Samsung’s upcoming Nexus S is one of the worst kept secrets in Android device history. With the CEO of Google Eric Schmidt showing it off at the Web 2.0 Summit earlier this month, plus the barrage of images that have leaked not only showing off every angle of the device, but the upcoming Android 2.3 operating system, code name Gingerbread, there’s little we haven’t seen. We’re frankly a bit tired of waiting for Google to make this thing official, but one thing that we’re not quite sure about is the system specifications. The Nexus S has near field communication (NFC) support, that’s confirmed, but what else is inside? Some say it’s going to use the same 4 inch screen as the Samsung Galaxy S, but depending on who you talk to the processor is either dual or single core. That’s a huge difference and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Could Samsung have decided to change the system specifications at the last minute? The South Korean firm has recently filed a form [pictured below] with the FCC informing them that there have been changes made to the Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS antennas. In order words, they’ve been changed. Why would that happen? Have then been shrunken down? Did other components need to be used in order to fit a larger processor on the system board? We’re stumped.
How ready is this device if Gingerbread is supposed to be announced next week? Is Gingerbread ready? Too many questions, not enough answers. If the Nexus S indeed has a dual core processor then you can expect performance increases of up to 300%. Samsung’s upcoming Orion processor not only uses the latest ARM Cortex A9 architecture, which clock for clock should account for a 50% speed boost, but now there’s also two cores. Don’t forget the new GPU as well, which makes Android run smooth as better and lets Google turn up the eye candy.
Mobile World Congress in February can’t come fast enough!