Nexus S from Samsung and Google Launches December 16th

Picture of the Nexus S from Google and Samsung

The highly anticpated Nexus S smartphone from Samsung and Google will go on sale on December 16th in the United States and features the Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ operating system, a Super AMOLED touchscreen display at 4-inches and near field communication (NFC) abilities to function as a mobile, wireless wallet. The only question is, is the Nexus S enough to compete against the next crop of Android powered smartphones coming out over the next few months?  T-Mobile is the official carrier for the new Nexus S and Best Buy will be selling them in its retail locations.

Quick Official Specs of the Samsung Galaxy S:

  • 4” Super AMOLED ‘Contour Display’ at 800×480
  • 1 GHz Samsung ‘Hummingbird’ processor
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • VGA (0.3 megapixel) front-facing camera for video calling
  • NFC support included
  • Gyroscope sensor for orientation
  • Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’
  • T-Mobile is the carrier in the US (unlocked version available online)
  • Best Buy is the physical retailer (not sure if T-Mobile will sell them in stores itself)

If you have any more questions about what exactly is inside the new smartphone, I have the full technical documentation available so far from Google’s website at the bottom. Interestingly, the dual-core ‘Orion’ chipset did not make it into the final model like many had hoped. Instead, Samsung’s Hummingbird processor with its single-core is making another appearance here. While the Hummingbird is a fast processor, it lacks the 1080p encoding and decoding abilities of the Orion. It also lacks the Orion’s HDMI 1.3a interface that allows streaming HD content to multiple screens at once.

The Nexus S will be the first smartphone to receive Google’s new Android version (2.3 Gingerbread) and will of course come with the new OS pre-installed. Hear that Samsung? Why does the Galaxy S still not have Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’?

The new phone will also premier in the UK on December 20th through Carphone Warehouse.  No word on pricing for the UK but the US version will go for $529 unlocked or for $199 through T-Mobile with a two-year contract. Now, who wants one?

Do you think the internal specs of the Nexus S are enough to make it a worthwhile purchase since a number of extremely impressive smartphones are set to release shortly after Christmas? Do you see NFC catching on as quickly as Google and Samsung hope? Let me know.

Full technical specs from Google for the Samsung Nexus S:

Connectivity

  • 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

Display

  • 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
  • 129g

Hardware

  • Haptic feedback vibration
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • 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
  • Flash
  • Front-facing: VGA (640×480)
  • 3.5mm, 4-conductor headset jack (stereo audio plus microphone)
  • Earpiece and microphone
  • Software noise-cancellation

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)
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion

Software

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Android Market
  • Calendar
  • Gmail
  • Google Earth
  • Google Maps with Navigation
  • Google Search
  • Google Talk
  • Google Voice
  • Voice Actions
  • YouTube
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