Samsung Galaxy Nexus to launch on Sprint

Color me happy as hell. After watching the Galaxy Nexus announcement and then hearing that there will only be LTE and HSPA+ versions of the handset, Sprint availability seemed unlikely. Even before I saw the handset, I knew I wanted it on Sprint and according to the picture you see above, the possibility is looking very real.

While the shipment order is only for a poster of the handset, we could only imagine that Sprint must be gearing up with Galaxy Nexus marketing materials. With Verizon essentially confirmed and AT&T and T-Mobile versions likely on their way, adding Sprint to the carrier lineup is just icing on the cake.

When Samsung launched the Galaxy Nexus sign-up page, it showed seven possible carriers to choose from. This certainly doesn’t mean we are going to see the handset launch on the likes of US Cellular or Cellular South, but more to gauge consumer demand. This is exactly what was said at the announcement. Still, we hope that Samsung and Google had already decided to blanket the US with the Galaxy Nexus and make it available on all four major carriers in the first place.

The Galaxy Nexus is one sexy piece of hardware but that doesn’t mean we were completely satisfied with the entire handset’s specs. A 1.2GHz dual-core processor likely will be just fine for most people but the Nexus line is supposed to ooze with bleeding-edge tech and there are a handful of phones that exceed the Galaxy Nexus’ specs in more than one way.

Still, the star of the show isn’t just the hardware but Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The latest version of Android keeps everything we loved about the OS but it’s been respun with a new vision and we like what we’re seeing. Sure, Ice Cream Sandwich will make it to many other phones going forward but you’ll then have to deal with custom skins and potentially delayed updates. The Galaxy Nexus will feature stock Android, which might be all you need now.

I didn’t want to switch to Verizon for the Galaxy Nexus but I was considering it more than I wanted to. If a Sprint release is imminent, I’ll switch in a heartbeat.

Has anyone else been hoping for the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint? Would you be willing to switch for it?

[Via: BriefMobile]

  • Austin Bair

    Ummm. Blake let’s be real.  Sure Sprint may get this sub par Nexus device and I’m sure it would sell.  According to Marc’s article they are going down the tube pretty quickly.  With their slow, now limited in a sense data network.  The rumors going around of Sprint turning on the LTE better happen way sooner than later, to save their subscribers.  I hate Verizon with a passion, but I don’t want to continually search for the closest wi-fi hot spot as I do now.  Would I upgrade my EVO for this device?  No.  Quad cores and 28nm tech is too close to being in our pockets!  I will wait for the HTC God phone!  Just as the EVO once was.  I am a HTC sense fan.  Touch Wiz and Motoblur are just not as polished as Sense.  Love it or hate it Sense is pretty cool. The whole point to bring this device to every US carrier is to battle the Jesus phone. More networks, more people, only makes sense to me.

    • Anonymous

      I personally hate sense. With touchwiz 4.0 still feel like I’m using Android, with Sense I feel like I’m using another OS.

    • Jim Doe

      I don’t like sense.  Virgin Android all the way.

    • Anonymous

      “sub par Nexus device”

      I’d love to see a better Nexus device or any device that’s better that runs stock Android ICS – oh wait, that doesn’t exist.  Just like another commenter said above the point of a Nexus isn’t bleeding edge hardware (even though you could argue it has that) it’s that it’s a stock Android device that Google develops/tests on.  I’ve had a Nexus One, Nexus S and finally the Nexus S 4G.  Personally I can’t wait to jump to Verizon as Sprint’s coverage just sucks in Boulder, CO.

    • I agree. I feel that Sense destroys the entire Android experience.  It’s like going out to buy a Porche and being sold a Honda on a Porche frame.  Sure, underneath its a Porche but it doesn’t drive or look like it.  Sense is too bulky, to limited, and is has a poor track record for regular updates and bug fixes.  As soon as Sprint gets the GN, I will drop my HTC Evo, which I have loved (but only because I flashed a non-Sense Rom onto it) and move on to greener, ice-cream covered pastures. 

  • Jasmine Dagg

    I was denying myself a dream of this phone because I was sure it wouldn’t come to sprint until this time next year. This news now has me searcing for any leaks about a release date and price! My next new phone!!!

  • This is encouraging news, Galaxy Nexus is the phone Ive been waiting for.

  • This is encouraging news, Galaxy Nexus is the phone Ive been waiting for.

  • As much as Id like to see this come to Sprint due to “unlimited data” for existing customers (January 2012 this will change to tiered data for new customers)… I cant stand their almost non-existent WiMAX network, it makes me not have faith in their LTE coming network. In the mean time, I keep 4G on my phone on ALL THE TIME now because what LITTLE service in WiMAX I get, I can actually use since 3G doesnt exist anymore on Sprint, its now 1xRTT ONLY since their EVDO Rev 0 and Rev. A networks are dismantled all over in replacement of Network Vision.

  • Why is it still called the Nexus Prime on the order and whats with the over lapping words and numbers? I just don’t believe it.

    • Anonymous

      Eh, it’s a Samsung phone; they change the names so many times it’ll make your head spin.  HTC does the same, but makes minor changes to the case.  The name alone doesn’t mean much either way.

      As for overlapping numbers, this looks like paper, not a screenshot, so it could easily be a printer error.  Again, doesn’t mean much either way.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that it does go to Sprint and that it is LTE capable. I am totally ok with only 3G and when the new 4G SIMs are ready just pop one in and rock and roll even if I have to wait until the 2H2012 to get it.

  • Anonymous

    “Nexus line is supposed to ooze with bleeding-edge tech”

    That’s just not true.  I’m not sure why people keep saying that.  When the Nexus S came out, it was right when the dual-core chipsets were first launching, and immediately seemed dated as well.

    The Nexus line is about taking full advantage of existing hardware with optimized software that is available to everyone.  Having “the best” hardware DEFEATS the purpose of the model, since that would mean the message becomes “hey, if you have the very best hardware, you can run this”, instead of “This is the potential of Android, and it can work this great on any device!”-which is the true point.

    So, everyone should stop thinking the Nexus phones are supercomputers.  They’re average hardware *by design*.  The fact that they can be average, yet excellent, is the who appeal, but gets lost on tech nuts (like us) who know what could have been.  And just to point out: it could have launched a month later with a Tegra 3.  So any chipset that’s currently out would be considered old by that standard.

    • Anonymous

      Not true. Tegra 3 won’t be available for phones for a while. Only tablets will launch in the very near future.

      • Anonymous

        Your logic is flawed:  Tablets are launching with Tegra 3, therefore the chipset is ready.  The reason phones are not included would normally mean that Nvidia is producing variations of the chipset with the appropriate modem and 3/4G technologies.  If Google wanted, they could still put in a Tegra 3, and then a separate modem, similar to chipsets using Qualcomm’s APQ8060.

        Furthermore, I was giving a broad example of a quad-core chipset.  The Sony PSVita will launch in December with a quad-core chipset and 3G modem, so it’s obviously possible that Google could have done so as well, if they wished.

        • Anonymous

          I didn’t state anything that isn’t true. NVIDIA has already said that Tegra 3 phones will ship in 2012. Further optimization need to happen as tablets shipping with the SoC will likely have much larger battery, among other things. 

          You were being broad. I was being specific. I don’t see how that makes my logic flawed.

          • Anonymous

            “You were being broad. I was being specific.” 

            Okay(?), but you opened by simply saying “Not true.” instead of “The part about Tegra 3 doesn’t work.” (Which I thought was broadly covering everything I had written).   Since you addressed Tegra in a separate statement, it seems like you were saying my entire argument was invalid, which would have been a flaw in logic, since “Tegra 3” represented the implementation of a superior, quad-core SoC, and didn’t necessitate a specific brand (e.g. Sony example).

            As long as you’re saying that the Tegra 3 specifically wouldn’t be an option, then sure, I agree, since even if Nvidia had provided a custom chipset based on Tegra 3, they wouldn’t have called it that.  But it’s something Google could have done if they wanted to have it “ooze with bleeding-edge tech”, so I think my point works regardless of the name of particular alternative.

            Perhaps I should have used a more generic name to focus on concept vs. brand. Perhaps your statement would have been easier to understand without the split in sentences.  Either way, it seems mostly an issue of miscommunication?

  • Anonymous

    That actually looks like it might jsut work dude.

  • Asher Max Schweigart

    Why does it say Nexus Prime, not Galaxy Nexus? Wondering if this might be a fake.

  • i want this on sprint!

  • Anonymous

    I pay 100 dollars a month for AT&T for iphone. Switching to Verizon will be like trading puke for vomit, so I won’t lose anything, other then my unlimited data. Ideally I can have 4g on Sprint, pay less, and own this phone. 

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