The Galaxy Nexus is coming to all carriers with Optus confirming that they will also stock the phone. The carrier is the last of the major three carriers to announce that they will sell the phone – with Vodafone and Telstra already confirming they will also carry it.
Consumers will be able to pay for the phone for no upfront cost on its $79 Business Timeless or Optus Cap plans (with 3GB of data); or $5 upfront on its $59 Optus Cap plan.
Optus will sell the phone on 16 December, but is now accepting preorders – the phone, however, will not deliver to those preordered customers until December 20 (Metro) or 21/22 (Regional). Telstra, however, has announced it will be on sale tomorrow.
The Galaxy Nexus features the upcoming Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich, which acts to unify the two current versions of Android in the market, Honeycomb (version 3.*) for tablets and Gingerbread (2.3.*) for mobile phones. Android 4 also includes some updates, and integration with Google+ – which is happening a lot across Google products (granted, it is a reversal of its failed previous social strategies).
Hardware-wise, the phone features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, with a very big 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display with 720p resolution. It also features a 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording, LED flash and “zero” shutter lag, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. The carrier has confirmed that it will sell the 16GB model.
Gallery and press release is below.
The new GALAXY Nexus to shine on the Optus Open Network™
Optus today has announced a partnership with Google and Samsung to offer the highly-anticipated GALAXY Nexus on a range of competitive pricing plans for Australian consumers and small and medium businesses (SMB).
SMBs can take advantage of the power of Android™ with the GALAXY Nexus for $0 upfrontˆ on a $79 Business Timeless Plan, enjoying unlimited1 standard national calls and texts to Australian mobile & fixed line services and 1GB of included monthly mobile internet data (minimum total cost over 24 months is $1896).
Consumers will have the option to choose from a range of value plans to suit different budgets, including $0 upfrontˆ on a $79 Optus Cap Plan (minimum total cost over 24 month is $1896) or $5 upfrontˆ per month on a $59 Optus Cap Plan (minimum total cost over 24 month is $1536).
Rohan Ganeson, Managing Director, Optus Small and Medium Business Group said, “The GALAXY Nexus is the perfect tool for Australians to make the most out of their work and leisure time.
“Along with a variety of high-value plans and great rewards programs that give our customers more, the GALAXY Nexus marks yet another reason why Australians should choose Optus this Christmas season.”
The first smartphone to be powered by the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system, the GALAXY Nexus showcases the ‘pure Google experience’ for users, presented on a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display and run on a 1.2 Ghz Dual Core processor.
Vice President of Telecommunications at Samsung Electronics Australia, Tyler McGee, said “Samsung is thrilled to announce the GALAXY Nexus, a new milestone for the Android, Australia’s largest operating system. The GALAXY Nexus offers consumers improved functionality in a sleek new ergonomic design.”
Important documents and valued content featuring on both the GALAXY Nexus and a personal computer can be safely stored and accessed on the go with Optus Smart Safe™. SMB customers will enjoy a 500Mb Optus Smart Safe allowance with all Business Mobile Plans.
Optus consumers keen to reserve their spot as one of the first to own the GALAXY Nexus can pre-order now on www.optus.com.au/galaxynexus
SMB customers can also pre-order today on www.optusbusiness.com.au/galaxynexus
ˆCancellation fees apply
1 Includes unlimited standard national SMS + MMS, voice, fixed lines and Australian mobiles (excludes 13/1300/1800 calls and voicemail deposits/retrievals with Australia). Excludes all other call and message types