Sprint subscribers may be seeing a new handset from the carrier sooner than expected. A release date has not been officially announced for the Galaxy Nexus LTE, but a leaked document says that the device will debut on April 22nd, according to The Verge.
The gadget is said to be identical to Verizon's version of the phone, but with the addition of Google Wallet compatibility. The Verge reported that an anonymous Wal-Mart employee leaked the internal document to the publication, stating the release date and location. The device is said to debut at the end of April at Sam's Club, a Wal-Mart-run discount club store.
The new handset will look and feel the same as its non-LTE predecessor, in terms of the display, camera and textured back, The Verge wrote in its review of the phone. It's also rumored to run on 1.5GHz, which is an increase of 300MHz above the GSM and its Verizon LTE counterparts.
The insider document also revealed other launch dates and devices for Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile. Sprint's LG Viper LTE is set to debut on April 15, and Verizon will be launching a new Intensity III which will launch on April 26.
The dates provided on the document line-up with the already announced releases. And with Sprint's LTE market expected to go live mid-year, it is likely that the Galaxy Nexus LTE will arrive sometime around then. However, the April 22nd date has yet to be officially confirmed, and is therefore still a speculation.
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Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3, is also rumored for a release date this spring. The device is expected to launch on May 22nd, a full month after the rumored Nexus LTE debut. This has yet to be confirmed by the Korea-based company, but images that leaked at the end of March displayed the spring date on the phone's home screen.