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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung & Google Debut Galaxy Nexus Handset

There you have it, Samsung and Google have teamed up again to deliver the template for future smartphones that will run on Google's new mobile platform, Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich.

The new phone is called the Galaxy Nexus rather than the Nexus Prime as originally believed. The fact that Samsung has brought in the name Galaxy could mean that Samsung may assume more control over the design and sale of the phone, perhaps a compromise made by Google after the Motorola Mobility purchase.

The handset seems to be a variant of the just announced Samsung Galaxy S HD. It comes with a dual core TI OMAP 4460 SoC which is cloked at 1.2GHz, a 4.65-inch AMOLED HD display with a 1280x720 pixel resolution, a five megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, a 1.3-megapixel camera, GPS< NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 support, Wi-Fi direct, 1GB RAM, either 16GB or 32GB storage, a 1750mAh battery and weighs a mere 135g.

The phone also sports a rather cool face recognition feature that allows users to unlock their phones by looking at the phone. There's also a new user interface, an improved keyboard feature, and physical buttons have been removed altogether.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.