Samsung Mobile is well known when it comes to launching refreshed versions of their existing devices. It happened with the Galaxy S (SGS Plus), the Galaxy S2 (LTE, HD, SkyRocket and the rumored SGS2 Plus) and judging by some rumors, the Galaxy S3 will most likely follow the same trend as well.
However, earlier this year there were a few rumors indicating that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus might receive the same treatment, rumors that were intriguing to say the least. Not much regarding the matter has surfaced ever since, until very recently when the guys over at SamMobile got a hold on a spec sheet that compares the Galaxy Nexus, (GT-I9250), the Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) and the rumored Nexus “Plus” device (GT-I9260).
Samsung Galaxy Nexus “Plus” In The Works ?
Judging by the above spec sheet a Nexus refresh is clearly in the works, but the question is, does a Nexus refresh makes sense?
Well, first let’s take a look at the purported specs. The Nexus Plus is expected to have a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display but unlike the Galaxy Nexus it seems like it will offer an HD resolution. In addition, the processor has been probably replaced by an OMAP 4470 coupled with a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, an 8 MP camera has been fitted on the back coupled with a 1.9 MP camera on the front, both of which are probably taken directly from a Galaxy S3. Last but not least, we see the addition of a SD card slot which is a definite step-up from the original Galaxy Nexus.
Overall, what I see is a revamped Nexus that brings better specs and additional key features that were missing in the original model. Does this smartphone make sense? Well, despite the fact that this information is not revealed in the spec sheet, we expect the Nexus Plus to hit the market with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Evidently this version will receive updates in the same timely manner as its predecessor so if what you’re looking for is an updated Nexus that can receive updates, the Plus is what you’re looking for.
The Galaxy Nexus Plus can be viewed as a dumbed-down Galaxy S3 that will receive updates in a timely manner. However, if you plan on purchasing the Nexus Plus from a carrier, alongside a contract, and if the gadget will have a price tag similar to the Galaxy S3 then I can’t really see the point. It’s less powerful, it comes with fewer internal storage options and it will be subject to the same update delays caused by the carriers.
Nevertheless we’re quite excited to see a beefed-up Nexus in the works and I’m sure the unlocked version will be quite amazing. What about you? Would you be interested in buying a Nexus Plus? Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out more about specs and release date(s).
Thanks Phandroid for the heads-up regarding the beefed up Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Plus).