A rumor can run around the world before the truth has got its boots on, and in the case of the Galaxy Nexus, it’s made a few laps already. After a Verizon internal advertising sheet implied that the Galaxy Nexus wouldn’t be launching until after Thanksgiving weekend, yet another internal leak points to a November 17th release. According to the anonymous source, promotional material will appear in stores on the 15th, with the phones arriving two says later.
Note that this doesn’t necessarily contradict the post-Black Friday leak, since that was merely an an advertising outline. It’s entirely possible that Verizon intends to ignore the Galaxy Nexus in its nationwide advertising for quite a while, focusing instead on the Motorola DROID RAZR and/or HTC Rezound. Since those two phones will feature a lot of Verizon branding, not to mention built-in apps and services, Big Red’s got a lot more to gain from selling those phones to early adopters at the same $299 price point – more bang for their corporate buck. With three high-end phones releasing in the same month, Verizon’s marketing team has its hands full.
The November 17th release lines up well with the European release set for the same day, and would allow Google and Samsung to capitalize on a worldwide media focus. Verizon, Samsung and Google have yet to announce an exact date for the Galaxy Nexus in the US, though we do know that the Verizon LTE version will be the first to be released in the States. The price hasn’t been set either, but according to yet more leaks, it will probably be $299 with a two-year contract.
Galaxy Nexus Hands-on
Ice Cream Sandwich Hands-on