Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Google Nexus SGoogle has officially unveiled the Nexus S, the spiritual successor to the Nexus One via the Official Google Blog. Unlike the Nexus One which was made by HTC, the Nexus S is from Samsung.

Specifications wise the Nexus S is similar to the Samsung Galaxy S. Apart from the obvious cosmetic differences the Nexus S has a few notable features of its own including a 4-inch Contour Display which is supposedly a first of its kind in a smartphone, Near Field Communications (NFC) so the phone can be used to make payments much like some of the newer credit cards, a three-axis gyroscope for added control in gaming and an anti-fingerprint coating on the display. The Nexus S will also be the first phone to run the latest version of the Android OS, 2.3 aka Gingerbread.

One unusual thing about the Nexus S is that it doesn’t have a microSD card slot which is commonplace in Android phones. I guess Google and Samsung don’t see this as a big deal since the phone does come with 16GB of internal memory. No doubt there will be some who won’t be happy with this omission though, especially those who like to load their phones with music and full length films.

The Nexus S is scheduled for release in the U.S. on 16 December and will be available unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan through Best Buy. In the UK the phone will be available after 20 December through Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy. Unfortunately, there is no word yet as to when the phone will land in Australia.

Specifications

  • OS: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Screen type: 4-inch Super AMOLED curved glass Contour Display with anti-fingerprint coating
  • Screen resolution: 480 x 800 (WVGA)
  • Processor: 1 GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird)
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB iNAND flash memory
  • Expandable memory: none
  • Camera: Back-facing 5 megapixel camera with flash, 720p video recording and front-facing VGA camera
  • Location services: A-GPS and digital compass
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and three-axis gyroscope
  • Connectivity:
    – WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
    – Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    – microUSB 2.0
    – 3.5 mm audio jack
    – Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Supported audio: MP3, AAC, eAAC, AAC+, AMR
  • Supported video: H.263, H.264, MPEG-4
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1500mAh
  • Networks:
    – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    – UMTS/HSPA: 900/2100/1700 MHz (a Next G compatible 850 MHz version has not yet been announced)
  • Dimensions: 63 x 123.9 x 10.88 mm
  • Weight: 129 g

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