Samsung's United Kingdom sales director Andrew Glass was on hand at the T3 gadget awards to accept the award for Phone of the Year on behalf on the Galaxy S II. While there, he let slip some fascinating information, confirming the Nexus Prime handset (and its much-argued name) and that the device would be "coming sooner than you think." This lines up nicely with an announcement expected in the next 2-3 weeks.
Glass' exact words were:
You will have an announcement of the Nexus Prime very shortly and will be seeing it in shops sooner than you think.
Whether that means the rumored October 27th announcement, the other rumored November 3rd announcement or another date entirely is still up in the air. It does mean that we won't have to wait long after the initial unveiling to get our hands on the Nexus Prime's drool-worthy hardware or Ice Cream Sandwich software. Even without any concrete details, it's a major relief to have some sort of confirmation from a Samsung representative.
The Nexus Prime AKA Galaxy Nexus is the next Google developer phone and should be the very first Android Ice Cream Sandwich device. Specification speculation is rampant, but a 4.3-4.65-inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED screen is the star in every rundown so far. We've hot a pretty good idea of what the device and the software looks like, thanks to a teaser video from Samsung, a leaked video of the front of the device and screenshots from Ice Cream Sandwich. Carrier info is all over the map, with Verizon supposedly already having their hands on the device but an FCC listing showing AT&T and T-Mobile bands.
It would seem that it's all over bar the actual announcement, which was delayed from today to an unspecified future date after the death of Steve Jobs. There is still no official date set for the Samsung Unbox event.