Details of Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich Nexus phone are revealed ahead of launch

The details of Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) first Ice Cream Sandwich phone are starting to leak ahead of its planned unveiling.

A reported promotional poster for the Galaxy Nexus.

The Samsung-built device is expected to debut at a press event in Hong Kong late today but specifications and images of the smartphone leaked online via Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. A tweet from the carrier said the device will be available in November and that the operator will be among the first to offer it. The smartphone will run on Android version 4.0, dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich.

The device was supposed to be unveiled last week at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications show in San Diego, but Google and Samsung decided to postpone the launch in the wake of the death of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs. The smartphone, which has been called the Nexus Prime and Galaxy Nexus, has been rumored for months.

A leaked promotional poster refers to the device as the Galaxy Nexus and it says it will sport a 1.2 GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor, a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a 5.1-megapixel camera. Google first confirmed Ice Cream Sandwich's launch during its annual I/O developer conference in May, stating it would unveil the update sometime during the fourth quarter. Google promises Ice Cream Sandwich will reduce platform fragmentation by delivering the tablet-optimized innovations introduced in its Android 3.0 Honeycomb update to all devices running Android.

The latest Nexus device is third in a series of devices designed to highlight a pure Google Android experience and serve as a lead device for the latest versions of the software. HTC made the original Nexus One and Samsung produced the Nexus S.

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