The Google Nexus S is coming. The subject of a string of rumours and a raft of spy shots, the next-gen Android phone is seemingly just around the corner. Still not clued up on this much-hyped mobile? Then read our top 10 things you need to know and impress your pals with your insider knowledge.
1 It’s made by Samsung
Like the Nexus One before it, the Nexus S isn’t actually made by Google itself. This time around, it’s enlisted the help of Samsung. The Korean tech cobbler has created a “pure Google phone”, which means vanilla Android and no nasty UI tweaks.
2 But it won’t be Samsung’s Android flagship
In the same way that the Nexus One wasn’t HTC’s headline handset, the Nexus S won’t be Samsung’s. A separate high-end cell is said to be in production, with an unveiling planned for next year and an even tastier spec sheet. Sadly, it’s still not got a name.
3 Gingerbread on board
Android 2.3 will come preloaded on the Nexus S, having been spotted running the latest version of the OS at the Web 2.0 summit, when it was openly flaunted by Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
4 It’ll be official this year
Schmidt said at the same time that Gingerbread would be out “in the next few weeks”, and the Nexus S is expected to get the official nod at the same time. That’d make it almost a year since the Nexus One first broke out into the wild.
5 It’s got a unique curved design
The concave design of the Nexus S is definitely off-kilter and not what we’ve come to expect from top-end smartphones. How it works in practice remains to be seen, but the curved bezel looks ace and will certainly set this cell apart.
6 It’ll have a 4-inch screen
The latest specs and pics have confirmed that this phone will rock a capacious 4-inch panel, which could use the next-gen SuperAMOLED2 tech that’s been touted recently online. That’d most likely put it up alongside the iPhone 4’s Retina Display.
7 It’s got a 5 megapixel camera
The pixel count clearly doesn’t fuss Google or Samsung, with a 5 megapixel snapper slapped on the back of the Nexus S. Expect breezy sharing skills, letting you upload snaps to Facebook and Picasa with one touch.
8 But it does have 720p video
HD Ready clips come as standard on most smartphones these days, and the Nexus S is no different. Samsung’s experience with the ace Galaxy S should mean that the camcorder here will be top notch.
9 Dual 1GHz processor on board
This speedy addition will really help the Nexus S stand out. It’ll make it snappier than even the very best smartphones and help set the standard for lightning fast mobiles in 2011.
10 Gingerbread brings some new looks
The colours of Android seem to have been changed with Gingerbread, as seen on shots of the Nexus S. The dock and keypad have also been tickled, with more features set to be revealed in the coming weeks.