Galaxy Nexus – Android 4.0 on a 4.65″ screen

After a huge series of non-stop internet leaks and teasers about the so-called “Nexus Prime” and Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich update of its mobile OS, we now have official confirmation of both in the shape of the Galaxy Nexus.

It’s the next flagship Android handset, made by Samsung, which will arrive running an unskinned version of Android 4.0. The phone’s screen is a huge 4.65″ in size, with a subtle curved finish just like last year’s Nexus S , plus the screen runs at 720p resolution. Crikey.

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Inside, the Galaxy Nexus is powered by a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4 chipset, which is clocked at 1.2GHz. The Galaxy Nexus is set to launch around the world over the next few weeks.

Here’s Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus press release:

Samsung and Google introduce GALAXY Nexus

World’s First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a HD Super AMOLED display

Hong Kong – October 19, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, and Google, today announced GALAXY Nexus™, the world’s first smartphone running Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest release of the Android platform. GALAXY Nexus features a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display technology at 720p resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.

“Samsung and Google have closely collaborated to push the mobile experience forward. We are pleased to deliver the best Android smartphone experience for customers with GALAXY Nexus. We will continue to move forward with Android to provide the compelling consumer experience in mobile world,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

“Ice Cream Sandwich demonstrates the Android platform’s continued innovation with one release that works on phones and tablets and everything in between. Features like Android Beam and Face Unlock show the innovative work our team is doing, and GALAXY Nexus showcases the power behind Ice Cream Sandwich,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile for Google.

The first smartphone to feature Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. GALAXY Nexus features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, phone app, and everything in between has been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful, and useful.

Ice Cream Sandwich also features a new People app, which lets you, browse friends, family, and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution, and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks. GALAXY Nexus features a redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag, and effects like silly faces and background replacement.

GALAXY Nexus is also connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and all other data synced across your devices. You have access to more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™, or, in certain countries, you can buy and read books, or rent movies and stream them instantly from your phone. In the U.S., you can also upload your music to the cloud with Music Beta by Google and listen anywhere, even when offline.

Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Using NFC technology, Android Beam allows you to quickly share web pages, apps, and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping your phones together. You can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk™.

Google Experience
GALAXY Nexus is designed to provide a “pure Google,” experience, and with it, you will be the first to receive software upgrades and new applications as they become available.

It also features a number of Google Mobile services, including: Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™, and a redesigned Google+ app.

Best-in-class hardware meets the most advanced software
GALAXY Nexus is the first smartphone to feature a 4.65’’ display with a market-leading resolution of 720p (1280×720), ensuring you can enjoy GALAXY Nexus’ immersive entertainment capabilities and fast web browsing in superior clarity.

Succeeding the original Contour Display of Nexus S, GALAXY Nexus comes with a rounded shape that fits perfectly within your palm or to your face for phone calling. Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover improves the ergonomic feel of the device and makes the phone slip-resistant. At just 8.94mm thick, with a minimal 4.29mm bezel, GALAXY Nexus provides superb portability alongside an expansive screen.

GALAXY Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor, providing superior power and speed, ensuring you can take full advantage of GALAXY Nexus’ enhanced multitasking capabilities with ease, or enjoy the large, vivid display to its full capacity with high-definition gaming or video streaming. LTE or HSPA+ connectivity combined with a dual core processor delivers high-speed web browsing which ensures you always have the web at your fingertips, wherever you are.

GALAXY Nexus will be available in the U.S., Europe, and Asia beginning in November and gradually rolled out to other global markets.

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  1. Simon

     /  October 19, 2011

    Very nice. I’m guessing some iPhone4s owners are feeling a little sick right now.. Actually probably not, they don’t actually realise there is other stuff out their and live in blissful ignorance.

  2. Binky

     /  October 19, 2011

    It’s nice but… people who buy this will probably be gutted when next year’s phones are revealed and are a proper step up on the hardware side.

  3. Stephen

     /  October 19, 2011

    Totally underwhelming.

  4. Stephen

     /  October 19, 2011

    A better processor for a start.

    • I fail to see how a faster processor would improve the feature set of this phone.

      What do you want to do on the phone that requires a faster processor anyway? If you want to play cutting edge games get a Vita.

      I’m perfectly satisfied with the phone personally. It’s delivered on pretty much all I need as a step up from my aging HTC Desire and as such come November I’ll be looking to purchase.

      As for the comment about being gutted come a years time, well can’t we all say that for pretty much anything we buy as consumers. If you wait for the next big thing around the corner you’d never end up buying anything.

  5. Stephen

     /  October 19, 2011

    5mp camera is poor as well. Half the technology in this is worse than models already out there, that’s my point.

  6. russman

     /  October 19, 2011

    The Mega pixel argument is to a degree pointless, as the image sensor is the more important factor. But they haven’t said anything about it at all, which is a little disappointing.

    If it was a new all singing all dancing one, then mention it.

    And I do agree that as the flagship for Android, there are better phones out there already. Give it a few months and it will be old hat.

    Shame really.

    • Any ‘better’ hardware out there currently will most likely run a skinned version of ICS, which to my mind is missing the point entirely. I’ll be more than happy running this poor man’s phone.

  7. Stephen

     /  October 19, 2011

    lol @ “poor man’s phone” :)

    I have to say i agree about the skin thing though, my last 2 phones have been HTC but as much as i love sense it does seem kinda stupid to buy a ICS phone then skin it.

    1750 battery is a nice addition though (had to search a fair few articles to even find it detailed). The more I see vidoes of ICS the more i like the look and that probably means a nexus.

    I’m getting more positive slowly but surely :)

    • I rooted my Desire the moment I got and took it back to stock. This more and anything is the reason why I would pick the Nexus over other hardware regardless of what dream phone is on the horizon.

      Getting the pure experience for me is worth more than .3 more ghz.

      Horses for courses though and I understand that others will disagree and love their skins.

      Incidentally, the battery is a little worse than the new Razr. Samsung and their crappy hardware!!!! (I jest)

      I’ll be interested to see how HTC deal with ICS as their customisation is so radically departed from stock in Gingerbread devices that they would really need to think hard about their next move.

  8. baz daz

     /  October 19, 2011

    i’m not so sure this will be a turkey. the sgs2 is still unrivalled before and after the iPhone 4S. The sgs2 came out in February and it will inly be until this one is launced that you could consider it bested, and even then maybe not on the camera. that’s 7 months, and I thought it would be much much quicker.

  9. Brandscill

     /  October 19, 2011

    Main issue with this for me is the screen size. It’s just toooo big I feel. I could barely wrap my fingers around the Desire HD and use my thump to press the top of the screen.

  10. This is now at the very top of my “want” list!!

  11. Matt C

     /  October 19, 2011

    I *love* HTC’s Sense interface, but having seen ICS, I really don’t see the need for it any more and that’s probably now my biggest reason for not sticking with HTC for my next phone. It will be interesting to see if / when there’s a SG3 in the first part of next year and how much of Samsung’s current skin is transferred


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