What’s inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Want to know what’s really inside the latest and greatest Android handsets? Engadget, with the help of Android developer Francois Simond compiled  the full list of all the hardware found inside the Samsung Galaxy Nexus :


  • CPU: Texas Instruments OMAP4460 (same as the Droid RAZR), 2047.7 BogoMIPS
  • GPU: Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540 (highler clocked version than the one in the HummingBird SoC)
  • WiFi / Bluetooth module: Broadcom BCM4330 (same as in the Galaxy S II)
  • Audio codec: Texas Instruments TWL6040
  • HDMI: Silicon Image MHD SiI9234 transmitter over MHL (same as Infuse 4G and GSII)
  • USB Switch: Fairchild semiconductors fsa9480
  • Framebuffer controller: Samsung S6E8AA0 MIPI LCD with Gamma correction driver


  • Geomagnetic sensor: Brand new tri-axial Yamaha YAS530
  • TouchScreen sensor: Melfas MMSxxx touchscreen
  • Optical / proximity sensor: GP2A (same as Galaxy S and Nexus S)
  • Barometric pressure sensor: BOSCH BMP180
  • Triaxial acceleration sensor: BOSCH BMA250
  • Triple Axis MEMS Gyroscope: InvenSense MPU3050
  • Fuel Gauge (algorithm to track battery’s state of charge): MAXIM MAX17040

Misc. internals

  • Facial recognition elements (Face Unlock): left eye, right eye, nose base, head, face
  • Available resolution for standard apps: 720 x 1184px
  • Refresh rate: 60Hz
  • LCD Density: 320
  • Default display color depth: 32bit
  • Camera uses OMAP Ducati Subsystem, on-screen preview size is 768 x 576
  • Linux kernel: 3.0.1 compiled for SMP with voluntary kernel preemption for best interactivity
  • Android ROM: version 4.0.1, built October 13, 2011
  • Device name: Maguro
  • Main input/output type supported: Headphone, Speaker, Microphone, Bluetooth, Voice, FM, S/PDIF over HDMI; USB Audio DAC (digital-to-audio converter with USB input and stereo outputs) should also be supported

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Nokia to announce its Windows Phone plans Next week. More OEMs to be announced

Microsoft Andy Less has confirmed today that Nokia will unveil its Windows Phone roadmap next week in London during the Nokia World event. Many are expecting the Nokia 800 aka Nokia Searay to be the company’s first windows Phone handset followed by a lowered end model dubbed the Nokia 703 aka Nokia Sabre. Less has also stated that new Windows Phone OEMs are also going to be announced soon.

Nokia will announce its rollout plans with Windows Phone, among other things. It made an evaluation early on, and saw our roadmap for this year and next year, and it decided to bet the whole company on Windows Phone based on that. We’ve seen that other hardware makers have seen this occurrence as an accelerant, which in turn helps both Microsoft and Nokia. I’m also excited about naming some new OEMs that will be coming onboard.”

I unfortunately won’t be going to Nokia World on the the 26th but should get my hands on a Nokia handset in the weeks to come.

source: AsiaD

First official photos of the Samsung Focus S

The still mysterious Samsung Focus S has finally shown its face courtesy of Microsoft today. The device’s full hardware specifications are still unknown same for it’s European variant that has yet to be announced. The whole design is definitely similar to the original Samsung Galaxy which looked kinda nice but definitely not amazing. on the other hand the Samsung Focus Flash looks identical to the European Samsung Omnia W. Anyway, let’s hope that Samsung get its act together and finally announces/ unveils something in the next few days. More picture after the break:

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Nokia 800 aka Nokia Searay renders ?

Here are what look to be the first official renders of the soon to be announced Nokia 800 aka Nokia Searay Windows Phone handset. Once again these could be the work of anybody so let’s stay calm and wait for the official announcement on October 26 (contrary to what an MS told me..gotta love those guys too..). In the mean time don’t forget to ask me questions about the HTC Titan if this one grabbed your interest. More pictures after thebreak:

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The HTC Titan is here

Friendly heads up for all of you who interested in the HTC Titan; I just received one today and will post my first impression in the coming days. If you have any question about the handset (hardware, software etc) just post them in the comment section below and I will make sure to answer them. Justin case you ware still wondering: this thing is kinda huge…the SLCD panel is the best so far on any HTC handset but I still want a Super AMOLED Plus display… Anyway, let me know if you want to know anything.

Jet Car Stunts Xbox Live game for Windows Phone released

Microsoft has finally release another great Xbox Live game for Windows Phone 7 today called Jet Car Stunts. As the name implies this is involves cars fitted with Jet engines attempting to make stunts. The whole package is really solid and the graphics are far from being bad. The lighting is especially good and so is the framerate. THe only negatives I can think of is the nasty color banding everywhere and the lack of anti-aliasing. I will try to shoot a video of it running later on to show how that thing looks like on an HTC Titan. In the man time you can download it for $2.99 or try the fairly long trial version before taking the plunge here.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is officially official

Good day folks! The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has now been made official a few hours ago alongside Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. In terms of hardware specifications there’s nothing we didn’t already know yesterday so please refer to this post for the full comprehensive list of the device’s internals and externals. Does it look sexy ? Well that 4.67″ HD Super AMOLED screen is definitely a winner even though the overall design looks relatively close to last year’s Google Nexus S. Inside the beast is a TI OMAP 4460 SoC which includes the well regarded PowerVR SGX540 GPU (clocked higher than the original version) similar to what is powering the just announced Motorola Droid RaZR (early benchmark results here). As we have seen in the full specification yesterday there’s also going to be an LTE version of it which will launch later and bit a tiny bit thicker that the regular GSM variant launching in Asia, Europe and North America in November. The only thing missing is the internal MicroSD slot which isn’t mentioned in the official press release.
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Hardware Specifications

That’s it folks, we finally have the full hardware specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus formerly known as the Nexus Prime. As previously guessed the SoC powering the handset is a Texas Instrument OMAP4460 Dua-Core CPU clocked at 1.2Ghz coupled with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU (clocked higher than the one initially found in the Hummingbird SoC of the Original Samsung Galaxy. The Galaxy Nexus also sport a gigantic 4.7inch Super AMOLED HD screen (1280×720 but only 1196×720 usable throughout the OS because of the onscreen hardware buttons).  It also packs 1GB or RAM, 32GB of internal Storage and a MicroSD expansion slot. On the imaging front the The Galaxy Nexus has a 5MPx camera on the back which can shoot 1080P videos plus a 1.3MP camera on the front. Check out the full specs after the break:

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First Samsung Galaxy Nexus Prime benchmarks

Someone using a prototype or developer version of the soon to be announced Samsung Galaxy Nexus (or Nexus Prime) has submitted GLBenchmark scores indicating that the handset is powered by a TI OMAP 4460 Dual-Core SoC clocked at 1.2Ghz. This may be disappointment to some but unfortunately the way it is because TI is the development partner for Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich (similar to how NVIDIA’s Tegra was Android 3.0‘s primary platform etc.) You can also note that the screen resolution is reported to be 1196 x 720 instead of 1280×720 because of the on-screen “hardware buttons”.

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New Bing Maps road Map Style now in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

I’ve just noticed that the new Bing Maps Road Map Style layout that was introduced on the desktop version back in July is now showing up on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. I don’t know if this is related to the newest Samsung Omnia 7 firmware or not but I definitely didn’t have it prior to that. So what’s the difference ? Well the new layout is a lot more easier on the eyes and includes several new improvements:

- Primary roadways are denoted in a more distinct color
- One way streets are more clearly marked
- Road shields are more visible
- Text labels are easier to read
- Traffic overlays are clearer and more defined
- Lots of other details to improve map readability

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Update your Samsung Omnia 7 to the latest I8700XXKI3 firmware now

Here’s my little gift for you this weekend. I just managed to download the latest Samsung Omnia 7 I8700XXKI3 Firmware package wish was pushed out by SFR yesterday and I’m giving it back to you so you can manually update your device following the same instructions I posted a few days ago when the latest Samsung Mango firmware was pushed. Please remember that if something goes wrong you will be on your own. Words of advise before attempting to update your handset: If it doesn’t work you will most probably get two different error:

- 800705B4 : Time out error which happens on many Omnia 7 depending on how much free storage you have left. Solution: hard reset you handsets.
- 8018001E: There’s a conflict with the current bootloader on your handsets (happened to me with the latest Mango firmware): Solution: you are screwed. Roll back to a previous bootloader/firmware

Here are the instructions:

- Download the firmware here (remember that’s not the OS but only the firmware bits) then download the WPupdate tools from here.
- Unzip the Tools in a folder then unzip the firmware in the same folder as the tools.
- Plug in your device, wait until the Zune client starts and then close it.
- Run the the Updater and press S or B (depending on the size of your balls..)
- your phone will then reboot in download mode and update (don’t unplug it or do stupid things with your PC during the whole process..)

Report back if it works for you. If not then please take a look at all the messages in the previous post before posting.

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Google Android 4.0 and Nexus Prime event to take place on October 19th

Google and Samsung have re-scheduled the canceled October 11th launch event of Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Google Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Prime aka Samsung i9250 ) to October 19th in Hong Kong at around 10PM EST. Inserting times ahead… I’m really eager to see how the Honeycomb UI has be shrunk down to work on smartphone. The early look we had last week didn’t really seem exciting to me but let’s wait until we have more info before passing judgment.

New Samsung Omnia 7 Mango firmware rolled out: I8700XXKI3

A new Samsung Omnia 7 firmware has been rolled-out today by french carrier SFR along side it’s Mango update push. I unfortunately don’t have the update (because I unbranded my SFR Omnia 7 handset) and don’t have the firmware bites either yet. As you can see below it’s newer than the previous I8700XXKH5 firmware released during the initial Mango roll out phase and most probably based on the engineering SFR firmware leaked a few weeks ago:

OS Version: 7.10.7720.68
Firmware revision number: 2424.11.9.3
Hardware revision number:
Radio software version: 2424.11.9.1
Radio hardware version:
Bootloader version:
Chip SOC version:

It would be awesome if If a brave soul is willing to send me the firmware bits so we can manually flashed it.

Thanks to everybody who sent this in.



Windows Phone Arabic support coming in H2 2012. Nokia to launch its Windows Phone in Europe this quarter.

First off, bad news for all you Windows Phone users in the middle east who are still waiting for proper Arabic language support in Windows Phone. According to Tom Farrell, Nokia’s general manager of Lower Gulf. The Arabic support will apparently only come in the second half of 2012 around the same time Windows Phone 8 aka Apollo is expected to launch. The other piece of info is another confirmation that the company’s first Windows Phone will ship in Europe this quarter (no mention of the US again so be prepared to be disappointed..).

“We will launch and start selling this quarter in Europe, because Windows Phone has the language support for European countries. However, it doesn’t support Arabic until second half of next year. We won’t say it’s a launch in this region because it needs Arabic,”

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Navigon for Windows Phone 7 released in the US and Europe but not at the same price

Just in case you didn’t know this, the Navigon turn-by-turn GPS application is now officially available on Windows Phone 7 in Europe and in the US. This is the 4.0 version that was announced a few weeks ago (an update from the earlier release bundled on T-Mobile Germany’s handsets).  Based on the users reports I’ve seen this app is highly recommended If you are looking for the best possible offline navigation on Windows Phone . Unfortunately there’s catch for us living in Europe: the price. The US version costs $29,99 while the European version will set you back $69.99. Nice…

UPDATE: Bad news folks.. The prices listed above are just a promotion that will end on November 15th (thanks for the heads up Joe):

In terms of map material, users have two versions to choose from: NAVIGON Europe with 44 countries and NAVIGON USA. From 11 October until 15 November NAVIGON Europe will be available at the reduced introductory price of €59.49 instead of €84.99, the US version for €25.99 instead of €42.49. This corresponds to a price discount of around 30 and 39 percent respectively. The app can now be downloaded from the Windows Phone Marketplace to all devices which run the Windows Phone Mango release.

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HTC and Samsung to increase Windows Phone marketing budgets

Thankfully Microsoft isn’t putting all of its eggs in the same basket and won’t rely only on Nokia to correctly market Windows Phone this fall. According to Andy Less, Samsung and HTC are going to increase the marketing budgets for Windows Phones this year. This is in line with what was announced in the Samsung / Microsoft patent deal a few days ago. Unfortunately we have yet to see any compelling marketing effort around Mango but one can only hope that things will change in the comings weeks.

One thing bothers me though: Where the hell is the Samsung Focus S and its European variant? Samsung has officially only announced the Omnia W which is the European version of the Samsung Focus Flash (that was never really announced by Samsung but only outed by AT&T). One has to wonder if Microsoft is asking them to lay low for a bit until Nokia finally unveils its Windows Phone products…

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Nokia Searay aka Nokia 800 advertising material leaked?

The images you see here are said to be advertising material for the upcoming Nokia 800 aka Nokia Searay Windows Phone handset which is set to launch this month. The Nokia 800 seems to be the company’s higher end Windows Phone for this year with its 8Mp camera while the Nokia 703 (Nokia Sabre) will be the mid -range one with a 5MP sensor. Once again remembers that this is still speculation at this point so grab some salt.

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Microsoft confirms Dual-Core and LTE Windows Phones coming in the future

I think that we all knew that this would be the case but just in case you doubted it Microsoft’s Andy Lees has recently confirmed that future Windows Phones’ probably running Apollo Windows Phone 8) will support Dual-Core SoCs and LTE networks. As of right now Windows Phone 7 only supports single core SoC and frankly isn’t in need of anything more powerful given that the current crop of devices (the new MSM8255 based one and older QSD8250 phones) are smoother and more responsive than any Dual-core Android handset currently on the market.

“They’re all single core, but I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it, and that’s the point,” But, he insisted, Microsoft isn’t opposed to dual-core chips, but wanted to wait until the software was more ready to take advantage of multiple cores.

As far I know, and I could be wrong here, the current CE Kernel used in Windows Phone doesn’t support Dual CPU configurations so we aren’t missing much anyway. That’s why I’m thinking that we may have to wait until Windows Phone 8. Lees also added that LTE handsets are also planned:

“The first LTE phones were big and big (users) of the battery, and I think it’s possible to do it in a way that is far more efficient, and that’s what we will be doing,”

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The Zune HD is dead. Long live the Windows Phone

Microsoft has finally made things clear about the future of the Zune and Zune HD media players. According to the Redmond software giant Windows Phone will be the focus of its mobile music and video strategy. Here’s official statement:

We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices. Customer service has been, and will remain a top priority for us.

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