Sprint Nexus S 4G

Behold, the Sprint Nexus S 4G! It's a Nexus S, erm, with 4G! True to the rumors, Sprint's finally gotten itself a Google developer phone. It's the same Nexus S you know on T-Mobile, only it's on Sprint, and it has Wimax data.

That's right, same 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. Same 1GHz processor. Same 16GB of memory. Same NFC capability. Same 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera. Same lack of carrier bloatware (we presume). Plus you get all the usual hotspot bells and whistles, which is nice, though we're checking with Sprint to see if you have to have its tethering plan to do it, or if it'll just "work" like the other Nexus phones.

The Nexus S 4G will be available "this spring" for $199 on contract. Full press release is after the break. More in the Nexus S 4G forums

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – March 21, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) extends its 4G device innovation lead once again with the upcoming availability of the 20th 4G device and fourth 4G phone, Nexus S™ 4G1 from Google™. Coming to Sprint this spring, it will also be able to take advantage of the unprecedented controls and services enabled by Google Voice™ integration built into the Sprint Network.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States, Nexus S 4G comes packed with a pure Google experience using Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.

“Nexus S 4G shows the strong commitment Sprint has to Android, and when combined with our 4G network capabilities, it gives customers the option of a pure Google experience,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “As the first 4G smartphone with Android 2.3, Nexus S 4G delivers on the promise of the advanced data capabilities of 4G to deliver an incredible Web browsing experience, offers quick and easy access to future Android updates and access to the services built into Google Voice.”

It is designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology providing a premium viewing experience. The 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. It also offers a screen that is bright with higher color contrast, meaning colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won't wash them out.

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.

"We're excited to partner with Sprint on Nexus S 4G, which brings innovative hardware by Samsung and innovations on the Android platform, to create a powerful smartphone experience,” said Andy Rubin, vice president of Engineering at Google.

Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera. In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.

Additional key features include:

  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
  • 16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
  • Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
  • Integrated GPS
  • 1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery

“Samsung is thrilled to work with Google and Sprint to create the next generation Nexus S. Adding 4G capabilities takes this iconic device to the next level,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Nexus S 4G integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and the exciting features of the Android 2.3 platform with the impressive speed and connectivity of Sprint’s 4G network.”

Nexus S 4G from Google will be available exclusively from Sprint this spring for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), as well as select national retailers.

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. Google Voice makes it easy for people to manage and access most of their voice-based communication. It lets users manage up to six different phones through one number with intelligent call routing and advanced features like call screening, blocking and recording.

Now Sprint subscribers can use their Sprint number across their office, home and wireless phones, and personalize settings so calls from friends ring their wireless device and home phone, while calls from the boss only ring at the office. Google Voice users can receive transcribed voicemails and read or listen to them online. They can also read, send and search text messages and call logs online at www.google.com/voice.

Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Sprint customers get more with unlimited data plans on the Sprint Network. Sprint offers real simplicity, value and savings versus competitors, making it easy for customers to get the most out of their phones without using a calculator to tally up costs or worrying about how much data they’ve used.

Sprint Everything Data plans qualify for automatic enrollment in the Sprint PremierSM loyalty program3. Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint is America’s Favorite 4G Network4. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.



Reader comments

Sprint Nexus S 4G available this spring for $199 on contract


Havent you learned?

It's never too late for broader selection of devices....

The Evo 3D may divert the sales of the Nexus S 4G, though, the choices Sprint will have shall divert the sales of other carriers to Sprint...

I think THAT^ is their big plan.

Give us a date. Sheesh.
I hate sammy devices but I may get this...can't decide between it and a contract or keeping my contract-less evo. Ugh.


Sprint website says it will be $399.99 while supplies last. So maybe the first batch will run $399.99 and then it will go up after that?

its not really an "upgrade" from the epic.. pretty much the same specs. i understand its a true dev/ vanilla phone but still a boost in specs woulda been fantastic.

Newb... i hate all you who only talk about specs. specs were never the big concern like a year ago... if u have actually read anything a bout he specs b/w the epic and this phone you would know that the nexus s has the newer gen snapdragon over the epic. even though they are clocked at the same frequency, the newer snapdragon runs circles around the old one especially with the adreno 205 gpu. it craps on the old one in benchmarks. sooo basically do your homework b4 spew nonsense on here. thx.

As long as you're running 2.3.x (or higher) then yes. Prior versions of Android don't take advantage of the hummingbird and a snapdragon based device was a much better performer.

Much like 3.0 was designed to run better with the Tegra 2. Each new version of Android better supports the CPU of the device it was developed on, and I'm pretty sure this is done on purpose when Google picks a development hardware platform.

16GB!? Awesome. I haven't been this excited about 16GB since FOUR YEARS AGO when it was the standard size.

16?? Come on Google/Samsung/Sprint. 32GB and I would have broken my contract the day this thing dropped. Now? Eh.. I'm just going to hope something else happens in the next 3 months.

Hopefully it won't have all that bloatware, now with the ability to get real deal updates It's Gonna Be On!!!!!!

Anyone know if I will be available to download SprintNavigation through the market? Just curious because I suspect it will not come pre-loaded and I actually prefer it over google maps.

All Sprint smartphones have Sprint Navigation pre-installed.

It's a feature we pay for in our plans, go check it out.

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Awesome, I def want the Nexus S. I'm still thinking of leaving Sprint and getting the Nexus S on Tmo. Sprint doesn't have 4g in my city and my data speeds are slow with Sprint. I rarely get any data speeds over 250k. But I'm glad to see Sprint finally getting better Android devices.

The T-Mo version doesn't have 4G anywhere. It uses regular HSPA, not HSPA+. You'll find a huge amount of griping on this in forums by T-Mo customers who feel jilted about Sprint getting a 4G-capable NS only 3-4 months after the 3G GSM version was released. If there were any reason to switch from Sprint to T-Mobile, this definitely isn't it.

Actaully a lot of people aren't complaining. Know why? Cuz WiMax is SHIT, absolute shit. I bet my HSDPA/HSUPA Nexus S could hang with the "big boy" 4g network Sprint has.

Let me wipe this drool off of my mouth.....that thing looks good....might upgrade to this....when I can get however many bones it'll actually cost.

Awesome... BUT... only 16gb? With no ability to upgrade? I have over 15 gigs on my SD that I upgade from phone to phone... Can't do that without an SD!!!..

Not likely. World phones are GSM, Sprint uses CDMA, which has very limited use around the world. The only reason the T-Mo version was a "world phone" was because it was GSM, which most of the rest of the world uses. When You see Verizon or Sprint touting a world phone, that means it has a CDMA radio for use in the US on, but it also has a GSM radio that can be used outside the US. They wold have made a point to mention it was a "world phone" if it had it as that would be a good selling point.

The reason I ask is because I figured Samsung would make the GSM feature standard on all their Nexus S phones. HTC made GSM a standard feature when they sold the Windows Touch Pro 2 phone. Most carrier had that same version of the phone, ATT called it the Tilt. I don't see why it wouldn't be GSM phone. All pure Google phones have been GSM so far.

This if the phone I was waiting for until I heard the specs on the htc 3d. No micro sd is a problem for me on this phone also. Why would they make such a nice phone and only put 16gb internal with no expansion?

I don't mind 16GB because I don't use all of the memory. I love the NEXUS line. I had Nexus One and now I have Samsung Epic since I switched to Sprint. Til this day I miss my Nexus One because of the perks it came with. No bloatware, always the first in line for an update and it's pure google phone! This Nexus S 4G for Sprint has those same perks! It doesn't matter who made the phone (HTC or Samsung), all that matters is that it has better support.

I also don't care for the dual core but maybe down the road I'll end up getting a phone that has dual core but it has to be a pure google phone. Maybe the next Nexus phone will have that dual core? HTC Evo 3D has too many features that I will not be using. I'm not a fan of UI sense either.