Google have revealed that the first non-HTC manufactured, Google branded handset with be available through the Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy UK before Christmas, meaning you’ll be able to get your hands on one later this month. The Nexus S is not only the showcase device for Android 2.3 but it raises the bar for mobile phones in general thanks to next-gen features like Near Field Communication.
The NFC features found on the Nexus S are based on the same technology you would find in an Oyster Card or the wireless fobs used to unlock doors without a key. NFC means that the Nexus S could not only be used as a hotel key but you could even hold your phone up to a movie poster and have the trailer for that film downloaded straight to your Nexus S.
The Nexus S features Samsung’s speedy 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU, which is one of the quickest-benchmarked mobile processors around right now, and that means movie playback should be nice and smooth on the high quality Super AMOLED screen. We’re expecting to see some of the most impressive Android games so far thanks to the dedicated GPU and improved motion sensors should make playing games on the Nexus S much more enjoyable than on other Android handsets.
The design of the Nexus S completes the package with an innovative curve throughout the whole device designed to fit both the palm and face much more comfortably than the many almost completely flat handsets currently on the market. Google wants to compliment this simple, comfortable design by making updating the Nexus S just as elegant. Google plan to keep the Nexus S a ‘pure Google’ smartphone experience and aim to make software updates and new applications available to users as quickly as possible.
Such a high-end device isn’t expected to come cheap and although you’ll be able to pick up a Nexus S for free on a £35 a month contract, the SIM free handset will cost around £549.95. Christmas may be the time for giving but if you fancy treating yourself this year then you could do a lot worse than sending your old handset to a mobile phone recycling company and picking yourself up a Google Nexus S.