Exclusive: Samsung “Prime” Is Nexus Phone Headed To All Carriers

Posted on Sep 14 2011 - 4:41pm by Kyle

While attending the Verizon Developer’s conference in Las Vegas, NV today we stumbled upon a guy who identified himself as working for Samsung. He was playing with an Android phone that we had not yet seen.

After talking with him a  bit he finally agreed to let us see the phone he was using but we had to go to a side office at the Aria hotel and we had to remove our backpacks and hats and couldn’t have a phone out.   What we saw was a device that looked much like the Nexus S only a little taller and a little thicker (presumably for the LTE radio).  The device had an 8mega pixel camera on the back and 2 megapixel camera on the front. It also has NFC, MHL and HDMI. There is one single “home” like button on the bottom similar to the Galaxy Note.  It also has a power button and volume rocker on the sides.

More after the break

We also learned for sure that this Samsung device will have a T.I. dual core  OMAP processor.

The phone is the Nexus Prime (as the stealth Samsung person suggested) although Verizon may call it Droid Prime however there is a GSM and CDMA version in the works.  It’s going to run Ice Cream Sandwich, but according to this source the Ice Cream Sandwich build wasn’t quite ready yet and his demo unit is running Android 2.3.4.

The device should be out in late October or early November on Verizon with the rest of the carriers to follow promptly.

So based on this version we’re running Droid-Life’s Nexus Prime render of the optimus prime nexus logo.

 

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  • NutnFancy

    Did it have a flat back like the Note, or a chin like the GS2? Was it thick as the Bionic or Thunderbolt? Black plastic or brushed aluminum? TIA!

  • Jeff Jackson

    4.6″ 720p screen?  

  • Jeff Jackson

    4.6″ 720p screen?

  • http://plus.psylink.net Psylink

    very important questions

  • Anonymous

    Why would it have both MHL and HDMI? Approximate screen size?

  • Anonymous

    Why would it have both MHL and HDMI? Approximate screen size?

  • Hdub32

    So is it the nexus or a Droid. I’m confused!

  • Jacobyshaddix

    What was the screen res? How big was the screen?

  • Bplewis24

    Did it have an LED notification light?

  • http://www.twitter.com/wrg25 W!LL

    yeah! i agreed with everyone…. what’s the screen size? is it HD? like come on man, according to you, you have the device in your hands, was it made of plastic or metal, how thick, how does it look, what color….. you should have made a mocked up picture to show your readers an idea of how it looks like, you could have done a better job bro, just saying……… it kind of make me believe that someone was in need of some traffic on their site…just saying.

  • shaneaus

    If it has that crappy single button on the bottom instead of Android’s four… That will dang near be a deal breaker for me. I can’t stand the thought of owning an iPhone clone and I’ll just wait for something better to come out or get the bionic!

  • Chris Phillips

    hoping the whole droid prime branding doesn’t mean no stock :(

  • IcallBULL

    I agree!! Sounds like a load to me!!

  • Nate

    Why is it so confusing that it is a Nexus phone that Verizon could brand in their Droid lineup? Just because Verizon might label it a Droid Prime doesn’t mean it will be any different than any other Nexus phone.

  • http://profiles.google.com/chrisjv Goodbye Galaxy

    People with beta devices would have been running Ice Cream Sandwich long ago, this sounds like BS.

  • Hdub32

    Nexus and Droid are two different brands. Plain and simple. 

  • Anonymous

    if you handled the device and you cant answer these simple questions, youre talking out your ***

  • k0nglek

    metallic body????

  • http://www.gadginator.com Dunnion

    For a site that focuses on Android info, and to have held the phone in your hands I really see a lack of information being provided.

  • user01

    You seem to be confused as to what a brand is and what companies could possibly do with brand names.

  • Anonymous

    If their staff are playing with Gingerbread on it then it’s likely they
    plan to launch the handset before ICS is ready, with an ICS upgrade soon
    after. Therefore the Nexus Prime could launch in October but ICS might
    not launch until late November.

  • RekAviles

    He’s saying that Google uses the Nexus brand to show off their new OS and features. It’s highly doubtfull that VZ will call it a Nexus Droid, but I guess there’s always a possiblity.

    Like Hdub said,they are 2 different brands.

  • I Call BS

    Total BS.  What can you tell us that we don’t already know?

    Wow.  Your credibility was dubious at first, now it’s shot to h ell.  Great job, liar.

  • http://twitter.com/SolarAndroid Stefan Petit-Freres

    i thought it had no buttons and was thin what is this? Definitely not the nexus prime i know of.

  • Piquedram

    Lots of easy yet unanswered questions …

    Dubious at best

  • Liar, liar pants on fire!!!

    Somebody needed hits on their site, and got it by resorting to flat out lies.  Gee, looks like a Nexus S?  Wow, what a shocker that Nexus would keep to the same type of design that Samsung did before.  How about the metal vs. plastic body?  How about screen res?  How about screen size?  How about color, trim, accents, shape, slope of device, battery size, ANYTHING WE DIDN’T ALREADY KNOW!!

    And what did we get from you?  Oh, it has a power button and a volume rocker?  HOLY CRAP that’s a scoop!

    BS liars.  Am never reading droidguy again, and am going to totally trash you on the 18 forums I belong to.  You screwed the pooch on this one, pal!  :-(

  • Anonymous

    yup yup screen size amoled or what, plastic or metal

  • Jim Schwartz

    Agree with this.  Come on, Droidguy.  Give it up!

  • URaDouche

    Hey douche bag, don’t get everybody all excited over a BS story. Answer a question or its all lies. As a matter of fact screw that its all lies anyway. Thanks a ss h ole!!!!

  • Brandon

    I’m not sure what’s most sad about this.  The fact that you made it up or the fact that all of the other sites are reporting on your claims and citing you.  

  • http://www.MyShocker.com Nudo

    I thought Droids were Motorola … ?

  • Brandon

    No, Droids are specific to Verizon.  Samsung Droid Charge and HTC Droid Incredible…

  • http://www.MyShocker.com Nudo

    ahhhh!

  • Valynor

    I thought Google made it clear that their Ice Cream Sandwich device will come without any physical button next to the screen?

  • http://twitter.com/AjMeadows A.J. Meadows

    Yeah, that’s something I thought was confirmed by Google already…

  • http://social-catalog.com aatif

    waiting for the phone .

  • Anonymous

    Android needs the hype that apple has. Leak something already, pics, Specs, Anything!

  • http://AndroidTaskForce.com Chris Gustafson

    Ahhm…bull shit!