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Hungry for even more Nexus S goodness? Looks like you're in luck, for Engadget has just received an entire barrage of photos and other information about Google's next developer device.

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Those pictures you're seeing may have been shot about a month ago, but Engadget just posted them now, and they're still perfectly relevant to the Gingerbread-running device.

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Perhaps more interestingly, a little digging around on Flickr and Picasa also revealed that the Nexus S will pack a five-megapixel camera and will be known as the Samsung GT-i9020 in the model number world. What's more, the GT-i9020 was recently approved by the FCC as well as the WiFi Alliance, the latter of which confirmed that the device will ship with an 802.11 b/g/n single-band WiFi radio. As for 3G connectivity, the Nexus S will pack an AWS 3G unit, perfect for T-Mobile. The stars are gradually aligning... as is our desire to see this device released at long last.

Sources: Engadget (1) (2), Picasa (1) (2), FCC, WiFi Alliance

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Sam

    I don't know how to feel

  • http://www.guttamind.com Christopher

    It will be in my hands. This puppy looks sweet. I love the sleek look. Just give me some good specs and it's on. Looks like a front facing camera too. FINALLY.

  • David Ruddock

    Plastic. Plastic. Plastic.

    This thing is going to creak and moan like an '81 Buick after 6 months of use.

    And polished plastic, at that. Rubberized [or silicone or whatever it is] plastic (like the kind the N1 and various HTC devices sport) looks better, grips better, and feels better.

    I know Samsung wants all their products to have a similar aesthetic so that the phone matches your Samsung Blu-Ray player, your Samsung OLED TV, your samsung Media Hub, etc, but the functional value of polished plastic on a phone is below zero.

    It smudges, it scratches, and it becomes loud. It's harder to grip, too. I know the idea is "put a case on it" - but the wonderful thing about a phone with an aluminum chassis is that you don't need a case. I bought a case for my N1, used it for a week and now it collects dust - the phone doesn't need one, it doesn't scratch or dent or gouge easily.

    I know plastic "adds lightness," but in a world of Apple fanboys touting their CNC-milled aluminum unibody underpants, 2-3 ounces is not going to make or break a customer weighing (no pun intended) an iPhone against a Samsung.

    Plastic feels cheap. End of discussion.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Agreed, but a plastic successor to the original Nexus One is better than none at all, IMO.

    • TareX

      Exactly. Exactly. Exactly.

      I am really disappointed with the build of this phone. On the inside, it's got the best current gen processor, but nothing new (read: Orion). On the outside, it's got the cheapest looking casing on a high-end phone. This is a Galaxy S + flash.

      Looks like that Samsung Intercept came at the right time before the real next-gen Androids arrive in 2011 with Tegra 2 and Orion... and hopefully in a decent-looking casing matching the price one would be paying.

  • Jeff hunt

    They just lost a loyal customer. I'm actually offended they are coming out with this crap.

    • DF

      ok why (& what exactly?) is so offensive that you're supposedly dropping whatever compnay? (samsung? tmo? best buy?)

  • Ocu Jos

    What an ugly phone!
    I'm keeping my N1. With all the ROM's out there, it's still one of the best Android phones on the market, 11 months after the initial release.

  • halla

    I don't like it. It looks the same as every other Samsung galaxy phone out. Please I hope Google doesnt kill the nexus with this by naming it the nexus 2 it looks nothing close to it. I own a nexus and its one of the sexiest phones out to date. Google can do better than this. Sure let Samsung come out with it but don't Call it the nexus 2 cause it doesnt stack up to it in terms of design.

  • Lokesh

    bleh looks horrible

  • Yoshi

    Just for those of you who have not realized this yet these pics are fake. Take a google look at the Google logo... See anything missing

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      I'm assuming you're saying this because of Android & Me's recent article on the matter (http://androidandme.com/2010/11/news/why-are-the-engadget-nexus-s-pics-photoshopped/), which, as many commenters have pointed out, is false.
      The distortion around the Google logo (and the missing trademark) was most likely caused by image compression, although I think it could also have been caused by retouching, as the image may have been retouched before being sent out so as to hide the reflection of the person who was shooting it. It could be fake... but it's probably not, especially since it's identical to what we saw from Best Buy earlier today (http://www.androidpolice.com/2010/11/11/samsung-nexus-s-picture-appears-on-best-buy-mobile-running-gingerbread/).

      • Yoshi

        If they were trying to hide the reflection of the person taking the picture then don't you think it would have hidden the reflection of the the device taking the picture?

  • Jay

    T-Mobile? Come on. T-Moibile sucks ! We need this on Sprint dammit so I can finally trade up from my Hero, Can't afford Veriz$$on and would never go ATT living in SF. Why can't they make phones for all carriers? CDMA is NOT so difficult like people make it out to be.

  • OFI

    Really looks terrible.

    Looks so tacky next to most htc offerings.

  • Jay

    Good eye. There's to trademark, and you can clearly see a rectangle around the image like it was Photoshoped badly.

  • Somebody

    The specs on this don't depart far enough from the GN1 for it to be considered an actual upgrade. I couldn't see anyone spending anything to upgrade from a GN1 to a GNs. Just doesn't make sense.

    The GN1 itself wasn't the very best thing going... The GN1 was an enthusiast/developer/hacker phone by design, but lacked the ONE MAJOR feature that such customers really NEED -- a KEYBOARD!!! The HTC DREAM (Android Dev Phone 1) had a keyboard. That feature made it strong and gave it a life well beyond what was anticipated (still kicking strong to this day more than two years later, despite the almost crippling amount of RAM) -- most serious users even chose that over MAGIC 32A (288 MB RAM vs 192 in Dream/Magic32B) simply because the keyboard made the difference between it being a TOY and a FUN TOOL.

    The GN1 was a severe compromise. Better CPU, better RAM, better storage, better display, but NO KEYBOARD. Some enthusiasts switched from DREAM to GN1, others simply will NOT put up with the lack of a keyboard.

    WHY CAN'T YOU PUT THE TWO TOGETHER TO MAKE A REAL KILLER???!?!?!

    It isn't about being as thin as paper! It doesn't NEED to be that thin -- it needs to be FUNCTIONAL.

    Now here is the successor... in every meaningful way NO DIFFERENT than what it replaces. 200 MHz? Wow. Not impressive. The GPU might be a bit better, but that only goes so far. RAM is the same, internal storage is less than relevant when you have an sdcard slot available for expansion. Faster downloads 14.4 Mb/s vs 7.2? Faster downloads can't make any difference if you can't CONSUME the data any faster!

    This device, by all appearances, is seriously disappointing. The earlier rumors, before the samsung thing came out, was that the GN2 (or GN Pro?) would have an ACTUAL KEYBOARD! THAT would make the phone special!

    I really was hoping that I wouldn't have to support HTC's lockdown policy by buying a VISION, but at least their security is now broken (by scotty2). Guess I'll pick up one of those when I go to the US this December (since tmobile there has it with the proper frequencies).

  • baley

    But that picture of the phone's UI seem so similar to the stock 2.2. I am not entirely convinced, to me its kinda odd. I doubt that this will be the Nexus S, provided that something like this will ever exist at all.

    It might be just one of the first Gingerbread devices...