Samsung made Google Nexus S finally goes official, touting Gingerbread and NFC

By Abhinav Lal | Published on 07 Dec 2010
Samsung made Google Nexus S finally goes official, touting Gingerbread and NFC

Google Nexus S

So, the much previewed Google Nexus S has finally been officially announced by Google in a blog post earlier today, confirming the specifications, and providing a launch date of December 16th.

The phone will be the first device to be released with the Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, and platform’s SDK has been released as well (for a detailed list of new features, check out our other coverage).

In case you missed the buzz about the device, the Google Nexus S features a slightly unconventional curved ‘Contour’ touchscreen, and is an evolution of the Samsung Galaxy S that is supposed to aid ease of use in a touch-based interface.

The curved Contour capacitive touchscreen of the Google Nexus S

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The phone will also be one of the first commercial devices to support Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing the device to interact with its electronic environment in ways that Google likens to “magic”. Some of the expected applications will be various augmented reality functions, as well as personal identification, mobile "electronic wallet" payment systems, etc.

As you’d expect, the Google Nexus S will not be hitting Indian shores just yet, but it is reasonable that a similar variant of the Samsung Galaxy S i9020 will arrive India. The current unlocked price stateside of $529 can give you a very rough idea of the expected price (~ Rs. 24,000).

Google Nexus One owners will also be glad to know that an Android 2.3 Gingerbread will be heading their way soon, within the next few weeks.

Check out a video introduction of the new Google Nexus S below, followed by complete specifications:

Google Nexus S specifications

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

3G Network

HSDPA 1700 / 2100 /900

Dimensions

123.9 x 63 x 10.9 mm

Weight

129 g

Display

4-inch (480x800 pixels) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours gamut

Camera

5 MP, 2560 x 1920 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, geotagging, video resolution 720p@30 fps

Sensors

Accelerometer, proximity, 3-axis gyroscope, NFC

OS

Android Gingerbread (v2.3)

CPU

ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor (Hummingbird)

Memory

512MB RAM

Storage

16GB internal, expandable up to 32GB (microSD)

3G

HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; DLNA; Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0,

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support

Audio support

3.5mm jack, FM radio, MP3/WAV/eAAC /AC3/FLAC formats

Video support

MP4/DivX/WMV/H.264/H.263 formats

Battery

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh

Stand-by

Up to 713 h (2G) / Up to 428 h (3G)

Talk time

Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)

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