As expected (and probably hoped by many), today Google has officially announced the Nexus One – the company’s first mobile phone.
Google calls the Nexus One a “superphone” and the “next step in Android evolution.” The handset is, as previously rumored, manufactured by HTC.
Most (if not all) of the rumored Nexus One specs and features have been confirmed: 3.7 inch AMOLED display with 480 x 800 pixels, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, trackball that includes a multi-colored notification LED, GPS, Wi-Fi, light and proximity sensors, compass, accelerometer, enhanced news and weather widgets, stereo Bluetooth, 3.5mm headset jack, 5MP autofocus camera with flash.
If you live in the US, you can buy the Google Nexus One starting today, online, via Google’s website – it costs $180 with a T-Mobile contract agreement, and $530 unlocked. The big news is that Verizon and Vodafone will also sell the Nexus One, starting the spring of 2010 (their prices have not been announced). Update: according to this Google press release, you can buy the Nexus One as of today not only in the US, but also in the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.
The Google Nexus One runs Android 2.1 and includes all the Android apps that the Motorola Dorid has. Another interesting thing: the metal bezel on the back of the phone can be personalized (engraved), but it’s not clear yet where and for how much you’ll be able to do that.
More details specs:
- Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20fps or higher, depending on lighting condition
- 512MB Flash
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB MicroSD card included (supports card sup to 32GB)
- 1400 mAh battery
- Talk time: up to 10 hours on 2G, up to 7 hours on 3G
- Standby time: up to 290 hours on 2G; up to 250 hours on 3G
- Internet use: up to 5 hours on 3G; up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
- Video playback: up to 7 hours
- Audio playback: up to 20 hours
- Height: 119mm
- Width: 59.8mm
- Depth: 11.5mm
- Weight: 130 grams with battery
Also present at the Google event, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou mentioned that the Nexus One is HTC’s seventh Android smartphone (if you consider the US-bound Hero and the original Hero to be two different handsets).
We’ll bring more details soon.
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