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Google Formally Announces Nexus One Smartphone

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Given Andy, Riyad and I spent the whole of yesterday travelling and we're a good eight hours behind you now you probably saw the official details on Google's Nexus One launch before we did. Still, taking a step away from CES for a moment, this is what we understand now we're back up to speed.


In a nutshell, all the leaks were spot on. We do indeed have Google's first official mobile phone, it is made by HTC and the primary specs were bang on: 3.7in 800 x 480 resolution capacitive OLED display (no multitouch support as yet), 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, a 5MP camera with LED flash, GPS and - interestingly - 802.11n WiFi. A 1400mAH battery promises five hours of 3G browsing and seven hours of 3G talk time, which isn't overly spectacular, but it is extremely thing and light at just 119 x 59.8 x 11.5mm and 130g. It will also ship with Android v2.1 and Flash 10.1 will be supported which enables video accelerated playback.



Question marks? We'd have liked to see more native memory. The 8GB microSD card provided in box is nice, but for now Android Marketplace apps only install on handset memory and that is just 512MB.



Availability? We're back to the good stuff since Google will be pushing it equally over networks with contracts and subsidies and direct with the handset unlocked. In the US sim free will set you back $530 or $180 on a two year T-Mobile contract. In Europe a 450 euro RRP has been set (£402, though the GBP is as yet unknown) and in the UK Vodafone is the first telco to announce it will carry it. No formal release date was placed on the Nexus One, but 'spring' suggests we shouldn't be waiting long.

Link:
Google Nexus One Product Page

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