Samsung and Google have officially announced their next Android collaboration, the Galaxy Nexus, previously dubbed the Nexus Prime as some of you may have heard.
Unveiled in a press call in Hong Kong last night, the hotly awaited Nexus branded threequel will now bear the Galaxy name, as the two companies unite their brands to make a strong push against Apple’s iPhones.
Features on board, much as we had already known from countless leaks in recent weeks, include a positively enormous 4.65-inch Super AMOLED ‘HD’ display with a 720p resolution, a 1.2GHz dual core processor with 1GB of RAM, a five-megapixel rear-mounted camera with LED flash, HD recording in 1080p and a panorama mode, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing cam for making video calls.
Elsewhere you’ll find the usual connectivity options, such as Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), a range of sensors including a barometer (that’s right – a barometer), Near Field Communications (NFC) support, internal storage space of between 16 or 32GB and a 1,750mAh battery for ample juice to keep things ticking over nicely.
The handset itself is much, much slicker. Measuring at 8.9mm in thickness, it's considerably slimmer than the Nexus S and almost as thin as the Samsung Galaxy S2. It still features a curved back like its predecessor, but in the front there are no longer any physical or touch-sensitive buttons, which have been replaced by on-screen ones, and hence extra screen space.
Of course the biggest addition here of all is the latest, yummiest iteration of Android yet – Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). This merges all the great features of Android Gingerbread and the tablet-optimised Honeycomb, as Google finally takes steps to boot out the long-running fragmentation problem plaguing its platform.
Aside from a revamped design, Ice Cream Sandwich is home to new multitasking interface much like Honeycomb, enhanced notifications and widgets, updated versions of several native apps and a new People app, which allows you to stay in the loop with friends, family and co-workers’ photos and status updates from Google+.
Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy Nexus will land in store shelves in the US, Europe and Asia in November with other markets to follow shortly. The great thing is that most of the major UK mobile operators will be on board to offer the handset on a range of deals, so it should be much easier for punters to snap up this time around.
Stay tuned for more news on release and pricing details in the days to come. In the meantime, enjoy this snazzy announcement video.