The result of Google's partnership with Samsung, Google Nexus S is the first Android device to ship with the latest version of the operating system simply named Gingerbread* and is the first smartphone to feature a 4-inch Contour Display designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand and along the side of the face.
The handset also features a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, two cameras - one in front and a 5 MegaPixel shooter with LED flash at the rear, 16GB of internal memory, 512 MB of RAM, gyroscope sensor and a so-called NFC (Near Field Communication) hardware that lets you read NFC tag information. NFC is a fast and versatile short-range wireless technology that can be embedded in practically all kinds of everyday objects like stickers, movie posters and t-shirts.
*Yet to be officially-announced by Google, Gingerbread is touted as the fastest version of the Android operating system as yet. It delivers a number of improvements, which include a new keyboard, improved text selection tool and copy/paste functionality, VoIP, gyroscope sensor and NFC and several UI refinements.
Catch a glimpse of Google's 'magic' working on Nexus S via the phone's official promo video:
Google Nexus S will be available in the US unlocked or with a T-Mobile service plan after the 16th of December. Those in UK, on the other hand, will be able to get it on December 20 at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy retailers.
In the United States, Nexus S purchase can be done online at google.com/nexus or in-store via Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores. Best Buy has just let out the pricing details; $199 with a two-year contract with T-Mobile or $529 unlocked.
No word yet on Google Nexus S' availability in our country. I believe the phone will arrive in the Philippines sometime in Q1 2011 -- if Google or Samsung will even bother bringing it here, that is. Kindly stay tuned for updates.