Just when you were ready to clock out on a Friday afternoon, the Internets came calling to remind you that tech news never sleeps and anonymous message boards can be like gold to tech geeks. A 4Chan thread details a purported hands-on session with the next flagship Android phone, Samsung's Nexus Prime – which may now be going by the name Galaxy Nexus. Those of you subscribing to the "pictures or it didn't happen" meme can stay planted on your high horses for now, as we don't gots no photos. The rest of you might want to read on. Pure fantasy or juicy leak, the details make for some geeky good entertainment.

"Anonymous" claims a Samsung rep dropped by his workplace for some hands-on show and tell with Verizon's upcoming launch exclusive, the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4 … or is it 2.4? read on …) powered Galaxy Nexus. Verizon supposedly passed on a Galaxy S II variant of its own in favor of getting the next Nexus all to itself, at least for a little while. Sounds reasonable enough to me. Big Red's gone and got themselves the biggest gun possible when for the retail dogfight known as holiday shopping season.

As for the phone itself? Here are the pertinent particulars:

  • Dual-core Samsung Exynos CPU at 1.5 GHz with 1GB RAM
  • 4.65-inches, 1280 x 720 HD display: Super AMOLED Plus
  • 8.8mm thick, somewhat heavier than the Galaxy S II
  • Metal body (yes, you read that right, Samsung + Metal Body = A real product!)
  • 16GB internal storage + SD card slot
  • 2000 mAh battery
And a few choice quotes from the thread:

"The phone looks similar to the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S II, with a round-edged body, but also similar to the Nexus S with a curved screen."

"The internet browser is leaps and bounds better than what you currently get. (Hallelujah! – NK)… I personally hated the stock browser for Android (Me too – NK), but I'd actually consider using this. It has its tabs at the bottom of the screen now, similar to Opera Browser mobile. The pinch to zoom is better than before, the rendering is excellent, no checkerboards. Zoomed out the text is pristine. Really liking the browser app."

"The phone is blazingly fast; I guess it's as fast the SGS II. It has no issues with general use and opens apps, drawers, etc. instantly. No lag. I tried opening a whole bunch of apps, but it was still running smooth and would auto-kill once it got overloaded anyway, so you never feel the performance taking a hit."

"Ice Cream Sandwich is very nice. It works like the current Gingerbread OS but has gotten a major facelift. The menus are a lot nicer and smoother, screens have a 'glassy' look to them. It just feels more polished"

"The Gmail app is a lot better looking than the current one. If you flip the phone to the side, it has the preview pane, like how Outlook works, with the emails on the left and the message on the right. It looks really nice." (Sammy's Epic Touch 4G for Sprint has this preview pane feature, as well – NK)

Sounds hot to me. AndroidandMe's Dustin Earley has a nice little breakdown of how the 4chan thread lines up with other Nexus Prime/Galaxy Nexus rumors to date, and what we know about ICS. It's worth a read if you want to launch off on your own game of "Surf the InterWebz in search of clues to the Nexus mystery!"

Or dive into the original 4Chan thread, assuming it's still online.

Or … here comes the best choice! … discuss this latest round of Nexus/ICS rumors right here in the comments! Go!

[Via: AndroidandMe]