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Next Google Nexus Emerges As Fiercest iPhone 5 Rival Yet

The next version of Google's Nexus, which some have called the Nexus 4G, is likely to be an exceptional smartphone according to anonymous sources quoted by Jonathan S. Geller from BGR.

The blogger says that the phone will be "an absolute beast" and will not come with any physical menu button, not unlike Honeycomb tablets.

It will also be the first Android smartphone to feature v4.0 of the mobile OS, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich, and will be powered by a dual core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz SoC.

Geller says that the Nexus 4G will not use Nvidia's future quad core monster, Kal-El, but instead either a TI OMAP 4460 or a 26nm Qualcomm Snapdragon "Krait".

This may mean that the phone will be forged by either HTC or Motorola who have been key partners for Qualcomm and TI in the past.

No info about the screen size except that it will be a 720p HD model, which points to a resolution of at least 1280x720 pixels, 50 per cent higher than the pixel count on the iPhone 4.

This in turn means that the phone is almost certainly going to sport a "retina display" screen with a pixel density higher than 326ppi.

Other expected specifications include a 4G LTE radio, 1GB RAM, 1080p video recording and playback, a one-megapixel front facing camera and a rear five-megapixel one which will offer "class-leading image quality" and "superior low-light performance".

Given that the current Nexus S has been quietly discounted by many online retailers, we expect to see the Nexus 4G on our virtual shelves by the time the iPhone 5 is launched.