It looks like Rogers and TELUS will be among the first carriers to release the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in Canada after Bell’s exclusivity period over the device ends within the next few days.
The Galaxy Nexus is already available for purchase in Canada via Bell and Virgin Mobile for around $160 (125 EUR) with a new three-year agreement, but just about every other Canadian operator announced plans to carry the smartphone in the near future.
Although the latest hearsay pointed to an earlier January 10 release, it appears that Rogers was forced to change its plans and push back the Galaxy Nexus launch date to January 13. The good news is that TELUS has joined Rogers’ initiative and will release the smartphone on the same date.
The information was confirmed recently via TELUS official Twitter account: “Coming to TELUS on January 13th, the Android 4.0 powered Galaxy Nexus!
In addition, Samsung Mobile Canada tweeted just about the same info on the Galaxy Nexus: “Rogers and TELUS will begin carrying the Galaxy Nexus by Samsung starting January 13th!”
There’s no word on the pricing options offered by TELUS and Rogers, but they will probably match Bell’s deal on the Galaxy Nexus, or even undercut it.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be delivered with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system on board. The phone provides users access to more than 400,000 apps and games via Android Market. Google’s full suite of apps and services is available as well, including Gtalk, Google Search, Maps and YouTube.
The phone is powered by a dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and packs 32GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM. Samsung Galaxy Nexus does not feature microSD card slot for memory expansion.
On the back, the device packs a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, while on the front there’s a secondary 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls.