Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Nexus Prime could come in October

Samsung is expected to announce a refreshed Galaxy S II in early September. Might this be the first look at the hardware that makes up the Nexus Prime?

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The Nexus Prime should feature a 4.5-inch HD display with Ice Cream Sandwich. Scott Webster

New rumors and anonymous details have surfaced this week that point to a third "Pure Google" phone arriving in October with the latest build of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

According to information out of Korea's Electronic Times, the handset is expected to come from Samsung, run Android 4.0 and feature a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 720p Super AMOLED HD display. These details confirm reports initially leaked by Boy Genius Report nearly two months ago.

Samsung has long been rumored to be the handset maker of choice for the Nexus Prime and this recent news appears to substantiate the claims. Just this week, a pair of sources separately confirmed with OLED-Info that Samsung is readying mobile displays with a 720p resolution.

Samsung is expected to unveil new devices with these HD screens in September, presumably at IFA. What's more, an unannounced Samsung Celox recently arrived on the scene, carrying nearly identical specifications in a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 16GB storage, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, was initially on track for a fourth quarter release though recent speculation suggests Google has been stepping on the gas.

It makes sense that Samsung would unveil a refreshed Galaxy S II in September with Google following quickly with the Nexus Prime. The Nexus S was nearly identical to the Galaxy S so I would imagine a Nexus Prime could closely resemble an updated Galaxy S II. Of course, the recent news Google's proposed acqusition of Motorola Mobility may change this scenario somewhat.

On a related note, Samsung also dropped a new teaser clip on YouTube today, promising "something big" for IFA next month. Unfortunately the company quickly pulled down the 30-second video, but considering the tags associated with the spot included 4G and LTE, I fully anticipate seeing a larger, faster Galaxy S II announced. It's also very possible that this is the first time we'll see the hardware that goes into the Nexus Prime.