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Samsung and Google Officially Announce the Nexus S with NFC

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Dec 6, 2010, 11:18 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e
updated Dec 7, 2010, 2:06 PM

Google and Samsung today officially announced the Nexus S. The Nexus S will become the next officially-sanctioned developer platform for Android coders. It is based on Samsung's Galaxy S line of Android devices, and is the first to run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The Nexus S has a four-inch Super AMOLED "Contour Display" that Samsung says has a more ergonomic feel in the hand. Other features include a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor; 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, video capture, and user-facing VGA camera; 16GB of built-in storage; GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR radios; and a gyroscope, accelerometer and digital compass. The Nexus S is the first Android device to launch with built-in near-field communications, which will allow it to make contactless payments are properly equipped retail locations. Samsung and Google called Android 2.3 Gingerbread the fastest version of Android yet, and note that it now includes a redesigned user interface, an improved keyboard that supports multi-touch gestures, and VoIP-based internet calling. The Nexus S will be available unlocked in Best Buy stores starting December 16. The first variant available supports quad-band GSM/EDGE and 900/1700/2100MHz HSDPA at 7.2Mbps. It is compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network. It will cost $529 unlocked or $199 with a new T-Mobile contract.

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slolearner

Dec 6, 2010, 12:07 PM

The saliva

is dripping from my mouth!

Any word on the pricing for this beast?
199 two year contract and I think over 500 out of contract..Cant imagine why anyone would want to use it on ATT..the idea is appalling...
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$199 - 2yr T-Mo contract
$529 - No contract
vedelorme

Dec 7, 2010, 12:14 PM

No "4G", no SD Memory, and no Flash 10 support?

Am I missing something on the specs? I do not see HSPA+ ("4G")specs, memory card specs or Flash 10 support specs.
😉

I know I do! It would be nice if there was ONE AT&T compatible band ( 😡 ), but day-amn!

Dollars to doughnuts it will have Flash support. Doesn't Froyo have it?
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I'm pretty sure it will have full Flash support.
DiamondPro

Dec 6, 2010, 9:09 PM

No HD play back

The Nexus S only records at 720x480 not 1280x720 like the Epic 4g.
You're correct. It can play HD video, but cannot record it. Sorry for the mistake. I corrected the post. Thanks!
sdroklee

Dec 6, 2010, 11:12 PM

when r they releasing an at&t 3g frequency compatible version?

anyone have any idea if samsung will be releasing a at&t 3g compatible version soon? i heard this phone on at&t will have slower data speeds since it doesn't support the at&t 3g frequency.
They released an at&t version of the Nexus One....

But a T-Mobile phone will not be compatible with at&t's data network since T-Mobile and at&t operate on different frequencies
DiamondPro

Dec 6, 2010, 7:15 PM

Wheres the Hspa+

Come on teen-mobile wtf why would you release the first android 2.3 device with no hspa+?

So the g2 and my touch 4 have one big advantage over google's new flagship device. 😳

Ill stick with my Epic 4g 😎
They're NOT releasing this. This is a google phone that's compatible with Tmobile. Period. Best buy is selling it on tmobile contracts, but Tmobile will NOT be offering support.

Welcome to GSM
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tjobrien21

Dec 6, 2010, 12:48 PM

Hmmm...

I think I'll pass, two main reasons:

1. Samsung's recent (pseudo)handling of their GPS issues doesn't make them look that great.

2. When I bought an N1, I ended up with problems with 3G switching to Edge and back, and calls dropping. Google and T-Mobile just pointed the finger at each other about where the problem was. I was stuck in the middle with a $530 phone that didn't work as well as my old RAZR.

I absolutely LOVE Android, and still use it. It just seems that the only way to ensure good support is for the phone to come from the carrier. Hopefully that'll be the case this time.
So basically you're saying it's the carriers fault that the manufacturer came up with a phone that could not utilize the network properly when other Android phones were doing just fine at the time... 😳
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Black_Beard

Dec 6, 2010, 11:37 AM

cant wait

to buy this 🙂
Straight up. sounds like another exciting Galaxy phone!
Only worthy diff I see with the N1 is a bigger screen, more on-board memory. However, possibly no microsd card slot.

Frankly, doesn't seem that big of an 'upgrade' from the Nexus One.
sdroklee

Dec 6, 2010, 5:51 PM

unlocked will work for at&t?

does that mean it will work unlocked on the at&t carrier? does anyone know if they will release this model officially for at&t?
it should work on att edge, assuming it will be unlocked.

since they did the same stunt last time, i wouldnt be surprised if they released an ATT version like 2 months later.
It's not locked. It will work with ATT out of the box. Just EDGE only
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eric_cartman

Dec 6, 2010, 3:35 PM

microSD card

Yes it has 16GB onboard, but does it have a microSD slot? I didn't see it mentioned on the website.
netboy

Dec 6, 2010, 11:37 AM

does it come with FREE gift? Fake GPS?

if Samsung cant fix the GPS in Galaxy S, expect this one to be another samsung GARBAGE!
I dont think that google would let their next phone launch with a messed up gps....which is the only issue with the galexy s line.
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Google is doing great with Andriod. Samsung is doing great with Galaxy S. Don;t know what the big deal is. It's definitely NOT garbage!
 
 
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