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Galaxy Nexus to cost $299 at Verizon, report says

Flagship smartphone for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich still expected to land in the U.S. this month, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.

When Verizon Wireless' version of the Galaxy Nexus finally launches, it will cost consumers $299.99 with a two-year contract, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Verizon is expected to launch Samsung's new smartphone sometime this month, but the report, from Dow Jones Newswires, doesn't indicate exactly when that will occur.

Verizon Wireless representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Widespread speculation has held that the new Android device will launch before the end of the year. A screenshot posted by Engadget earlier this month purported to show a Galaxy Nexus listing in the Best Buy inventory system with a starting date of December 11. But, as Engadget pointed out, an in-stock date does not necessarily mean that the device will be on store shelves that day.

The Galaxy Nexus, which dropped in Europe on November 17, comes with 4G connectivity and will be the first handset on the market to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In his review of the handset, CNET editor Kent German said that the "Galaxy Nexus is a big step forward for Android," but cautioned that without Ice Cream Sandwich, it's "just another Android device."