As of the moment, only Verizon and AT&T are offering LTE connectivity in US shores but Sprint is already nipping at their heels. It was already reported in the past that the wireless provider has already deployed the infrastructure needed for its own LTE network and is just waiting for the green light to get it lit up. Although no specific dates has been nailed as of yet, it was widely reported back then that Sprint’s LTE network will go online later this year.
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And in preparation for the lighting of its LTE network, Sprint has already began adding 4G LTE-supporting devices in its lineup of Android-powered smartphones. Notable among the additions is the current Google flagship handset, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which the wireless provider launched back in April. This gives Sprint customers to have access to 4G LTE-capable devices for when the LTE network of the carrier finally goes online.
While Sprint subscribers are still waiting to experience the benefits brought about by the wireless provider’s wireless network, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse assured them that it wouldn’t take much longer for the carrier’s LTE network to go online because he already announced that the network will finally go online in the first half of 2012 in several markets. And if you happen to live in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas or Georgia and rock a Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus for your mobile weapon of choice, then you get first dibs on the LTE network of the carrier because the areas mentioned above are the first to get Sprint LTE coverage.
According to Hesse, Sprint subscribers can expect to enjoy a more reliable wireless experience once this happens and this means that users of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can take advantage of ultra-fast data speeds and enhanced 3G voice and data quality in the said areas.
As for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the handset has been around for quite some time now but Sprint only managed to get its version of the device added to its stable last month. Sprint’s variant of the Google flagship device is a veritable twin to the version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus released by Verizon except for the fact that Sprint’s version is already able to utilize the NFC. With this in play, users of the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus will in turn get access to the Google Wallet feature of the handset.
Design-wise, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus has a black-slab form factor but its curved profile gives it an air of sophistication and elegance despite its black colorway. It has a Texas Instruments OMAP4460 chipset powering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich under the hood while its dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor is paired with a full gigabyte of RAM to deliver the computing muscle needed by the smartphone.
The internal memory of the handset comes up to 32GB while its display also features a curved design and measures 4.65 inches diagonally. The display itself is made from scratch-resistant glass and is of the SuperAMOLED type with a 1280 x 720 resolution. Despite the flagship status of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, its camera department is a bit mediocre though with only a 5MP shooter at its back panel and a 1.3MP webcam out front. Both shooters however are capable of 1080p and 720p video capture to compensate for the low sensor resolution. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Nexus starting at $49.