Apple has no doubt kept the attention of the tech industry for the past two weeks with the launch of the iOS 5 and of course the latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S. One may ask, what about the Android camp? Well, it seems that Google and Samsung got some exciting announcements as well, as they finally lift the curtain on the next Android flagship smartphone, the much awaited Galaxy Nexus (used to be called Nexus Prime). Highlights and full specifications below.
The announcement came from a joint event both by Google and Samsung held in Hong Kong. First thing you need to know is that Galaxy Nexus will be the first device that will be running Google's latest operating system, Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. Android 4.0 is said to bring "an entirely new look and feel to Android". Some of the most notable changes includes the revamped user interface, and improved multitasking and notifications. Ice Cream Sandwich looks like an offspring from the marriage of Gingerbread and Honeycomb. While there are indeed elements that have been derived from both operating systems, there is still a lot of new things to expect here. Ice Cream Sandwich's native resolution is 1280×720 which also happens to be the dimensions of the Galaxy Nexus. Perfect!
Another interesting feature to note in Ice Cream Sandwich is that it abandons the traditional way of inputting passcodes in favor of facial recognition technology which they call Face Unlock. In an unfortunate turn of events during the demo at the Hong Kong event, this particular feature failed to function as intended. While it did locked out the unathorized person from the phone, it won't open itself either to the phone's owner. So this feature obviously needs quite a bit of work.
And since this is a high-end Samsung smartphone, it is only natural to expect Galaxy Nexus to have that gorgeous Super AMOLED Plus screen. With the resolution at 1280×720, it is one of the highest resolution that supports the Super AMOLED Plus screen. So expect the Galaxy Nexus to have a bright, crisp and truly gorgeous screen, especially now with its spacious 4.65-inch display. The Galaxy Nexus does not have any physical buttons which enables Samsung to bump up the screen size without affecting the phone's size.
If you have been hoping to use NFC for your payments, then you will be happy to know that the Galaxy Nexus sports an NFC radio. It also has a built-in barometer along with the usual bells and whistles that comes with modern smartphones like gyroscopes, accelerometers and a GPS. It is capable of LTE signal depending on which countries while it uses HSPA+ in others. From under the hood, the Galaxy Nexus is no slouch as it packs a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP processor and 1GB of memory.
As for the camera, the Galaxy Nexus has a 5 megapixel sensor which might disappoint some people especially when the iPhone 4S and Samsung's own Galaxy S II have 8 megapixel. But aside from that, the camera and the app itself seems to look good which enables the user to shoot panoramic photos, apply filters and record a video at 1080p. Just like the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy Nexus has an instant shutter. Here are the full specifications:
Galaxy Nexus Specifications:
Network: HSPA+ 21 850/900/1900/1700/2100; EDGE/GPRS (LTE will be available depending on region)
Processor: 1.2GHz TI OMAP4460 dual-core processor
Display: 4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED
OS: Android Ice Cream sandwich
Cameras: Rear cam: 5-megapixel, Front cam: 1.3-megapixel for video call
Video: Playback and recording at 1080p (30fps, MPEG-4/h.263/h.264)
Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC
Sensors: Accelerometer, compass, gyro, light, proximity, barometer
Memory: 1GB ram + 16/32GB storage
Battery: 1750mah standard battery
Size: 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94; 135g
Samsung and Google seems to have quite a neat piece of hardware on their hands. One can see why both companies are banking on Galaxy Nexus as their next Android flagship model. A sleek looking phone combined with a new Android version, the Galaxy Nexus is shaping up to be a phone to look out for. Estimated release date is November for major markets, and the rest of the world after a few weeks.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback