'Nexus Prime' Could be Google's Next Big Android Phone

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'Nexus Prime' Could be Google's Next Big Android Phone
The rumors keep rolling in that Google's next flagship Android phone, which may be called the Google Nexus Prime, is set to launch this fall and could face-off against Apple iPhone 5 and Microsoft's Windows Phone Mango.

Google has reportedly been using the "Nexus Prime" name internally, but may adopt it for retail, according to Boy Genius Report. Samsung is rumored to be the manufacturer, and may equip the phone with a "Super AMOLED HD" display with 720p resolution. It's unclear what exactly a "Super AMELED HD" display is, but it is assumed the Nexus Prime would have a 1280 x 768 pixel resolution.

As with previous Nexus phones, the Prime would come with a pure version of Android -- in this case Ice Cream Sandwich -- and no carrier bloatware.

For now, that's all the new information available. BGR previously reported that the next-gen Nexus will have a dual-core processor (1.2 GHz or 1.5 GHz), support for a 4G LTE network, an advanced 5-megapixel camera and a button-free front panel. Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, will reportedly do away with physical buttons, for better or worse.

BGR does throw one more curveball into its report: In addition to the Nexus Prime, Google may be working with wireless carriers and phone makers on individual flagship devices running Ice Cream Sandwich. It's not clear which carriers will support the Nexus Prime -- assuming it really exists -- but at least this way all carriers will have a Google-approved smartphone to sell this fall.

Last month, I wrote about how the stage was set for a major smartphone OS showdown this fall, between Android Ice Cream Sandwich, Apple's iOS 5 and Microsoft's Windows Phone Mango (and a delicious-sounding showdown, to boot). But between the next Nexus phone, the next iPhone and whatever Microsoft is cooking up with Nokia, we're also headed for a big hardware battle among flagship phones. This is going to be good.

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