Telstra has announced that Google’s new flagship Ice Cream Sandwich handset, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, is now coming to Telstra.
This is great news as the previous flagship phone from Google, the Nexus S, was only available from Vodafone, whereas people who want this phone now have a choice of where to get it from.
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.
It will also come in 16GB and 32GB capacity – though Telstra has not confirmed it will be selling both, or just one or the other.
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).
Telstra is selling the device under its more simplified four plans – Small (1.5GB) for $69, Medium (2GB) for $79, Large (2.5GB) for $99 and X-Large (3GB) for $129 a month. Of course, this includes the monthly handset repayments for the device – which is annoying, but at least they seemingly integrate this rather than just say the plan and tacked it on to the price list like before.
You’ll be able to buy it tomorrow from Telstra online or via its Sydney and Melbourne stores. Gallery of the phone is below.
Terence Huynh also contributed to this report – mainly because he was also going to do a write-up as well. So, we’ve decided to merge the two together.
UPDATE (11:45AM): Optus also announces it will also carry the phone.