Prime directive

Oh, it's that time of year again. We're getting into a pleasing pattern: the coming of Autumn means the lead-up to the release of a new Google Nexus phone.

And this year's Nexus, the third iteration, is sounding like a monster. Like last year's Nexus S, the new Nexus - expected to be dubbed the Nexus Prime - is believed to be made by Samsung. It's reported to have a massive 4.5in screen, with an eye-popping 720x1,280 pixels - that's more than the laptop we're typing this on, and it offers pixel density on a par with the iPhone 4's retina display.

Most interestingly of all, of course, the Nexus Prime will be the first phone to run the latest, shiniest, fabbiest version of Google's Android operating system - Android 4.0, funnily known as Ice Cream Sandwich. It's expected to unite the tablet and phone versions of Android, which probably helps explain the vast screen.

None of this is official, of course, but the result of clever detective work by tech journalist types.

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