Sprint has finally announced a launch date for their version of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. It’s going to be released on April 22, giving Sprint users another 4G LTE phone option to choose from besides the LG Viper 4G LTE.
At $199.99, the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint costs $100 cheaper compared to Verizon’s $300 version, but essentially comes with a similar spec that’s highlighted by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen, Android 4.0 OS, 1.3MP webcam and 5-megapixel main cam at the back. Besides the cheaper price, Sprint’s version looks like a better deal though, thanks to its support for Google Wallet for making NFC-based mobile payments.
On the downside, early adopters will have to deal with a slower network – at least to begin with. Verizon’s LTE network is already up in more than 200 cities, while Sprint will just be getting started in mid-2012 with an initial six-city rollout. Before it becomes available, you’re going to have to make do with Sprint’s 3G speeds.
The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is up for pre-orders now for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. To make the whole Google Wallet experience a bit sweeter, they’re also offering to load $50 into your Google Wallet if you activate it by April 22nd.