Galaxy Nexus Officially Announced At Hong Kong Event (Update: With Video)

There’s still half an hour to go until the Galaxy Nexus officially takes the stage in Hong Kong, but the official spec sheet has already begun to make the rounds.

The Galaxy Nexus is, of course, the first device to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but the spec sheet has confirmed a few nifty features we were hoping would make the final cut.

One long-awaited example is the ability to take screenshots by holding down the power and volume down buttons. The device also adds support for a novel “face unlock” feature that (what else?) allows users to gain access to their handsets just by flashing their pearly whites. The new People app also makes an appearance, complete with Google+ integration. The notification and multitasking systems have also been revamped to allow for quicker info and app management.

As far as hardware goes, the Galaxy Nexus is set to impress. It packs a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display running at 1280×720, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Sorry folks, no word on the exact make of the processor, but the night still is still young and someone is bound to give out details sooner or later. The Galaxy Nexus indeed sports an NFC chip, as well as either an LTE or HSPA+ radio depending on your particular locale. It’s also being reported that the device will come in both 16 and 32GB variants, which likely won’t do much to appease those in search of microSD card slots.

For better or worse, the 5MP camera that was hinted at in an earlier leak has been confirmed, although Samsung mentions that the camera will take photos with virtually no shutter lag. On the flip side, users will find a 1.3MP front-facing camera ready that’s ready for a bit of face time. Samsung has managed to squeeze all of that into a body that’s just 8.94mm thick — not quite Droid RAZR territory, but impressive nonetheless.

The Galaxy Nexus is due to launch early November in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

UPDATE: The Galaxy Nexus’s promo video has just gone live on YouTube. Enjoy!