After weeks of leaks and rumors, the Samsung Nexus S has just been officially announced. This high-end smartphone will be the first with Google’s Android OS 2.3 (code-named Gingerbread). It will also have a large, Super AM-OLED display, dual cameras, and much more.
The Nexus S will be the follow-up to the Google Nexus One, and like its predecessor, the upcoming model will be the debut of a new version of Google’s operating system (OS 2.3 instead of OS 2.1) and it will be sold unlocked, directly to the public.
This Samsung smartphone will also have much in common with this company’s Galaxy S series models, including a tablet shape with a 4-inch, WVGA (800 x 480), Super AM-OLED touchscreen. The latest model, however, will have what’s being called a “Contour Display” which curves to fit against the user’s face.
The Nexus S will have a front-facing video camera, and Google has built support for multiple cameras into the latest version of its operating system. Android OS 2.3 also has support for VoIP/SIP software, though the rumored Google Talk client is not included.
Google has also tweaked the user interface of its operating system a bit.
Loads of Wireless Capabilities
This smartphone is designed to work with T-Mobile’s network, and will offer 3G (HSPA) but not this carrier’s faster HSPA+ service.
Like virtually all high-end models, it will have Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS.
In addition, support for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology has been added to Android OS 2.3. This allows users to read information off of everyday objects like stickers and posters that are embedded with NFC chips.
This smartphone will include 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with support for recording 720 x 480 video at 30 fps.
Also on the specifications list are a 1500 mAh battery, gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, as well as a proximity and light sensors.
Coming Next Week
The Samsung Nexus S is going to to be available online and in-store from Best Buy retailers in the U.S. starting after December 16.
In the U.K., it will be sold at Carphone Warehouse retailers after December 20.
This device is being sold unlocked, which means it will work with any carrier that uses the GSM standard. However, the U.S. version only includes support for T-Mobile’s 3G network.
Pricing for the Nexus S has not yet been announced.
The Nexus S is going to cost $200 with a two-year T-Mobile voice and data plan. It will sell for $530 without a contract.
Samsung and Google have put together a video previewing this smartphone: