Another day, another Verizon Galaxy Nexus release date rumor, and now Best Buy is tipped to be getting the Ice Cream Sandwich in stock on December 11. The retailer is expecting the LTE smartphone to hit its stockroom shelves in a little over a week’s time, according to the screenshot Engadget‘s tipster sent in, though with no street date listed it’s unclear when, exactly, the handset will actually be offered up for sale.
There are also a few confusing spec inaccuracies, such as the thickness and weight of the handset according to Best Buy’s records, but that could well be a simple error in data entry. Earlier rumors had tipped a December 8 release for the Verizon smartphone, though neither Samsung nor Google has committed to any date publicly.
That’s unsurprisingly driving would-be Galaxy Nexus buyers in the US wild, with some resorting to importing HSPA+ GSM handsets from Europe – where the phone has been available for a couple of weeks now – to jump ahead of the crowd. European GSM phones have been affected by a volume bug which is now being addressed by an OTA firmware update, though since the 2G 900MHz band triggering the fault isn’t used in the US, that’s unlikely to be an issue for importers.
Meanwhile, at least one LTE Galaxy Nexus is apparently in the wild, with a lucky early owner sharing a video of their new 4G toy, and Verizon already has press images prepared on its site. All we need now is a final date, but only Samsung and Google can put us out of our misery there.
More on the Galaxy Nexus in the full SlashGear review.
[via Android Community]