Samsung Nexus S

The Samsung Nexus S will be available on T-Mobile USA starting Dec. 16. In the UK, you can get it at Carphone warehouse starting Dec. 20. Pricing still has not been announced.

Samsung's full press release is after the break.

Update: Best Buy has announced pricing

Customers can purchase Nexus S for $529 as an unlocked phone without a contract. Nexus S optimized for T-Mobile’s network is available for $199 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.

And so has CW: From £35 on contract to £549 SIM-free


Nexus S offers the latest version of the Android platform, Gingerbread, 4” Super AMOLED touch screen with curved design, Near Field Communication (NFC), front and rear-facing cameras and 1GHz application processor

SEOUL, Korea, and DALLAS, US December 6, 2010 — Samsung Electronics, a leading mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider1 in the U.S., and Google™ today announced Nexus S™, the world’s first handset to feature the latest version of Google’s Android™ platform. Powered by Android 2.3, Samsung and Google have packed Nexus S with powerful technology and the latest in hardware features.

JK Shin, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said, “Samsung and Google have worked together closely to deliver the best Android smart phone experience for consumers. It has been our ambition in working with Google to continue to push the Android platform forward and create a smart phone that has both superior functionality and a stunning user-experience. It is extremely satisfying to see this partnership again bear tremendous fruit.”

“Samsung was thrilled to work with Google to create the first device featuring the much anticipated Android 2.3 OS. Nexus S is powerful proof of Samsung and Google’s commitment to bringing technology firsts to market and launching products that utilize the open and innovative Android operating system,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Nexus S integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and technology with the exciting new features and upgrades of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give consumers a breakthrough smartphone experience.”

"Google is excited to co-develop Nexus S with Samsung, ensuring solid integration of hardware and software to deliver the lead device for the latest version of Android, Gingerbread," said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

Nexus S is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen technology providing a premium viewing experience. The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more ergonomic style and feel when held to the user’s face. Nexus S also features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology which allows you to read information off of everyday objects like stickers and posters that are embedded with NFC chips. Powered by a 1 GHz Samsung application processor, Nexus S produces rich 3D graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content.

Nexus S is equipped with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder, as well as a VGA front facing camera. In addition, Nexus S features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right. Nexus S also comes with 16 GB of internal memory.

Android 2.3, Gingerbread, is the fastest version of Android yet. It features support for Near Field Communication (NFC), a new and improved keyboard with multi-touch support, Internet calling (VoIP/SIP support), and a clean new user interface. Nexus S also includes popular Android features such as portable Wi-Fi hotspot, true multitasking, access to Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, Voice Actions, Google Voice™ and YouTube™, and access to over 100,000 apps and widgets on Android Market™.

Nexus S can be purchased (unlocked) online and in-store from Best Buy retailers in the U.S. starting after December 16 and at Carphone Warehouse retailers in the U.K. after December 20.


Reader comments

Nexus S available Dec. 16 at Best Buy, Dec. 20 at Carphone Warehouse (Update: Pricing announced)


Really wish Verizon would go for a pure Google phone. :( I guess they just dont want anyone else to control a phone that is on their network.


I does really stink that these flagship/pure Google phones are available only on T-Mobile. I can only assume that the reason is the carriers themselves i.e. VZW won't allow any Android devices that they can't throw Navigator on bloat up and lock down.

This would be like if the best shows on TV weren't on the major networks ... oh wait they are.

Verizon is not gsm.
It will probably be released for at&t soon.
But Verizon won't get a nexus till they get to LTE.

so it's not dual core like we hope from what i gather? correct me if im wrong. I'm happy that this thing is finally out, but a little disappointed that it isnt more. make me wonder if i should wait pass this for the dual core phone in feb.

Ok, I'm done with AT&T and Palm. This is the phone I want on the carrier I want and by year's end, I will switch to this phone.

Thinking I'd rather have the G2 than this thing. G2 is HSPA+, pure google. The only thing better on this is the screen. (Plus I prefer a real keyboard than an on screen)
To be honest I find the new phone specs a disappointment

well, depends....which city even have HSPA+. and i thought G2 was tweet. It's not pure google, but sure close to it

my thoughts exactly, i was willing to give samsung the benefit of the doubt when it was announced they would be building the next nexus. i can honestly say now though that i will never own a samsung phone

im just happy the darn thing is out. and we can all stop guessing these spec and get random leaks every few days

Any chance this will be a line of phones going to all carriers ala the Galaxy S line? I wish Sprint would get this...

Wow, some people are a little too eager to ditch their G2. The Nexus doesn't seem any better than the G2 except for the obvious stuff (and some of that stuff is more opinion than fact.)

So far the only big differences are the OS and that NFC that most people wont even use. So im not in a rush to get this phone yet either. Imma wait to see if the imfamous lag and gps problem spread to this line of product.

Define Always.

This is the first time I've ever been that brutal because its the first time I've seen anybody rise to the level of nonsense where he needed to be called out.

What's the point of letting nonsense go unchallenged? This isn't kindergarden where everybody needs to come away feeling good about themselves, this is the real world.

are you f-ing stupid icebike or something? Apart from people like us on tech blogs all day, who even know about this technology (inside US). It requires the technology become accepted by regular people as a thing that exists before it become into common use. The US for one is not at that point yet. So go get ur head out of ur a$$.

Correct me if I'm wrong... but aren't the G2 and MT4G running next generation Quallcomm processors built using 45nm architecture? Don't these processors outperform the Hummingbird in graphics and battery life?

No they don't outperform hummingbird for graphics. They are a big improvement over the woeful graphics performance of the older snapdragons though.

First tier phone on second tier network, why????? I would love a Nexus but would hate it if it had to be on T-mobile due to lack of coverage.

I don't need it to be unlocked. I want it on T-Mobile. I'm done with AT&T's spotty coverage in Atlanta and the Palm Pre Plus. I'm not waiting around for HPalm or AT&T to get their act together. On 12/31, I'm ending the relationship with 1 and beginning a relationship with the other.

I wouldnt be surprise if they drop an upgrade version with dual core and bands for other network in a few months. A guy can dream right?

WTF £549 UK and $529 in US For unlocked version?!

Would it be possible to buy from US and will it work in UK?

Will save $331 if its possible

Yeah, what a rip off. Actually £559.95 with the £10 top-up.

The contract offerings are from Vodafone again like with the Nexus One. High prices, 24 month contracts and very little data usage allowed.

Looks like I'll give this a skip for now. LG with tegra 2 and Gingerbread looks like a better proposition and so will the choice of network.

Yet again UK shoppers are given the middle finger. £1 gets $1.57. Should be £336.

Ok, on pre-order page, it is available on contract from T-Mobile Uk also, but paying £50-£100 extra for the phone...give me a break.

since verizon is getting phones with sim cards, and (im assuming) this has a sim card....will there eventually be a way to unlock it to work on verizon?

Now I must survive 11 nights of agonizing patience... Google why so far :(((( all you people who wanted to have dual core, look at iPhone... it has no dual core and yet it runs some pretty beautiful games, plus Gingerbread is designed so dual core shouldn't really be required for gaming devs to make great games.

So no SD Card slot, cam is lower rez than Mytouch, and hummingbird instead of next gen CPU? Is it me or is Gingerbread the only attraction here? I don't another phone with no SD Card slot.

Seriously... If not for Gingerbread - why would anyone choose this thing over the MT4G? It doesnt even support HSPA+! And who can really go without a removable SD card these days? Unbelievable, Samsung. This is why I stick with HTC devices. I had high hopes for this phone too; what a major let down.

Ok, besides having GingerBread, does this phone have any other updated features over the Galaxy S? And did I read it correctly in that it won't have a MicroSD card slot, and only 16GB of memory built-in?

Curved screen (is this a good thing?), NFC, FFC & flash (some Galaxy S don't). Possibly a functional GPS? Most importantly fast software updates.

Depending on what comes out and how this is released for the AT&T, I might pick this phone up. I've got a couple more months (and just got a brand new warranty replacement phone) so we'll see what Q1 brings. I know it's not the highest end specs, but really this is what I want to introduce me to Android. If it has no 3G, though, I'd rather just go for the G2.

Confirmed that it has no microSD card slot. Google WTF!

This ain't no Windows Phone or iPhone cr@p. C'mon dammit!

I can't beleive Google put its stamp on an inferior phone! This phone should have had been done with the BEST specs available meaning- dual HD cams like the LG STAR (also with 1080p recording), USB 3.0, HDMI out, Dual core processor, 1gb RAM, Expandable memory- via MicroSD card, 4G and World bands so those of us who travel abroad constantly don't have to be using a different phone if we switch SIMs. Also, if they made it with world bands it would expedite fabrication as they don't have to make 2 or 3 different phones, this is practically the MyTouch 4G with a slightly bigger screen, Gingerbread OS and no 4G!