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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus Finally Touches Down

By Wong Casandra - 19 Oct 2011

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus Finally Touches Down

The Dawning of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Much has been set ablaze in the mediasphere when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its accompanying Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The unfortunate timing of Steve Job's death has led the dynamic duo - Samsung and Google - to postpone their joint announcement but the day has finally come. Based on what we have gathered thus far (check out our round-up here), let's take a quick look at how the rumors matched up to the final facts surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (formerly known as the Nexus Prime).

Meet the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Specifications Facts Rumors
  •  135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm
  • 5.4 x 2.7 x 0.35-inch
Display Size
  •  4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 pixels HD Super AMOLED Display 
  • Screen size unknown; 480 x 800 pixels
  • 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 pixels Super AMOLED HD 
Curved Glass
  •  Yes
  • Yes
  • 16GB/ 32GB Internal memory
  • 16/32GB
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor 
  • TI OMAP 4460 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos processor
  •  5-megapixel camera
  • 5-megapixel camera
  • 8-megapixel camera
  •  Yes
  •  Yes
Operating System
  •  Android 4.0 (Ice Cream  Sandwich)
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  •  1750 mAh
  • 1750 mAh
  • 2050 mAh


Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime) vs. Nexus S vs Google Nexus One


The Galaxy Family: Samsung Galaxy Nexus (L), Google/Samsung Nexus S (C) and Google Nexus One (R)

Of course, we will be comparing the latest Samsung Galaxy Nexus against the Google/Samsung Nexus S and the Google Nexus One. For those who prefer a side-by-side specs comparison, here's it:

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Nexus Google / Samsung Nexus S Google Nexus One
Operating System
  •  Google Android 4.0
  • Google Android 2.3
  • Google Android 2.1
  •  1.2GHz dual-core 
  • Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) 1GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz
Built-in Memory
  •  1GB RAM
  • 512MB RAM
  • 512MB RAM
  •  4.65-inch 1280 x 720 HD Super AMOLED Display
  • 4-inch Super Clear LCD capacitive touch screen / 480 x 800 pixels (Google Nexus S)
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED Contour Display with curved glass screen / 480 x 800 pixels (Samsung Nexus S)
  • 3.7-inch AMOLED capacitive touch screen / 800 x 480 pixels
  • 5-megapixel / Autofocus / LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel for Video Call
  • 5-megapixel / Autofocus / LED flash / 720p video recording @ 30fps
  • 5-megapixel (2560х1920 pixels) / Autofocus / LED flash / 720p video recording @min. 20fps
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Built-in Barometer capability
  • "Pogo pin" connector
  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS and Google Maps 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)
  • LTE / HSDPA+
  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS and Google Maps
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support
  • USB 2.0
  • WLAN 802.11b/g/n
  • HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • Built-in GPS with A-GPS and Google Maps
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP support
  • USB 2.0
  • WLAN 802.11 a/b/g
  • HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  •  16/32GB
  • 16GB
  • 4GB microSD bundled, microSD expandability, SDHC supported (up to 32GB)
 3G Talk Time
  • Information not available at this point in time.
  • Up to 840 minutes
  • Up to 420 minutes
  •  1750mAh
  • 1500mAh
  • 1400mAh
  •  135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm
  • 123.9 x 63 x 10.88mm (Google Nexus S)
  • 124.74 x 63 x 11.5mm (Samsung Nexus S)
  • 119 x 59.8 x 11.5mm
  •  135g
  • 129g (Google Nexus S)
  • 140g (Samsung Nexus S)
  • 130g

As noted in the specs list, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be available in both LTE and HSDPA+ variants, with the latter subject to availability depending on region. Sales will be starting in U.S., Europe, and Asia at the beginning of November and would be gradually rolled out to other global markets henceforth. This adds a layer of authenticity to Japan's NTT doCoMo's tweet yesterday before the event where they mentioned that they would begin sales for the smartphone in November.

As for local pricing and availability in Singapore, there's been no official word so far but it is safe to say that we can expect it to make a retail appearance around the same time as Japan gets its hands on it. The official page is up and till then, stay tuned for more updates from us.