The Nexus S was officially announced today. As suspected from all the leaks the device is indeed produced by Samsung and it’s running the new stock Android 2.3(Gingerbread) OS.
A lot of the rumors flying around didn’t hit home like a 8MP camera, 1080p recording, Bluetooth 3.0, dual core processor and HDMI connectors. But one new exiting thing showed up, namely NFC support!
If you are new to it, NFC is short for Near Field Communication and enables you to for example paying for your Coke by just swiping your phone near a vending machine. It’s pretty cool technology being used in among others the UK now, but at the moment mostly integrated to various card products.
The Nexus S will be running the anticipated Gingerbread version of Android. Gingerbread is version 2.3(or API Level 9 if you are a developer) of Google’s popular smartphone OS that mostly brings a lot of optimizations for both performance and battery longevity. Other improvements are VoIP support, NFC framework, gyroscope support, multi camera support, mixable audio effects, extra large screen support for tablets and quite a few other additions.
For more information about what’s new in Gingerbread from a users perspective you can read the Android 2.3 User’s Guide.
Lucky us they are planning a release before the holidays, if I wasn’t so pleased with my Omnia 7 I would surely have tried to get my hands on one!
Nexus S – The Specs
A 4 Inch curved Super AMOLED screen(WVGA 800*480), sporting 235ppi and an anti-fingerprint coating
1GHz Hummingbird(Cortex A8) Processor
16GB iNAND flash memory (non replaceable, no SD card!)
5MP back facing camera (2560×1920) with flash and auto focus
720p Video recording capabilities
H.264, H.263 MPEG4 video recording
Front facing camera of VGA quality(640*480)
802.11 b/g/n WiFi
63mm * 123,9mm * 10,88mm
Haptic feedback vibration
Talk time up to 6 hours on 3G and about 18 days of standby on 3G.
A comparison of Nexus S, Nexus One and HTC Desire from the Google phone gallery.
Pricing and Release date
UK: BPS 549,95 – 20 Dec at Carphone Warehouse
US: USD 529 – 16 Dec