Rumor: The Samsung GT-i9260 isn’t the Galaxy Nexus II, it’s the Galaxy Premier

by: ŠtefanOctober 11, 2012

Many of us are expecting Google to announce multiple Nexus devices this quarter. We know pretty much everything there is to know about LG’s Nexus, but what about Samsung’s? For the longest time, we thought they would update the Galaxy Nexus by giving it a slightly faster processor, a better camera, and call the resulting product the Galaxy Nexus II or the Nexus Plus. We saw a model number floating around the internet, GT-i9260, and we assumed that it simply had to be the new Nexus since the original Galaxy Nexus was the GT-i9250.

It brings us no pleasure to say this, but it looks like the GT-i9260 isn’t an updated Nexus. It’s a totally new device called the “Galaxy Premier” (above, left). The source of this rumor is the German site Mobile Geeks. They’re the guys who leaked the Galaxy S III Mini, so we have reason to believe that what they’re saying is credible.

Here’s what they think to be true: the Galaxy Premier will have a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, it’ll have a 4.65 inch 720p display, and it’ll look almost exactly like the Galaxy S III. The Premier will also have an 8 megapixel rear facing camera, a 2 megapixel front facing camera, and it’s going to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out the box. It’s supposed to launch this quarter, and it should cost roughly 480 EUR.

Now we know what you’re thinking. Why is Samsung polluting the Galaxy brand even further? We wish we had an answer, but we don’t. Part of us hopes that these German guys are wrong, but we highly doubt it. What really bothers us is that the Galaxy S III is already down to sub 500 EUR in many countries. The Premier would serve to be a slightly smaller version, with a slightly worse processor, yet have a similar price tag.

It’s completely baffling.

  • I’m pretty sure this isn’t true. I don’t see why they would do that.

  • Joshhud

    Samsung has release a baffling amount of Galaxy devices so i wouldn’t be suprised. Im thinking the specs might be off though. If the SIII wasnt available in the pre-paid market i would think it was for that but since it is i have no idea.

  • I hope Android Authority is not right. Samsung, DO NOT POLLUTE Samsung Galaxy S III. Please, Please, Please, Please.

    • Kassim

      In my view, that was done ages ago: Galaxy Ace, Mini, Media Player, Y, camera, etc etc.

      Would’ve been nice if ‘Galaxy’ was at least kept off budget fodder (aka ‘lesser smartphones’).

      On a slightly related topic, all possible Nexus manufacturers should be required to remove superfluous branding from their own models (with only a model number at the end for later versions).

      For example, just having ‘Galaxy Nexus’ or ‘RAZR Nexus’, ‘Xperia Nexus’, ‘Optimus Nexus’, ‘One Nexus’ (for HTC or whatever brand they choose e.g. ‘Desire Nexus’) etc etc.

      Instead of ‘Optimus 4G Nexus’ or ‘One XL+ Nexus LTE” or ‘Xperia “we’re-putting-every-spec-that-the-phone-has-because-we-don’t-advertise-as-much-as-Apple-and-Samsung” Nexus’….you get the jist of it.

      I mean, if the software and hardware will be more streamlined, then why not the naming scheme too? At the very least they should add this extra branding AFTER the ‘So-and-so Nexus’ part…not before or between.

      Now, tell me, who out there that’s reading this didn’t know which manufacturer those phones were from? They’ve spent ages crafting these great little brands for their devices and yet they choose to burden them with ungainly stuff that confuses/bores people…

      P.S. Read those possible names aloud to see the real difference.

    • Besbes Souhaieb

      for samsung galaxy stands for all android phones
      just like omnia for winmo

  • Kerwan

    I believe it if the processor is an A15 (Exynos 5520).
    If it is not the case, i don’t believe this rumor to be true.

    • nexus2012

      Its not the exynos 5. The exynos 5 default speed is at 1.7ghz not 1.5

  • MasterMuffin

    Does anybody remember that old rumor about nexus prime and they talked so much about the super features and there never was a nexus prime? Just saying, rumors are rumors..

  • Metalmachine6

    I don’t see why they would, unless they’re going for a budget phone. But with the S3 mini, I don’t know. It doesn’t seem feasible since it seems to me that it would cut into the S3’s market, which is damned successful. Unless like whoever said, “rumors are rumors”.

  • Jonathan

    I didn’t like the Galaxy S3 and went back to my S2 i777 because of the size. This Galaxy Premier seems like what would be the perfect upgrade for myself, but I really don’t see the point of offering the S3, S3 Mini and Galaxy Premier at the same time.

  • please make the name nexus 2 samsung nexus was an amazing mobile also the preview of it be was best compared to the others also could u bring it to the middle east fast after releasing it in america