New details on Google’s first smartphone continue to leak out. According to the latest unconfirmed report, the Nexus One with contract will sell for 10% less than previously thought. Pricing for wireless service and some accessories has leaked out as well.
Some screenshots supposedly showing Google’s upcoming website for this smartphone have appeared on the Web. According to these, the Nexus One will sell for $180 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile USA. An earlier report had indicated that this smartphone will sell for $200 with contract.
Those who choose to forgo the contract can expect to pay $530.
There will allegedly be only one service plan available for this smartphone — this will cost $80 per month and come with 500 voice minutes, plus unlimited Web access and text messages. According to this source, T-Mobile won’t be offering any family plans for the Nexus One.
When the leaked website is available in January, it will be found at google.com/phone.
Nexus One users will supposedly be able to get some accessories for their smartphone from Google.
A desktop docking station will sell for $40, and let users “Charge your phone while streaming music and backing up your data.”
When this smartphone is in its car docking station ($50), it will go into a mode that emphasizes navigation and hands-free use. This mode is a part of Android 2.0, and therefore is already included in the rival Motorola Droid.
An Early Overview of the Google Nexus One
Google has already handed out proto-type units of the Nexus One to many of its employees, so the details on this model are fairly well known.
It is almost certainly the HTC Bravo, and therefore will sport a 3.7-inch, WVGA, AM-OLED display and a trackball.
This smartphone will run Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and have 512 MB RAM. It will reportedly come with a 4 GB microSD card, and users will have the option to expand this up to 32 GB.
The Nexus One will be a GSM phone with support for only T-Mobile USA’s 3G service (7.2 Mbps HSDPA), not any of this carrier’s larger rivals’. Still, AT&T customers will be able to make phone calls and make 2.5G (EDGE) connections.
The gPhone, as it’s sometimes called, will also include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and stereo support.
In addition, this smartphone will reportedly have a 5 MPx camera with auto-focus and LED flash, a GPS receiver, accelerometer, and digital compass.
The outer casing will allegedly be 4.7 inches tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick (119 mm x 59 mm by 12 mm). It will weigh in at 4.6 oz. (130 g).
Availability = Next Week
The Google Nexus One is expected to to be unveiled at a press conference already scheduled for January 5.
It will be sold solely by Google, and won’t appear on T-Mobile’s website. However, this carrier will handle billing for its wireless service.