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Galaxy Nexus releasing Nov. 17 -- in the U.K.

October 28, 2011 |  8:20 am

Galaxy Nexus, by Samsung and Google

The Galaxy Nexus might just be the most anticipated Android handset coming out before the end of the year.

The Motorola Droid Razr camp might disagree with that claim, but along with the Galaxy Nexus phone comes a new version of Google's Android operating system, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich.

Nonetheless, the hype around both phones is building.

One thing the two phones share, other than launching on Verizon Wireless and having big screens and thin profiles, is that neither has a set U.S. release date as of yet.

But the Galaxy Nexus does now have a U.K. release date. According to an listing, the Galaxy Nexus will be released on Nov. 17.

That's none too far away. So far, Verizon has only said that the Galaxy Nexus will launch "before the end of the year" in the U.S. and "early November" for the Droid Razr.

The Galaxy Nexus, which is being produced by Samsung with Google's input on design, will feature a 4.65-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 16 gigabytes of built-in storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for video chatting.

The Droid Razr will feature a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 16 gigabytes of built-in storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting 1080p video and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for (you guessed it) video chats.

The Razr will launch running Android Gingerbread (the most recent version of Android before Ice Cream Sandwich) also include a 16-gigabyte microSD card, a price of $300 on a two-year-contract and be the thinnest 4G smartphone available. The Razr will get an update to Ice Cream Sandwich next year.

Verizon has not yet stated a U.S. price for the Galaxy Nexus.


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Photo: Models hold the Galaxy Nexus smartphone, built by Samsung and running Google's latest version of the Android operating system, in Hong Kong on Oct. 19. Photographer: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg