Google Nexus S officially announced

Google has finally announced its new smartphone under its own brand – Nexus S. Actually, the phone is manufactured by Samsung electronics and is a slim candybar with a large 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. This is the first smartphone equipped with a a Contour Display with curved glass screen and Anti-fingerprint coating and the world’s first Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset.

Android 2.3 is the fastest version of Android yet, Google and Samsung said in a joint statement. It has a new interface and an improved keyboard with multitouch support. It includes support for NFC support and VOIP calling. It also includes current Google applications that were found in previous versions of Android.

The device operates on a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and features 16 GB of internal memory and NFC (Near Field Communications) capabilities, which will allow users to read information from objects like stickers and posters with embedded NFC capabilities. Nexus S will also include two cameras — a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a front-facing camera. The device will be able to shoot 720p high-definition video at 30 frames per second.

The Nexus S will be released in the US on December 16 and will cost $529 unlocked and $199 with a 2-year contract via T-Mobile. In the UK the phone will be available from December 20 via Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy at a price of 549.95 pounds.

Nexus S specs and features:

  • Quad-band GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Tri-band HSPA: 900, 2100, 1700 MHz (yup, no 3G for AT&T, only for T-Mobile – we’re talking about the US here, of course)
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor and light sensor
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g
  • A-GPS
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR (why not Bluetooth 3.0?)
  • Google Maps with free Navigation
  • Dedicated Graphics Processing Unit
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 5MP autofocus camera with flash and 720 x 480 video recording
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video calling
  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 16GB of on-board memory
  • 1500 mAh Lithum Ion battery (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)
  • Dimensions: 123.9 x 63 x 10.88 mm
  • Weight: 129 grams

Nexus S official video promo: