Galaxy Nexus Smartphone goes on sale this week

Over the weekend, Samsung and Bell Mobility announced the new Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first Android device to come with Ice Cream sandwich (ICS) natively installed, will go on sale this Wednesday in select locations in downtown Toronto.

Early adopters will be able to buy the unlocked phone for $650 without a contact at the Bell, Source, Telephone Booth or Wireless Wave stores in the Toronto Eaton Center or at the nearby Virgin Mobile or Best Buy Canada stores beginning at 1pm on Wednesday.

For the rest of Canada, the Nexus will be available nationally at Bell, Virgin Mobile and The Source stores as well as select retail locations beginning December 8. The device will also be available for $160 to new voice and data plan subscribers who commit to a 36 month contract.

Bell has a monopoly on the device for December, however, Rogers Wireless, Bell Mobility and Telus Mobility are all expected to be offering the phone through their retail channels sometime in January.

Early reviews of the Galaxy Nexus have been glowing with many reviewers in Canada and the U.S. calling it the best Android phone, primarily due to the fact that it runs on ICS.

For those readers who don’t know, Ice Cream Sandwich is the code name for the fourth major version of the Android mobile Operating system which Google says combines the best of the Android 2.x phone interface with the Android 3.x Honeycomb tablet interface.

Hardware features include a 1.2 gigahertz dual-core processor, a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with 1280×720 pixels of resolution, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and a pronounced curved shape that is intended to cradle the face.

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2 Responses to “Galaxy Nexus Smartphone goes on sale this week”
  1. Droidman says:

    I just spoke with wireless wave at Easton’s center and they confirmed this and also that the phone comes unlocked already which means I can use it on my Rogers service as well?

    • PB says:

      Yes it will work with rogers though on the normal 3G or HSPA+ speeds and not LTE (it’s only been confirmed to work with the US LTE) The phone is pentaband so it will basically work with any carrier around the world (even Wind and Mobilicity in Canada)