Sprint, Samsung Pinning Hopes on Galaxy Nexus

Sprint (NYSE:S) customers can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone, which will hit shelves on April 22, PC World reported. The Sprint phone, which will set customers back $199, will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is compatible with Sprint’s LTE network. The Sprint Galaxy Nexus, like the Samsung Nexus S, will support Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Wallet mobile payment system.

The Sprint Galaxy Nexus is pretty much the same as the Verizon (NYSE:VZ) version, according to the report. The phone features a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.63-inch 720p display and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The report points out that since it’s a Nexus phone, Google will issue the updates, which means the Galaxy Nexus will always be running the latest version of Android.

The Galaxy Nexus can be pre-ordered on Sprint’s website. If you like to be the first one on the block to get the newest gadget, you can pre-order today and get the phone as early as April 20 — two days before the device goes on sale. And don’t forget to activate Google Wallet as soon as you can; Sprint says it is offering a $10 instant credit and an additional $40 credit to be delivered later to those who activate the service within a week of receiving their phones.

“Galaxy Nexus is a beautifully designed smartphone that combines the Pure Google experience with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, Sprint’s vice president of product development. “It represents the cutting-edge features and applications that customers expect and pairs perfectly with Sprint’s unlimited data plans to let our customers enjoy their wireless experience without worrying about overage charges or throttling.”