Google finally launched the much anticipated Galaxy Nexus smartphone which runs
Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich.
The initial launch had
been delayed due to the death of Steve Jobs earlier this month, but in Hong Kong
this morning, the Samsung-built phone was finally unveiled, along with the new
version of Google’s OS, which aims to unify the smartphone and tablet strands
of the software.
As we predicted a
couple of weeks ago, the Galaxy Nexus has a 4.65in high-definition sAMOLED Contour
Display with a 1280 x 720 resolution, which is a first for a phone.
It has a 1.2GHz
dual-core processor which, combined with a sizeable 1GB of RAM, should ensure the Galaxy Nexus is searingly fast.
The device is thinner than the Nexus S, at just under 9mm thick but weighs a
little more, at 135g.
Like the recently
launched iPhone 4S, the camera on the Galaxy Nexus is one of its standout
features. Although it only has a five megapixel sensor, it is capable of
shooting 1080p video.
It has no shutter
lag according to Samsung, includes autofocus, takes decent low-light photos as well as
time-lapse video. It also has some very impressive shooting modes including
panorama and live effects akin to the photo booth app we’ve seen for years on
The rear camera
is complemented by a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and as well as
facilitating video calling, this snapper will be used to unlock the phone via
facial recognition – so no more need to remember your pin.
The phone will be
running a pure version of Android 4.0 meaning there will be no Samsung ‘skin’ on
top and will allow you to see exactly what Google has done with the new version
of the OS.
The phone will
come in 16GB and 32GB versions, the latter option being a first for Android
The phone will
launch in the UK and elsewhere in November with Three the first network to
confirm that it will be carrying the Google device.
Is the Galaxy
Nexus the iPhone killer Android fans have been waiting for? Let us know in the
Update: As we said, Three will be bringing the Galaxy Nexus to the UK, but it has been joined by O2 and Vodafone though none have indicated what the handset will cost when it does arrive.
However, independent phone vendor, Phones4U, has detailed some prices offering the phone for ‘free’ on a £46-a-month two year contract or for £30 on a £41-a-month deal, again over two years.
Source: Official Google Blog