Samsung Galaxy Nexus Might Not Debut Until Next Month

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The official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was in October, but there’s still no official word on when this smartphone is going to launch in the U.S.  A leaked document indicates that this model, the first with Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), won’t be out for weeks.

Samsung Galaxy NexusEarlier rumors had indicated that the Galaxy Nexus was slated to debut in early November, then mid-November. These dates have come and gone with no sign of a release.

According to a document that has leaked out of Verizon, this handset will “launch in all locations on Thursday, 12/8” — over two weeks from today. If true, it means this hotly-anticipated smartphone is going to miss about half of the holiday shopping season.

It’s not clear, however, if the leaked document is referring to just the in-store launch, which means this Samsung model might be available online earlier. There has been no word from Verizon about a release date, though.

The price will reportedly be $300 with the usual two-year wireless service contract. All of Verizon’s recent high-end Android models have had this same price.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Overview
The first thing many will notice about this smartphone is its 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 touchscreen. The Super AMOLED display will be slightly curved to fit against the user’s face during phone calls.

Inside the Galaxy Nexus will be a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. This isn’t the fastest available — some rival models have a 1.5GHz dual-core one.

The handset is going to run Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) without Samsung’s usual alternate user interface. The next version of Google’s operating system will sport a number of changes, such as replacing the hardware buttons below the display with on-screen virtual buttons. Many of the bundled apps have been improved as well.

Verizon’s version of this smartphone will support its 4G LTE service, and also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. It will have a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video recording, as well as a 1.3 megapixel one on the front for video conferencing and a new feature in Android 4.0: Face Unlock.

Other U.S. carriers besides Verizon are expected to offer the Galaxy Nexus as well. It will also be available in a range of countries around the world; it has already debuted in the U.K.

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