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Nexus Prime - Google's Worthy Challenger To iPhone 4S

Amidst the buzz surrounding the release of iPhone 4S, a new competitor is about to emerge: the Nexus Prime, manufactured by Samsung, with Google's latest Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich.

The new device which is to be announced on October 11th could put up a good fight against Apple's new flagship smartphone, provided that it scores highly on some vital aspects.

While the iPhone 4S does not have true 4G connectivity, only HSPA+ at 14.4 Mbps, which is unlikely to be supported by carriers, Nexus Prime should take it a step further, analysts believe. Google and Samsung joining forces to provide a 4G LTE smartphone could cause trouble for Apple's new iPhone 4S.

More consumer-friendly prices could also prove to be a heavy weapon in the battle. Currently Apple has subsidised prices of $199 (iPhone 4S of 16 GB), $299 (for the 32 GB model) and $399 (for 64 GB version); at the same time iPhone 3GS is offered for free with a two-year contract and the iPhone 4's price has decreased to $99 under the same conditions.

The Nexus Prime is facing a challenge and it will have to convince carriers to tag along. Software features will also need to impress the market, as Apple's Siri Assistant is already on everyone's lips.

Whether Nexus Prime is going to rise to the occasion remains to be seen, with consumers and technology analysts eagerly awaiting the big release at Google's event on October 11th.

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Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.