Verizon Wireless could be launching the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola Droid 4 Dec. 8, according to sources. The carrier declined to confirm or deny the rumors.
The rumor mill is churning again with tales of launch dates for Samsung's Galaxy Nexus and Motorola's (NYSE:MMI) Droid 4 on Verizon Wireless next week.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) seeded GSM-enabled versions of the Galaxy Nexus with the media for early review
. Verizon sources have tipped readers off (who, in turn, tipped media off) to the fact that it will offer the Galaxy Nexus for preorder Nov. 29, with a formal rollout slated for Dec. 8.
Verizon's Code Division Multiple Access-enabled (CDMA-enabled) Galaxy Nexus runs Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" (ICS) with a 1.2GHz processor and a larger, on a 4.65-inch Super active-matrix organic LED (Super AMOLED) high-definition screen.
Other key features include Android Beam, a near-field communication (NFC) application that lets users transfer applications, videos and other content between ICS phones and facial unlock, a facial-recognition feature that lets users leverage the phone's camera to unlock the phone.
chronicled a story from reader Mike "micdawg" Peak, who noted that he complained to Verizon about not receiving the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. yet:
"When she called me I explained to her my issues. ... She then said, 'Well Mr. Peak, I can assure you, it won't be long. Preorders are set to start Tuesday (November 29th). And the phone will be released Dec. 8th.'"
reached out to a Verizon public relations spokesperson for comment, but she declined to provide one.
Verizon also declined to validate a rumor from the Droid Life blog that the carrier will also launch the Motorola Droid 4 Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone on the same day it launches the Galaxy Nexus.
, which scored pictures of the Droid 4, said the latest flagship Droid boasts a 4-inch quarter-high-definition (qHD) display, 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.
The blog noted that the handset is reminiscent of the Droid Razr, albeit with the smaller screen and a five-row slide-out keyboard that sports "laser cut, LED edge lighting" along the keys. The Droid 4, which captures and plays back video in 1080p HD, appears to have a powerful battery-a 1,785-mAh power supply.
Such a dual, premium smartphone launch wouldn't be a surprise from Verizon, which is facing competition this holiday season from Apple's (NASDSQ:AAPL) iPhone 4S, as well as the phalanx of other Android handsets flooding the market.
Pre-Christmas is often the best time to launch a high-impact smartphone, so Verizon could well be ready to double up this year with the Galaxy Nexus and Droid 4 next week.