidentally, there’s nothing that says the camera in the NP won’t also be very good. Certainly, in either case, I spend far more time looking at my phone’s screen than I do taking pictures with it.

  • T.Shaw

    Thank you sooo much for that update !! Seeing the supposed leaked specs today had me a bit leary about the prime. This update eliminates any doubt I was having about the prime being one bad SOB !
    Nice work and thanks again !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522447760 Jean-luc Mutabazi

    If i get the money i’m gonna buy nexus prime or xperia duo if it’s confirmed before jan 2012 ….

    As for sales it’s obvious that the 4S is gonna be sell more than nexus prime but it’s total sell will be less than the Iphone 4 since some “applers” and “windows phoners” are going to android or BB

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  • David

    I really don’t think the Nexus is better, mainly because specs don’t make the phone. But I can’t wait to see it and I’d love to mess around with it a bit.

  • ED

    the listed specs shows that only on me ory the iphone is better, which is bullshit since any android phone haves unlimited memory since you can buy extra memory as much as you want, and you don’t have to throw it in the garbage when thememory is full. You also forgot to compare the OS, and basically Android is so open that you can have a design as great as your imagination can be, instead of a boring list of ugly icons. You can also access your phone as much as you want like a usb key and put in any kind of files you want, while with IOS you are stuck with a castrating itunes. you also have a hdmi port on android, and the best roadmap software (for free)… 

    For a phone at 0$ with a contract, a 4S could be almost competitive to Android phones, but it is clearly already outdated, and we know Apple cares about their customer only once every 16 months

  • ED

    the listed specs shows that only on me ory the iphone is better, which is bullshit since any android phone haves unlimited memory since you can buy extra memory as much as you want, and you don’t have to throw it in the garbage when thememory is full. You also forgot to compare the OS, and basically Android is so open that you can have a design as great as your imagination can be, instead of a boring list of ugly icons. You can also access your phone as much as you want like a usb key and put in any kind of files you want, while with IOS you are stuck with a castrating itunes. you also have a hdmi port on android, and the best roadmap software (for free)… 

    For a phone at 0$ with a contract, a 4S could be almost competitive to Android phones, but it is clearly already outdated, and we know Apple cares about their customer only once every 16 months

    • BusinessUser

      Why the hatred?
      Some people like one type of phones/system and others like the competition.
      Personally, I think Apple works very well but I have no problems trying other solutions if they work as flawlessly as iPhone/iPad. Tech specs are not everything – the total user experience is what counts.

      • CMPunk

        What Ed’s saying is that these comparisons are clearly skewed.  First  Cam puts up an outdated spec sheet.  Then defends every spec the iPhone is losing on, and won’t address the other parts.  FOr example, the edge with  the iPhone 4S in memory.  If the Nexus has 32 gigs internal, then that means that is capable of going to 64 for a lot less than what the iPhone would cost just to buy their 64 GB version.

        It’s cool for some to like it and some not to, but no need to continue to be sheep about it…

  • Anonymous

    I could care less these specs look good just announce a release date verizon. Tuesday can’t come soon enough.

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