Rumors finally came into life when today Google officially announce the Google Nexus S phone running Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread. Its the first mobile phone running on Android 2.3 and is a whole lot better than any android phone you will currently find in the market.
It runs faster than the Nexus one. Its unlocked by default which means you can switch over to any network without any hassle, which means more freedom without putting your precious device to risk by unlocking it and voiding the warranty. There is always a risk that you may brick your phone in attempt and it may become useless.
Before we go on with any technical specifications, watch this cool video (if you like)
- Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900
- Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700
- HSPA type: HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
- microUSB 2.0
- 4.0″ WVGA (480×800)
- Contour Display with curved glass screen
- Super AMOLED
- 235 ppi
- Capacitive touch sensor
- Anti-fingerprint display coating
Size and weight
- 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm
- Haptic feedback vibration
- Three-axis gyroscope
- Digital compass
- Proximity sensor
- Light sensor
Processor and memory
- 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
- 16GB iNAND flash memory
Cameras and multimedia
- Back-facing: 5 megapixels (2560×1920)
- 720 x 480 video resolution
- H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
- Auto focus
- Front-facing: VGA (640×480)
- 3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack (stereo audio plus microphone)
- Earpiece and microphone
- Software noise-cancellation
- Talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G (14 hours on 2G)
- Standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G (29.7 days on 2G)
- 1500 mAH Lithum Ion
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Android Market
- Google Earth
- Google Maps with Navigation
- Google Search
- Google Talk
- Google Voice
- Voice Actions
Nexus S has a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). Playing mobile games, browsing the web, and watching videos are fast, fluid, and smooth. It’s like having a pocket-sized multimedia and game console. In between if you want to check out your email or get a call or message that needs your attention, you can just pause your game and switch to another application and back to the game in a snap.
Take Nexus S outside, there’s 75% less glare than on other smartphone displays. Your videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.
Gingerbread builds on some of the most popular Android features like multi-tasking and Wi-Fi hotspot and adds a refreshed user interface, an improved keyboard, near field communication (NFC) support, and more. NFC will be used in the coming years, so its a future proofing feature.
The interface hasn’t seen a ground-up redesign (that’s coming in Honeycomb), but is a lot better than what it used to be earlier in Nexus one.
Gingerbread also supports VoIP/SIP calling.
Best of all, of course, is the fact that the Nexus S is a clean install of Android, and a pure Google experience. There is no messy third-party software to muck things up.
Google will not be retailing it directly. Samsung will be selling it worldwide. We will be waiting for it to start shipping starting December 16, although pre-orders might be taken earlier.
Update: Best Buy has confirmed pricing for the incoming Google Nexus S, with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone to be $529 unlocked and contract free. Alternatively, if bought with a new, two-year T-Mobile USA agreement, the Nexus S will be $199.
More details are on Official Google Nexus page.
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