The tech circuit is abuzz with news, leaks and rumors of Samsung Nexus S which is touted as the successor to the coveted Google Phone – the Nexus One. Though the rumor mill was active for a couple of days, we waited to have a clearer picture. Though, for now, the rumors still stay the same, we try to step back and check out whatever facts we have in hand.
According to various leaks, the Nexus S will be a “Google experience” device, meaning, it will run the vanilla android (or the stock android) version without any baking. More importantly, the Nexus S is touted to carry Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.
We must note here that either Google or Samsung have not confirmed the existence of such a phone. So everything we have is based on leaks and unofficial evidences.
Samsung Nexus S – Best Buy ad
Though there were rumors of Samsung Nexus S (also known as Nexus two) a couple of weeks back, the unofficial evidence came via an honest banner ad by Best Buy. As expected, the ad was taken down soon, but not before it was cached by Google. As Phandroid pointed out, the banner stated that the Nexus S would be “available only at Best Buy this holiday season.” It also featured a broken image with alternate text saying the phone would be offered on T-Mobile.
Later on, Engadget uncovered another page from Best Buy Mobile advertising a previously unseen Android device that matched the Nexus S profile.
Hold your breath. Best Buy’s clues doesn’t end here. According to AndroidPolice, a snapshot of an internal Best Buy memo again confirmed the existence of Nexus S. The memo references plans for the device to get its own dedicated display in Best Buy stores starting on November 14. That’s just a couple of days away!
There’s more. Phandroid uncovered an alleged shot from Best Buy’s computer system showing some of the specifics of the Nexus S phone, which we will detail later on.
Samsung Nexus S – The Photos
A shot in the arm for the rumor mill was given by Engadget which again uncovered some real life pics of Samsung Nexus S. The images depict a slim-looking black phone with rounded edges, a front-facing camera, and a “Google” logo imprinted on its back. Though the pics were taken more than a month back, they look pretty similar to the mock-up created by Gizmodo when it talked about Nexus two, a couple of weeks back. The mock-up was based on the source’s first-hand experience with the phone.
Samsung Nexus S & Samsung GT-i9020
What followed the real life photos, was a quick search for pictures taken with a Nexus S on Flickr and Picasa. Engadget (yet again!) uncovered a series of pics with EXIF data showing the model number GT-i9020. An FCC filing for that device includes a sketch that bears a noticeable resemblance to the phone seen in today’s leaked images. It appears there are actually two very similar Nexus S candidates that passed the FCC: the GT-i9020, and the GT-i9020T.
Samsung Nexus S – Specs
- Stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
- 5 megapixel camera
- HD video capture
- front-facing camera
- 4 inch AMOLED display
- 1.2GHz processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 1500 mAh battery
- WiFi, Bluetooth, 3.5 mm headset jack, etc.
Samsung Nexus S or Nexus Two or Samsung Elite, whatever the name is, will definitely be the gadget to grab the headlines for the next few days. So, stay tuned!