Google and Samsung’s newest smartphone, the “Nexus Prime,” is scheduled to be unveiled next Tuesday in San Diego. The ads for the phone read “Something BIG is coming,” but just how big is it? Thanks to the full specifications supposedly leaking onto the web, we might have a pretty good idea of what to expect next Tuesday. Keep in mind that these specs haven’t been confirmed in any official way, so keep your salt shaker handy and read on.

Not So Prime

While the name “Nexus Prime” has been used when talking about the upcoming phone, that may actually be a codename, with Samsung Galaxy Nexus being its official moniker. Personally, I like Nexus Prime much, much better. Not only does Nexus Prime sound like a planet in a science fiction universe, but prime is such a bold, strong word. Plus, it rolls off the tongue much smoother than Galaxy Nexus.

The Ice Cream Man Cometh

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will more than likely make its long-awaited debut on the next Nexus. Ice Cream Sandwich is of course the child of Gingerbread and Honeycomb, combining both operating systems into one all-encompassing OS that works on smartphones and tablets alike. Rumor has it that Google has been planning an October launch for Ice Cream Sandwich for a while now, to combat the speculated release of the iPhone 5. Of course, we now know that Apple is releasing the iPhone 4S.

Curved is the New Flat

Rumors of the Nexus screen size have conflicted a bit, with sizes ranging from 4 inches to 4.5, but the latest info puts the screen at a substantial 4.65 inch. The Super AMOLED HD will allow a pixel count of 1280 x 720, something that couldn’t be done with the LITI method. And the screen will be curved, not flat. What, are we too good for flat screens now? They need to be curved, too?

It’s What’s On the Inside That Counts

The Nexus was originally rumored to be quad-core-powered, thanks to NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. However, those rumors went away when the Tegra 3’s smartphone debut was pushed back until next year. Then it was rumored that the Nexus would get the TI 4470, clocked at 1.8 GHz. That doesn’t seem to be the case either, but the phone will boast a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor that’s clocked at 1.2GHz, still ever-so-slightly higher than the iPhone 4S’s 1.0 GHz. The processor will be accompanied by 1GB of RAM. The phone will also come with 32GB of built-in storage and a 1,750 mAh battery.

Say Cheese

Those 32GB of storage will come in handy if the rumors of 1080p HD video capture support are true. HD video is a storage hog so those 32 gigs will be needed. The phone will reportedly have a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a second 1.3 megapixel camera in the front. Pretty standard stuff as far as cameras go.

Stay Connected

The Nexus will reportedly support both LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G for Verizon Wireless as well as HSPA+ for global carriers. The phone will also support 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS, and near field communication.

Odds and Ends

Reports say that the phone will be 9mm thin, which would make it one of the slimmest smartphones available, but I find that a little hard to believe with an LTE radio, which is known to bulk up phones. Then again, the Droid Bionic supports LTE and comes in under 11mm thick.

Lastly, the Galaxy Nexus will supposedly be a Verizon exclusive. While I can’t see Samsung (or Google) limiting the phone to Verizon permanently, a timed exclusive is definitely a possibility.

The Galaxy Nexus is already making waves in the mobile world and will no doubt go head-to-head with the iPhone 4S, a battle that’s going to get all the more heated with the release of Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s going to be interesting to watch the race play out after the unfortunate passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

The man was a visionary who inspired a massive following and his legacy is undeniably strong. He kept Android developers on their feet even while battling pancreatic cancer, and while Steve may have been tragically taken from us, the battle rages on. Steve has left big shoes to fill and time will tell if his successor can keep up the fight.

Editor’s note: The Nexus Prime announcement has been postponed by Samsung and Google until later this month, out of respect for Steve Jobs.

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