Samsung Galaxy Nexus also announced, big end of year for Android

Samsung Galaxy Nexus also announced, big end of year for Android

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Just like Motorola 12 hours ago, the latest Google Nexus phone has been unveiled in Hong Kong and is officially known as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. A collaboration between Google and Samsung means that this will be Google’s flagship device, at least till the end of 2011 (who knows what 2012 holds). The specs are exactly as the ones that leaked a few days ago, and which we reported in the link here. While the device itself might no look as nice as we thought, the specs still are droolworthy for any potential buyer, that we promise.

Screenshot of Face Unlock screen

 

Here’s another quick look at the specs:

  • OS – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Processor – 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor (we were hoping for 1.4GHz or 1.5, but we suppose 1.2GHz dual core does fine)
  • Screen – 4.65-inch 720×1280 HD Super AMOLED display (with a PPI of 315 which is close to the iPhone 4S’s retina screen quality)
  • Camera – 5-megapixel CMOS rear camera with LED flash, capable of video capture in 1080p
  • Rear Camera – 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Memory – 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of on-board storage
  • Dimensions: 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm
  • Extras – NFC Technology (Near Field Communication, the scan to pay chip in the phone), Barometer, Gyroscopes, accelerometers and GPS

Yes we still are blown away by the screen, and for some reason the design is growing on us, but we were hoping for a little more (obvious) curves. It’s also interesting to note that this device has a barometer in it (hello for insta-accurate weather?). It’s also great to see a phone that has a large sized screen, and at 4.65-inches the size is no slouch, even if it’s still no Titan or Sensation XL. The phone itself has done away with the physical buttons completely (at the front) and they’ve also resorted to 3 icons rather than the usual Android 4.

It’s a good phone, and it does feature Ice Cream Sandwich, but it does have some seriously stiff competition against the Motorola Droid RAZR, which we still prefer at this point (oh but if only it had the Galaxy Nexus Screen!). The phone is expected for a November launch in the US, no detail on Australian or Worldwide availability just yet.

As for Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s basically the latest version of the Android Operating System – Android 4.0. First of, it looks like a completely new Android, it looks great (although it look’s like they’ve borrowed heavily from other OS’s). Basically new ICS phones will start having 1280×720 resolutions (hooray for us). It’s basically the Android as you know it, with a redefined look for the better, and a heavy array of new features (some of which includes ‘Scan your face to unlock’ just like on a computer, a faster interface, smoother graphics, etc.). It’s the Android we always wished we had.

How about you guys – thoughts and comments? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Google 1, 2


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