We got our hands on a Verizon Wireless-bound Galaxy Nexus today, courtesy of the Samsung Experience store in New York City (thanks to Droid Life for tracking this one down). Unfortunately the price and release date are still nowhere to be found, though we were told that it may be coming in "the next few days." The phone was identical to the GSM variant that's been available for a few weeks in many ways, though it was thicker. Not terribly so — around a half millimeter, according to the official specs — but it's noticeable, particularly if you're coming from the GSM model as we were.

Other than the size difference, the LTE version has 32GB of internal storage and two pieces of Verizon-branded software: My Verizon Mobile and VZ Backup Assistant. As advertised, they can both be disabled from Android 4.0's built-in app manager. Unfortunately, we couldn't test the speeds that LTE offered the device (there's no SIM card installed), though we did find an LTE toggle down in the network settings. Lastly, a quick peek behind the battery cover showed that things have been rearranged a bit — the SIM card slot is now on the left side. For more details on the LTE Galaxy Nexus, check out the gallery below and our product page!

Key facts

  • We've confirmed that the model on display has 32GB of internal storage.
  • There are two Verizon apps installed: My Verizon Mobile and VZ Backup Assistant. Both can be disabled by the user.
  • We've heard rumors of Android 4.1 floating around on these units, but the one in the store is running 4.0.1, which is the same version that GSM users currently have.
  • The Verizon model is roughly half a millimeter thicker than the GSM one, and you can definitely see it when you're holding the two side by side (in the profile view, that is). We don't think it'll bother users in the slightest, though — especially if you've never held the GSM model.
  • The coloration of the body is very slightly lighter than the GSM model's, but the difference is pretty minor.
  • Behind the battery cover, the SIM card has moved from the top edge to the left side (looking at the back of the phone), perhaps to make room for LTE guts.