Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus arrives tomorrow, telcos line up for Ice Cream Sandwich

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus can take panorama images in one sweep like a compact camera.

Around the world, tech fanatics are awaiting Samsung and Google’s latest collaboration not just for the tech inside, but also what it represents: this could finally be the iPhone-beater the world has been waiting for.

We first reported on this when Google unveiled the handset in October, the Samsung-made handset featuring a 4.65 inch display running a true 720p HD resolution, higher than any other phone on the market. Specs include a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 5 megapixel camera.

What we’re really looking forward to, though, is Google’s next version of Android, named “Ice Cream Sandwich” and set at version 4.0.

Being released for Android handsets and tablets in the new year, Ice Cream Sandwich is said to unite the Android platform and do away with the fragmentation issue which has been plaguing it since phones and tablets each had their own version.

Aside for unity, the OS is said to have a cleaner interface, proper multitasking, the ability to unlock the phone with your face, and will pretty much set the benchmark for Android phones for the next year.

In the past two days, all three major telcos in Australia have announced pricing, with all three – Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone – requiring a minimum $50 spend per month.

If you want it today, though, you’ll just have to wait. Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus won’t launch here until tomorrow, so expect a hands-on and review from us shortly.