Nexus Q Miscellany

July 5, 2012 12:44 by docbliny 

Here are a few random tidbits I’ve come across while messing around with the Q.


  • Operating System: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich (SDK/API 15)
  • Processor: OMAP4460 (dual ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and SGX540 GPU)
  • RAM Memory: 1GB LPDDR
  • Flash Memory: 16GB NAND
  • Connectors: TosLink (S/PDIF) audio, 10/100BASE-T Ethernet RJ45, Micro HDMI (Type D), Micro AB USB, Banana jack speaker outputs (2 right, 2 left, 4 total), AC power (Figure 8)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC
  • Lighting: 32 RGB perimeter LEDs, 1 RGB status/mute indicator
  • Hardware controls: Rotating top dome (volume control), capacitive touch sensor (mute)
  • Weight: 923 grams (2 pounds)
  • Diameter: 116 mm (4.6 inches)

Random Stuff

  • Product name: Tungsten
  • Device name: Phantasm
  • Board name: Steelhead
  • Bootloader: steelheadB4H0J
  • The Nexus Q Android application is called “setupwarlock”
  • It looks like the hardware and software might support up to 2048x2048 resolution
  • Closed captioning works for movies (or at least the Transformers movie that was given away)
  • iFixit teardown:

Power Usage

I’ve only quickly looked at the power consumption, but my Kill-A-Watt shows between 2-3W when the Q is on and playing music and the same based on a quick test of movie playback. This is with Ethernet and HDMI connected. The numbers will obviously be higher if you use passive speakers and the internal amplifier.