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Samsung Galaxy Nexus coming 17 November, for £550

The first Android Ice Cream Sandwich handset will be with us on 17 November -- that's just three weeks to wait.

Android fans have only three weeks to wait until the first phone running Ice Cream Sandwich touches down. Amazon is listing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as due to be released on 17 November, Engadget reports, and it'll cost £550 SIM-free.

That's the same day initially announced for the Samsung Galaxy Note, though since then an online retailer popped up to say it'll actually be shipping as early as Tuesday next week. So many new phones, so little time.

Previously all we knew was the Galaxy Nexus would be coming to O2 "in November", but this date, confirmed by Samsung, means we can put the day in the diary. You can pre-order it now from the Amazon page, contract free. As well as O2, it'll also be coming to Vodafone and Three.

The Galaxy Nexus packs a mammoth 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 32GB of storage and a 1,750mAh battery. NFC tech also lets you communicate wirelessly with other handsets. Plug in a USB controller, hook the phone up to the TV via an HDMI cable, and it doubles as a games console, letting you play games on the big screen.

Ice Cream Sandwich brings a bundle of new features to Android handsets, including the ability to unlock your phone using face recognition, resize widgets on the homescreens, and file apps in folders, just like the iPhone. Also like the iPhone, you can take screengrabs from the handset.

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