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Report: Details leaked on next Google Nexus phone

Claiming that it's learned exclusively about Google's next Nexus device, Boy Genius Report says the phone will feature a dual-core processor, a 720p HD screen, and no physical buttons below the screen.


Boy Genius Report says it's received "exclusive" word from a source on just what we'll find in the next version of Google's Nexus smartphone.

With the third iteration of the Nexus possibly to be named the Nexus 4G, BGR is calling it an "absolute beast."

The new Nexus will be powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz CPU, either a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 or a low-power 28nm Krait-based Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, says BGR. If true, those specs run counter to earlier reports that the new Nexus would be outfitted with an Nvidia Kal-El processor.

As befitting its potential name, the new phone would run over a 4G LTE network. Though no carrier was named by BGR's source, BGR thinks it could turn out to be one of the first LTE phones offered by AT&T.

BGR's source also says the display will feature a 720-pixel high-definition "monster-sized" screen. Taking the overall interface to the next level, BGR says Google won't include any physical menu buttons below the screen and will instead make the controls software-based, which follows earlier reports about the phone from tech site TechHog.

Looking at the other specs reported by BGR, the next-gen Nexus will carry 1GB of RAM, offer 1080p video capture and playback, and offer two cameras--a 1-megapixel camera in front, and a 5-megapixel camera in the rear. The rear camera is reportedly designed to offer good quality photos in low light conditions.

Moving up to the next flavor of Android, the new Nexus will run Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, prompting BGR to speculate that the phone could be a "flagship/reference Ice Cream Sandwich device" rather than just another Google Nexus product.

If BGR's source is on the mark, the phone should be available around Thanksgiving.

When asked about the BGR story and the reported specs for the Nexus phone, a spokesman for Google told CNET that "we don't comment on rumor or speculation."