Google is expected to launch its Nexus Prime smartphone on Wednesday this week (October 19).

The smartphone, which has been manufactured for the search engine by Samsung, was due to launch on Tuesday October 11. However the pair postponed the event and later confirmed it was as a mark of respect to Apple founder Steve Jobs who sadly passed away days before.

The Nexus Prime is the next in the range of Google smartphones, which includes the Nexus One, a device that was manufactured by HTC, and the Nexus S, which like the Nexus Prime, was manufactured by Samsung.

The Google Nexus Prime is thought to run Ice Cream Sandwich, the forthcoming version of Google's Android mobile operating system and the first that is expected to run on both smartphones and tablet PCs. According to speculation online, the handset will benefit from a 1.5Ghz processor, a 4.65in HS 720p display and no physical buttons. Instead it will be possible to carry out every command using the touchscreen.

Furthermore, the Nexus Prime is also expected to sport 1GB of memory and 32GB of internal storage, far ahead of most recent smartphones, and two cameras, one of which is likely to be 5Mp.

If the handset is unveiled this week, then it's likely to hit UK stores later this month or at the beginning of November, which means it'll be available in time for Christmas.