Samsung Galaxy Nexus Launch Set for Oct. 19... in China

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-10-14

As promised, Samsung and Google have rescheduled their Galaxy Nexus launch event. It will now take place Oct. 19 in Hong Kong at 10 a.m. HKT.

If you recall, the partners in Android were slated to launch the smartphone during their Samsung Mobile Unpacked event at CTIA Oct. 11.

However, the companies canceled the event, claiming they wished to show respect for the passing of Apple Founder Steve Jobs Oct. 5.

That's the kind way to spin it. The other way to spin would be to acknowledge that the Samsung smartphone, which will certainly be the first to host the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" build, would get lost in the mourning over Jobs. And rightfully so.

Google and Samsung realized this. Given the importance of the launch -- Nexus-branded phones are Google's coming out parties for new Android builds -- who can blame them?

You might ask how I know it will be an Ice Cream Sandwich unveiling. Samsung, which teased the Galaxy Nexus in this video, gave it away in its media event for the event in China:

Galaxy Nexus Launch.png

As you can see, that's the Android mascot logo in the shape of an ice cream sandwich. The die is cast. Ice Cream Sandwich puts Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" tablet user interface features, such as holographic icons in the smartphone form factor like so:

Boy Genius Report reported the full specifications last week. They include:

  • 9mm thin
  • 4.65-inch 1280 x 720-pixel Super AMOLED HD with curved glass
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 32GB of built-in storage
  • 5-megapixel camera on the back, 1.3-megapixel in the front
  • 1080p HD video capture support
  • LTE/HSPA depending on carrier
  • NFC
  • 1,750 mAh battery

Anyone else craving Ice Cream Sandwich yet? Can't wait to get my hands on a test unit from Verizon Wireless, which is the carrier of record for this hot gadget (though they won't confirm it).

As for coverage of the event, I'll have to hit it up the day after. I'll be returning home from the Web 2.0 Summit next Wedneday. Grrrrrr.

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