Samsung Galaxy Nexus launches in UK on November 17

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The third Google handset is the first to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which adds face recognition unlocking and Google+ integration

Samsung will launch the third Google handset, the Galaxy Nexus, in the UK on November 17.

The Galaxy Nexus features a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, a 1.2GHz dual core processor and a five mega-pixel camera. It is 8.94mm thick, with a 4.29mm bezel around the screen.

The Galaxy Nexus is the first handset to come with Android 4.0, the latest version of the Google Android operating system, which is called Ice Cream Sandwich.

The new software introduces features such as face recognition to unlock the handset, and integration with Google+, Google’s social network.

Samsung UK and Ireland head of mobile Simon Stanford said: “The level of interest and anticipation surrounding the release of the Galaxy Nexus has been fantastic.

“The collaboration with Google to launch the world’s first smartphone featuring Android Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display is evidence of Samsung’s continuing passion for the smartphone market and commitment to delivering innovative devices.”

Samsung said the device will be available from November 17 from “a range of retailers”, but did not detail specific availability or pricing.

The Nexus is the latest in the range of flagship Google devices which are designed to show off new versions of its operating system.

Google has previously produced the Nexus S with Samsung and the Nexus One with HTC.

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