When then-Google boss Eric Schmidt said that the Nexus One was the end of Google’s phone plans, fans of the “pure Google” experience everywhere bowed their heads, slumped their shoulders, and let out a collective sigh of sadness.
Of course, Google then went on to launch the Nexus S — and things only got better with the launch of the Sprint Nexus S 4G a few weeks ago. But what’s next?
According to BGR, “what’s next” is tentatively called the “Nexus 4G”. So says their source, the Nexus 4G will feature a dual-core chipset clocked at either 1.2 Ghz (much like HTC‘s Sensation 4G) or 1.5 Ghz. BGR’s source squashed rumors that the phone would come with an Nvidia Kal-El processor. Instead, the source believes that an OMAP 4460 or a 28nm Krait-based Snapdragon are much more likely candidates. The source also mentioned a 720p HD “monster-sized” display, and said that this next model will scrap those physical Android menu buttons in favor of a software-only experience a la Honeycomb Tablets.
Other purported specs include a 4G radio of some sort (WiMax? LTE? Who knows!), 1GB of RAM, a 1-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture and playback. Oh, and that 5-megapixel camera I just mentioned: it’s supposed to be an advanced 5-megapixel sensor, said to deliver “class-leading image quality”, along with high-quality low-light performance.
Here’s the best part: The “Nexus 4G” is said to be the reference device for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. According to the source, Google hopes to make the phone available by Thanksgiving.