Nexus S – New Android Reference Phone Available Dec. 16 – Interesting with a Few Disappointments

Perhaps the worst kept gadget secret in recent months was finally announced: The Nexus S phone which may be the first to run Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread). You can find more information and sign-up to be notified when it is available here:

The Nexus S features a couple of more-or-less expected new hardware features and a couple of disappointments.

New Features: Pro
– Supports T-Mobile’s HSDPA (7.2Mbps)
– NFC (Near Field Communciations)
– Super AMOLED (display)
– Three-axis gyroscope
– Front-facing camera (640×480)

New Features: Disappointing
– 4-inch 480×800 display resolution
– 1GHz Cortex A8 processor (no dual-core or faster single-core 1.5GHz processor)
– 720×480 pixel video resoution (no 720p HD)

In general, I think the pros outweight the relatively few hardware disappointments.

Engadget reports that the Nexus S will be available in the U.S. on December 16 from Best Buy. An unlocked no-contract model will cost $529. This is the same price the unlocked Nexus One was priced. The Nexus S with a two-year T-Mobile contract will be priced at $199.

You can find Frank’s overview of Android OS 2.3 here:

Google Releases Android 2.3

Video courtesy of googlenexus