Google’s flagship Android smartphone – the Galaxy Nexus from Samsung will be launching in India by the end of November, credible sources told Technically Personal. While the news of the first ever smartphone with the latest Android 4.0 Ice-cream sandwich coming to India is a great news, the expected price at which it will be launched is a bummer. According to these sources, Galaxy Nexus (16GB) will be priced at around Rs. 38,000!
Google has already started promoting the Galaxy Nexus by setting up a dedicated registration page for India and 17 other countries like Australia, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Portugal, US, UK, Taiwan, Thailand & Netherlands.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a huge 4.65″ Super AMOLED HD screen with a whopping 1280×720 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM and 5MP rear camera. It also comes with NFC, HSPA+ 21Mbps and 1,750 mAh battery.
Traditionally, Google has not promoted their flagship Nexus devices in India. The original Nexus One didn’t even make it here. And its successor, Nexus S had a delayed launch and ended up drastically dropping its price and eventually went out of market. So this news of Google (and Samsung) taking India seriously for their Galaxy Nexus launch is a welcome change.
Though we always knew that Galaxy Nexus won’t come cheap, the sourced price of INR 38k should come as a shocker for many. Samsung Galaxy S2 was priced around 32k when it was launched in India and today Samsung launched that mammoth Galaxy Note at INR 34.5k. But tech pundits will argue that the price shouldn’t surprise anyone as this will be a global launch and the Indian prices are on-par with what we have seen in Europe. Amazon UK has listed Samsung Galaxy Nexus at £549.99 (approx INR 43,000) with Nov 17th as the release date. Going by these facts, we tend to believe even more about what our Indian sources have told us.
Note: If you remember, we were one of the first ones to provide details about Galaxy Nexus and there, we had talked about a possible surprise announcement, which our source indicated as a Nexus Tab. Well, the same source still believes that Google and Samsung held back that announcement for some mysterious reasons and we might indeed expect an announcement soon. We expect something like a padfone where the Galaxy Nexus slides into. But then, we are taking this just on its face value and classifying it as a rumor for now.