Samsung, Google whip out Android 4.0 Nexus
Ice Cream Sarnie smartphone launched
Here's the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - aka the Galaxy Prime - launched by the South Korean Apple biter and Google in Hong Kong this morning.
As expected, it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 4.7in, 1280 x 720 OLED display. There's a gigabyte of Ram on board, and a choice of 16GB or 32Gb of Flash storage.
There's no Micro SD expansion by the look of it, but that has yet to be confirmed by Samsung.
The 135g smartphone is 9mm thick, but packs in a choice of LTE or 21Mb/s download, 5.8Mb/s upload HSPA+ connectivity. It has quad-band GSM/Edge for back-up.
You've got 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi too, and the handset has NFC for touch-to-pay services.
There's a 5Mp autofocus camera on the back, and a 1.3Mp webcam on the front.
The Galaxy Nexus goes on sales worldwide early next month. Pricing has yet to be set.
Vodafone, Three and O2 have each said they will be offering the handset when it's released in the UK. ®
That might work somewhere where 'froyo' is a known sweet. Here it sounds like an evil second cousin of the Bagginses.
Wait a minute!
Fro-yo = 2 syllables
gin-ger-bread = 3 syllables
ice-cream sand-wich = 4 syllables
no storage expansion slot, no sale.
The product name is Android 4.0
But all Android versions have a sweet-based codename - Gingerbread, Froyo and so on. It helps because the layman can identify the most recent version without being tricked with sales gobbeldigook about marks and mods.
Not a flag-ship
Nexus phones are not built to be flag-ship designs, they are built as reference models.
i.e. The lowest (or close to lowest) spec needed to run the new version of Android. One of the main reasons being these will get bought by developers, so they have a reference Android 4.0 device to develop and test with.
Expect far batter phones to come out very quickly, including from Samsung themselves.