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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.