Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S3 [rumours]

Vs Tony Crammond 16:45, 8 Nov 2011

This time around we're comparing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with the rumoured Samsung Galaxy S3

The latest Google-centric device to hit the market is Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, a smartphone which aims to bring together the finest parts of Android, and connect them with cutting edge hardware and build quality.

But how well will this new device fare against what's just around the corner? In an effort to find out we've taken it upon ourselves to compare the Galaxy Nexus with a device that's going to be a sure-fire hit when it's released next year, the Samsung Galaxy S3.

So, will the vanilla Google-toting Galaxy Nexus be the order of the day, or will it be the Samsung Touchwiz-based Galaxy S3?

Before we find out we should stress that here at Know Your Mobile we aren't psychic, and as such we're working from the leaked spec of the Samsung Galaxy S3, meaning that things can, and most likely will change before the device arrives.

Samsung has never been a company to scrimp when it comes to horsepower and thankfully neither of these devices show any sign of bucking that trend.

The Galaxy Nexus runs on a Ti-OMAP 4460 chipset, consisting of a dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9 CPU and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, which should cope with everything you can throw at it, even if it is a little on the old side.

As you'd expect the Galaxy Nexus comes with 1GB RAM installed, making multi-tasking, switching between apps and general use very spry indeed.

If rumour is to be believed the Galaxy S3 will launch with a Samsung Exynos 4212 chipset that features a dual-core CPU clocked to a massive 1.8GHz. The chipset will also feature a Mali GPU that, quite frankly, makes the PowerVR SGX540 of the Galaxy Nexus appear antiquated.

On top of this top-notch running gear you get 2GB RAM, so not only will the Galaxy S3 run like a whippet with the trots, but it will be at the cutting edge for quite some time, which is something of a rarity in technology.

Both devices come in 16/32GB flavours and support MicroSD cards up to 32GB.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S3

The Galaxy S3 is rumoured to feature a 12-megapixel primary camera with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch-focus, face and smile detection, image stabilisation and 1080P video capture, and the device will apparently also feature the same 2-megapixel secondary camera as its predecessor the Galaxy S2.

The Galaxy Nexus however, ships with a fairly pedestrian 5-megapixel camera, but a few software tweaks allow the snapper to work surprisingly well.

The camera features autofocus, LED flash, touch-focus, geo-tagging and face detection, as well as 1080P video capture and also, according to Google, has no shutter lag, so what you see is what you snap.

In addition to this the Galaxy Nexus features a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera.

The software tweaks on offer in the Galaxy Nexus are nice but we would have liked to see an upgraded sensor on the device really.

Winner - Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy Nexus - 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm, 135g
Samsung Galaxy S3 - TBC

The Galaxy Nexus continues Samsung's ongoing relationship with the painfully thin, which has both pro and con points.

Needless to say the biggest con is that your device may end up banana shaped if you pop it in your back pocket and sit down without thinking. Other than that its skinniness is a nice feature.

The Galaxy Nexus is a nicely designed and built device though, and the rounded off edges and newly designed back-plate offer a solid hand-hold, which is most welcome as it isn't the narrowest smartphone on the market.

As with the rest of the Galaxy range it's crafted almost entirely from plastics, which is a point that is likely to split opinion. Some like it lightweight, others like to be able to feel some of their hard earned pounds and pence when they handle their device.

The Galaxy S3 is a bit of a mystery in terms of measurements. What we can say with some certainty is that it will be crafted from plastics, as with the rest of its kith and kin, and will be thinner than the Galaxy S2, which at 8.55mm is saying something.

Early indications are that Samsung has rounded off the edges of the chassis and made the form a bit more tasteful too, but time will tell.

Winner - Draw

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