Samsung Galaxy Nexus now official: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) on board

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We knew it was coming, and here it is. Samsung has now officially launched the Galaxy Nexus along with Ice Cream Sandwich at the joint Google and Samsung press conference in Hongkong today. The device naturally carries the newest version of Android named Ice Cream Sandwich, and has a gigantic 4.65-inch, HD Super AMOLED display with about 100,000:1 contrast ratio. It’s powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, has a 5-megapixel camera, 1080p video recording and a host of other features that’ll sure to make you drool. NFC will also be onboard, as well as Bluetooth 3.0 and weirdly enough, a barometer.

The device gets a lot of additional functionality from Android 4.0 which includes better multitasking, NFC support (more on this later) and better integration of Google+ (obviously). The Galaxy Nexus uses the face unlock tech of Ice Cream Sandwich, which we’re guessing uses facial recognition tech to unlock your phone. Android beam meanwhile, finally takes the NFC tech from mere spec filler to being useful – a tap of two NFC equipped Ice Cream Sandwich devices automatically shares web pages, videos and other content.

Here’s a complete spec list to whet your appetite:

GALAXY Nexus Product Specifications
Network
HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
*LTE version will be available depending on the region.
Processor
1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
Display
4.65″ 1280X720 HD Super AMOLED
OS
Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
Camera
Main(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot
Sub (Front) : 1.3MP for Video Call
Video
Codec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264
Playback : 1080p@ 30fps
Recording : 1080p Full HD Video@ 30fps
Audio
Codec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+
3.5mm Ear Jack
Google™Mobile Services
Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Earth™, YouTube™, Movie Studio
Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation
Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google+ app
Connectivity
Bluetooth® technology v 3.0
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)
NFC
Sensor
Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer
Memory
1GB(RAM) + 16GB/ 32GB Internal memory
Size
135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135g
Battery
Standard battery, Li-on 1,750 mAh

Source: Engadget