Samsung and Google announce the Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich

As expected, Samsung and Google have jointly announced their new developer device, the Galaxy Nexus. It is the first Android device to be widely released with Samsung’s new Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a 720×1280 pixel display. And, at 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm it’s waif-thin. Unlike all previous Android phones, there are no capacitive touch buttons: the lower half-inch of the screen are dedicated to permanent soft buttons, including Back, Home and Menu. The device includes a teardrop design that makes it easy to hold and at 135g it is extremely light.

The Super AMOLED HD display has a contrast ratio of 100,000:1. ICS is specifically designed to work with devices at 720p resolution. It sports a native 16:9 ratio and in this case the 4.65″ display provides plenty of space and an excellent pixel density. The Galaxy Nexus incorporates the same slightly concave “contoured” design Samsung introduced with the Nexus S, which provides for improved finger handling and text output. The screen has a minute 4.29mm bezel.

This will be a hidden notification LED in the chin of the device, a feature thousands of Samsung users have been clamoring for. The battery cover is made of a “textured hyperskin” allowing for non-slip and easy gripping.

Full specs are as follows:

– 1.2Ghz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor
– 1GB RAM / 16, 32GB internal storage (no microSD slot)
– 4.65″ 720×1280 pixel Super AMOLED HD display
– 5MP camera w/ LED flash, 1080p video capture with facial recognition and no shutter lag
– Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi (b/g/n), NFC, GPS
– Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, barometer
– HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity (in Canada), LTE on Verizon in US
– 1750mAh battery

The Galaxy Nexus is launching in Canada in November. Stay tuned for more details. Check out the official Google Blog for more details.