Samsung-Google challenge iPhone with facial-recognition security

A recent Samsung event in Hong Kong witnessed the unveiling of Samsung's newest Android-based handset - the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - which will reportedly challenge the Apple iPhone with facial-recognition security.

Going by the details that Samsung passed on to the media in Hong Kong, the Galaxy Nexus - which will run the Android's updated `Ice Cream Sandwich' version - features a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD screen; a 1.2 Ghz dual- core processor; 32GB of storage; 1GB of RAM; and a 5-megapixel camera, along with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing.

The handset - with a distinct `curved' contour that cradles the face - also feature support for 1080p HD video capture and playback.

Scheduled to hit the US, Europe, and Asia markets in November, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus also boasts `talk-to-type' technology; off-line search for e-mails; image-editing tools; an NFC chip; as well as support for mobile payments.

Even though Samsung has refrained from revealing the price-tag of its forthcoming Galaxy Nexus, it has still mentioned that the handset will be available in Japan from NTT DoCoMo.

Highlighting the fact that the Galaxy Nexus has been developed by Samsung in collaboration with Google, J. K. Shin - chief of mobile business at Samsung - said that the device is yet another indication of how the two companies have "closely collaborated to push the mobile experience forward."