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Galaxy Nexus Will Bring Ice Cream Sandwich to U.K. Next Month

We’re incredibly excited about Samsung’s new Galaxy Nexus — the first device to ship with the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS — and as the site’s resident Brit, I’m delighted that we won’t have to wait until 2012 to get it in the U.K.

According to Amazon’s U.K. site, where you can now pre-order the handset, it will hit British shores on November 17. However, you’ll probably want to get it via a carrier instead with a two-year commitment. Why? Because the Galaxy Nexus sports a SIM-free price tag of £549.99 (approx. $884.45), which is more than Apple’s new 16GB iPhone 4S when you buy it unlocked.

However, for many Android fans, the price tag will be well worth it. In addition to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the Galaxy Nexus boasts a ton of impressive specs that make it one of the hottest Android devices available this holiday season:

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specs

  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display (1280×720), 316 PPI
  • 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 4G LTE/HSPA + (depending on market)
  • 5-megapixel rear-facing camera (1080p video recording at 30 fps)
  • 1.3-megapixel forward-facing cam
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • NFC
  • Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer
  • 1,750 mAh battery

If you can’t afford to blow your rent on this handset, then you can grab it subsidized on contract from Three, O2, and Vodafone. There’s currently no word on pricing from these guys yet, but we expect to hear more as the device’s launch approaches.

Will you be paying full price for a SIM-free Galaxy Nexus?

[via TechRadar]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...