Google And Samsung Make Galaxy Nexus Official

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News Posted: Wed, Oct 19 2011 10:29 AM

As expected, Samsung Mobile and Google officially announced the Galaxy Nexus in Hong Kong last night. In the past, we've known this phone by a few names including the Nexus Prime and Droid Prime. This phone will be the world's first smartphone to feature Google's latest version of Android – version 4.0 which has also been called Ice Cream Sandwich. Key features of the Galaxy Nexus include a 4.65 inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280x720, a 1.2GHz dual core processor, and LTE or HSPA+ connectivity. The Galaxy Nexus will feature software navigation buttons which is a first for Android smartphones. Like the Nexus S, the Galaxy Nexus will feature a Contour Display. You won't have to wait long to get your hands on this new smartphone: The GALAXY Nexus will be available in the U.S., Europe, and Asia in November.

Samsung and Google introduce GALAXY Nexus

World’s First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a HD Super AMOLED display

Hong Kong – October 19, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, and Google, today announced GALAXY Nexus™, the world’s first smartphone running Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest release of the Android platform. GALAXY Nexus features a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display technology at 720p resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.

“Samsung and Google have closely collaborated to push the mobile experience forward. We are pleased to deliver the best Android smartphone experience for customers with GALAXY Nexus. We will continue to move forward with Android to provide the compelling consumer experience in mobile world,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.  

“Ice Cream Sandwich demonstrates the Android platform’s continued innovation with one release that works on phones and tablets and everything in between. Features like Android Beam and Face Unlock show the innovative work our team is doing, and GALAXY Nexus showcases the power behind Ice Cream Sandwich,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile for Google.

The first smartphone to feature Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. GALAXY Nexus features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, phone app, and everything in between has been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful, and useful.

Ice Cream Sandwich also features a new People app, which lets you, browse friends, family, and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution, and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks. GALAXY Nexus features a redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag, and effects like silly faces and background replacement.

GALAXY Nexus is also connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and all other data synced across your devices. You have access to more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Market™, or, in certain countries, you can buy and read books, or rent movies and stream them instantly from your phone. In the U.S., you can also upload your music to the cloud with Music Beta by Google and listen anywhere, even when offline.

Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Using NFC technology, Android Beam allows you to quickly share web pages, apps, and YouTube™ videos with your friends by simply tapping your phones together. You can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talk™.

Google Experience

GALAXY Nexus is designed to provide a “pure Google,” experience, and with it, you will be the first to receive software upgrades and new applications as they become available. It also features a number of Google Mobile services, including: Android Market, Gmail™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earth™, Movie Studio, YouTube™, syncing with Google Calendar™, and a redesigned Google+ app.

Best-in-class hardware meets the most advanced software

GALAXY Nexus is the first smartphone to feature a 4.65’’ display with a market-leading resolution of 720p (1280x720), ensuring you can enjoy GALAXY Nexus’ immersive entertainment capabilities and fast web browsing in superior clarity.

Succeeding the original Contour Display of Nexus S, GALAXY Nexus comes with a rounded shape that fits perfectly within your palm or to your face for phone calling. Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover improves the ergonomic feel of the device and makes the phone slip-resistant. At just 8.94mm thick, with a minimal 4.29mm bezel, GALAXY Nexus provides superb portability alongside an expansive screen.

GALAXY Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor, providing superior power and speed, ensuring you can take full advantage of GALAXY Nexus’ enhanced multitasking capabilities with ease, or enjoy the large, vivid display to its full capacity with high-definition gaming or video streaming. LTE or HSPA+ connectivity combined with a dual core processor delivers high-speed web browsing which ensures you always have the web at your fingertips, wherever you are.

GALAXY Nexus will be available in the U.S., Europe, and Asia beginning in November and gradually rolled out to other global markets.

GALAXY Nexus Product Specifications

Network

 HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps   850/900/1900/1700/2100

 EDGE/GPRS                850/900/1800/1900
*LTE version will be available depending on the region.

Processor

1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor

Display

 4.65” 1280X720 HD Super AMOLED

OS

Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

Camera

Main(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot\
Sub (Front) : 1.3MP for Video Call

Video

Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264

Playback : 1080p@30fps
Recording : 1080p Full HD Video@30fps

Audio

Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
3.5mm Ear Jack

GoogleTM

Mobile Services

Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Earth™, YouTube™, Movie Studio

Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation
Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google+ app

Connectivity

Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)
NFC (Near Field Communication)

Sensor

Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer

Memory

1GB(RAM) + 16GB/ 32GB Internal memory

Size

135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135g

Battery

Standard battery, Li-on 1,750 mAh

* Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

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gazd1 replied on Wed, Oct 19 2011 11:34 AM

I like the specifications of this smart phone with Android 4.0. Looks like I'll have to have another think about which smart phone to get now.

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gloriad1 replied on Wed, Oct 19 2011 11:38 AM

Yeah! You're sure right on this one "gazd1". Looks like I'll have to save some cash soon to get this one, although I've seen some HTC smart phones up on this Hot Hardware site within the last 6 weeks that I liked.

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The problem with this is that it an OMAP 4460 CPU and SGX540 GPU. Wait what, it has the same GPU as the Nexus S?! Samsung has their own in house developed Exynos SoC which would have been far and away the better choice.

* Its CPU is clock for clock slightly faster than the OMAP CPU.

* The Mali 400 MP4 GPU it uses is faster than any other GPU except the SGX543MP2 (The Adreno 220 GPU is actually the most powerful, but seriously memory starved and under performing in current SoC)

* 720p requires a lot of pixels pushed to run smoothly. Considering the SGX540 is already slightly beyond its limit at qHD, you need something more powerful. Mali 400 MP4 has the best scrolling performance under Android to date.

In short, I'm trying to understand why they used a slower SoC than in the Galaxy S II. This is a case of a phone that won't perform as good as one that has been out for a couple months before it (and even worse if you look at an older GPU trying to push massive pixels).

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I am looking forward to Android 4.0 but I don't think I will be picking up this phone. I would rather wait for the next iteration of SuperPhones. Any ideas if the battery life issue has been improved with either Android 4.0 or this iteration of phones considering the battery is the same as my EVO.

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"Very impressive phone, Nice big screen and resolution. Duly noted"

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Inspector replied on Wed, Oct 19 2011 8:41 PM

I'll take one of those bikes :P. Love the design on this, full of features and just lovely :D.

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GSA replied on Thu, Oct 20 2011 9:20 AM

I don't hesitate too much with this phone. Everything looks perfect at the moment, but I still want to know about 2 things that I will only know once the phone is released and reviewed: battery life and UI responsiveness.

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