Samsung is at it again! The new Nexus S 4G from Google is the latest AOSP Android phone featuring WiMAX for faster download speeds. Also sporting Android 2.3, this device shouldn’t have any speed issues. Sprint surprised us Monday, probably sometime in the early morning. When we woke up, there it was, the Nexus S 4G right on their homepage! Here’s a little bit of what Sprint shared with us at CTIA2011.
- Dimensions: 4.88 inches x 2.48 inches x 0.44 inches (124 mm x 63 mm x 11.2 mm) (LxWxT)
- Weight: 4.62 ounces (131 grams)
- OS: Android 2.3
- Display: 4-inch (480 x 800) Super AMOLED touchscreen display
- Battery: 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery
- Memory: 16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
- Dual camera: rear-facing 5-megapixel camera with camcorder and flash, and front-facing VGA camera
- 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics
“Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps. In many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available,” Sprint says in a press release.
“The Nexus S 4G is just what it sounds like. It looks like T-Mobile’s Samsung Nexus S, an elegant black slab with a slightly curved 800-by-480, 4-inch display, and its 1-GHz processor and other features are on par with the popular Samsung Galaxy S series. The Nexus S is, so far, the only Android 2.3 phone on the market, and the only retail phone in the U.S. to feature NFC technology, which banks have said may be used for mobile payments in the future.
As the name implies, this phone also has Sprint’s 4G WiMAX, which should give the phone download speeds of 3-8Mbps in about a third of the United States. The phone also works on Sprint’s 3G CDMA network and has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, working as a 3G or 4G mobile hotspot for up to five devices. There’s 16GB of memory on board.
Sprint’s press release for the Nexus S also heavily promotes Google Voice, Google’s system for using one phone number across multiple devices and the Web.
“Sprint Nexus S customers also will be able to easily use their current Sprint wireless phone number as their Google Voice number without having to port their number, avoiding porting charges and potential service disruptions,” the Sprint press release says.
Does this mark a shift for Google to use Sprint as a preferred partner for a developer phone? Maybe. Remember that the vast majority of phones in the world use the GSM technology rather than Sprint’s CDMA, and Google still wants to make Nexus phones for the GSM world. If AT&T and T-Mobile merge, they’ll become the only nationwide U.S. GSM carrier. That means Google will probably have to deal with AT&T whether it wants to or not”
This is good news to all of you developers or rooting enthusiasts, and will provide a solid choice if you are an unhappy AT&T/T-Mobile customer. Sounds to me like Sprint and Samsung paired up to create a device that everyone will be happy with. Sprint has announced that the Nexus S 4G will be available sometime this spring at $199.99 with a two year contract.