Samsung Galaxy Nexus is yet to hit U.S. shores officially but some lucky Android fans seem to have already acquired the highly anticipated Ice Cream Sandwich-powered smartphone from Best Buy and Verizon retail stores over the weekend.
Dave Fayram, a Google+ user, posted photos of his brand new Galaxy Nexus, which he claimed he bought from Best Buy.
It so happens that several members of the Android Central forums reported that they also bought brand new Galaxy Nexus smartphones over the weekend from their local Best Buy stores, including those in at least two locations: Kansas and California.
According to Droid Life, another lucky customer also secured the smartphone at a Verizon store.
However, when other Android fans went to buy, the staff told them that it wasn't available, or they didn't have them in stock.
Interestingly, the price of the smartphone also varied from report to report. According to some rumors, Galaxy Nexus will sell for $299.99 with a 2-year contract but it hasn't been confirmed by Verizon. According to Fayram, he got his Galaxy Nexus for $749.99, unlocked. One Best Buy customer said he got it for $250 as part of a promotion on 4G phones, PC World reported.
The latest rumor is that Galaxy Nexus will start selling in the U.S. from Dec. 15. According to Droid Life, Verizon is telling ALL employees, stores, managers, and indirects that December 15 is the new target.
Neither Verizon nor Best Buy has offered to give any comments on the rumors.
The smartphone, which is the world's first to run on Google Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich, has already begun selling in the UK, Germany and Canada. The handset will also hit Australian shores on Wednesday.
The features of Samsung Galaxy Nexus are as follows:
• Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
• 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor
• 4.65 Super AMOLED Display
• 5MP Rear- and 1.3MP Front-Facing Camera
• 32GB Internal Storage
• Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, NFC, Wi-Fi Direct
• Face Unlock, Android Beam & More
• 3.5mm Audio Jack
• 1GB RAM
• 4G LTE (region specific)
Start the video posted by an Android Central reader to find out the unpacking details.