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Third Google Nexus phone ‘an absolute beast’?

Rumoured specifications have appeard for internet giant Google’s next generation of Nexus-branded smartphones, with tech site Boy Genius Report calling the phone "an absolute beast."

Without citing any sources, BGR claimed the new smartphone, possible called the Nexus 4G, will be based on an SoC chip identified as the Texas Instruments OMAP4460.

This particular chip houses a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor up to 1.5GHz, and a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor as used in the Samsung Galaxy S range of smartphones.

The choice of TI instead of rivals from the likes of Qualcomm and Nvidia also backs a rumour from RCR Wireless in May that also suggested Google favored a TI chip for the next-gen Nexus.

Following a recent trend, BGR said the new Google phone would have a ‘monster sized’ screen but didn’t quote the size other than saying it would offer 720p resolution. That suggests the same resolution as the iPhone 4.

Another stand out feature, according to BGR, will be the inclusion of an ‘advanced’ 5-megapixel rear camera which is said to offer ‘class leading’ image quality and better low light performance.

Other specifications seem reasonably obvious given the high-end nature of the smartphone and an suggested October appearance. A 4G LTE radio, 1GB of RAM and 1080p HD video capture have also been seen elsewhere.

The real excitement regarding the third Nexus Phone will be, as before, with the operating system. The new Google phone is expected to ship with Android 4.0 or Icecream Sandwich.

It’s not known which manufacturer will make the third generation Nexus phone with HTC and Samsung both having had a shot with the earlier models.

The choice of a TI SoC would, if recent smartphone design wins are any indication, suggest Motorola or LG may be tapped for the Google ‘beast’.

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