The first smartphone with Google’s Android OS 2.3 (code-named Gingerbread) is set to hit store shelves early on Thursday morning. The Samsung Nexus S is going to have a large, Super AM-OLED screen, dual cameras, and much more.
The Nexus S will be available exclusively from Best Buy, and will be in this retailer’s stores and on its website. Sales will begin Dec. 16 at 8 am.
It is going to be available for $530 without a contract at all Best Buy stores, but some locations will be offering it for $200 with a two-year T-Mobile voice and data plan (see a list of these).
Whether it is sold with a contract or without, it will be “unlocked”, and therefore many of its functions are usable with any GSM carrier. However, it is only going to be compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network, not any of this carrier’s rival’s.
An Overview of the Samsung Nexus S
This Samsung smartphone will 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 a display that curves to fit against the user’s face.
As mentioned before, the Nexus S is going to run Android OS 2.3 on a 1 GHz Samsung processor. It will have 512 MB of RAM., 16 GB of internal storage, and a microSD memory card slot.
The latest version of Google’s operating system will bring with it an improved user interface, built-in support for dual cameras and VoIP software, and other changes.
The Nexus S will also have a front-facing video camera for video conferencing, as well as a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera.
In addition to support for T-Mobile’s 3G (HSPA) service, this Samsung device is going to include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and A-GPS.