Google and Samsung officially announce the Nexus S, their Android collaboration, which is the second Android phone released by Google, following the Nexus One by HTC. The Nexus S, as its name suggests, is pretty much based on Samsung’s own Galaxy S smartphone. Most notable new features include a 4-inch Contour display with curved glass screen, capacitive touch sensor and anti-fingerprint display coating; built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) connectivity and the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS.
The Nexus S, like other Galaxy S phones, is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird Cortex A8 processor. It has 16GB internal storage capacity but lack microSD card slot for expansion. The “curved” smartphone has a 5 Megapixel camera and a front VGA camera. However, its 5Mpix cam records only 720×480 video, lacking 720p HD video capability found on all Galaxy S models.
The Nexus S supports GPS/A-GPS, Bluetooth WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity, quad-band GSM/EDGE, tri-band HSPA networks, and microUSB connection. Other features include haptic feedback vibration, three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor and software noise-cancellation. The Android 2.3 handset comes with a 1500 mAH Lithum Ion battery that allows for talk time up to 6.7 hours on 3G and standby time up to 17.8 days on 3G.
As for availabity, Nexus S will be sold unlocked and carrier-independent initially through Best Buy stores in the U.S. and after December 20 at Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK.
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