Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Android Ice Cream Sandwich unveiled

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Samsung and Google introduced the Galaxy Nexus smartphone and offered a preview of the Android 4.0 operating system, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, on Tuesday night (Pacific time) in Hong Kong.

The Galaxy Nexus — which will hit stores this November in Asia, Europe and the U.S. — will be the first device to run Ice Cream Sandwich, an operating system that will eventually make its way to tablets too.

The look and specs of the Galaxy Nexus, which had been rumored for months under the name Nexus Prime, are slick and mostly meet the standard of higher-end smartphones today.

The Galaxy Nexus carries over the curved glass screen look of the Samsung Nexus S smartphone that launched last December. The new phone looks slim too, coming in as thin as 8.49 millimeters, though some versions of the phone may be a bit thicker depending on the internal hardware used, Samsung said.

On the hardware side, the new Samsung smartphone will feature a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor, a massive 4.65-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a built-in barometer, NFC technology for mobile payments, 1 gigabyte of RAM and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting.

All of that is up to par with the top smartphones on the market — the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Droid Bionic and the iPhone 4S — but one lagging feature is the Galaxy Nexus’ 5-megapixel rear camera. The rear camera can shoot an impressive 1080p video at 30 frames per second, and there is an LED flash too, but top competitors nowadays are offering all that with 8-megapixel cameras, leaving the 5-megapixel choice as a bit odd.

Details on how much built-in storage memory the Galaxy Nexus will get or how much it will cost have not yet been released.

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