As you may recall, earlier this week Motorola showcased the new DROID RAZR for Verizon Wireless. Even though the device has a lot going for it, such as the dual core processor and Kevlar backing, some of its thunder was stolen by Samsung unveiling the highly anticipated GALAXY Nexus in Hong Kong.
At that time, Samsung said there would be a 4G LTE version of the GALAXY Nexus, but neglected to say which carrier it would be for. Now we can drop all the speculation, as Verizon has officially announced they will be offering the Samsung GALAXY Nexus "later this year", though we're guessing it will be in November.
Unfortunately, Verizon happens to leave out what the price of the GALAXY Nexus will be, and if they will be carrying the 16GB or 32GB version (or both) - as the phone will not have a microSD memory card slot.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, it is the first smartphone to run on Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich, which offers an updated user interface with better multitasking, notifications, browser, face unlocking, and Android beam. If that wasn't enough, the GALAXY Nexus will feature a large 4.65" 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED display (though it is PenTile), a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear autofocus camera with flash & 1.3MP front camera, 1080p video recording, NFC for use with Google Wallet, Bluetooth 3, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, and a 1750mAh battery.
Naturally, we can't wait to get our hands on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus, or the Motorola DROID RAZR, and see how well they stack-up next to each other.
VERIZON WIRELESS INTRODUCES THE GALAXY NEXUS BY SAMSUNG
Features the Latest Version of Android and America’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced that the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung, the world’s first smartphone running on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to Verizon Wireless. The Galaxy Nexus will be available later this year in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.
Ice Cream Sandwich brings a redesigned user interface with enhanced multitasking, notifications, full Web browsing experience and more. Customers will also be able to enjoy the innovative new features that Ice Cream Sandwich offers, such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Customers can take advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to access more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™ or rent movies and stream them instantly on the 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display.
·4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas
·Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
·First smartphone to feature a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED™ display (1280 x 720)
·1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM
·5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, zero shutter lag and 1080p full HD video capture
·1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting
·Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled
·Android Beam allows customers to quickly share Web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping compatible phones together
·Support for Google™ mobile services – Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™ and a redesigned Google＋ app
Customers that purchase the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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