Nexus S

Can't say we haven't seen this one coming for a long time, but now it's finally official. AT&T is getting its own Nexus S on July 24. It'll be available only at Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile (just like the T-Mobile Nexus S and Sprint Nexus S4G).

Cost is $99 with a new two-year contract, or $529 off-contract.

Full presser's after the break.


Nexus S hits Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, as well as online on July 24; pre-sale begins July 21

DALLAS – July 21, 2011 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today announced the upcoming availability of Nexus™ S from Google™ through Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and

Optimized for AT&T’s network, and powered by Android™ 2.3, Nexus S offers an experience with uniquely powerful technology. Nexus S is designed with Samsung’s special Super AMOLED™ touch screen technology providing a premium viewing experience.  Nexus S runs off of a 1 GHz Samsung application processor, producing rich 3D graphics, as well as faster download and upload times. With Nexus S AT&T customers will now have access to the latest and greatest Google applications and Android updates first.

Nexus S will be available at Best Buy in stores on July 24 for $99.99 with a new, two-year activation. In addition, the phone is available for pre-sale in Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online at beginning July 21.

Key Features:

  • Pure Google experience
  • 4” Super AMOLED™ Contour Display
  • 3G Network Speed and 1GHz Processor
  • Latest Google Mobile Apps
  • Full HTML Browser with Pinch to Zoom
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Multitasking
  • Front-facing VGA camera
  • Rear-facing 5.0 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder
  • Voice-enabled Keyboard
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • 3D Motion for Gaming
  • Business and Personal Email, Contacts, and Calendar Sync
  • Tethering
  • NFC Support
  • Internet Calling
  • Google Voice
  • Access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market™


  • Frequency: GSM850/900/1800/1900 UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • Dimensions: 123.9 x 63 x 10.88(mm)
  • Weight: 129 grams
  • Display: Super AMOLED™, 480 x 800 pixels
  • Battery: 1500mAh Li-ion standard battery
  • Talk Time: Up to 6.5 hours
  • Standby Time: Up to 450 hours

1Number one mobile phone provider in the United States claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, frequency of calls and voice, data and other application usage patterns.

Nexus S, Google, Google Voice, Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

There are 35 comments

I read this as Nexus Sh*ts AT&T on July 24. Good Morning, haha

frozencloud says:

lol...nice catch...i just realized that.

ahaha awesome

Ameri-CAIN says:

That's hilarious!

ricbon says:

ha ha thanks for the laugh this morning!

voiceonly says:

Glad I wasn't the only one that burst out laughing when I read that

rserda says:

DUDE!!! HA too funny!!

frozencloud says:

now if they release this last year on AT&T rather than just t-mobile, i would have bought this. now imma just pass till the SGS2 launch in the US, if that ever comes.

rserda says:

I'm with you man... time to step up the game...

icebike says:

Fully agree. I might have been suckered into this phone had it been delivered on time. Not now, and not after what we have learned about this phone and the empty promise of NFC.

My Nexus One will due another tour of duty till there is a AT&T Nexus that is not Samsung.

So, uhh will this have any standout features like the Sprint version? Sprint's Nexus S 4G has a 4G radio as well as being Google's testing device for its new NFC powered Google wallet service.

Robbzilla says:

Yeah, It'll have a SIM card. I'm not an AT&T fan, but that's pretty big for some people.

Darian says:

Why do they always release Nexus phones like this, start off with one carrier then a few months later another and another few months one more, now when it comes out hardly no one will buy it.

I'm hoping the next Nexus phone is released simultaneous across all of the carriers.

eallan says:

It's pretty ridiculous. At least release different versions off contract through

Robbzilla says:

Hey, if I were a slave to AT&T, I'd seriously look at this phone for $99

_Zguy__ says:

They expect me to buy this when I bought the same phone last year except the software update

dd0yl3 says:

Verizon still doesn't have one. Sad!

icebike says:

And they won't get one till LTE is widely deployed.

Google is not going to waste its time on CDMA.

scurlockst says:

I don't know, they wasted their time putting a Nexus S on Sprint and they're not even the top CDMA carrier is the US not by a longshot.

eric6052 says:

At this point the hardware is getting pretty old for a flagship device. I would definitely wait for the Galaxy S2 personally.

VCL says:

The supposed Nexus 3 is right around the corner. If you are on AT&T and you are lucky enough to be in one of their HSPA+ areas this is a good catch for 100 bucks. (if you can find their HSPA+) I have tried and I have not found one yet, live in the Boston area where their signal is as slow as freaken malasses.

ultravisitor says:

Even if people can find an HSPA+ signal, it won't do them any good if they have this Nexus S. It's not compatible with HSPA+.

btgrave says:

too late. The Atrix is still the best phone on AT&T right now!

TheANARCHY says:

Will this, or any Nexus phone, ever... ever see release on Verizon? It would sell for crying out loud. Get with it Google/Verizon. You put one on Sprint for Crissakes!

icebike says:

Verizon will probably see a Nexus phone when LTE is fully deployed.

But until then, Verizon LTE phones still have to fall back to CDMA when not in a LTE area, and Google isn't going to waste its time on a CDMA phone that can't get data while on a call.

Then there is the production cost issue of needing dual radio chipsets in Verizon LTE capable phones for that same fall-back capability.

The underlying technology matters. And too many Verizon customers don't understand this. Verizon originally chose CDMA in the early days because it takes fewer towers to handle the same area and the same number of calls. Now they are being forced to hang GSM on all their towers as well as adding towers to handle LTE. But its a big investment in money and time.

dd0yl3 says:

If they put a nexus on verizon it would be ta best seller by far.

gunderson says:

Nexus S 4G is available through Sprint corporate outlets as well as Best Buy, but yes, other than that, the Nexii are Best Buy exclusive. Best and "only" android phone on the market in my opinion.

88 FLUX says:

The post is a bit misleading, although not intentionally. (I love AC. Not calling you guys out. :-P) The Nexus S isn't hitting AT&T. This is just Best Buy selling an AT&T "optimized" version on an AT&T contract. They could have done the exact same thing with the Nexus One "AT&T optimized" version if they wanted to. AT&T would never sell the Nexus S directly due to having to give up control over the software capabilities (hello native tethering).

rserda says:

wrong.. Best Buy,, just like Target is an authorized AGENT for ATT and other carriers.. the carrirer has to support it.. before the agents can ever offer it on thier network...

icebike says:

Not really. The carrier can not deny any compatible phone.

If the sim fits and radios match you are good to go.

I had my Nexus One on AT&T months before At&T was any the wiser. There is nothing AT&T had to do for the phone to work on their network.

88 FLUX says:

Incorrect. Yes, they are an authorized agent. But no, they do not have to have direct approval from AT&T to sell compatible phones on their network.

I'd go with the Galaxy S II or the Atrix at the moment, but if you're on AT&T and you really want a Nexus phone, wait for the Nexus 3.. it should be out in time for the holidays. Sure, $99 is decent for a GB phone on a contract, but will you still want to be rocking this in 2013? Heck, the hardware is already outdated when you look at the phones being released now (LTE radios, dual-core CPUs, 3d cameras, etc etc). Pass.

Yoshiaka13 says:

Tell you what I'm on a nexus s on Sprint and couldn't be happier. I messed with the evo 3d and even though the nexus s is a single core humming bird 1ghz chip opposed to the duel tegras found in the new evo, the nexus s is a snappy phone. Can almostt keep up with the duel core eco probably due to no bloatware or skins like htc sense. The big benefit I'm looking forward to is the nexus s will be one of the first devices to get the ice cream sandwich update later this year, unlike these new duel cores coming out. But hey if I'm wrong I'm a sprint premiere gold member so I don't have to sit too long on this. Bottom line is I like this phone better then the evo 3d. Takes heck a better pics to lol

ibejack96 says:

just hope this doesn't happen with the next nexus... i've been saving up for that and don't want to wait for half a year for it to come to AT&T... just wan't it to release right away like the Nexus One did

IceDree says:

Why would anyone buy this when they can get an Atrix?
Better Hardware for the same price , especially with an unlocked BootLoader & all!