Russell Holly · Jan 6, 2012 at 04:00 pm

The Sprint Galaxy Nexus – What We Know So Far

Product leaks are nothing new, but when that leak is about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, a lot of people tend to pay attention. Yesterday afternoon, and unfortunately early ad placement on CNET revealed that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was coming to Sprint soon. The latest and greatest in the Nexus line has been making its way around Europe, and only landing in the US on Verizon Wireless officially until this leak. If the Sprint Galaxy Nexus comes out soon, we could see a bizarre turn of events in which the CDMA carriers of the US would be the first to have this incredible device officially. So, what do we know about this Sprint Galaxy Nexus?

No WiMAX in sight

It’s no secret that Sprint has been looking to get rid of WiMAX in favor of LTE. We know that Sprints roadmap hopes to have LTE sites up later this year. With that in mind, the Galaxy Nexus looks like it will be Sprints LTE flagship, on top of being their second Nexus device.
If you get a Sprint Galaxy Nexus, the chances are good you will be without 4G for at least the next year. If you’re lucky enough to live in the few areas where Sprint LTE will be available, you’ll lose it as soon as you travel outside that area.

Reports of a faster proc may have been exaggerated

One of the more curious things about the ad on CNET was a boasts of a 1.5GHz dual core processor, instead of the 1.2 found in the existing versions of the OMAP4460 in the device. Several sources have noted that the processor information in that ad may not be correct, and the processor is likely to be the same clock speed as the rest of the Galaxy Nexus line.
This is a pretty small matter, considering that even if the clock speed is higher, the other devices will likely be adjusted to match or exceed it by developers here at XDA.

There’s no knowing when this device is coming out right now

The leak of the Galaxy Nexus ad comes merely days before Sprint is due to take the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show. We do also know that many Googlers will be in attendance at CES this year, but it’s suspected that their main agenda will be Google TV focused. Despite the proximity to the event, it’s just as likely that the Galaxy Nexus will not be announced than will be announced.
Considering that LTE will not be available on Sprint for at least another couple of months, it’s not the best decision in the world for Sprint to release a device with features that it doesn’t plan to actually support for awhile. On the other hand, the Galaxy Nexus is a pentaband device, and we know the hardware is already in the wild, sol it could be anyone’s game at this point.

One thing is for sure, the Galaxy Nexus coming to more US carriers is a good thing. The fact that the Sprint Galaxy Nexus will not have WiMAX is a great thing, and in the end it will mean more ICS devices in the wild which is good for everyone.


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Russell Holly

Russell Holly is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users.
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