By Stephen Schenck | October 31, 2011 4:43 PM
We finally know that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will arrive for sale to European smartphone fans on November 17. In the US, however, details of the phone’s launch remain up-in-the-air. We’re still not even sure just which carriers will be getting the phone, after Verizon’s recent backtracking on claims of exclusivity. So far, we had been going on the assumption that either Verizon would get the phone first, or be the first in the US, but with a near-simultaneous launch abroad. A new report claims that the European launch will be the Galaxy Nexus’s first, with a US release after-the-fact.
UK-based The Telegraph writes that Samsung itself made this claim at a European Galaxy Note event held recently. While showing off the Galaxy Nexus, a representative of the company supposedly confirmed that the smartphone will come to Europe before the US, or elsewhere.
This would be very interesting if accurate, but we have out doubts. A new Nexus model launching in Europe is hardly standard operating procedure at this point, and we’ve been watching the Galaxy Nexus cling to a November 10 date on leaked Verizon MAP lists. There’s a chance this could be some miscommunication; hopefully we’ll see another news agency come forward to back-up what was said at the Note event in question.
Until we learn some more, you can at least check out the new press render of the Galaxy Nexus, pictured above.