Sprint confirms Galaxy Nexus release date
Can now be pre-ordered from the carrier
Published: 17 April, 2012
There's been plenty of speculation lately as to when Sprint was going to release the Galaxy Nexus but now the carrier has gone and made its release date official. The handset is going to be available from April 22 as previously rumoured and for anyone really eager to secure themselves one of the ICS flagship devices it can be pre-ordered from the carrier now. The handset has been available internationally and at Verizon for a while and now takes its place as Sprint's second 4G offering after the Samsung Conquer 4G.
Sprint's version of the handset is more or less the same as the other variants, except that it offers 32GB of internal storage, and features a 4.65" display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. In addition to this there's a 5mp camera on the back offering automatic focus and zero shutter lag and on the front a 1.3mp camera for web calling. It of course ships with Android 4.0 already installed and is powered by an 1850mAh battery.
With NFC on the list of key specs as well the handset offers Google Wallet enabling users with an account to use their phone to make payments at over 100,000 participating retailers. As an added incentive Sprint is offering anyone who signs up to Google Wallet within a week of activating their handset $10 of credit on their account and a further $40 within three weeks.
On the downside Sprint's LTE network isn't as advanced as Verizon's and for now users will have to make do with the carrier's 3G. It's due to start rolling out LTE mid-year and customers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to be the first to get it.
Sprint's Nexus is going to go on sale for $199.99 on a two-year contract and anyone who pre-orders it will get it two days ahead of everyone else on April 20 (though that's while stocks last).