Samsung Nexus S: The New Official Google Phone

The new Google Phone is here: the Nexus S. Built by Samsung, it's got a 4-inch Super AMOLED "Contour Display", 1GHz Hummingbird processor, NFC support, and most importantly, it's running a completely clean version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Why do Android nerds need a Nexus phone? Google makes it pretty clear: "With this device, users will also be the first to receive software upgrades and new Google mobile apps as soon as they become available."

The new Google phone has 16GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, as well as a gyroscope and VoIP support. It's got a 1GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird and 4-inch 800x480 Super AMOLED screen, just like the Samsung's Galaxy Seseseses, which are available on every carrier. So it's not a tremendous leap forward in terms of specs, but it's still an attractive option for those looking for a pure, Google-approved Android experience. It'll be available unlocked or on T-Mobile, though according to Google's product page it doesn't support T-Mo's 4G-ish HSPA+ network.

There's a 5MP camera on its back and a VGA camera on the front, and, maybe most uniquely, its 4-inch "Contour Display" is curved to better cradle your face when you're chatting someone up, just like we noticed during our hands on back in October. Also interesting, listed in the features at the bottom of the specs page: "Internet Calling support (VoIP/SIP)". It's not something you'll see on any of the other Galaxy S Android phone pages. [Nexus S]


Comments

    Will this be sold in Australia or will we be forced to import this as we did with the Nexus One?

      What difference does it make? It will almost certainly be cheaper to import it, anyway.

    I like the fact it is running a vanilla android, but beyond that, the hardware spec sheet is a not disappointing. No major step forward compared to the galaxy s

    I'd really love to pick this up naturally. My current contract expires in Feb, not sure of my chances sadly.

    Ok I'm interested. What's the Aussie details??????

    There won't be an Aussie version. Havn't you talked to your carrier, Australians don't want choice in smart phones. They only want cheap nasty phones or iPhones.

    Doesn't Australia use HSPA+ network? and if we do then this phone won't be much good.

    I'll wait for more information. Maybe Gizmodo Australia can trial it here in Australia and review it for us.

      @Barry looking at the quadband it will support G and 3G networks here in Aus.

    wow even my samsung galaxy S has bluetooth 3.0 (not that anyone else has any devices, but this is supposed to be forward thinking.)
    Also, iPhone 4s are probably laughing right now with their 'retina' display and 32GB storage. Just to put things into perspective..

      Yes. Its true. I'm listening to my iPhone 4 laughing its arse off right now :)

      Quite seriously, top end Android phones do need a jump in display resolution. A lot of people seem to think the retina display is hype, and the marketing name does makes me want to spew, but once you're used to a "retina display" going back to anything else looks very last gen. Even if it is a nice big 4" 380,000 pixel Super AMOLED display. By comparison 614,400 pixels on a 3.5" IPS iPhone screen looks much sexier when apps are natively coded to take advantage of it.

      I look forward to seeing some Android phones hit the market with the pixel density of the iPhone 4. Surely they can't be too far off?

        Isn't Sharp, the maker of the Retina, bringing out an Android phone with same resolution?

    there are only 2 things that suck about this phone, no expandable memory and that it is made by samsung...

    when does this phone comes out in australia???? and how much????

    Dear Simon Reidy,

    I have to strongly disagree with your sentiments there.

    I own a 16GB iP4 and my younger sis has a HTC Desire (not HD).

    Simply, the Desire's 800x480 or whatever it is just looks so much better than the IP4's Retina display.

    The colours look like its on a plazma screen.. where the IP4 looks more LCD.

    When she checks the weather.. clouds and sunbeams across the screen in colour that just pops out of the screen.

    More research will show you that the "retina" display developed by Apple, is just an enhanced LCD technology, and unfortunately not as good as AMOLED.

    Cheers

    Dennis

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