Samsung has launched the latest flagship Android device, and the first to run Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich, in the Galaxy Nexus at an event in Hong Kong. The smartphone was rumoured to be named the Nexus Prime, but in the end the companies decided that a merging of the Galaxy (Samsung) and Nexus (Google) brands would be the best option.
As you would imagine from the company that produced the Galaxy SII – the hardware and design of the Galaxy Nexus is impressive with a 4.65″ curved glass Super AMOLED HD display offering a 1280×720 resolution, a hyperskin back for better tactile sensation, and a tiny 4.29mm bezel – with the whole package just 8.49mm thick. Inside, it runs on a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, and comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB of storage – with a 5-megapixel camera able to shoot 1080p video.
The introduction of an NFC chip for mobile payment and making use of Android’s new Beam technology to share data between nearby devices could make for interesting updates to keep this phone one step ahead of its competitors for the time being – but both are standard features of the next generation of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones which should be coming to market in the coming months.
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