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Nexus 4G set for fall 2011 launch: report

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(Read caption) The Nexus 4G could hit around Thanksgiving, according to one source. Here, a user holds a Google Nexus S handset.

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Google will release a new Nexus device, possibly called the Nexus 4G, as early as Thanksgiving, according to a new report from the surprisingly prescient folks at Boy Genius Report. BGR's Jonathan S. Geller spoke to some anonymous sources familiar with the Nexus 4G –– again, this may not be what the phone is actually called –– and he says the device, which is expected to ship with a gigantic 720p HD display, is an "absolute beast."

"[W]e can expect a 4G LTE radio, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video capture and playback, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel rear camera," Geller writes. "The 5-megapixel camera, however, is said to be an advanced 5-megapixel sensor delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance. The Google Nexus 4G will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and hold everything together in an ultra-thin package."

A beast, indeed, even if it is just a myth at this point. Apple better get that iPhone 5 prepped and ready to go. (Last we heard on the iPhone 5 front, the device was being put through the final phase of testing. It is expected to hit store shelves in the fall, or thereabouts, meaning that we could have a nice little horse race between the next-generation iPhone and the next-generation Nexus.)

Way back in December, of course, Google rolled out the Nexus S, which was itself a follow-up to the Nexus One. Reviewers liked the Nexus S – and especially the crisp Super AMOLED display and stellar voice quality. "My own, nearly year-old Android phone can seem intolerably slow in comparison" to the Hummingbird-powered Nexus S, one happy critic wrote at the time.

A few months later, in March, Sprint unveiled its own version of the Nexus S – the Nexus S 4G. In addition to the improved data connectivity, powered by Sprint's nascent 4G network, the Sprint Nexus got built-in Google Voice compatibility, which is good news for VoIP-minded folks everywhere. Nexus user? Drop us a line –– we're listening.


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