January 5, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
A Galaxy Nexus, which has so far been available in the United States only for Verizon Wireless, is supposedly coming to Sprint. We’ve all heard some rumor or suggestion that this might happen, but the latest thing sparking this talk isn’t the famed “unnamed sources” or “people close to the matter” – it’s an ad supposedly taken out by Sprint.
An Engadget reader noticed that a page on CNET was showing ads for a Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE phone headed to Sprint. The page has since switched to an ad for MaxPreps, but a screen shot grabbed previously reveals that the device should have a 4.65 Super AMOLED screen, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and be the first LTE phone on Sprint. Yes, that’s the same Sprint LTE network that was just revealed to launch in select southern cities in the first half of the year.
So what gives? Sprint has previously said that it would have LTE devices in 2012, but who would have thought that they’d start off with a Nexus? And one cranked up to 1.5 GHz at that? (Speaking of which, either the TI OMAP will get a boost or this baby could be from another chipset manufacturer. Maybe Samsung’s keeping it in-house with the Exynos.)
This is a strange occurrence, especially so close to CES, but I’m sure more details will trickle in. At the moment, it just looks like someone from Sprint pushed the wrong LTE advert prematurely.