We have been hearing about Sprint’s version of the Google phone, The Nexus S 4G, for quite a while now, and it has even been available for pre-order, but no solid release date has been confirmed until today. Sprint customers that want the Nexus S 4G will be happy to find out that it will be officially available on May 8th, with a price tag of $199.99 on a two-year contract.
The device is pretty much the same as the Nexus S we have been loving since December, with the exception of CDMA and WiMAX (4G). Sprint’s Nexus S does cost $100 more than the T-Mobile version, on contract, but if you really want those 4G speeds, or prefer Sprint, you will be able to have the pure Google experience in America’s first 4G network.
Having the latest Android version is always a plus, and even one of the main reasons why many prefer the Nexus devices. Google’s phone seems to be going everywhere, with its presence on T-Mobile, Sprint, and maybe even AT&T (White Nexus S with AT&T’s radio frequencies). GSM phones making the jump to CDMA networks is not something we see often though, so this is definitely an exciting event. With the official release date announced, are you thinking of purchasing Sprint’s Nexus S 4G? Do you like the idea of the 4G speeds? Is the price too high compared to T-Mobile’s? Let us know what you think, and don’t forget to check out the press release after the break.Show Press Release
The highly anticipated Nexus Sâ„¢ 4G1 from Googleâ„¢ goes on sale in all Sprint channels, including www.sprint.com, on Sunday, May 8, for $199.99 (plus tax) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Extending the company’s 4G device leadership yet again, it is the fourth 4G phone available and 20th 4G device announced from Sprint.
Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G is the only Nexus S phone with 4G and provides a pure Google experience with Androidâ„¢ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. With its pure Google experience, Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps, and in many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.
Critics praise Nexus S 4G:
“Whether you’re an Android fanboy (or girl) or not, it’s tough to avoid drooling over the Nexus S 4G. The device has similar specs to its T-Mobile counterpart – the Nexus S – but it will take advantage of Sprint’s super fast 4G data network.” – MSNBC Technology
“It’s probably our pick of Android phones now on Sprint – the Evo is nearly a year old, and the major advantage of the Nexus S is that it’ll be on the bleeding edge of Android updates.” – Gizmodo
“So, what makes the (Nexus S) 4G different? WiMAX 4G. – IntoMobile
It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.
Designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLEDâ„¢ touchscreen technology, Nexus S 4G’s 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. Its higher color contrast means colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.
Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera. In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.
Additional key features include:
3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Android Marketâ„¢ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Google mobile services such as Google Searchâ„¢, Gmailâ„¢, Google Mapsâ„¢ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendarâ„¢, Voice Actions and YouTubeâ„¢
Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Nexus S 4G from Google will be available from Sprint for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Best Buy.
Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).