This is the Galaxy Nexus. Officially, confirmed, and no more rumors. This is it. Announced at the delayed Ice Cream Sandwich announcement between Google and Samsung, the long-awaited device is finally official. And, boy, it looks like it just may be worth the wait.

The Galaxy Nexus is Google’s attempt to set a benchmark for what an Android phone should be. Built in collaboration with Samsung Mobile, the Galaxy Nexus (or GNex as I will call it unofficially) is the first device to run Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich. This is the latest version of the Android operating system that will merge the phone and tablet efforts. The software has been greatly revamped and upgraded to keep pace – or outpace – Google’s rivals.

As for the hardware that will be running that software, the GNex has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor that’s 8.94mm thick with a 4.29mm bezel. It continues the trend of incredibly large display areas, common among Samsung devices released in 2011, by pushing the boundaries between phone and tablet at 4.65 inches. The screen is Super AMOLED Plus with 720p resolution.

The Galaxy Nexus is launching first in the U.S., followed by Asia and Europe. It now holds the title of most appealing Android phone. However, no device seems to hold that title for more than 12 hours these days, so keep your eyes peeled for more.

UPDATE: Specs updated from Samsung

Network HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps   850/900/1900/1700/2100

EDGE/GPRS                850/900/1800/1900

*LTE version will be available depending on the region.Processor1.2 GHz Dual Core ProcessorDisplay 4.65” 1280X720 HD Super AMOLEDOSAndroid 4.0, Ice Cream SandwichCameraMain(Rear) : 5 MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot

Sub (Front) : 1.3MP for Video CallVideoCodec : MPEG4/H.263/H.264

Playback : [email protected]

Recording : 1080p Full HD [email protected]AudioCodec : MP3/AAC/AAC+/eAAC+

3.5mm Ear JackGoogleTM

Mobile ServicesAndroid Market™, Gmail™, Google Earth™, YouTube™, Movie Studio

Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and turn-by-turn navigation

Syncing with Google Calendar™, Google+ appConnectivityBluetooth® technology v 3.0

USB 2.0

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/ 5GHz)

NFC

Sensor Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer

Memory 1GB(RAM) + 16GB/ 32GB Internal memory

Size 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94mm, 135g

Battery Standard battery, Li-on 1,750 mAh

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