Samsung Galaxy Nexus to be Sprint's first LTE device
Sprint hasn’t officially come out and said it yet, but some ads have popped up on CNET (that have since been removed) touting the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as the carriers first 4G LTE phone. The ads were definitely put up a bit prematurely however, as clicking on it brought you to a non-existent site.
Now while the smartphone pretty much looks like the same one currently offered by Verizon Wireless, with its Android 4.0 operating system and 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display, the ad shows the Galaxy Nexus for Sprint has having a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor. The Verizon version clocks in at only 1.2GHz.
Considering that Sprint’s 4G LTE network will not be launching until the middle of the year, the timing is a bit odd unless they are getting ready for a big announcement at CES next week. Beyond that there is no word on launch plans or if Sprint will stick to their truly unlimited stance when their LTE phones arrive.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will definitely be a good companion to the launch of their LTE network, even if it’s only in those four cities at the start. Would you leave your current provider for Sprint to get the Galaxy Nexus with unlimited data, even if you aren’t in one of the first LTE launch markets?
1. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)
HHMM i dont think this is true !! im with sprint and i havnt heard of this!! im pretty sure they would have told us about it
2. nmerry77 (Posts: 39; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
Ok......so now i will have 2 choose between this phone and the Samsung Galaxy S 2!! Oh man!! I cant decide!!! Help!
5. e.wvu (unregistered)
Get the Galaxy Nexus since the Galaxy SII has Wiimax that's going to be basically gone in a couple years and plus speeds aren't that good anyways and the Galaxy Nexus has LTE and it has ICS. And who knows when the (US Versions) GSII series will actually get ICS.
8. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Gnex all the way
More app compatibility
Really nice size
Not that the SGS2 is going to be a bad choice but TW 4 on ICS looks dated
11. remixfa (Posts: 14251; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
im one of the few open fans of TW, but i gotta say, after using ICS for the last few weeks, ICS makes ALL of the old overlays look dated.
23. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)
I can't wait for the CM9 phones to be released. ICS with Cyanogen will dominate these phones. I have cm7 on my GSII and I am in love with it. Had to remove some bloat, but used the phone for 4 hours (display time) and it lasted the entire day. The Galaxy Nexus is awesome, but the great has yet to be seen. Samsung is whipping something up in no time I'm sure.
32. rjbp64 (Posts: 28; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)
I say go with the GNexus.
1. Better screen
2. ICS for better and smoother running because it's actually made for THE phone and now just a software upgrade
3. Better phone to have, because of better technology and it is newer, for two years if you really keep it for that long.
3. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)
Are they doing away with Wimax? Maybe that is how they intend to do unlimited data by capping LTE and leaving those other phones unlimited. should be interesting! I wish they would get a nice WP7 device.
4. JrakaYungRated (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
I hope they don't cut unlimited data for cell because there using LTE that will suck but yeah hopefully it's true but maybe they can add 8mp instead 5mp that would be sick will find out later on in CES 2012.
6. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Doubt it the processor on the GNex is 1.5 but was clocked at 1.2 for some reason. It could change but some people would be pissed that there is an LTE 1.5-8 on sprint and not the same on VRZ . Sure hope sprint markets the device better
7. VileKittie (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)
wonder when T-Mo will get samsung galaxy nexus :l
9. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Soon my brother soon muhahahahahahahahaha *cough *
I wouldn't be surprised if we see it at the event :3 both att and T-Mobile versions
10. remixfa (Posts: 14251; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
As soon as VZWs exclusive period is over, im sure it will be on every carrier. If Tmo doesnt get it id be super surprised since there is already a compatible GSM version and tmo has a great relationship with google AND the nexus brand.
12. nmerry77 (Posts: 39; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)
I wonder when this will come out?? Im due for my upgrade....and trying 2 decide what 2 do. Right now I hve the GS1...the origional Epic 4g and I love it! I live out in the middle of no where in northwest indiana.....and im sure i wont be seeing 4g anytime soon....soooo idk what 2 do....when is this phone coming out?? What about the GS3?m help!!
19. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Take the SGN, LTE will eventually reach the middle of nowhere... I mean Indiana. You'll get updates first for the next year, when Google releases the next Nexus
13. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 379; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Sprint throttles data for approximately 1% of its users! Truly limited!
14. -box- (Posts: 3932; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'm sorry, but if they're going to have LTE mid-year (which I doubt), why would they be trying to sell a phone that would then be more than half-a-year old? I know they still sell the EVO but for a new network tech, you would think they'd go for something a bit more.... new.
26. snowgator (Posts: 3335; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
If this is true, I think it makes perfect sense. An established, ICS bearing device from a well known manufacturer? Very low overhead to get.
I am sure HTC will be pumping out an EVO LTE phone ASAP. Think the Vivid, maybe with a different body. And now that they and Moto are working together, Motorola can have a Bionic updated to their system as soon as Sprint says please. They are the King of LTE. Options will be coming quickly.
15. lemenade (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
I just got the GS2 back in October because my upgrade situation was extremely weird and now the phone i waited for since may of last year is coming to sprint... This is such a kick in the balls
16. remixfa (Posts: 14251; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
the sgs2 is the better phone in every regard except screen resolution which can actually be hacked to be higher. Dont be upset. Once it gets ICS in the next few months it will have everything the nexus has.
17. lemenade (Posts: 31; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
Yeah but the appeal of a pure Google phone is great and i did wait forever just to find out the release date and then find out its exclusively Verizon. I have to give it to you though i love my GS2 so much better than my old one the LG optimus. And i am not a fan of touch wiz
20. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Higher? Don't confuse the guy, it doesn't make the resolution better. I know, I rooted my Evo and used the LCD Density changer, and it doesn't make it sharper, just harder to read. And what about 1st updates that it will get until the next Nexus, which coincidently is when the SAMSUNG S2 is probably going to get ICS. And don't forget the LTE, which will only get bigger and more expanded, unlike Wimax that they have stopped working on
18. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 420; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
i agree with remixfa.....100%--The only clear advantages the Nexus has over any of the current high-end Android models is ICS and that freakin beautiful screen.
21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5658; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
don't forget this is also Sprint's first LTE device. that's always been the biggest trade-off from the Galaxy S II. Sprint's variant will probably have more appeal to Android Enthusiasts due to Sprint already knowing the whole Nexus drill being that they sold the Nexus S and if it's true that they've clocked the OMAP4460 up to 1.5GHz it'll benchmark midway into 1.2GHz Exynos territory.
22. joeyrushlow (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)
I'm not worried... I'm not going to upgrade to the first LTE device available, I'm gonna wait on an HTC w/ quad-core, LTE, and ICS w/ sense 4.0... That's most likely the next step in the EVO series! =)
24. wumberpeb (Posts: 449; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Both the SGS2 and the Galaxy Nexus are beautiful phones that are sure to please for years to come, but if the Nexus comes with a 1.5 Ghz OMAP instead of Verizon's 1.2, it shrinks the lead for one of the few advantages the SGS2 has. Remember, the OMAP is really only bested by the Exynos in the world of dual cores, which is what everyone (including myself) thought would be in the Galaxy Nexus originally. From having ICS out of the gate, the fastest updates, the biggest and boldest screen ever seen on an Android device, Sprint's LTE network, and now an even faster proc, there shouldnt be too many reasons left to go with the Epic Touch...
...but a price drop changes everything. Can't wait to upgrade my own Nexus S, somehow 4" SAMOLED doesn't seem as big as it used to
25. kpfirefighter (Posts: 160; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Be careful! The reason it might have the 1.5 is because it might have all that bloatware s**t on it and it needs that 1.5 to support it. I put my nexus next to a rezound and was kicking the s**t out of the rezound cause of all the extra crap on it. Verizon and sprint are two totally different carriers with different demands so the sprint nexus just might have bloat s**t! But good for sprint. I totally dig my nexus!
27. Alantef (Posts: 287; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
i really didnt mind my phone being with Verizon...but sprint.....now im kinda upset about this.....i dont want people to think i have sprint.....blah..i hate everything about sprint
28. putes (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
I wanted this phone on Sprint... Now I don't have to change carriers when my contract expires!
There is also a white version of this phone being released which looks great!
I am happy that my efforts and the efforts of a lot of people putting pressure on the Sprint support and forums worked.
29. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6878; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I was hoping AT&T would get this next. Looks like I have too wait a bit longer my upgrade is in Feb :( or wait for the GS III
30. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)
where is T mobiles version!!!!!!!!
31. mrmarina (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Just give me something LTE so I can get a new phone!
After being told by Sprint reps for over a year that Wimax was about to become available in my area... and that were even picking up 4g signals during testing, it became obvious that Sprint would not be opening up anymore Wimax markets once they made the LTE announcement.
I no longer have an interest in a Sprint Wimax phone but would definitely buy a Sprint LTE phone even if LTE isn't available in my area for another year or two. I just need to upgrade my phone (like for the past two years), and am getting tired of Sprint not coming through,
I am a 10+ year customer of Sprint and generally satisfied... but for them to wait until mid 2012 to offer a LTE phone is too long a wait and would make me jump to Verizon... which has LTE in my area.
Only thing that I might consider waiting for is the I-5... but I am getting tired of waiting on Apple as well:-(
Give me a Sprint LTE Nexus, GII, or preferably the Note by mid March.... and I am a buyer. If it is later than that... hello Verizon.