06
Dec
image
Last Updated: December 30th, 2011

After weeks of anticipation, leaked photos, snooped videos and widespread rumors, the next pure-Google device is official, and it's pretty much just what you expected. Bearing the title of the flagship device for the the freshly-baked Gingerbread (Android 2.3), the Samsung-made Nexus S includes:

  • 4.0" WVGA "Contour Display" SAMOLED screen
  • 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU
  • Android 2.3 Pre-installed
  • 16 GB internal storage (no microSD)
  • Quad-Band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Tri-Band 3G (900, 2100, 1700 MHz)
  • HSDPA (7.2Mbps) connectivity (no HSPA+)
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion Battery
  • 5 MP rear camera w/ flash and 480P rec.
  • Front-facing VGA camera

As well as pretty much all the other features you'd expect from a flagship Android device. As many of you have probably already noted, the Nexus S does not have the much-desired dual-core processor that was so highly anticipated, but the specs seem quite solid nonetheless.

image

image

The Nexus S will be available, both off contract and with a two-year T-Mobile service agreement, in Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile stores or online in the USA on the 16th of December. Additionally, Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy stores in the UK  will be selling the device on the 20th of the same month. In the USA, the phone will retail for $529 off contract or $199 on a new two-year agreement, much like the Nexus One. Across the pond, Carphone Warehouse is already listing the Nexus S and its tariff on the Vodafone UK network, with the device coming free on a £35 two-year contract. Not a bad price, you have to admit.

Google also created an advertisement to go along with the release of the Nexus S, showing many of the phone's neat but hardly novel features:

Check out the new Nexus S home page at the source link for more info.

Update: The Nexus S page at Best Buy is now live.

Update: Samsung has just announced that the Nexus S won't be available in the UK until the 22nd, though the off-contract price has been cut to £430. Read all about it in the press release below:

Nexus S From Google Now Available from £429.99, free from £30/month

The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy are today announcing that the Nexus S Smartphone from Google will arrive in the UK in time for Christmas at a great new price.
From 22nd December 2010, the only Smartphone running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) will be available to buy from The Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy. Due to strong customer interest, limited stock will be available to buy direct at key Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy stores in the UK. All other branches of The Carphone Warehouse will be taking orders via instant ship delivery which will allow customers to pick up the phone from any store at their convenience. Customers can also order online at www.carphonewarehouse.com and www.bestbuy.co.uk. For those looking to upgrade, the Nexus S from Google will be available via direct sales on 0800 925 925. Nexus S will be available from free with a £30/month contract, or on PAYG for £429.99 plus £10 minimum top up with O2, Orange, Vodafone and T-Mobile. In addition, the Nexus S Smartphone from Google will be available SIM free for £429.99.

Source: Google Nexus S; @GoogleNexus

Brian O'Toole
Having learnt his writing techniques reading e-Books of Sherlock Holmes, Brian now spends his time /kicking, lurking, SSHing and encoding.
  • Joe

    Best Buy now confirms Nexus S will be available on 12/16 for $529 unlocked, or $199 w/2yr contract on T-Mobile.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks, updated!

  • Billy Bob from “The South”

    No HSPA+?
    No removable microSD?

    OUCH!!

    NFC - I don't care (too early)
    Front camera - I don't care
    Gyroscope - I don't care

    I'll pick one up from craigslist next year on the cheap from a disgruntled user.

  • Deon

    Yeah, I was wondering if I should ditch my G2 for this but now I'm pretty sure its not worth it. The D-Pad and keyboard makes up for the front camera. The 2nd gen snapdragon is more than comparable to the hummingbird. I ditched my N1 for the G2, Loved my N1 as well though. Guess ill skip the N2. Too bad they all use tmobiles network, their 3G is a joke in Florida.

    • Billy Bob from “The South”

      I agree. The myTouch 4G (front camera) and the G2 (keyboard) are where it's at at the moment as both are HSPA+ capable.

      Imma still pick one up off craigslist tho.

  • Noel

    Looks like a lovely n sexy device...but if u realize what is lacking..gives u second thought. You must be kidding ryt...u mean no micro SD expansion slot for a high powered device worthy of a Nexus name...wow thats interesting. lets see..no dual core, no micro SD slot, no HSPA+, or a 1800 battery etc...Hmmmm i think my N1 with GINGERBREAD will do just fine till someone can make a pure vanila Dual-core Android device worthy of replacing my Nexus. HTC are u listening...We need a Dual-core, 4 inch amoled or sAmoled screen, 8 Meg HD rear cam w/ 720p to 1080p recording, 2 or 3 Meg front facing cam, BIGGER Battery , abt 1Gb RAM, 4 to 8 Gb ROM, (3G, HSPA+, 4G) on the device etc. All these specs are available ..now HTC, Samsung, Acer, Sony E, or someone put this all 2gther. Remember pure Virgin vanila Android...i will be first in line..hopefully in 2011

    • James

      In your dreams, bud! Whatever...

  • Joe

    What a flop.... HTC would have came out with a better phone than this. Especially since they already have two HSPA+ phones on T-Mobile USA. Its too late in the game to not have HSPA+ on a phone.

  • Chris

    The Nexus One was such a revolution when it came out, with high-end specs that pushed farther than any other phone had at the time. This one is just marching in place, with only a slightly different design than the original Samsung Galaxy S.

    The design is particularly questionable given that there are already phones on the horizon with much better specs. Even a 1.2 GHz processor improvement would have been nice, and Samsung has in the past demoed some very impressive technology.

    Google put out the original Nexus One to push the state of Android phones forward, and it succeeded. Since the N1, almost every major flagship phone has had at least the same specs, if not better. But this Nexus S doesn't even attempt to push the envelope in the directions people are excited about.

    Maybe somewhere down the line, the NFC features will be useful. But by then there will be better phones that incorporate NFC and better specs. So I'll be sticking with my Nexus One, and just get the Gingerbread update OTA whenever it's released.

  • tj

    umm, 480p recording?

    at this point, i'd demand a minimum of 720p30. 480p? wtf!

  • Yash

    please help..where can i buy a nexus S in the USA?...its urgent