Korean news site ELECTRONIC TIMES INTERNET (ETNews) reported yesterday that Google’s upcoming Android reference smartphone, called the Nexus Prime, will be unveiled in October this year. Samsung Electronics will manufacture the device and have already ordered components from its partner component manufacturers.

Korean mobile carriers are also reportedly already gearing up for their respective unveiling events for the much-anticipated Google Nexus Prime in October.

The Google Nexus line of smartphones are flagship handsets that debut major updates to the world-renowned Android operating system. The Google Nexus Prime will be the first handset to run on Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich–the upcoming major update fusing Android 2.3 Gingerbread (for smartphones) and Android 3.2 Honeycomb (for tablets) into one device-agnostic version.

Earlier reports suggest that Google may unwrap Ice Cream Sandwich in as early as October in an effort to prevent a surge in popularity of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5.

ETNews also reports that the Google Nexus Prime will run on a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. Earlier reports from other sources have strongly suggested the possibility of a Texas Instruments processor, most likely an OMAP4470 or its slightly slower sibling, the OMAP4460.

The Google Nexus Prime will carry a 4.5-inch touchscreen panel using Super AMOLED HD technology, according to ETNews. Other reports mention an HD-resolution (1280×720) display using Pentile technology.

An alleged Samsung roadmap leaked last week was rumored to have included the Nexus Prime among the devices on the list. One device with model number GT-I9250 was listed as having Ice Cream Sandwich and was thus rumor-mongerers’ primary suspect for the Google Nexus Prime. However, its alleged screen size of 4.65 inches doesn’t seem to jibe with the ETNews report.

Samsung quickly issued a brief statement on its blog saying the details cited on the list were inaccurate. Samsung’s statement struck many readers as odd because it is rare for the Korean manufacturer to dip its fingers into rumors. Samsung’s uncharacteristic response to the rumored roadmap led a lot of people to believe that there may be several grains of truth on the list.

Holiday shopping is going to cause a lot of headaches and confusion among you this year, especially with a lot of Android superphones coming out this fall. Which Android superphone are you planning to get this fall?