Sprint Galaxy Nexus LTE Review with Pictures

We know quite a bit about Sprint's upcoming Galaxy Nexus LTE except the most interesting part — when it'll be available and how much it'll cost. Eager Sprint fans may not have much longer to wait, however, as an anonymous Walmart employee has sent us an internal document stating that the device will launch on April 22nd at Sam's Club — a Walmart-run discount club store. The device is to be identical to Verizon's LTE variant of the device, except it has Google Wallet support and it's still rumored to run at 1.5GHz — a 300MHz bump over its GSM and Verizon LTE cousins.
Other than the Galaxy Nexus, the document reveals a yet-to-be-announced Intensity III for Verizon, sure to be a followup to the Samsung Intensity II dumbphone. The internal paper also says that Sprint's LG Viper LTE smartphone will be available on April 15th. We've cross-checked the dates provided on the document with known release dates and they all line up. Sprint's first LTE markets are set to go live mid-year, so we certainly expect the carrier's Galaxy Nexus to be available sometime around then — whether or not that means April 22nd is still just a rumor for now.

Free extended battery kit


In a subtle admittance that the Galaxy Nexus does not get the best battery life, Samsung is now offering a free extended battery kit to those who purchase the phone from Samsung Direct through May 10 (or “while supplies last”). The catch is that you must purchase it with 24 months of service through Verizon Wireless. The bundle comes with a 2100mAh battery and new back cover. Samsung claims that the extended battery will give users about 2 hours of extra battery life. In our extensive use of the Galaxy Nexus, the extended battery has earned us an extra 1 to 1.5 hours of extra juice. Even with the battery, the Nexus gets relatively poor battery life and will be in its last quarter of life by dinner time on most days. But having two batteries is definitely better than one. Those who are truly concerned about battery life should consider the Droid Razr Maxx (review).

Sprint LTE version coming April 22?

AT&T and Verizon have already launched their high-speed 4G LTE networks and Sprint is working hard to play catch up. The carrier is rumored to release it’s first phones around June, but a new rumor on The Verge indicates that the first device may come sooner. The site has a scan of what it claims is a release list for Walmart, though it could be a word document conjured by almost anyone from the looks of it. Still, if we believe it, the document says that the “Galaxy Nexus LTE” will be released on April 22. No further information or pricing is given. Sprint’s first cities with 4G LTE will be Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

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