|Posted by Wai-Lun Shing on October 20, 2011 at 3:25 PM|
The first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone has been announced and it's called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus UK release date
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus UK release date is November, if an erroneous flyer from Japanese Network DoCoMo is to be believed. We definitely know it'll be available on Vodafone as the network has been in contact with TechRadar to confirm. We also know that it's coming to Three and O2.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus price
Phones4U is the first to offer up a Samsung Galaxy Nexus UK price, and, while we knew it would be sold at a premium, we didn't expect you'd be paying a whopping £46 per month to get the phone for free – though we're not currently sure how many minutes, texts and how much data that includes. For a £30 up front cost, you can reduce this to £41 a month.
Galaxy Nexus processor
The new handset has a dual-core 1.2GHz Texus Instruments OMAP4460 processor, the same speed as the chip used in Samsung's Galaxy S2. Indeed, several of the Nexus Prime's core specs mirror that of Samsung's existing top end Android handset.
Galaxy Nexus operating system
The Galaxy Nexus is the first handset to feature Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The OS will be coming to other high end Android handsets including the Nexus S. Ice Cream Sandwich is designed to bridge the gap between the user experience on Android 2.x phones and Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets – the same operating system will now run on both types of hardware.
Galaxy Nexus memory
Like the Galaxy S2, there will be 1GB of system memory on board the handset. That's double the amount inside an iPhone 4S.
Galaxy Nexus display
The huge 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen boasts 720p resolution. It's bigger than the 4.27-inch display found on the Galaxy S2 (and the same as that found on the S2 HD LTE in the US) but thankfully smaller than the whacking great 5.3-inch display found on the Samsung Galaxy Note. It's also still dwarfed by the HTC Sensation XL by 0.05 inches.
Galaxy Nexus dimensions and weight
The device follows a similar form factor to its predecessor, the Samsung Nexus S, but is thinner at just 8.94mm thick and weighs in just a little heavier at 135g. The footprint? 36 x 68mm.
Galaxy Nexus Design
As you can see, the design language apes the previous Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy S2 with the lip at the bottom of the phone.
A button-less display may confuse some always looking to hit the Home key to get back to the main menu, but Google wanted to create a slick, edge-to-edge front to the phone.
While more rounded than the Galaxy S2, the Galaxy Nexus is almost the non-identical twin to the current darling of Android users.
Galaxy Nexus camera and video
The Galaxy Nexus shoots 1080p video, just like the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S2, and has a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash. The front-facing snapper is a 1.3-megapixel unit. There's also a panorama mode plus, according to Samsung, no shutter lag.
Galaxy Nexus mobile payments
As expected, NFC tech remains on board from the Nexus S – though the tech is still slow to roll-out across other handsets.
Galaxy Nexus connectivity and sensors
The handset also boasts Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi and HSPA+ (enabling download speeds of up to 21Mbps) over 4G networks, rolling out in the US at the moment. Unfortunately, we won't see these in the UK quite yet. There's also a proximity sensor as you'd expect and, strangely enough, a barometer. We could do with a few other phones featuring that.
Galaxy Nexus storage
The handset will be available in two versions featuring 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.
The handset features a 1,750 mAh battery – far better than the 1,420 mAh unit in the iPhone 4S.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn't branded as being from GoogleAlthough the handset still carries the name of the search giant on its rear, this is the first Nexus device not to have the word 'Google' as part of its name, following the Google Nexus One and Nexus S. It also isn't called the Nexus Prime, as was rumoured.
You can register now for Galaxy Nexus updates, simply click here to sign up for more details on the availability of the new handset.
The information above is according to the TechRadar website source.