Google has announced that it is to launch its second smartphone on 20 December. The Nexus S runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is manufactured by Samsung.
The Nexus S will be available from Carphone Warehouse and BestBuy in the UK, and is free on £35 per month contracts or £549.95 for a SIM-free model.
The Carphone Warehouse told V3.co.uk that T-Mobile and Vodafone would carry the phone, with others to be confirmed.
Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, said in a blog post that the Nexus S was co-developed with Samsung to take advantage of integration between the firms' software and hardware, and that the Gingerbread platform offers several enhancements.
"As part of the Nexus brand, the Nexus S delivers what we call a 'pure Google' experience: unlocked, unfiltered access to the best Google mobile services and the latest and greatest Android releases and updates," he said.
"Gingerbread is the fastest version of Android yet and delivers a number of improvements such as user interface refinements, a new keyboard and text selection tool, internet calling, improved copy and paste functionality and gyroscope sensor support."
The device is powered by a 1GHz Hummingbird processor and has front and rear cameras, 16GB of internal memory and Near Field Communication hardware to read information from tags.
It weighs 129g and measures 63mm x 123.9mm x 10.88mm, and the back camera is 5-megapixels while Google claims the battery offers talk time of up to 6.7 hours and standby time of 17.8 days.
Rubin also claimed that the Nexus S is the first smartphone to feature a 4in contour display "designed to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand and along the side of your face".
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