Engadget got a juicy tip today that, if legit, confirms that this will be a huge week for Verizon Android releases. According to Engadget’s tipster and the leaked screenshot, pictured above, point-of-sale displays for the Galaxy Nexus will hit Verizon stores by the end-of-day on December 8th, with the Galaxy Nexus’ release scheduled for December 9th. Unfortunately, Verizon confirmed today that it will not support the Galaxy Nexus’ NFC-based Google Wallet capabilities at launch – putting a slight damper on the device’s heavily anticipated launch in the US.
Interestingly, the Galaxy Nexus will be launched one day after the Motorola DROID 4, according to the same source. The DROID 4 is Motorola’s latest upgrade to the popular DROID series of Android smartphones with a horizontally sliding QWERTY keypad. The DROID 4 passed through the FCC on December 5th, and FCC test reports show that the device will feature wireless charging capabilities.
It’s a bit odd that Verizon hasn’t formally announced the Galaxy Nexus’ launch date and leaked screenshots aren’t necessarily 100% accurate. But, at this point, it does appear that we will be seeing two big launches for Verizon this week.
Today a device from Motorola known by the FCC ID: IHDP56MN1 made an appearance on the FCC. Update: It now appears that this is the DROID 4 – which sports a non-removable battery, just like the DROID RAZR. The DROID 4’s battery has the model number SNN5905A, while the DROID RAZR’s battery has the model number SNN5899A. FCC filings also show that the DROID 4 will have an optional inductive charging door. FCC exhibits even show that the device was tested using a Wireless Charging Pad from LG, model number WCP-700.
The DROID 4 won approval for Verizon’ CDMA and LTE bands. However, the device also hides GSM and WCDMA capabilities that can be firmware unlocked. Motorola will likely release an unlocked version of the DROID 4 after the device is launched on Verizon – the company used the same type of release with the DROID RAZR.
The DROID 4 sports a 4-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, 8MP camera and LTE. It’s expected to launch in December, with possible launch dates including December 8th and the 22nd.