Nexus S Running Android OS 2.3 on the Way WITHOUT a Front Facing Camera

I just retired my Nexus One (Android OS 2.2) as my main phone in favor of a HTC HD7 (Windows Phone 7). The Nexus One is a great Android hardware reference phone that was the first to see the Android OS 2.2 update and should be the first to get the 2.3 update too. But, it looks like it will be retiring as the reference phone of choice soon based on this information from Engadget.

Eric Schmidt shows off a Nexus S at the Web 2.0 summit, says Gingerbread coming in ‘next few weeks’

What’s know about the Nexus S so far?

– It is built by Samsung (the current King of Android hardware makers) dethrowning HTC which made the Nexus One
– Supports T-Mobile USA’s 3G (as did the first Nexus One)
– Will be based on Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
– Supports NFC (Near Field Communciation) for short range wireless communications

And, there’s one thing that appears missing: A front-facing camera. Check out Engadget’s photos. What’s up with that? None of the first wave of Windows Phone 7 devices (some built by Samsung) shipped with front-facing cameras. Is the mobile video phone concept already dead?