More Pictures of the Nexus S and Rumored Specs

The highly anticipated Nexus S from Google and Samsung has been spotted on video, in pictures and now has some rumored specs. The biggest feature in the Nexus S will be its incorporation of near field communication (NFC) technology for mobile payment. The device will also herald the release of Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ which improves improved support for tablets and the software that enables NFC.

Rumored Samsung Nexus S Specs:

  • 4” touchscreen at 800×480 pixel resolution (possibly SuperAMOLED 2)
  • 1 GHz dual-core Orion Cortex A9 processor
  • 328 MB of RAM
  • 1 GB “Internal Memory” (I’m thinking ROM)
  • Front and rear facing cameras (720p HD video recording on the rear)
  • Open GL ES support
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • NFC chipset and support for mobile payment (presumably through Isis)
  • T-Mobile as the carrier

The processor inside of the Nexus S could either be the dual-core Orion I listed or the earlier rumored ARMv7 (unknown speed) according XDNA-Developers. When’s the launch date for the Nexus S? Expect around December 6th when Android Gingerbread is expected to be announced at the D: Dive Into Mobile event. Google’s CEO has already shown up on video carrying around a Nexus S so you know they’re just teasing us at this point.

I’m most interested in how the NFC technology inside the smartphone will work. The Isis joint venture between banks and carriers should mean that NFC will become a standard in the next few years as long as the current trend in smartphone adoption keeps going. Apple’s iPhone 5 is also expected to have the feature which should greatly boost the popularity of the technology.

Personally, I find it a little hard to get excited over the Nexus S. Sure, the specs aren’t looking bad and the rumored SuperAMOLED 2 screen is sure to be simply stunning but besides the NFC support, everything here has been done before and better by other companies. The Nexus One was groundbreaking because it showed just what Android could really do. The Nexus S might have bitten off more than it can chew. Also, Google can’t sell phones. Best Buy is the expected retailer for the Nexus S but we’ll see how much media buzz and advertising dollars the phone can muster this holiday season. T-Mobile as the carrier again can’t help things.

Liking how the rumored specs are looking? Think NFC will catch on quickly? Let me know in the comments.

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