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Samsung Galaxy Nexus is officially announced with LTE and HSPA+ variants

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus is officially announced with LTE and HSPA+ variants
Well the wait is finally all over, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is now official-official as the handset was introduced in the long awaited press event in Hong Kong. After all the numerous leaks and whatnot, we can seemingly confirm most of the smartphone’s features and specs.

Right off the bat, it was made well known that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be available in two specific variants – both LTE and HSPA+ depending on the market. So yeah, in terms of raw data speed, you’ll be covered in enjoying those next-generation speeds – though, we're naturally inclined to expect the LTE version to offer the superior speeds.

Additionally, it’s confirmed to feature a truly magnificent 4.65” display that’s being referred to as an HD Super AMOLED touchscreen. So what does that mean? Well, for starters, we won’t have to deal with WVGA resolution that we’ve been seeing used by the handful of Samsung Galaxy S II versions out there, but rather, our eyes will feast on a staggering screen resolution of 1280 x 720.

Besides that sexy looking display, this juggernaut features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1080p high def video recording, 3.5mm headset jack, Bluetooth 3.0, embedded NFC chip to share things on the go, 1,750 mAh battery, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a barometer. From the sound of it, the handset will pack in either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is officially announced with LTE and HSPA+ variants
Aesthetically, the handset continues to pack all that great hardware into a shell that’s 8.9mm thick. Not only that, but they’re able to actually stuff that massive screen without compromising overall size because of its 4.29mm thin bezel that’s able to keep the display very close to the edge of the handset.

Obviously, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is also the star of the show with this beauty. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait that long as it’s mentioned to become available starting in November – though, there’s no exact date for its release. Nevertheless, the last piece of the puzzle to it all is going to be pricing, which is still unknown at this point. Regardless of that, does the Samsung Galaxy Nexus live up to your expectations?

source: Samsung via Engadget

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posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:52 2

1. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 76; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Moto Razr or Galaxy Nexus ? Damm hard choice !

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:53 1

2. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


i think u shud wait for the next ICS phone

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 02:47 1

56. ChineseMuscle (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Nov 2008)


I might wait also. But I just luv the SIZE of the device!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:16 4

21. k1ng617 (Posts: 260; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Definitely, the Nexus.

Ice cream sandwich looks to be the largest UI overhaul for an android smartphone in a very LONG time...and as a longtime android user I am actually quite impressed with the new features.

As for the camera, my money is on the Samsung 5MP to top the Razr's 8mp in picture quality. Samsung has a great reputation in that area and Motorola does not (I have a Droid X.)

Let's not forget it has a 720p resolution and a 4.65in display. Although, some might prefer a smaller screen I have a 4.3in on mine and have yearned for more screen real estate.

My two cents,
Cheers

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:26 1

25. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


you know ICS will make it's way to other devices and Motorola's will see it it before many others. the RAZR is still a fine choice. the real things that work in the GN's favor is the HDSA display, probably the camera and the on-screen function keys. there's no word on what the processor is yet but so far it looks like they're going to be the same 1.2GHz OMAP4.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:31 1

34. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


oh and also NFC which appears to have become a prominent feature for future Android devices.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:36 1

40. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


if they both had ICS the only thing the moto would have going for it is higher mpx count. They run on similar hardware while the nexus has the bigger/better screen and quite possibly the better camera hardware regardless of mpx. add the constant updates and non locked bootloader (bad bad moto!!), and the nexus is the clear winner.

the choice between a REAL SGS2 and the nexus isnt so easy if they are both on ICS as the only advantage the nexus has is the possibly better hardware for the camera and upgraded screen.. on equal software footing, the monster SGS2 would devour it with its hardware.

now if they release the announced SGS-HD with ics (the nexus with an exynos 4212 and fat camera basically), its not even a contest.


i think im having a geek hemmorage........ .lol

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:43 3

44. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the build quality and the thinness is a big point for the RAZR not to mention Motorola's reliability (yup, still a Motorola fan boy) the RAZR also has a bigger battery and i'm willing to bet better battery life too.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:34 1

39. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


But there is also the fact that android 4.0 is tailored to that processor and was made using that specific smartphone. So the nexus might not be a juggernaut in benchmarks, but it will have the best real world performance out of any of the top-dogs. There is the fact that the motorola razr is thin, but when the nexus has a curved screen, i'd rather choose that. It will all come down to battery life and whether the onscreen controls will make the capacitive buttons of the razr useless or not.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:46 1

45. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the RAZR uses an OMAP just like the G.N. does.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:32

38. tooBADtooSAD (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


weaka$$ hag bag gpu the powerVR 540 HA!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:51 1

46. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


the PowerVR SGX540 is one of the better GPUs you can get in a phone smart one.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:59

48. roldefol (Posts: 3004; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


He's something new: a GPU snob.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:25 1

24. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


if you like to take picks then I think the best way is a field test with both cameras and see the one you like

everything else is for the galaxy nexus

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:32

37. tooBADtooSAD (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


looks like a win for the gs2 there is no way the nexus can beat the performance of the gs2 NO WAY!

ti omap 4460 = failed with it's old hag bag gpu the 540

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:39 3

43. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


The nexus will be tailored to a OMAP processor, so while it might not be the mightiest in benchmarks, it will have the best performance with the OS. And in the end that's what matters. IT also has an amazing screen that beats the s**t out of the SGS2. And i have a strong feeling that it's camera might be amazing...can't say though. It will be better than the SGS2 overall but not too big an upgrade that it gets over-shadowed.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 18:46

62. ZenFury (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2011)


Nexus NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!

posted on 23 Oct 2011, 16:45

64. VRTMattG35 (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Im going with either the Nexus Galaxy or the HTC Rezound both are better then the Razor...Nexus and HTC both have a full HD screen 1280 X 720 Resolution, the Razor isn't. HTC has Dre. Beats built in and has a 1.5ghz dual core processor which makes it faster then both the Nexus and the Razor. But the thing that puts the Nexus over both the Razor and the HTC is the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, which all future Androids will be running.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:53

3. channboy18 (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Galaxy Nexus !!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:55

4. channboy18 (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


http://www.technobuffalo.com/companies/google/android/ice-cream-sandwich-live-blog/

check this out.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:55 1

5. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 76; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


Why? I have been eligible for an upgrade sine July 9th !
But thanks for the input :)

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 21:24

61. mooney73 (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


heh... likewise. As I bought the original Droid on the first day it was released, it came of no surprise that the Droid 3 was released on the *exact* day the very first Droid adopters were eligible for NE2.

That said, nothing available between July 6th and now has really compelled me to make a purchase or lock in another contract. And now I'm a little underwhelmed by the leaked Nexus photos... :-/

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:55 1

6. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


That's a little better, now that we know 4G is on board but that camera still bothers me. They better have a damn good picture quality or else I see no reason to buy this phone over the RAZR. Sure, ICS would be nice to have but i would rather wait for another handset with an 8 meg shooter.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:12 1

18. raymondma (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


it may only have a 5meg cam but its got good shutter speed.. .i know some of those 8meg cameras on those other phones can lag really bad..

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:26 1

26. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


when ICS gets around cameras won't have shutter lag anymore.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:38

41. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you have to let go of mpx count WEM. its a meaningless number for advertising.

go look at the timelapse photos they had again.. just look at them.. would you say its high quality? if yes, then u need not worry about mpx.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 23:09

51. Whateverman (Posts: 3225; Member since: 17 May 2009)


As an owner of two 5mp and two 8mp cameras...for me the proof is in the pudding. If it can take iPhone 4 quality photos, cool. But if it takes the 5mp quality pics I'm used to, I'll wait. I'm reserving judgment until I actually see a few pics.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:33

58. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lol.. you're whining over 3 megapixel difference in camera? Do you actually NEED those extra pixels? Unless you're making enlargements, you'll never know the difference. Camera phones aren't exactly known for enlargement quality pics anyways.

Actually.. if you know about camera sensors at all.. the 5MP camera is GOOD news! The smaller MP count means larger photo sites on the tiny sensor.. which means better pics in low light conditions.

I've long believed that 5MP is more than enough for any phone camera. I'd love for them all to stay in that range and the manufacturers work on lense/sensor tech.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:56

7. MrWilli5 (Posts: 74; Member since: 13 Feb 2011)


im gettin this!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:56 1

8. JGuinan007 (Posts: 634; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Why the 5mp camera?! It should of had a 8mp rear camera and a 2mp front facing camera.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:56

9. shelley.bevacqua (Posts: 76; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


I hope it has Gorilla glass, the Moto Razr has premium materials covering it's beautiful body but it's huge with the camera bump.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:27

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


if you dont mind pixel count for camera nexus will make you happy

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:58 3

10. dbparipsa (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


As per the Specs, there is one word that can describe it - FANTASTIC.
Nexus and ICS really make up for the disappointment given by iPhone 4s.

Well done Goog n Sammy! You guys have really lived up to people's expectations and you didn't break millions hearts like Apple did! Hats off!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 21:59 1

11. itzmando (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Well it seems that this device will be on my list of which 4G phone I want to upgrade to on Verizon. I love that Samsung has made a truly superior device, I cant help myself but wonder that the Moto Razr was just announced today and had very appealing design IMHO than the Nexus, So is Samsungs offering really setting the bar, all I see is the OS update and screen size really.
I love the larger screen and the fact that since its a Nexus device, will receive updates much more rapidly than other phones. The build quality is where I will need to keep an eye out since I drop my phone occasionally, even with a case and gets all scratched. Hope it has a premium feel, do not want a cheapy plastic phone thats going to cost me $300.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:00 1

12. threeline (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)


So I guess Sprint spent are their marbles on the iPhone 4S? Damn no Galaxy Nexus for us Sprint customers? I bet Samsung will never update the GSII to ICS when the Galaxy Nexus has the same specs just like they did the Nexus S and Galaxy S. I wont buy another Samsung unless its pure Google! Verizon has set the bar high for the holiday shopping season, HTC Vigor, Motorola RAZR, Galaxy Nexus!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:02

13. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Drooling over the SIZE of the screen! 4.6"! Think I should switch from AT&T to Verizon just in case AT&T doesn't pick this one up. my Atrix really feels like crap right now

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:03

14. tony1230 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


the best cell phone in the market is tmobile galaxy s2. snapdragon s3 clocked at 1.5 ghz and 8 megapixel camera and super amalod plus and front facing camera of 2.0 megapixel and hspa+ 42 and way more. I think that razr and nexus prime there very good but not as tmobile galaxy s2 or the htc amaze.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:04

16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


LOFL!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:12

19. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


Your a true idiot!!!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:28

30. bucky (Posts: 1513; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i hope your joking-seriously

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:52

47. djg71087 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Oct 2010)


WOW! you should close your PA account for idiotic remarks like that one...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:04 1

15. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


just finished watching the live keynote. ICS looks FANTASTIC! i'm very impressed.
also the Galaxy Nexus supports 802.11 a/b/g/n guys.
all we need to know now is the availability of the Nexus, the 4.0 experience on Tablets and how the new updating initiative is going to go down.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:38 1

42. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i need that on my G-Slate.. PRONTO!! lol

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:07 2

17. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


just finished watching the live coverage on nexus & ice cream sandwich, this blows all phones out of the water, ics is a homerun hit, ios5 does not have a chance at ics. ICS walks all over ios . point is dont buy anything unless it has ICS,

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:29 1

32. turys719 (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Now let's see what HTC is comming out with... (can't wait)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:13

20. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)


really hoping the HSPA+ version is not just international... glad to see VZW getting more LTE candy, but I must have the ICS on ATT... MUST HAVEZ ITZ!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:18

22. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Wait a minute, 5 MP camera??? Sure, megapixels might not mean everything, but it sure means alot! There should be at LEAST 8MP in this new of a phone...

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:27 2

29. willardcw4 (Posts: 169; Member since: 01 Oct 2011)


the camera could be crap. for me, I'm interested in the sexy gorgeous, screen + ICS. i've never been a big camera phone guy, but if the real world testing of the phone sucks, then ya, I can imagine it would not be ideal for everyone.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:31 1

35. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


5mp is okay. Unless people are using their cell phone camera for professional purposes to expand their pictures to posters why would u need 8mp for that get a dedicated srl camera. Then again everyone has preferences.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:25

23. turys719 (Posts: 8; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Now I just wonder about rezound or vigor.......(can't wait)

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:27 1

28. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Well this cements my belief that no one can make a decent phone anymore. What a major failure IMO. The least they could have done was match a few of the iPhone specs. Still will get this phone as I'm not living another moment with the pile of s**t droid i have now.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 09:41

59. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


WTF are you looking for in a phone if this is a "major" failure??

the Exynos processor would have been great, but I can't see much else it's lacking!

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:28

31. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Is there removable storage as well as removable battery. From the back of it, it looks like the iphone not in style but in terms of no removable battery. And I hope they have expandable memory slot.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:29

33. bucky (Posts: 1513; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


i gotta be honest, besides the screen res(not size, as its too big in my opinion) it has nothing on the international sgs2.

As for ice cream, im not sure how well it will operate until i see it in person.

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 22:32 1

36. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


ICS makes IOS 5 look rather bland lol

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 23:04 1

49. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


the 5 mp camera is outstanding, !!!!! they showed what the canera can do as well as video, the features on this camera can out do all phones with its new features & awsome pictures

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 23:07

50. toxic (Posts: 11; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


im telling you dont buy a phone unless it has the ICS, its well ahead of ios5 & gingerbread doesnt even compare

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 23:38 1

52. bossmt_2 (Posts: 436; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Skeet skeet skeet

posted on 18 Oct 2011, 23:55

53. phone_enthu (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Any thoughts on when this will come to AT&T? I'm long overdue for a phone, and I've been putting off my purchase for long... Can't wait more than the end of this year.

I don't like any of the phones in the AT&T line-up right now (Moto Atrix2, SGS2 included for different reasons). If not this, what are the other interesting phones coming up?

Thanks.

posted on 19 Oct 2011, 01:24 1

54. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I should lay off the rumors next time, I feel somewhat disappointed aside from the awesome display, the amazing design of the phone, and ICS. But the 1.5gz dual, 2mpx front camera (i don't mind the 5mpx on the back), and the bigger battery rumors all turned out to be false. Oh well, minor things, the phone will still be on my *WANT* list hehe it is AWESOME. wish it came to sprint...

*not to mention panorama feature will make it even more amazingg

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