Why 5MP when your competitors are running 8MP? That’s the biggest question everyone’s asking about the Galaxy Nexus, and its a legit question.
Camera performance will be a major deciding factor for those who are looking to purchase a next-generation smartphone. On the field at the moment we have the iPhone 4S, the Motorola RAZR and the Galaxy Nexus, and how good the camera is on each of these devices will make the difference between deal or no-deal for a lot of people.
Here’s a sample video taken using the 5MP sensor on the Galaxy Nexus. The same footage was shown at the Samsung Google event, you can view it now at your own time in all its 1080p glory.
If you’re wondering, yes, the video has been edited but the only processing done to the original footage was to speed it up in the first clip, and that shouldn’t affect the raw footage taken from the Galaxy Nexus much.
Its pretty impressive for a 5MP shooter don’t you think? For comparison, here’s a video sample taken using the iPhone 4S.
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Update: Slight revision on the pricing as we got the conversions mixed up. We used conversation rates based on Euros when the price is actually in Pounds (Thanks to Ramesh for pointing this out). Based on the right currency, we have a clearer picture of how much the devices would cost when they come to Malaysia. Considering that smartphone prices in UK is generally more expensive than they are here, you can expect that the Motorola RAZR and Galaxy Nexus to be priced fairly close to our RM2,200 estimate.
European online retailer Clove Technologies are now taking pre-orders for both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola RAZR. What’s interesting about this is that with the pre-orders, Clove have also released the outright pricing for the two devices.
The Motorola RAZR is expected to retail for £379 or about
RM1,622 RM1,855, while the The Galaxy Nexus is expected to go on sale for £429 or about RM1,834 RM2,100. Both these prices are well below our estimates which still stands at around the RM2,200 or below range for the two devices. As the Samsung Galaxy SII and the HTC Sensation XE are selling for RM1,899 and RM1,999 respectively, we don’t think that the RAZR and Galaxy Nexus will match the European pricing when the devices come to Malaysia, but hey, the cheaper the better.
If these two devices do get sold here for below RM2,000, that’s going to be amazing.
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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich launch this morning happened when many of us were caught in rush hour on the way to work. Naturally because of that, many would have probably missed the event altogether.
Well now you can watch the repeat of the whole thing in 720p HD right here. Enjoy.
Just hours ago, the anticipated Galaxy Nexus has finally launched. This is the first device to feature Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS which brings a host of improvements. Availability is slated for November in US, Europe and Asia but no specific countries where mentioned for our region.
As revealed earlier, the Galaxy Nexus runs on a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and comes with 1GB of RAM. Among the biggest highlight is the 4.65″ inch screen that offers HD Super AMOLED display that supports 1280×720 resolution and has a response rate of 0.01ms. The display’s pixel density rivals with Samsung upcoming Galaxy Note which is a 5.3″.
In terms of design, it isn’t the thinnest at 8.94mm but boasts having a 4.29mm bezel. Like the previous Nexus S, the display is also contoured. Over at the back, it also features a Hyper Skin cover which is similar to the one found on the Galaxy S II which gives it a durability and premium feel for an ultra thin profile. We are curious to know if it can bend as well as the Galaxy S II.
For imaging, the Galaxy Nexus comes with a 5MP camera which is pretty low for today’s smart phone standards. Despite that, it is capable of shooting 1080p videos with continous focus and boasts having the one of the snappiest camera without lag. In the demo during the event, the camera seems to be ever ready to take shots instantly which allows you to capture epic moments without fail. Nevertheless, speed and quality are 2 different things and we look forward to its sample photos to find out if it is any good as a imaging device.
The main highlight is the OS itself – Ice Cream Sandwich, which brings tablet and smartphone OS together. On first look, it does look like honeycomb OS as seen on earlier leaks. On top of that, they have added a couple of features such as improved browser, Gmail and Calendar apps. In terms of aesthetics, Ice Cream Sandwich uses a new Roboto font that is more futuristic and inspired by magazine layouts. Several gestures have been added for more seamless actions and like the Android 3.0 honeycomb tablets, the physical Android buttons are replaced with virtual ones that appear at the bottom of the screen.
Since Siri is in the spotlight as an intelligent voice assistant feature, the new OS offers something new in voice control. Instead of recognising speech after talking, the new OS is capable of live speech recognition. This means you can see the text as you speak in near real-time manner.
Head after the break for video and gallery of the Galaxy Nexus.
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The Google Nexus Prime (aka Galaxy Nexus) and Android Ice Cream Sandwich will be the two most important announcements that Google will make this year. While we’re still some hours away to the event unconfirmed specs of the new device has been leaked.
But the spec list is only half the story, even more important will be the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich, probably the most anticipated Android launch since Gingerbread. It will be interesting to see what innovations the latest Android will bring to the game. And we’re very sure that many Android users out there will want to know if their device will an ICS soon after the announcement.
The event will be held during working hours tomorrow starting 0930hrs in Hong Kong (same time in Malaysia), but don’t let that stop you from getting the latest information on one of the most anticipated Android devices to be released this year. And to do that, here are some of the live blogs that we recommend you follow.
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After its initial delay, Google and Samsung has finally confirmed that the Ice Cream Sandwich media event is happening next Wednesday, 19th October. Instead of San Diego, the venue is now shifted to Hong Kong which is closer to home.
There’s no mention of the device but with Samsung still in the picture, it is likely that the Galaxy Nexus will be revealed. You can catch it streaming live on their youtube channel. The event starts at 10AM Hong Kong time which is similar to Malaysia.
Meanwhile on Google’s HQ, the Ice Cream sandwich statue has finally appeared. Watch the unveiling after the break.
UPDATE: Word has it that the product launch event was postponed due to Steve Jobs recent passing. “We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs’s passing,” the spokesperson said. “We do not have information on the rescheduling of the event.”. ( SOURCE )
They didn’t explain the reasons behind the last minute postponement but had released the following statement:
“Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”
There are couple of speculations over the move with one of it being Steve Jobs recent passing. Another possibility are issues on either device or software that needs to be ironed out before launch. Despite not giving any new launch dates, we hope the delay is a short one.
If you missed it earlier, the Galaxy Nexus was revealed in video which gives a clear view of the upcoming device and Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
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Update: More drool inducing stuff. Now we’ve got a 1min 30sec video of the Google Galaxy Nexus running on Ice Cream Sandwich. Watch after the jump.
Boom! Here it is, the first real look at the Google Galaxy Nexus (aka Nexus Prime) and oh boy does it look good! We seriously can’t wait for this bad boy to come to Malaysia.
Actual specs on the device is still up in the air with the processor (1.2GHz dual-core vs 1.5Ghz dual-core), camera (5MP vs 8MP) and battery (1,750mAh vs 2,050) being strong argument points at the moment.
What do you think?
In any case, we’ll be doing live commentaries when the Galaxy Nexus breaks cover at the Samsung Unpacked in San Diego on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time.
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The Nexus Prime is probably the most anticipated Android device right now. As the shape and design of the device have been all but revealed, focus now turns to its specifications. Ahead of its launch, BGR revealed the full specifications of the device once codenamed Nexus Prime. Here’s the low down on the device that will officially be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus:
BGR says that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be a pure Google Experience device which means there will be no third-party UI skins or modifications. So TouchWhiz fans, you’re not getting any on the new Google phone. It’s cool that the Galaxy Nexus will be getting Ice Cream sandwich but we’re pretty bummed that its running a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor instead of the 1.5Ghz Exynos unit rumoured earlier. We were really looking forward to an 8MP camera as well. In any case, as you know, numbers only tell one side of the story. How the hardware performs in real-life is another thing altogether.
We’ll be giving live commentaries during the Samsung Unpacked event happening in San Diego on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time. The Samsung Galaxy Prime is set to be revealed then, so stay tuned.
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Samsung teased us with a glimpse of the Nexus Prime in a teaser video yesterday but the bright blue glow in the video denied us from having a clearer look at what is to be unpacked this October 11. Today, thanks to the Photoshopping prowess of Reddit user Greyhaven7, we have a much clearer picture of this sexy soon to be released Nexus phone.
The picture gives us a much more defined look at the Nexus Prime with its curve form-factor clearly seen here and once again, we have to say the device looks gorgeous from this angle. In the picture, we can also see a bump at left side of the image similar to the one on the Galaxy S II.
The Nexus Prime is expected to feature a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a high-def 4.65-inch screen pushing 1280×720 pixel resolution, NFC and an 8MP camera with 1080p video capabilities. All this in a shell that is expected to be just 8mm thin.
All will be revealed at the Samsung Unpacked event happening in San Diego next week. We’ll be around to give you live a commentary as the event happens on October 12, Wednesday at 0230hrs Malaysian time. So stay tuned.