Samsung Galaxy Nexus touches down with Android 4.0

Samsung Galaxy Nexus touches down with Android 4.0We all knew it was coming, but we're excited all the same to report that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus officially launched in Hong Kong in the wee small hours of the night, bringing with it Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

In the end, probably the biggest surprise was the name, as it turns out Google Nexus Prime was never actually on the table, despite the fact that we've been calling it that for months.

A lot of the specs will make for familiar reading thanks to a pretty lively rumour grapevine over the past few weeks.

For starters, the Galaxy Nexus is super-slim, measuring just 8.94mm thick, while the bezel around the screen is just 4.29mm thick, which helps keep the handset's overall dimensions manageable.

And that's just as well, as Samsung has packed in a whopping 4.65in HD Super AMOLED display, the first ever 720p display to appear on a smartphone.

In the engine room we have a dual-core 1.2GHz processor along with 1GB of RAM, while you can choose between 16GB and 32GB of on-board storage.

Another rumour confirmed is that the camera is only a 5-megapixel effort though it does boast zero shutter lag and a nifty panoramic mode. On the video side you get full HD video recording and playback.

The Galaxy Nexus will launch as a Verizon exclusive in the US, where it will run on high-speed 4G LTE networks, while us European types will have to make do with HSPA+.

The good news, however, is that this high-end beast will be available in the US and in key European and Asian markets – including the UK – as soon as next month, with a global roll-out to follow.

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sm1979  Oct. 19, 2011 at 08:32

I just fear how much it will cost here in the UK. The Yanks will complain how much it costs them, but you can bet it will be far more expensive over here.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 19, 2011 at 09:12

Sad that graphic performance is slower than competition. The rest seems to be great.

Fields25  Oct. 19, 2011 at 09:19

Although this is the first story I have to say I'm a little disappointed. A month ago I was thinking about flogging my Galaxy S2 for however much money I could get to discount a Galaxy Nexus but now i'm not sure it's worth the extra money.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 19, 2011 at 09:22

It does not, you getting a bigger phone, but not a better one.

NornIron Legend  Oct. 19, 2011 at 10:09

Was really looking forward to upgrading to this but after seeing the specs im happy enough with my LG Optimus 2x until the Quadcores come out next summer.

Stelph  Oct. 19, 2011 at 11:40

4.65" screen? Sweet jesus thats dangersous close to tablet size IMO.

Ive said it before and ill say it again, this race to have the largest screen is just mental, OK its nice to have more space but as the screen is the biggest power drain in the phone its not helping the dismal smartphone battery life any is it! Plus fitting it into a pocket isnt getting any easier...

Looking at the specs online the physical size is 2cm taller and (more importantly) a cm wider than the iPhone 4 for example, thats getting pretty huge.

http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=3275&idPhone2=4219

Personally I think the best example of screen/phone dimensions is the Moto Defy, a 3.7" screen but is thinner and narrower than the iPhone 4, just a shame it has such a fat ass.. :)

http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_defy-3514.php

sibeer  Oct. 19, 2011 at 12:25

They keep pushing the size as people clearly appreciate the bigger screens. At some point it will go too far and the phone will be unpopular, but so far that hasn't been the case. Though I like the big screens myself, I am surprised there isn't a true premium Android handset at the iPhone type dimensions.

Guan  Oct. 19, 2011 at 12:49

Also, left feeling a little deflated after all the hype. Both the flagship phones of the top 2 platforms have failed to deliver on expectations. Guess Sammy wants to save all their best stuff for the S3. Looks like I'm gonna be hanging on to my Optimus 3D until either the S3 or the 3D version of the S2 comes out before the end of the year.
Like the look of the RAZR but as Stelph said, they probably should've gone for a 3.7" screen with a pixel density closer to the iPhones retina display.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 19, 2011 at 13:55

I think it's wrong to expect from Google to produce an iconic phone. They are not a manufacturer. The best Google can do is pickup scraps from TI, Qualcomm, Samsung and Sony (maybe LG). None of the manufacturers will agree to supply Google with superior hardware. After all, yields are limited and high end stuff is in short supply. It's pretty impressive that Google managed to 720p AMOLED screen.
I was expecting that Nexus will be shipped with Exynos as this is fastest available (Apple hogged all SGX543). I'm not very happy with SGX540 and would rather go for Adreno 220.
What everyone should be focusing their attention is Android 4. Google is software maker and they are good at it. Revolutionary differences between Nexus and say SG2 should be new Android features available only on Nexus. Since, we will not get a to see them until Nexus is reviewed it's too early to get disappointed.

shuwaz  Oct. 19, 2011 at 16:16

I just wonder how long battery life is going to be for an average user... twelve hours or six?

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