Sammobile just got their hands on a rather interesting piece of information: The specs for a Samsung device codenamed GT-I9260, which is also filed under the name “Nexus”. The rumor floating around regarding Nexus devices is that we could see up to 5 of them from multiple OEMs this year, and there’s just one tiny detail about these specs that make me wonder if this is really the next Nexus phone that Samsung wants to unleash on the Android world.
First off, the specs (courtesy of SamMo:
Certainly not bad specs, but the dual core 1.5ghz A9 processor is what makes me wonder. With powerful quad core Tegra 3, Exynos 4412, and Snapdrogon S4 Pro processors making their way into more and more devices, I would have imagined that Sammy would go with some of their heavier guns in the CPU department. My expectation was that their next Nexus phone would at least have the same quad core Exynos 4412 chip found in the Galaxy S3, or maybe even their new dual core 5250 A15 chip.
We know that 1.5ghz A9 dual core is more than enough power to run Android properly, but it just kind of seems like a step backwards. But then again, perhaps Samsung and Google want to keep the price down on Nexus phones as Google and Asus did with the Nexus 7 tablet?
The rest of the specs look pretty solid, with a screen size similar to the Galaxy Nexus, a Super AMOLED HD display, a bigger camera than the GNex, and a microSd card (microSD slots are making a comeback!).
The GT-I9260 could very well be the next Samsung Nexus phone, but I’m not convinced just yet. If 4 other OEMs also plan to release Nexus devices, and if I know Samsung the way I think I do, they will want their Nexus device to be the best in the business. That won’t happen with a “mid-end” processor, and while consumers probably wouldn’t care, Samsung most likely would.
Again guys, just a rumor. No official confirmation yet.
What do you guys think? Do you think this could be the next Nexus phone?