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]

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