Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week released the Galaxy Nexus smartphone with Google Inc.’s Ice Cream Sandwich OS to the Verizon Wireless network.

The Galaxy Nexus includes a 1.2Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display at 1280 x 720 resolution, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3MP front-facing camera, barometer, and NFC technology.

The hardware is compatible with 4G LTE network for download speeds between 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds between 2 to 5 Mbps.

The smartphone sells at $299.99 with two-year contract.

The new Android 4.0 OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, includes a redesigned interface, Face Unlock, Android Beam to share information between compatible phones, cloud services, Google Music,

Prior devices in the Nexus line include the Nexus S by Samsung and the Nexus One by HTC Corp.

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