Life’s good: Leaks detail potential next Google Nexus

We’re entering the time of year when Google (s goog) is generally expected to announce a new Nexus handset and rumors have been building for months. Paul O’Brien at MoDaCo comprised a number of reportedly confirmed specifications and details of the next Nexus, and they appear reasonable to me.

I’m a fan of the Nexus line, having owned the original Nexus One only to replace it for a GSM Galaxy Nexus last year. I skipped the Nexus S — debuting in between my two handsets — as I didn’t feel it was enough of an upgrade for my money. If the leaked and reported specs are true, however, I may consider retiring my Galaxy Nexus.

The device, assuming there is only one new Nexus, appears¬†based ¬†upon the LG Optimus G, which would fit Google’s mantra of using different hardware partners for the Nexus line. HTC built the first while Samsung was responsible for the next two. Some of the purported specs include:

  • A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon(s qcom) S4 SOC
  • 2 GB of memory
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 1280 x 768 IPS display
  • 8 or 16 GB of storage with no expansion slot
  • A non-removable battery
  • Integrated wireless charging

I’d anticipate the screen size to be 4.7-inches; same as the Optimus G. The current Galaxy Nexus uses a 4.65-inch display and some of the screen is used for software buttons; the next Nexus will likely omit hardware buttons as well. An improvement to the Android (s goog) operating system wouldn’t surprise either; not Android 5, but an incremental bump to Android 4.2 would be my expectation.

The big updates here over the Galaxy Nexus are the processor, extra memory, and higher resolution camera sensor, but some may see the lack of microSD slot and integrated battery as cons. All in all, however, if these specifications hold true, the next Nexus could find strong appeal, especially if Google can find a way to price it low: The current Galaxy Nexus can be had without contract for $349.