The Nexus line of Android smartphones is usually refreshed in late fall of Q4, so we expect to see Google collaborate with a manufacturer (or multiple manufacturers) to create the next Nexus device. According to a leaked spreadsheet comparing the current Galaxy Nexus, the upcoming Nexus device, and the Galaxy S III, Samsung is said to be creating the successor device. What’s more is the fact that the refreshed Galaxy Nexus features only a few minor spec upgrades over the current model.
The leaked spreadsheet claims the upcoming device as the GT-I9260, which makes sense considering the current GNexus is the GT-I9250. In terms of specs and features, the screen remains the same 4.65 Super AMOLED HD display, but it boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear facing camera, 1.9MP front facing camera, and a microSD slot. The addition of the microSD slot is somewhat surprising since Google prefers to stray away from using one. It will presumably run Android 4.1 at launch, but the spreadsheet does not reveal software information.
Sure, a faster processor and better camera(s) are a nice addition to the Galaxy Nexus, but it may not be the high-end beast customers expect from Samsung and Google. However, if the two companies can budget the device at an affordable price and make it available to many, then it will give Android customers looking to save a solid smartphone option.
We’ll keep our eyes peeled for any further leaks or rumors regarding the Nexus successor.