During an earlier press event, Samsung announced that its first Android 4.0 smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, will be available sometime in February 2012. Unveiled in an earlier joint press conference with Google during the All Things D: Asia conference, the smartphone was later given a price tag of S$948, without a 2-year telco contract.
The Galaxy Nexus comes with a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display technology with a 720p resolution. Driven by a 1.2GHz dual core processor, its UI comes with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support, and a full web browsing experience.
Featuring software navigation buttons (a first for Android smartphones), the Galaxy Nexus also offers a redesigned camera with panorama mode, 1080p video capture capability, zero-shutter lag, and effects with silly faces and background replacement. Another innovation introduced with the smartphone is the Face Unlock. As implied by the name, the technology utilizes facial recognition to unlock the phone.
Succeeding the original silhouette of Nexus S, it measures just 8.94mm thick with a nominal 4.29mm bezel, and hyper-skin finishing on the battery cover to ensure a more ergonomic feel and control of the device.
You can learn more about the Galaxy Nexus from our earlier hands-on.
If you find the Galaxy Nexus beyond your budget, Samsung has that covered with a mid-range smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy W. Armed with a single-core 1.4GHz processor, the 3.7-inch Galaxy W operates on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and performs with value-added features including (but not limited to) Social Hub and Polaris Office. Also included in this device is a 5-megapixel primary rear camera and a VGA secondary camera.
The Galaxy W will be available for S$498 from Jan 2012.
Lastly, Samsung has revealed more details for its Windows Phone 7.5 lineup that was announced in 2011. The Samsung Omnia W will be available starting from January 2012, priced at S$498.
Equipped with a 3.7-inch SuperAMOLED display, the Omnia W is Samsung's first smartphone based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Enveloped in a metallic coating, it is powered by a single-core 1.4GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera. High speed internet access is available via its 14.4Mbps HSPA connectivity, allowing you to access built-in social networking services such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn effortlessly.