first_imgAfter Samsung and Google delayed the event that was to showcase Ice Cream Sandwich and the Nexus Prime, it was uncertain when it would happen. Originally tapped for this week at CTIA, they claimed that they postponed it out of respect for Steve Jobs’ death. But now we finally have a new date: October 19 in Hong Kong.The event invitation not-so subtly promises a preview of Android 4.0, with an image of an Android-shaped ice cream sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich will unite the latest Android phone OS, Gingerbread, with the current tablet firmware, Honeycomb.While it isn’t directly referenced, we will also be seeing the next “Google Experience” Nexus smartphone, which will be manufactured by Samsung. It has become known as the Nexus Prime for months, but it’s also possible that it will be known as the Galaxy Nexus.Previously leaked specs for the Nexus Prime include what will surely be one of the most amazing displays we’ve seen on a mobile device. The 720×1280 Super-AMOLED 4.65 inch screen won’t look quite as big as it you might think, because part of that real estate will be taken up by on-screen back, menu, and home buttons (similar to Honeycomb’s).The Nexus phone is also reported to have the Texas Instruments 4460 dual-core processor, clocked at 1.2GHz. It will add 1GB of RAM, along with 32GB of storage and a 1080p shooting 5MP rear camera. That’s an impressive spec sheet, to say the least.Of course the announcement comes just a day before Apple’s latest iPhone, the 4S, hits stores. If the leaked specs for the Nexus phone are correct, then it will be the first prominent Android phone to match the iPhone 4/4S’ 320ppi “Retina” display, only in a larger form. It would also double the iPhone’s 512MB of RAM, and offer a similar multi-core processor.Hong Kong is a curious venue to hold such a major event, particularly with such short travel notice for non-Asian tech journalists. Nonetheless, you can mark your calendars for next Wednesday’s news.Read more about Android 4.0 Ice Cream.via Techcrunch.last_img

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