The Samsung Galaxy S3 was officially announced earlier this month to mixed reactions. While its specs arguably make it sit at the same level as the most powerful smartphone on the market, the HTC One X, it wasn’t safe for criticism.
With Samsung Galaxy S3 official, rumor mill sets sights on Google Nexus 4
First up, let’s clear the rumors from the facts. The Samsung Galaxy S3 did not end up with the rumored 12-megapixel camera, 2GB RAM or ceramic case. What it did get however was the quad-core Exynos processor and large 4.8-inch AMOLED display. However the two latter features weren’t ‘perfect’ so to speak as the quad-core processor wasn’t 1.8GHz (1.4GHz instead) and the US variants of the Galaxy S3 were expected to be swapped with dual-core chips. As for the display, it wasn’t a ‘Plus’ and featured a Pentile display.
Personally I am not disappointed with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and find its hyperglazed plastic body ‘light and refreshing’. Being a Samsung Galaxy S2 owner, I can confidently say that it is tough despite the ‘cheap’ feeling. I have dropped it countless time only to be surprised that it survived.
Now with the Samsung Galaxy S3 officially out of the rumor mill, the next device to be thrown in is the Google Nexus 4. The folks over at Tech.Sc report that the developer of Oxygen ROM, Adam Green, stumbled upon the full technical specifications of a Samsung device when skimming through the code unveiled by Google for AOSP (Android Open Source Project).
Sharing hardware from the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note and Nexus S, the blog concludes that this is more than likely the Google Nexus 4 as DigiTimes reported back in April of Samsung and Google partnering again for the next-gen Nexus phone.
The technical specs that Green uncovered included a dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera and same resolution as the Samsung Galaxy Note. And it of course goes without saying that it will come with Android 5.0 Jellybean preloaded.
Now if these rumors serve true then we can expect the Google Nexus 4 to come under similar harsh criticism like the Galaxy S3 (if not more because it is newer). Given that the current generation of smartphones are already going quad-core, and the Nexus series has stuck with a 5-megapixel camera since the Nexus One back in 2009, there appears to be nothing revolutionary about the Nexus 4 hardware.
With Google I/O set to take place next month, expect many more Google Nexus 4 and Android 5.0 Jellybean rumors to surface.