Verizon is making it a lot cheaper to get a smartphone that will be among the first to get Google’s Android OS 4.1 — the official price of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has been dropped to a third of its original cost.
At the Center of a Storm
Price reductions as models age are par for the course, but the Galaxy Nexus is in an unusual situation. A week from today a court case is going to begin to determine whether this device infringes on some patents held by Apple. The judge in this case has already indicated that she believes Samsung will lose, but the final determination will be made by a jury. If they rule in Apple favor, the Galaxy Nexus could be blocked from sale in the U.S.
An upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is the wild card in this situation. Google has said that it believes version 4.1 does not infringe on any patent held by Apple, and an upgrade for Verizon’s version of the Galaxy Nexus in in development and testing.
Still, it’s possible today’s price cut is an attempt to get as many units sold before a permanent ban is imposed.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with 1GB of RAM. As a part of the Nexus series, it was one of the first smartphones to launch with the Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich), and is getting OS 4.1 in short order.
It has a 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED display. Other features of Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC, as well as a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel one on the front.
Be sure to check out our review of Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus.