The Google Nexus S is Official!

It’s a big day for Google as not only have they given us our first proper look at Android 2.3, but they’ve officially unveiled their second Nexus mobile phone, the Nexus S too. We’ve been waiting for this one, so let’s dive in and take a look at the specification:

  • A 4″, 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Contour touchscreen.
  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor.
  • 3G with HSDPA and HSUPA.
  • 16GB internal memory.
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash.
  • VGA video-call camera.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.
  • Assisted GPS.

The Nexus S has been manufactured by Samsung and also wears the familiar Google branding on its rear panel, while inside driving the phone is an untouched version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

But that’s not all, as the Nexus S has several other surprises too! The first is the ‘Contour’ touchscreen, so called because the capacitive glass screen is curved ever-so slightly, allowing it to sit comfortably in your hand as well as matching the lines of your face. The spec also mentions a pixel-per-inch measurement of 235 and an anti-fingerprint coating too.

Secondly, the Nexus S will be equipped with NFC, a technology for reading NFC chips and tags or for potentially using your phone as a digital wallet. Near Field Communication has been around for a while, but has yet to become mainstream in Europe or the USA.

Other Nexus S features include a 3.5mm headphone socket, a digital compass, a dedicated graphics processing unit for great games plus all the usual Android and Google apps. Amazingly, the Nexus S only weighs 129 grams too – surprising for a phone with a 4″ screen!

Like the Nexus One, the Nexus S will be available to buy unlocked, but instead of this being through Google, various retailers will carry the device. It’s out in the US on the 16th December and the UK on the 20th December.

You can watch a pair of videos on the Nexus S below, one with an overview of the birth of the S and the other a rather strange promo video for the new phone.

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