U.S Galaxy Nexus LTE fans are growing extremely frustrated as rumors continue to raise and shatter their hopes over the phone's release date, but new photos and videos of the phone bearing Verizon's logo, suggests it could be here sooner than we think.

Galaxy Nexus fans in the U.S were given a glimpse of hope two weeks ago, when the phone came out in Europe. Many flocked to Twitter and fueled the phone's rumor mill with comments that the Galaxy Nexus would be released in time for Thanksgiving shopping Deals. But the deal never came, nor did the phone and Verizon continued to hold its silence.

As the hype dyed down and customers re-composed themselves, the phone suddenly appeared in a Best Buy ad with a release date of Nov.27. There was one small anomaly; however, the phone was under its original rumored name: Nexus Prime. This sparked another outburst on Twitter, but this time it was one of confusion.

Is Verizon exclusively re-branding the Galaxy Nexus to Nexus Prime in the U.S, tweeted SJtech. Another customer abandoned the phone altogether after the Best Buy rumors. Placed an order for an iPhone. Too many shenanigans around android launches, John Coppedge tweeted.

The Best Buy ad is still live on their Website but there is no sign of the Galaxy Nexus or the so-called Nexus Prime. Pre-orders of the phone were rumored shortly after the ads were published on Nov.29 but again the result-a no show.

Many loyal Samsung customers have vented their infuriation on Twitter and threatened to look elsewhere, should the phone not come out in coming weeks. But a new video released with the Verizon logo on the phone suggests that the wait really might not be that much longer.

The photos and videos released on Slash Gear by an early owner depict the phone in its full glory. It looks almost identical to the international version except it has the Verizon logo and some Verizon apps automatically installed onto its software.

The Nexus Prime is the first phone to support the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform, which was designed to bridge the gap between Android 2.x and the 3.0 honeycombs. The latest Samsung phone comes with a dual core 1.2 GHz Texas Instruments OMAp4460 processor.

It comes with AMOLED 4.65 inch screen with a 720p resolution. Its 8.94mm thinness gives the phone a sleek finish and weighing only 135g. Despite being so slender and light the phone comes with a 16.30 GB storage and 1GB RAM giving it twice the memory of the iPhone 4S.

Other features:

5-megapixel camera: LED flash

Front-facing camera: 1.3MP unit

Video: 1080p

Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, WLAN, 3G.


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