Samsung gave New Yorkers a foretaste of what the Verizon Wireless variant of the Google GALAXY Nexus looked and felt like. Samsung put on display four working models of the GALAXY Nexus at its Samsung Experience store in Columbus Circle in New York City over the weekend.
The handsets on display were running Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich and were reportedly pre-production units. An updated version, Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to be on board in final production units. The updated version will also presumably bear the hotfixes to the infamous self-adjusting volume bug discovered a few weeks back in the U.K. variants of the GALAXY Nexus.
The GALAXY Nexus units in the Samsung store did not have LTE SIM cards, so testers were not able to take it for a spin down LTE lane. The units also carried 32 GB of internal storage. Two Verizon apps were seen on the test units: VZ Backup Assistant and My Verizon Mobile. From a purist perspective, the presence of these two carrier-imposed Android apps does not make the Verizon variant of the GALAXY Nexus an untainted experience of “pure Google.”
However, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has a built-in application for managing apps, which can disable the Verizon apps.
Testers also noticed a slight difference in the device’s thickness and the arrangement of the hardware beneath the device’s back cover. The LTE version is about half a millimeter thicker–according to official specs–than the GSM variant of the device. The thickness most likely has something to do with the LTE radio on the device. The SIM card slot has also been transferred to the left side. The extra half millimeter, however, would hardly be noticeable–unless you’re extremely finicky about half a millimeter of difference in thickness.
Other key GALAXY Nexus specs include the following:
- 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED touchscreen (with 1280×720 resolution)
- dual-core, 1.2-GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4460 processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 32 GB built-in storage
- 1,750-mAh battery
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity
- Near Field Communication (NFC) support
Samsung, Google, and Verizon have not officially announced the GALAXY Nexus release date for the U.S., but judging from the increasing frequency of sightings, leaks, and reliable rumors, it is almost certain that the GALAXY Nexus release date will be some time very soon (i.e., within the next few days at the very least, or before the year ends).
The most recent leaked info seems to suggest that December 8 is the most likely release date. If leaked insider info is true, the GALAXY Nexus will be released on the same day as the Motorola DROID 4.
Nevertheless, the release date is imminent, and all you excited GALAXY Nexus fans won’t be waiting longer anymore.
What do you think of the GALAXY Nexus? Is it something that you’d like to replace your older Android smartphone with? What Android smartphone are you thinking of buying?
Photos courtesy of The Verge; video courtesy of Engadget