The Google Nexus Prime is coming out this October and the highlight is that it will be running on the latest edition of the Android operating system. Android 4.0, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich, is said to be a medley of the best features from 2.x Gingerbread, which is primarily designed for smartphones, and the tablet-focused 3.x Honeycomb. Pre-release reports speculate that the Nexus Prime could be this year’s most technically advanced mobile. It’s said to be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and will offer spacious screen real estate in the form of a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 1280 x 720 resolution.

Is the Nexus Prime going to win the super-phone-of-the-year award? It still can’t be said with certainty as products from two rival companies are said to be also making its auspicious debut next month. Apple’s iPhone 5 is one and the first Nokia Windows Phone is the other. Both smartphones don’t seem to be a match for the Nexus Prime in terms of pure hardware capacity. But then the iOS and Windows Mobile promises have always centered on enhancing user experience. This actually puts more pressure on the Ice Cream Sandwich system than on the upcoming handset to fulfill user expectations.

There are also top Android smartphones already out in the market against which the Nexus Prime will be unavoidably compared. Most conspicuous of course is the current flagship from the same manufacturer, the Samsung Galaxy S II. Then there is the HTC Sensation with its much-acclaimed custom software and the recently released Motorola Droid Bionic. The Nexus Prime’s technical specifications still come out ahead against these three. But keep in mind that there’s more to being a super phone than simply having astounding hardware.

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