Google has revealed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the latest Google phone that serves as the trend-setter for Android devices also revealed this week.
The Galaxy Nexus was unveiled at an event on Wednesday in Hong Kong, after being delayed last week, reportedly as a tribute to the late Steve Jobs.
The high-end model has been priced, with one UK retailer claiming the smartphone will cost £429 or $680 before taxes for the 16GB model.
According to Clove Technologies, the first stock of the new Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone is expected in the UK in early November; yet, the company also says that the 32GB version of the handset currently isn’t scheduled to go on sale in the country.
“This will be our strategic product for year-end holiday season, as [Apple's] iPhone 4S just came into the market,” Samsung executive JK Shin told reporters.
According to reports, the Galaxy Nexus features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, super AMOLED HD 4.65-inch display, face recognition to unlock its screen, the ability to share content by tapping another phones equipped with a Near Field Communication chip, a camera boasting no shutter lag and even a barometer.
The global launch for this kicks off in November.
In the US, the Galaxy Nexus is expected to launch – complete with 4G LTE – on Verizon, though the carrier is yet to confirm a release date or a price.
Although, it's expected to be in the range of $199.99 to $299.99 with a new, two-year agreement, given price and positioning of other LTE devices on the carrier.