Oct 18 AT 8:37 PM Sean Riley 69 Comments

Samsung Galaxy Nexus official specs and release details


The press in Hong Kong were greeted upon entering the AsiaD event with the official press release for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Plenty more to come tonight, but all the rumors and speculation regarding the Nexus itself can finally stop.

Here’s your next Nexus device:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream
  • 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED Screen with 720p resolution
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Redesigned UI in Android 4.0
  • Improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support, full web browsing
  • Android 4.0 features Software Navigation buttons
  • People App with Google+ Integration among other features
  • Redesigned camera with panorama mode, 1080p video, zero-shutter lag, silly faces and background replacement features
  • Face Unlock: Facial recognition to unlock your phone.
  • Android Beam uses NFC to easily share content with other Android users
  • All the Google Apps you love from Android Market and GMail to Movie Studio and redesigned Google+ app
  • 8.94mm thick, 4.29mm bezel
  • LTE and HSPA+ connectivity
  • Available in USA, Europe, and Asia beginning in November and then rolled out globally
So now that we finally have the full specs, what are your first impressions of the newest member of the Nexus family?
Show Press Release

Samsung and Google introduce GALAXY Nexus

World’s First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a HD Super AMOLED display

Hong Kong — October 19, 2011 — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, and Google, today announced GALAXY Nexusâ„¢, the world’s first smartphone running Androidâ„¢ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest release of the Android platform. GALAXY Nexus features a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display technology at 720p resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.

“Samsung and Google have closely collaborated to push the mobile experience forward. We are pleased to deliver the best Android smartphone experience for customers with GALAXY Nexus. We will continue to move forward with Android to provide the compelling consumer experience in mobile world,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

“Ice Cream Sandwich demonstrates the Android platform’s continued innovation with one release that works on phones and tablets and everything in between. Features like Android Beam and Face Unlock show the innovative work our team is doing, and GALAXY Nexus showcases the power behind Ice Cream Sandwich,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile for Google.

The first smartphone to feature Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich

Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface withimproved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. GALAXY Nexus features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, phone app, and everything in between has been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful, and useful.

Ice Cream Sandwich also features a new People app, which lets you, browse friends, family, and coworkers, see their photos in high-resolution, and check their latest status updates from Google+ and other social networks. GALAXY Nexus features a redesigned camera which introduces panorama mode, 1080p video capture, zero-shutter lag, and effects like silly faces and background replacement.

GALAXY Nexus is also connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and all other data synced across your devices. You have access to more than 300,000 apps and games from Android Marketâ„¢, or, in certain countries, you can buy and read books, or rent movies and stream them instantly from your phone. In the U.S., you can also upload your music to the cloud with Music Beta by Google and listen anywhere, even when offline.

Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Using NFC technology, Android Beam allows you to quickly share web pages, apps, and YouTubeâ„¢ videos with your friends by simply tapping your phones together. You can even use fun effects while shooting video or video chatting with Google Talkâ„¢.

Google Experience

GALAXY Nexus is designed to provide a “pure Google,” experience, and with it, you will be the first to receive software upgrades and new applications as they become available. It also features a number of Google Mobile services, including: Android Market, Gmailâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation, Google Earthâ„¢, Movie Studio, YouTubeâ„¢, syncing with Google Calendarâ„¢, and a redesigned Google+ app.

Best-in-class hardware meets the most advanced software

GALAXY Nexus is the first smartphone to feature a 4.65’’ display with a market-leading resolution of 720p (1280×720), ensuring you can enjoy GALAXY Nexus’ immersive entertainment capabilities and fast web browsing in superior clarity.

Succeeding the original Contour Display of Nexus S, GALAXY Nexus comes with a rounded shape that fits perfectly within your palm or to your face for phone calling. Hyper-skin backing on the battery cover improves the ergonomic feel of the device and makes the phone slip-resistant. At just 8.94mm thick, with a minimal 4.29mm bezel, GALAXY Nexus provides superb portability alongside an expansive screen.

GALAXY Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor, providing superior power and speed, ensuring you can take full advantage of GALAXY Nexus’ enhanced multitasking capabilities with ease, or enjoy the large, vivid display to its full capacity with high-definition gaming or video streaming. LTE or HSPA+ connectivity combined with a dual core processor delivers high-speed web browsing which ensures you always have the web at your fingertips, wherever you are.

GALAXY Nexus will be available in the U.S., Europe, and Asia beginning in November and gradually rolled out to other global markets.

For multimedia content and more detailed information, please visit www.samsungmobilepress.com/.

Note to Editors:

GALAXY Nexus Product Specifications


 HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps   850/900/1900/1700/2100EDGE/GPRS                850/900/1800/1900*LTE version will be available depending on the region.


1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor


 4.65” 1280X720 HD Super AMOLED


Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich


Main(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shotSub (Front) : 1.3MP for Video Call


Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264Playback : [email protected] : 1080p Full HD [email protected]


Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+3.5mm Ear Jack


Mobile Services

Android Marketâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, Google Earthâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Movie StudioGoogle Mapsâ„¢ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigationSyncing with Google Calendarâ„¢, Google+ app


Bluetooth® technology v 3.0USB 2.0Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)NFC


Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer


1GB(RAM) + 16GB/ 32GB Internal memory


135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135g


Standard battery, Li-on 1,750 mAh

Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

Google, Nexus, Android, Android Market, YouTube, Google Talk, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Calendar are trademarks of Google, Inc.

Source: Google

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • Sejin

    Yeah, fuck yeah.

    • Deborah

      Not impressed. Im purchasing the iPhone 4S instead, just like all of my friends….

      • Nohomo


        • repeat2

          Not impressed. Im purchasing the iPhone 4S instead, just like all of my friends…..

      • Sean

        Enjoy your 3.5 inch screen on 3gthe buddy lol

      • Chris

        Lol Troll

      • masterpfa

        Well I hope you enjoy your iPhone, a model that hasn’t really changed from 16 months ago, don’t believe the hype I’v tried a friends iPhone 4S for the past few days and it really isn’t, in real terms, much different from the current iPhone 4.

        Doh I’ll stop feeding

        • Deborah

          The iPhone 4S is not that bacon fat and has a much better camera. Also Siri absolutely smokes this wannabe phone. Bottom line is, iPhone 4S is selling like hotcakes while Galaxy Lexus is melting down like ice cream.

          I dont wanna downgrade to android with all of the stupid bugs, nonexisting apps, and ongoing revamps. Its annoying.

          • tst

            Then why come to an Android website and post something like this? You love the iPhone, that’s fine. Stick to iPhone/Apple websites then. I really don’t understand the mentality of people putting other products down just because they personally don’t like the products. To each his own.

      • DK

        “Of course I pee’d my pants. Everybody my age pees their pants. It’s the coolest!

        You ain’t cool… unless you pee your pants!”

        (Deborah then pee’s her pants)

        but I think we all call BS… we know you have no friends.

        • AmericanJedi001

          LOL, sick burn!

  • ben dover

    I’m drooling melted ice cream from my half chewed ice cream sandwich…
    Lets start this thing already!!!!! :)

  • mrjlwilliams

    Very nice…but not enough to make me put down my GSII Epic 4G Touch yet. It is nice though..


    Pure awesomeness!

  • irishrally

    Everyone’s getting it!! Sweet!

  • Kimbo

    Fap mode engage!!!

  • swazedahustla

    Its nice but its a Samsung ……I can wait for HTC to come with something better plus no SD card.

    • StupidApplePeople

      Yeah, it does come with a slot for a microSD card – unlock some other phone that iSHEEP like.

  • Victor

    Will this be unlocked like the Nexus One?

    • sdkojf

      Of course!
      fastboot oem unlock!

      • NotRelevent

        I always did like that statement by him.

  • http://sibbor.nu sibbor

    Looks and sounds great. Sweet People app, Face Unlock feature.. also like the improved camera with zero-shutter lag!

    Looking forward to the ICS details.

  • Davec

    Don’t see anything about WiMax. :-(

  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    i’m officially having a sex wee..

  • ddpacino

    The facial unlock?! NICE! Hope there’s plenty of more goodness to be revealed.

  • Slith

    I still don’t know if I can believe Google won’t include all the bloatware.

    • Slith

      Err I meant Verizon. I can’t believe Verizon won’t shove Blockbuster, and V Cast and all the other crap down our throats.

  • R.S

    Now to decide, 16gb or 32gb?

    Honestly, unless the price difference is minimal, I’ll probably go with the 16gb.

  • heldros

    Ouahh 135,5 what a bad joke. Even bigger than the SGS2 (T-Mo)

    • https://plus.google.com/116093795732345180640/posts DroidNexus

      That’s still equal to the iPhone 4s, which has a smaller screen and worse colors… not to mention no 4G LTE or any of those goodies.
      ICS is the biggest update to android in a long, LONG time.

  • adriencardoso

    I wonder why I lose my time reading the comments every single time.

    Anyways, although not a spec monster, is pretty sexy, and after a few Android devices, I just want my pure google experience and early released updates, that even if I’m on a custom rom, means that I get a custom rom with updated kernel.

    Just hope the screen is gorilla glass, although I guess the curve help on avoiding scratches…

  • Stella

    Nexus Prime was worth the wait! Now, I want to get my hands on it. Please come to T-mobile.

  • Jerry

    I”m so dissapointed about the lack of tablet demo on Ice Cream Sandwihc ..

    I think this is why the event got pushed back

  • http://contact.innov8ion.com innov8ion

    Ok, on what carriers and when will this be available? The only thing that seems apparent is Verizon around November 10th.

    • https://plus.google.com/116093795732345180640/posts DroidNexus

      It will definitely be on Verizon. Maybe T Mobile to. But it may be a Verizon exclusive.

  • Omair

    all i know is……HSPA+ connectivity better mean……… T- MOBILE!!!!

    • irishrally

      “Available in USA, Europe, and Asia beginning in November and then rolled out globally”

      A few ways of reading this statement, but I going with a GSM phone will be released in November, hopefully a quad band version so it works in Europe, Canada and tmobile, att, etc.

  • masterpfa

    I want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Not the greatest specs. out there, I agree, but it’s the quality and the sum application of the parts that makes the difference.

    What we tend to forget is the Nexus phones demonstrate what is possible with Android and the OS then the likes of Samsung, HTC and Sony all then deliver the killer machines with even more features, for example last time around after the Nexus S and Gingerbread were released, Samsung, HTC and Sony, followed shortly afterwards wth the SII, HTC Sensation and Sony Arc to name a few.

    Can’t wait for ICS and further demonstrations of the application on Tablets too.

  • https://plus.google.com/116093795732345180640/posts DroidNexus

    I wonder when the iSheep will arrive and say “It still doesn’t have a voice assistant!” and “it’s still not very user friendly” at which point, I would like to tell them to STFU and watch the presentation on youtube!

    All in all, I’d say it scored just above “superb”, and just bellow “liquifyingly awesome”. That’s a full 10 clicks above iOS’s just above “pretty cool” and just bellow “awesome”.

    The 5MP camera was a bit of a let down. But you can’t have everything and then some, can you?

    Also, am I the only one who thought that music was a little weird? A little 80′s-ish?

  • Nathan

    Getting no matter what



    • YouareanIdiot

      You need to learn to read – 4.0 is for ALL devices….heck, even gingerbread solidified the OS for the non-Tablets…

  • Londra

    FeckFace Unlock?

    Haha. I bet it will lock your phone instead, because it doesnt remember you correctly.
    This will happen and it will pi$$ you off

    • michael

      It will make you set up a combination pass word as a back up if the face look will not work at the time.

      • michael

        Lock. Don’t judge. DROIDX stupid spell check. Grrr

  • nate

    only things impressive is screen and IC other than that its shit cant believe they are packing this with and old sgx540

  • Trev186

    Any confirmation of a SD card slot…..That is the only deal breaker for me:(

  • nate

    the new galaxy s with 720p samoled exynos 1.5 dualcore and mali will smoke this phone…lol galaxy s 2 smokes this phone in performance

  • Randompat

    I can’t help but feel the rooting community played a BIG big inspiration to ICS.

  • Devin

    You need to ban this Apple troll that keeps spamming this page.

  • rovex

    Apart from the screen i prefer my SGS2 to be honest, but whether i get one depends on how long it takes Samsung to give me ICS on the GS2. I dont expect it to be too long since im in Europe and not hindered by retarded, bloatware happy US carriers.

    • Raptor

      Screens are comparable because seems Nexus uses pentile matrix while S2 not. It’s not clear what kind of pentile is in Nexus RGBG or RGBW but it’s 2 subpixels per pixel sh!t

      • michael

        One of the things that makes me like this screen over anything else right now is, that there is no physical buttons. The screen stretches as far as it can down the screen that makes it have a super clean look. The button mapping is built into the actual os, so most phones that come out with 4.0 should not have buttons anymore. I think it is great to have the first phone to have this ground braking tech on a screen and os. One less home button then I phone. How much more simplier would you want it to be lol. To all the haters that think android is really that hard to comprehend.

  • http://www.3for.tv 3for.tv

    I find it wonderfully refreshing to see Android take of in a different direction than before. iOS and Android have exchanged blows for so long, it’s great to see Google go entirely different, and do something that doesn’t look or feel like anything we’ve seen before.

    The real question is this:

    How will companies like HTC and Motorola skin it?

  • CJ84

    Does anyone know if i buy the lte model unlocked, will it still be compatable with hspa+?

  • https://plus.google.com/101734779295883866329/posts Karbide

    Very nice looking phone. I’ve always liked Samsung designed devices for the most part. I would like to see maybe a 4.0″ screen version though, the 4.6″ is a bit too big for my small hands. Something in between the Mytouch 3g (which i’m about to upgrade from soon) and this device would be the perfect fit for me.

  • Roland

    This is a great phone I hope T-Mobile get the sup-phone

  • Dooooode

    I’m having an erection looking at this!

  • Nathan

    This phone about to be beast when I get it =)

  • bruce080

    Will the Galaxy Nexus have Qi?

  • bruce080

    What about GoogleTV? When will we be seeing GoogleTV integrated into our phones?

  • http://www.androidata.com android

    Thanks admin good site…

  • Bestboytoo

    I was seriouly thinking about the Galaxy Sll; but when I checked out the ringtones I couldn’t believe that my $30 Samsung has the same style of ringtones.

  • thechad