Another week went by and there is still no official sign of a Nexus S release date, but Samsung did update the FCC filing for a model number we have been following (GT-i9020).
The letter to the FCC was dated November 22nd and included the following note, “The device is identical to the previously certified Cellular/PCS GSM/EDGE and AWS WCDMA Phone with WLAN and Bluetooth except for the BT/WIFI antenna and the GPS receiver antenna.”
Samsung has been receiving a lot of complaints about the GPS issues on their Galaxy S series so it’s a good sign that they reworked the antenna on this upcoming device.
At first we expected the Nexus S to land in stores on November 11th and that might have been the original plan since it briefly appeared on Best Buy’s site that day. Recent rumors suggested the Nexus S was first delayed due to a serious hardware issue and later scrapped in order to upgrade to a dual-core processor.
There are definitely dual-core Samsung phones in testing, but I’m having a hard time believing that Samsung could have one ready this year. We believe the release dates of the Nexus S and Android 2.3 are tied together, so we still expect to see both soon since Google CEO Eric Schmidt said Gingerbread was coming in the next few weeks (unless they delayed it again).
After talking with several of my usual sources, it seems like no one has a clue about the actual release date of Gingerbread yet. From what I have gathered, either Google will release a single-core version in the next couple weeks or delay the project till next year when a dual-core version would be ready.
We know for certain that dual-core phones featuring the Tegra 2 processor are arriving early next year, so a single-core Nexus S does not sound that exciting if it would be surpassed in performance just a few weeks after its release.
We should also note that the FCC letter for the Samsung GT-i9020T which was dated November 22nd requested “short-term confidentiality for 180 days”, so don’t go holding your breath and expecting to see it anytime soon.