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Samsung Galaxy Nexus due in US in December on Verizon

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Samsung’s newest super-phone, the Galaxy Nexus, will arrive in the US on Verizon Wireless sometime in December, reports Business Insider. We originally heard that the Galaxy Nexus would arrive on November 10, a date that has now come and gone. But the December release is no rumor, it seems, as the website cites Samsung as the source of this “confirmation.”

The Galaxy Nexus, which is the first handset to ship with Google’s new and improved Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, is currently available in a number of international markets, including the UK. Until now, it was unclear when US customers would have the opportunity to bask in the glowing awesomeness of the Galaxy Nexus.

While we haven’t yet had the chance to test out the Galaxy Nexus, the straight specs suggest a powerful and impressive device. The first thing you’ll notice is the massive 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen, which has a resolution of 1280×720, giving it nearly the same pixel density as the 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Samsung has also designed the device with a curved form factor to make its large size feel less cumbersome in the hand.

Under the hood, we’ve got a 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4 processor and 1GB of RAM. Samsung has thrown in a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The company will release two models: one with an HSPA+ radio and another capable of connecting to an LTE network, which will presumably be what’s included in the US Verizon model.

The Galaxy Nexus also includes some other nifty features, like NFC digital wallet technology, and face recognition, which is used to unlock the screen. Unfortunately, that feature can also be used by simply holding a photo of the owner up to the device’s front-facing camera, which renders it a serious security risk. (Or, at the very least, not a particularly good security feature, in the first place.)

Exact release date and price have not yet been announced.

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