Samsung GT-I9250 Is Nexus Prime, Will Break Your Heart [Updated with DIFF]

by: Elmer MontejoSeptember 7, 2011
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[ Update 2011-09-07 22:23 — We’ve received a tip that the User Agent Profile (UAProf) of the Google Nexus S (which Samsung manufactured) is actually similar to the UAProf of the Nexus Prime. In fact, the two XML files are exactly alike, save for one difference: the handset model numbers. We’ve added screenshots of the diff for the UAProfs for both Nexus S and Nexus Prime. We’ve also updated parts of the original post a bit to reflect the information we have received. For good measure, we’ve also included screenshots of the diff between the recent XML for the Nexus Prime and the first Google phone, the Nexus One, made by HTC who reportedly omits a lot of device-identifying information in pre-release User Agent Profiles. ]

A recently updated User Agent Profile (UAProf) on Samsung Mobile’s site reveals several interesting bits about the Nexus Prime.

First is that the UAProf, in XML format, is named “nexusprime.xml,” which adds more credence to the yet-unconfirmed rumor that Samsung may be the anointed one for the Nexus Prime.

Second, the handset model known as the Samsung GT-I9250 is specified in the XML file as the device model to use the file. We got wind of the GT-I9250 from a leaked roadmap purported to be Samsung’s.

The said model was listed on the roadmap as the only upcoming handset bearing Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a fact causing a whirlwind of rumors to ensue about its being the upcoming Nexus Prime.

We almost got fooled into thinking that the GT-I9220, a 5.3-inch handset–although listed only as having Android 2.3 Gingerbread–was the Nexus Prime. It turned out to be the Samsung Galaxy Note recently debuted at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in Berlin.

Third, the UAProf specifies a screen resolution of 800×480 (WVGA), which we find to be heartbreaking–if true (and we hope it isn’t). Rumors currently circulating have been saying that the upcoming Nexus Prime will have 720p resolution. The leaked roadmap, which has been nothing less than prophetic so far, also specifies 1280×720 as the resolution of the GT-I9250. This leads us and others to question the accuracy of the details in the XML file. It is possible that Samsung’s chest is no longer able to contain its emotions and just wants to scream, “WE ARE MAKING THE NEXUS PRIME!!!!!” without divulging further details that might allow competitors to preempt its moves.

Fourth, the XML file mentions ARM11 as the processor for the Nexus Prime. We were hoping to find OMAP4470 or OMAP4460 there, since Texas Instruments, which manufactures the OMAP processors, have been reportedly getting chummy with Google as concerns the Nexus Prime.

Fifth, the MMS Max Image Resolution value is only 1200×1600–or 2 megapixels. The MMS Max Image Resolution (mms:MMsMaxImageResolution) attribute specifies the maximum resolution of an image that the device can send through MMS. Here’s the catch–that same attribute is almost usually equal to the resolution of the device’s primary camera. Does it not break your heart for the Nexus Prime to shoot only 2-megapixel photos with its primary camera?

As to which of those details are true, we really have no idea. But, we do get the gut feeling that Samsung is not entirely truthful here–and for a presumably good cause.

Interestingly, the UAProf for both the Nexus Prime and the earlier Google phone, the Nexus S (also from Samsung) had similar content, except for only one change: the Nexus Prime’s model number. Everything else in the XML files for the two devices is practically the same, as can be seen in this diff output:

The UAProf for both Nexus S and Nexus Prime differ only in one line--the handset model numbers. Left side is for Nexus S, right side is for Nexus Prime.

In light of that, it seems that the XML file for the Nexus Prime was based on the XML file for the Nexus S as template–and only the handset model number was changed. This leads us to presume that the other details in the Nexus Prime UAProf will still undergo updating soon.

For completeness of comparison, we’ve also included the diff for the UAProfs of both the HTC-made Nexus One and the Nexus Prime:

Portions of the UAProf for Nexus One on the left, the Nexus Prime's on the right. Differences are highlighted in yellow.

Now, who’s with me in saying that Samsung is fudging the details of the Nexus Prime User Agent Profile? As to why, you’re free to speculate with us. Perhaps, to spread confusion among the public in order to exasperate it with a wild-goose chase and get its attention back to the Samsung Galaxy S II and the other Samsung devices recently debuted at IFA 2011?

  • Anonymous

    Surely they’re having a laugh! Why would it support MIDP2?

  • Anonymous

    You just don’t know anything about UAProfs, do you? Just translate this article – with a few interesting links – and you’ll know why it’s listed as a device with ARM11 cpu and wvga screen. And maybe you should find these things out BEFORE posting: this is not lending ‘authority’ to ‘Android Authority’ at all

  • Ravenous91

    Let’s fuel a conspiracy theory shall we? Perhaps these specs (2 MP camera, ARM11 processor etc) are correct. Maybe Samsung is so angry about the Motoogle acquisition that they have decided to take it out on google’s next device. That’ll show google to enrage our mighty OEM overloads.

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    • Anonymous

      ,. wow, I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for.
      I use EgoWî

  • Sorry, I find that whole thing a little hard to believe. I don’t think Google would let that happen!

  • Dinesh Abraham

    they are trying to bring down public’s expectation in the hw specs for the device at the same time want some pressl. it cannot be worse than Nexus S :). 1)worst case it will have 1ghz dual core processor 16gb inbuilt , 8 and 2 mpx cameras , 4-4.5″ super amoled + and 1 gb ram. this is slightly better than nexus s. 2)HTC EVO 3D with similar specs plus the 3d camera is 550$ and considering the fact nexus one and s went for 500-550, i think it is safe to assume this will be priced between 500-550. :) i will buy Prime just for ice cream.

    • Anonymous

      Me too, can’t wait!

  • dfbxfg

    ARM11? isnt that the processor on the first android?

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  • 2 megabit primary camera? Haha, I think Samsung would rather withdraw from the touch phone business than put a 2 megapixel camera on their latest and greatest phone.