Android is getting some more love today with the official announcement in Hong Kong of the much expected Samsung GALAXY Nexus. Running on the upcoming Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the phone is the flagship developer phone and it isn’t sparse on the features.
The GALAXY Nexus features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, with a very big 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution. It also features a 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording, LED flash and “zero” shutter lag, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. It will come in 16GB and 32GB capacity.
The body is, like expected, a curved shape, and features no buttons at the front. It also includes standard features like an accelerometer, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The phone will also feature a NFC chip to power its Android Beam feature, allowing you to simply tap two NFC-enabled Android phones close to each other (similar to the Nokia N9) to share data easily such as contacts, websites and cat videos from YouTube.
It is Google’s flagship phone for Ice Cream Sandwich, and as such it features the core OS only. As such, it includes new features such as the aforementioned Android Beam, and the new Face Unlock feature that act as lock screen and requires a picture of your face to enter – though, the demo at the conference failed, miserably.
Like the Motorola RAZR announced earlier, the phone also comes in an LTE version, which will be released depending on the region.
The phone is coming in November in US, Europe and Asia. More precise availability, like when is it coming to Australia and who, are expected to come in the next few weeks. You can find more information on Google’s own microsite, where you can register your interest.