Nexus Prime Teaser and Leak Spark Wacky Theories

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Has the all-too-familiar shape of Apple’s iPhone 4S left you hot and bothered? You might want to pay attention next week, when Google and Samsung are expected to announce their Nexus Prime smartphone.

Samsung’s “Mobile Unpacked” event is scheduled for October 11, but the company is already dropping hints on what to expect. A new teaser video shows what looks like an aluminum-clad smartphone with a curved design. The video’s tagline is “Something BIG is coming,” backing up rumors that the Nexus Prime will have a huge display—possibly 4.5 inches or larger.

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An alternate theory, via SlashGear: Samsung will announce both a tablet and a smartphone at the event, judging by the slightly larger figure at the end of the video that sits flush with the smaller smartphone-shaped image.

Shapes and sizes aside, the launch will likely include lots of details on Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Google’s Android operating system. So far, all we know is that Ice Cream Sandwich is supposed to merge the smartphone version of Android (Gingerbread) and the tablet version of Android (Honeycomb) into a single piece of software.

But rumors suggest that future Android phones will incorporate home, back, search and menu buttons directly into the display. GSM Arena recently posted a leaked image, supposedly of the Nexus Prime, with navigation buttons as part of the software. The leak also shows a display resolution of 1280-by-720, rivaling only LG’s Optimus LTE.

Sure, it’s not iPhone-grade scuttlebutt, but it’ll have to do.

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