First live photo of the Nexus Prime hits the web [Updated]

October 4, 2011
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If rumors are to be believed, the Nexus Prime is only days away from its debut at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked Event. If you just can't wait until then (and who can?) an anonymous tipster has posted what is purported to be the very first photo of Samsung's new Google hero device. Details are pretty spare, but the small photo shows a 720p display and Ice Cream Sandwich software buttons.

Rumors have been flying back and forth on the Nexus Prime/DROID Prime/Galaxy Nexus, but this is the first time we've gotten any look at all at the actual hardware. Though only part of the phone is shown, it's guessed that the 4.3-inch, 1280 x 720 screen (which will presumably use Samsung's Super AMOLED technology) is pushing more than 340 pixels per inch - in other words, beating the iPhone 4's "retina" display. GSM Arena claims that the Honeycomb-style Android control buttons are on the screen itself, and not standard capacitive buttons. Note yet another new icon style for the buttons themselves.

Take this news with a grain of salt. While we haven't heard anything that disagrees with the purported specs or design, it's curious that only a small part of the Nexus Prime is shown. The comparatively tiny photo doesn't help, and could have easily been mocked up from a similar Samsung Galaxy S II. In any case, we won't have long to find out - Google and Samsung will probably be unveiling the new device on October 11th.

UPDATE: GSM Arena has posted a larger photo of the device, in which you can definitely tell that the Android function icons are on the screen, and not separate buttons. Click the image for a full-sized view.

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  • dwinsmith

    I think it’s safe to say its not over 340ppi since the image says its 320….

    Doesn’t make this any less awesome.

    • http://www.facebook.com/crider Michael Crider

      That one is a puzzler. According to the formula for ppi/dpi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_density), a 4.3 inch screen with a 1280×720 screen should have 341.53 pixels per inch. It’s definitely a discrepancy. Maybe the number being displayed is the Android pixel density software setting, which can be different from the physical value.

      • dwinsmith

        The screen is 1280 though. It’s says it’s 1184 so that makes more sense.

      • John Calla

        They likely reserved 100 pixels for those on-screen buttons.

      • evil-doer

        the nexus prime will have a 4.6 inch screen. thats why

  • badbob001

    It looks like there are still capacitive fixed buttons since the ‘black’ of the text background doesn’t match the black background of the buttons… unless Samsung has a new super-blackhole-black color that is yet to be supported by the Android API. ;)

  • Riley Munks

    god, the nexus prime gets less and less attractive as the rumors come out. as of july, it was a 4.65 hd (non pentile) with quad core and metal body. now its 4.3 pentile hd screen with a not even omap4. starting to sound like the galaxy s 2x. all this waiting may be for nothing that special. 

  • Anonymous

    4.6 inches?!?!?! THAT’S INSANE! That’s WAY too big to use as a daily phone. I want a smart phone to fit in my hand, not use two hand every time I try to dial a number. 4 Inches is plenty enough!

    The 5-inch Dell Streak “phone” was way too big for me. And I have plenty large enough hands. I don’t want my phone to double as a face shield.

    Jeez! Are people trying to compensate for something? XD

    Not everyone can be Shaq.

    • Postal Jim

      If everyone liked vanilla, Baskins Robbins would never have opened.  Different strokes, I’d consider the Note when it comes.  Yes, 5.3″ not too big either.  Or they wouldn’t make them.  This is My Coke to your Pepsi.

  • Postal Jim

    Can’t wait!