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Update: Sprint has gotten in touch to let us know that the 16GB was posted in error, and in fact their version of the Galaxy Nexus will come with 32GB of internal storage.

Following their recent 4G LTE announcement, Sprint has a new landing page which now reveals one of the first devices to run on its shiny new network -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! Sprint's not offering up full specs or pricing just yet, but the site says it'll feature the Google Wallet functionality that's been conspicuously absent from other Galaxy Nexus models thus far. There was also no confirmation of the bump up to a 1.5 GHz CPU that was suggested by a leaked online ad late last week.

Besides that, it's presumably the same Galaxy Nexus we know and love, on Sprint!

More: Sprint Landing Page; press release Thanks, dtice03

Sprint Continues the Momentum for LTE Launch by Unveiling Three Initial 4G LTE Devices – Galaxy Nexus, LG Viper and Sierra Wireless Tri-Network Hotspot

LAS VEGAS (BUSINESS WIRE), January 09, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced the initial group of devices that will operate on its 4G LTE network – Galaxy Nexus™, boasting a pure Google™ experience, LG Viper™ 4G LTE with eco-friendly features and Sierra Wireless™ Tri-Network Hotspot, 3G, 4G and 4G LTE mobile hotspot. Full product specifications, pricing and availability will be shared closer to each device’s launch date.

The debut of these devices is a key element of Network Vision, Sprint’s plan to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless solution. With Network Vision, Sprint customers can expect to enjoy ultra-fast data speeds, improved 3G voice and data quality, and stronger in-building signal penetration providing a more valuable wireless experience and enhancing the value of current unlimited plans.

“The first three products that will run on the Sprint 4G LTE network exemplify the cutting-edge technology our customers can expect from Sprint as we progress with our 4G LTE rollout,” said Steve Elfman, president of Network, Wholesale and Product Development for Sprint. “Galaxy Nexus packs industry-leading features and the best of Google into a beautiful design while LG Viper 4G LTE continues Sprint’s commitment to green devices that don’t sacrifice speed or technology. These products combine with our unlimited data pricing plans to give Sprint customers a powerful wireless experience.”

On Jan. 5, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced that customers in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are expected to be among the first to benefit from 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage in the first half of 2012. Additional areas that will receive 3G enhancements and 4G LTE expansion in 2012 will be announced later in the year.

Approximately 15 4G LTE devices are currently on track to be launched in 2012 including handsets, tablets and data cards. Additionally, 4G devices, including HTC EVO™ Design 4G, Samsung Epic™ 4G Touch and Nexus S™ 4G, will continue to be sold in 2012.

The new 4G LTE smartphones will benefit from Sprint Everything plans including the Everything Data Plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM offering unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint Network. With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill from data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers.

Sprint’s unlimited data plans also benefit NBA fans. As the Official Wireless Service Partner of the NBA, Sprint exclusively offers Sprint NBA Mobile on Android phones, including the upcoming 4G LTE LG Viper. This new custom app provides in-game and post-game video highlights, news, scores, stats and live home and away radio broadcasts to NBA fans.

Robust Features at 4G LTE Speeds

Pairing the beauty of Samsung hardware with a pure Google experience, Galaxy Nexus on Sprint is built on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Ice Cream Sandwich brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience. Galaxy Nexus features software navigation buttons, a first for Android smartphones. The lock screen, home screen, phone app and everything in between has been rethought and redesigned to make Android simple, beautiful and useful.

Ice Cream Sandwich introduces innovations such as Face Unlock, which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. Using NFC (Near Field Communications) technology, Android Beam allows users to quickly share web pages, apps and YouTube™ videos with friends by simply tapping phones together. Users can even video chat with up to 10 friends with Google+ Hangouts for mobile. Galaxy Nexus will also be Sprint’s second smartphone enabled with NFC supporting Google Wallet, enabling the phone to be used like a wallet to make safe, secure purchases at hundreds of thousands of participating retailers.

Green without Compromising Speed

LG Viper 4G LTE brings customers the benefit of eco-friendly features without missing out on speed or the latest technology. Initial eco-friendly features include a charger with a no-load consumption rating of .03W, which exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy efficiency and the casing is made of 35 percent recycled plastics. Additional details will be provided closer to availability.

Powered by Android 2.3, Gingerbread, LG Viper 4G LTE is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual core processor and two cameras – a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA front-facing camera that makes face-to-face video calls a fun and easy experience. It offers a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display, hotspot capability and a microSD™ slot supporting up to 32GB. It is also compatible with DLNA-capable devices.

As a Sprint ID smartphone, LG Viper 4G LTE allows users to cut through the clutter of more than 400,000 apps in Android Market™ by selecting from a variety of mobile ID packs featuring apps, ringers, wallpapers, widgets and more. Currently available Sprint ID packs include Green, Fashion and Beauty, E!™, MTV™ Music, CMT and NASCAR Sprint Cup. In addition, LG Viper 4G LTE is NFC-enabled and capable of providing Google Wallet.

Hotspot Combines 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX and 3G

Sprint expands its mobile broadband portfolio with its first 4G LTE mobile broadband device, Sierra Wireless™ Tri-Network Hotspot. It will be the first tri-network (3G, 4G and 4G LTE) mobile hotspot and will easily allow families, small businesses and traveling co-workers to share their high-speed connection.

With Sierra Wireless™ Tri-Network Hotspot, customers can extend their Sprint 3G/4G experience beyond just their laptops to up to eight Wi-Fi® enabled devices, such as cameras, music players, personal media players and portable game consoles. In addition, its microSD™ slot allows teams to share files and presentations with network storage. It is simple to set up with no software required.

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 53 million customers at the end of 3Q 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index showed Sprint is the #1 most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
 

 
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A little, but it doesn't really matter to me. I haven't even come close to filling up the 16gb on my Nexus S

I have. I have 16GB in my Epic Touch and a 16GB card. Both are nearing capacity... Guess I need a little housecleaning! Lol!

I am disappointed too... between my wife and I we have 7 kids and our phones act as portable entertainment centers. We both have 32GB cards in our phones full of movies to keeps the kids happy in the car and other places. For me 16GB just don't cut it anymore without an SD slot. In my opinion they need to at least give you the option of 16GB or 32GB. Iphone doesn't give you an SD slot either but at least they give you 16, 32, or 64 gig options... not that I would EVER consider getting one.

I am, if it helps at all. 16GB is plenty for me. I'm still working with 8GB on my Palm Pre! Not sure what I'll do with all that room on a 16GB model.

The reason I'm selling my Nexus S (lmk if you're interested :) that I originally bought to replace my EVO 3D is because I kept running into the storage wall. 16GB is just not enough for me. That's pathetic that in 2012, Sprint thinks having the lowest-tier storage of the iPhone 4S is going to attract people. The higest tier has 4 times the storage. What a joke.

I thought so too, but I just put most of my stuff in Dropbox or a cloud storage. With LTE it won't be a huge issue getting stuff or streaming it. I think that may be one reason they are going with a lower storage; makes people use cloud services more.

The problem with Cloud services is it caches things, which takes up tons of space. I ran out of space because Picasa had about 500MB of cache and Music had a ton more. 500MB of pics? That doesn't really help me if it's taking up all my space that way.

Agreed. I have a 16GB MicroSD on my EVO 4G and it's not enough for me. I could like with 32GB and no card slot, but 16GB and no card slot? Seriously insufficient in mid-2012.

After seeing the announcement, I'm definitely glad that I got the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, even if I have to Google just to state the device's proper name!

Not because of the 16GB, obviously. More because of the LTE issue. I'm not in a Sprint LTE market, and hardly anybody else is. I just don't think I could go back to 3G now.

Why just the 16 GB? I love my GN on VZW. It's smooth as butter performance wise so the speed bump while nice, I am indifferent to it. And there are no retailers in my area that support Google Wallet yet.

Sprint users, you will love this phone!

The cloud is where it is, and Sprint has unlimited data. Put your music and documents in the cloud. Most music apps cache your most listened to songs anyway.

Yes Sprint has unlimited data but when I try streaming Google music on my phone it only lasts one or two songs and then stops. SUCKS BIG TIME!!! Streaming on Sprint is the worst in central Wis. No 4G around here.

I'm from central wisconsin, and now live in Madison. Believe me, 3G there is better than here. Spotify kicks out every 30 seconds some days. Infuriating.

I also hope the 16GB would come with a $199 price point. Would rather have 32GB of storage but I already stream most of my content.

And after months of telling people that Google Wallet was a Sprint-exclusive application for now, and people yelling me telling me I was wrong and that it was Verizon blocking it, I feel like I owe a few people a middle finger or two. Just saying!

On topic, I'm glad other carriers are starting to get this awesome device. Anybody on Sprint due for an upgrade, you will be quite pleased with this. Love my Verizon model.

I don't think its a Sprint-exclusive. Its just that carriers aren't playing along with Google on using Wallet as they choose to work on Isis. But yes, Verizon is blocking it, as will T-Mobile and AT&T. I guess you can call it an 'exclusive' in that case, but I doubt there's an actual exclusive agreement -- it just happened this way.

I broke my Evo(now just fixing it myself) and at the time was looking to upgrade to fix. I wanted the Touch anyways...and then this all happened. Can't wait. I live in San Antonio as well so bring on the Nexus and the LTE!

I do have 2 lines due for upgrade on Sprint! But I`m happy with my SGS2... I get over 2.3 GB download and almost 1.2 upload.

Honestly ever since Spotify and Google Music launched I barely use the sd storage I have. I would have gladly paid $100 less for my Nexus for a 16gb version.

I feel the same way. I use Google Music, Amazon(Yea,yea, same thing) and Slacker. That is all I honestly need.

I just want to see LTE and no more WiMAX.

I wonder if the 32GB model will also be available? I'd consider the extra expense for additional storage. Sometimes it's nice to have the storage for video capture or playback.

wow I'm really glad i saved my upgrade this past holiday season. I will not be getting another WiMax phone, i want some LTE goodness!

On the same page, if you hit the " notify me" button, it pulls you to a page that also shows the LG Viper 4G LTE also. I checked both boxes to be notified...lets see what happens!

This is great! Its great to be a sprint customer. Lets just see how sprint handles the transition and deployment.

I can live with 16GB + my 32GB microsd.
What will be a BIG deciding factor for me is the desperate need for a CAMERA upgrade. Coming from SGS2 I'm a bit spoiled and can't imagine taking anything less in quality. I feel like Google on purpose doesn't inject steroids into their brand just to give other manufacturers a chance, but camera needs one badly. No camera upgrade No nexus for me :)

Exactly. If other manufacturers like HTC would give a more vanilla experience, Google couldn't even compete with them.

Seriously? G+ syncs all photos online, SugarSync will sync them online AND on a PC...even if you get close to filling it up, you can just purge all the old photos from the phone b/c they are already synced up in the cloud or on your PC.

I am no where close to my limit and I have some large games on there - GTIII, NFS, etc.

The camera is why i refuse to consider this phone. According the the VZW Gnex forums, the camera is terrible. Why would I purchase a phone with such a subpar camera? Just can't do it...

One of my co-workers has the Verizon model. I can tell you, the camera is pretty disappointing. My E4GT is MUCH better.

I have to agree...

I've seen many sample videos and pictures and I'm not too impressed :/

But, I really wanna see how fast that LTE is!!!!

Why does Sprint have exclusivity on Google Wallet? Wtf? Hope it comes to you guys on sprint sooner than later. Love mine on VZW.

According to Google "Google has partnered with leading companies across the mobile, financial, and retail ecosystems to develop Google Wallet. Citi, MasterCard, First Data, and Sprint are key launch partners for Google Wallet... Samsung, NXP, and Google have worked together to create the Nexus S 4G by Google, available on Sprint, which will be the first phone to support Google Wallet." taken from "Who has partnered with Google for Google Wallet?" at http://www.google.com/wallet/faq.html#in-store

The existence of Isis isn't proof that other companies are blocking Google Wallet, just a potential motive. When Google opens up Google Wallet to everyone and you still won't be able to get it on an AT&T/T-Mobile/Verizon phone, then it will be evidence that they are blocking it. It's still in "beta" seeing as it only works with Master Card, and Google has said Visa, Discover and AmEx have all given Google the information they need to add those cards, and that it only works for Citi bank Master Cards and no other banks. One card, one bank, one phone carrier sounds to me like a test phase.

Verizon isn't blocking anything. Anyone who wants to can install the apk and it works just fine. They simply chose not to license it which was their right.

So this would have been fine if you can have a SD card but only a 16GB is not gonna last a 2 year contract.

Google Wallet absent from other Galaxy Nexuses? Not so sure about that, I was able to download and install Google Wallet on my lte galaxy nexus from the market with no problems.

I agree that everybody will bitch about not having 32gb but doubt most of them will ever use a full 16gb I have 10 movies on my phone and with music and other stuff I am only at 10 gb on m NS4G. Side note I am back to getting 8-10 mbps on my wimax again.

16gb for 199 would be sweet.

ok i am getting the Sprint G-Nex. the only thing that COULD stand in my way is if a Sprint G-Note gets there first or at the same time. which i doubt!

GOOD JOB HESSE!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW JUST RELEASE THE B*TCH!!!!!!!!!!!

Remember when Jerry said it wasn't going to happen and I said that Sprint was just timing it with the LTE roll out? I do.

I'll say this now too before people start getting Verizon flashbacks - this is likely a May release like the Nexus S. I hope I'm wrong on this as I would love the Galaxy Nexus right now, but I doubt I am.

@sprintcare: Saw your tweet. Unfortunately, we don't have the launch dates yet; however, it will probably be closer to our LTE launch

i stream my music with Pandora. i don't want to "collect" or "manage" or buy a music collection. F that. Pandora is free and it keeps me fresh. music has a short shelf life - just like a bag of potato chips - it gets stale quick. Pandora keeps me fresh and not dated. i like being randomly fed new and fresh music.

16GB is plenty for me. and if that means the price for the Sprint G-Nex is $199 ($100 less than VZW) that's even better.

now just release this ASAP! my upgrade is ready and my OG EVO is ready for backup duty!

This is awesome. The Galaxy Nexus will definitely be an option I hold on my pocket. I'm also waiting to see what else Sprint is coming out with.

I would buy this at full price if it comes with a wi-max/ lte radio. I get really good 4g here in Nashville and I don't want to wait around until lte is city wide. If not I'll stick with my 3d for while longer.

The 16gb memory is a bit of a let down. Hopefully the rumored 1.5 processor will replace that.... Otherwise if were getting less memory and the same processor as Verizon there better be a major price reduction/reflection on that....

Come on Sprint don't stick it to us before we even have it in our hands. Bad enough the phone is already marked as having some camera issues along with the same crappy external speaker we already come to love with the NS4G.

I'll end up on it because I like Pure Google but I think Sammy needs to spend a few more dollars at Radio Shack for its parts next time around :p

The downgrade in internal memory is a bit of a let down, it is not exactly a deal breaker. Personally, I have never used more than 6 or 7 gigs of storage on my phone. As for the CPU clock speed, I believe the VZW GNex originally was clocked at 1.5GHz, but they slowed it down to 1.2GHz due to some kernel related issues. I believe the same thing will happen here unless they worked out whatever was the problem previously.

This will be my next phone most likely. I wonder if the Nexus S 4G will be updated by then. Thankfully, this doesn't say the first Sprint phone with Android 4.0.

I recently got a Galaxy S II/Epic 4G Touch, and this sounds nice, but it has some disadvantages too, probably not worth it to upgrade.

For a carrier that doesn't have the money & resources of Verizon and At&t I have to hand it to Sprint for staying competitive.

They do more with a little than most companies I have seen. Sprint trades at or about $3 a share compared to Verizon at $36, and yet they refuse to buckle under.

For all you people whining and complaining about Sprint, if you'd be honest with yourself and just look at them as a company, I think you'd be impressed.

I have the Epic Touch 4g, and really hope they land the Galaxy Note at some time. The G-Note will be my next phone if it comes to Sprint.

where did Phil doubt the Nexus? He's the one who has been saying all along that all of the major US carriers would get it (eventually).

I know its too early too tell how good it will be, but it seems pretty obvious that this is all going to hinge on how good sprint LTE is. Given the pros and cons right now the et4g seems like a solidly better phone (my two cents). That being said, Verizon's 4g is apparently the real deal, and if sprint can approach that then jackpot. If not, anything you want from the gnex will be available on the et4g, including ICS and maybe even NFC in the battery aftermarket. The gnex will never have an SD slot or as good a camera.

Things appear to be on the up and up for Sprint...stay on schedule and make us paying customers happy with the best phones and (soon to be) best service!!!

what a bunch of whiny bitches!! we dont even have specs yet... MAYBE THERE IS AN SD SLOT??? who knows... wah wah wah... be happy that sprint is getting this phone as soon as it is... notice there is still no announcement from ATT or tmobile.. you could be on thier network.. or better yet.. pay WAY more for your plan and go to verizon.

I am betting that the reason they went with 16 and 32 is to keep the price point at $199.

And besides.. with all the online storage and streaming options.. sounds like some people just need to learn to use the technology that we have first!

No, Google themselves said last year that the days of SD cards are numbered. They are not going to put one in a Nexus device. It's pretty clear here that Sprint wanted a lower price point and internal memory is where they chose to sacrifice it.

Can you link to where Google said that? I've been trying to find something about why the nexus phones stopped having sd cards since the Nexus S came out but I have seen nothing.

I really hope this comes out soon. I wouldn't mind just using 3G and Wifi and waiting for them to flip the switch in June to LTE. I'm not sure when my area will even get Sprint's LTE service. I live in Los Angeles, California. I WANT IT NOW!!! Please.....

I have to agree with all the others about streaming. I have had a Palm Pre sinve June of 09 and still have storage at 8gb. My brother has an 8gb iphone 3gs with no issues and my wife has Evo 4g and only purchased the 8gb SD. None of us had to delete old stuff for new.

I think I'll wait for the quad-core phones. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice addition for Sprint, but let's be honest, if this thing comes out in May or June, that would probably be 1-3 months before the first quad-core 4G LTE phone is released.

Quad-core LTE device huh? I hope the battery last long enough to at least turn that bitch on. :)

The battery life will only get better as the technology advances. While LTE may consume a lot of power, it is not required that you run it all the time. There is a switch (inside ICS) to turn it off.

I'm angry that the Sprint GNex has Google Wallet but the VZ GNex doesn't. What's up with that??!? And I'm even more angry that I won't be able to install it again on my VZ GNex until it becomes official!! It kinda makes me not want to use Google Wallet again.

If you follow the link to the landing page in the article, the grey box on the right of the phone has some of the specs of the phone including "32GB Internal Memory".

Has there been anymore news or rumors about the "Save The Date" event sprint announced back in November that is supposed to take place tonight between 6 and 8 PST?

with google music and google+(intant upload), all the content i need is in the cloud. i only need space for games.