iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy Nexus Appears On Vodafone Website

So after a hint that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus might not appear until the 2nd of December, we've now been told that the handset has shown up on Vodafone's website.

The page (here) only allows users to register their interest. Contract prices haven't been published yet and the exact launch date has yet to be determined.

The launch of the Galaxy Nexus was already postponed once because of the death of Apple's former CEO Steve Jobs. It is the first smartphone to come with Google's new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and could well be the first handset on the market to come with an HD screen, ahead of the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy S II HD.

It features a dual core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, presumably either a TI OMAP4 or an Exynos, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a five megapixel camera and a front facing one, full HD video recording while measuring a mere 8.5mm thick. There's no microSD card slot but you do get NFC.

Like its predecessor, the success of the Galaxy Nexus will be determined by its selling price. The Nexus S proved to be a tough sell when it launched for more than £500 in the UK, and the fact that similar phones like the Galaxy S were significantly cheaper hampered its popularity.

In the end, the Nexus S had to be sold for a discount given that it was launched only a few weeks before the first wave of dual core smartphones hit the market.