Some details on Google’s upcoming smartphone were released by Boy Genius Report. With the working title Google Nexus 4G, the phone looks like a monster, and will have among its trappings the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, a 720p screen, 1080p video capture, and a 4G LTE radio.
Google’s last two phones, the Nexus One and the Nexus S, were not wanting for top-of-the-line hardware, but they failed to win the hearts of carriers. By many of its specs, the Nexus 4G sounds as if it’s set to burn even the latest crop of phones by a big margin.
The Nexus 4G will have either a 1.2 or 1.5GHz dual-core processor that BGR speculates will be a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 or a low-power Krait-based Snapdragon model. The phone may also have 1GB of RAM and a 720p “monster-sized” screen—we’re not sure if that means the phone will transcend the 4-inch diagonal size barrier.
Cameras will also be a big emphasis for the Nexus 4G, as the 5-megapixel rear camera will have a superior sensor for better image quality and low-light shots, and will also record video in 1080p. A less-impressive one-megapixel camera will be on the front.
One of the most interesting changes is the handset’s apparent lack of the four standard physical Android buttons, previously required by the OS on all phone models. The button’s functionalities will be moved to software-based interactions.
BGR speculates that the Nexus 4G will debut on AT&T and will be the flagship device for this major Android revision, as the Motorola Droid was for Android 2.0 and the Motorola Xoom was for 3.0. While the phone sounds beastly by today’s standards, Google isn’t planning on releasing it until Thanksgiving. The Nexus 4G is one of the first phones announced for that timeframe, so the competition still has some time to catch up.