Apr 26 AT 12:24 PM Edgar Cervantes 16 Comments

Sprint’s Nexus S 4G available on May 8

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.

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Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung with Android 2.3 for a Pure Google Experience Available to Sprint Customers in the U.S. on May 8 for $199.99

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
Integrated GPS
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).

Via: Phandroid

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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    • http://Website lynchoi

      I like the android phones and was thinking of buy the Nexus -S. but with the shortage of memory and not being able to add more. I am having some doubts.

  • http://Website Tha ghost

    This phone is old. Sprint is lagging behind in terms of getting top devices. This, evo shift n that kyocera phone is a bad line up. Hurry up evo 3d.

    • http://Website swazedahustla

      In case you didn’t know, sprint has the HTC EVO 3D coming in another month which in terms of hardware, software, specs etc…will be the best phone out on the market. So not quite sure what you are talking about with sprint lagging with top devices. *SMH*

      • http://Website Tha ghost

        stop shaking your head. I recognize the evo 3d, can’t u tell from my comment? That will cadaver it with 1 top phone. Verizon will have thunderbolt, droid charge n incredible 2 plus ipad2 n xoom. Tmo will have my lovely g2x, sensation n the doubledhot, gslate n flyer. atnt has atrix, optimus 3d, ipad 2. All sprint has is evo 3d(which will be great) n the flyer…like I said…lagging behind.

        • http://Website Tha ghost

          *swype error, lol*

          That will leave it with 1 top phone.

        • http://Website Sin City

          You’re somewhat right, but the EVO 3D won’t be the last high-end phone from Sprint this year. You should see Samsung, LG, and finally Motorola phone device this year. Ipad and Iphone are a huge tossup, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  • http://Website Mar

    Never get a Samsung and by NEVER I MEAN NEVER. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, NEVER BUY A SAMSUNG PHONE. NO MATTER HOW COOL IT LOOKS. NO MATTER HOW FAST IT IS. NO MATTER HOW CHEAP IT IS. NO MATTER WHAT CARRIER IT IS JUST DON’T DO IT. DON’T.
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        WHY????? Because of one phone……the Behold 2

      • http://Website Dre

        Cause Samsung tend to abandon the phones they make after they’ve been out a few months. cough “Moment” cough

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    Great addition to the stable of devices on sprint. Customers should be proud just to know great options exist especially something that would keep sprint ahead of the curve from a update standpoint. I am truly happy cause this only means one thing and one thing only we are 30 days or less away from the HTC EVO 3D LAUNCH DAY and possibly two weeks away from possible PRE-ORDER. Many of us on sprint is current Htc Evo 4g owners and we are waiting in the weeds for the Evo 3d.. With the current Nexus S 4g and the upcoming Htc Evo 3d and Htc Evo View tablet this will bring sprints industry leading total to 22 4g enabled devices.. Sprints RULES without question… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6Vqi8a_swg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • http://Website Mr Nebbercracker

    I wish this was a global phone :(

  • http://Website pork pancake

    Sitting this phone out :
    1) Freaking 3 month old phone
    2)T-mo version $99
    3)Made by Samsung
    4)Don’t care for NFC payments
    5)SPRINT TOOK AWAY MY PROMISED 1 YEAR EARLY UPGRADE SPRINT PREMIER PERK THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD GET WHEN I BOUGHT THE MANDATORY MINIMUN PLAN REQUIRED FOR MY PHONE WHILE PUTTING UP WITH A 2HR DELAY JUST TO ACTIVATE MY PHONE BECAUSE THE DAMN PHONE WAS A RUNAWAY SUCESS AND THEY WOULD LOSS MONEY GIVING ALL THOSE EARLY UPGRADE PERK SO THEY SPLIT THE SPRINT PREMIER INTO TWO TIERS AND DIDN’T BOTHER TO GRANDFATHER IN THE MEMBERS THAT SAVED SPRINTS ASS FROM GOING BANKRUPT 1 YEAR AGO.
    6)Smaller 4in screen vs my EVO 4g

  • http://Website 00 Gundam Meister

    I think many of you are missing the point. The Nexus S is a Pure Google Experience phone. The updates are not determined by Samsung, but by Google. This is a developer phone that was handed out to developers at this year’s GDC. Last year, Google handed out Nexus One’s & Sprint EVO’s at Google I/O. I’m pretty sure Google’s going to be hand out Nexus S 4G to developers at next month’s Google I/O. Developers will need the latest & the greatest builds of Android to properly develop the Android platform.

    Just like the Nexus One, it will get updates before any phone on the market. Just because Samsung is the handset maker, Samsung doesn’t push the updates to Nexus class Android devices. This phone along with it’s T-MO brother, will have updates pushed to it by Google first before the EVO, Droid’s, or any other Android device.

    The 3D camera in the EVO 3D is a dealbreaker. I have zero interest in 3D. Yes you can turn it off, but if you will never use the feature, why pay for it in the first place? If there was a non-3D dual core version of the EVO? I’d be on it in a minute. However, I’d like to try the purest Google experience. I’ve heard a lot of great feedback from Nexus One owners who are still in love with the original. Word of mouth speaks volumes.

    • http://Website JoeBags

      is there anyway i can “+” this comment more.

      I can’t stand reading how this phone is going to suck because it’s Samsung, look at the branding on the back it clearly says Google, not Samsung. Updates will come and they will come to this device first until there’s the next Nexus device, in which case the great devs at xda will still have the newest software ported to it almost instantaneously.

      Also all the comments about “If this phone will be rooted quickly”. You literally type one command. “fastboot oem unlock” easiest phone on the market to unlock, period.

      i’m trading in my Evo 4g for this phone. buying it outright too because sprint wont give me the two year contract price even though i’ve been a customer since 2001.

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    • lynchoiGuest 4 years ago

      I like the android phones and was thinking of buy the Nexus -S. but with the shortage of memory and not being able to add more. I am having some doubts.

  2. Tha ghostGuest 4 years ago

    This phone is old. Sprint is lagging behind in terms of getting top devices. This, evo shift n that kyocera phone is a bad line up. Hurry up evo 3d.

    • swazedahustlaGuest 4 years ago

      In case you didn’t know, sprint has the HTC EVO 3D coming in another month which in terms of hardware, software, specs etc…will be the best phone out on the market. So not quite sure what you are talking about with sprint lagging with top devices. *SMH*

      • Tha ghostGuest 4 years ago

        stop shaking your head. I recognize the evo 3d, can’t u tell from my comment? That will cadaver it with 1 top phone. Verizon will have thunderbolt, droid charge n incredible 2 plus ipad2 n xoom. Tmo will have my lovely g2x, sensation n the doubledhot, gslate n flyer. atnt has atrix, optimus 3d, ipad 2. All sprint has is evo 3d(which will be great) n the flyer…like I said…lagging behind.

        • Tha ghostGuest 4 years ago

          *swype error, lol*

          That will leave it with 1 top phone.

        • Sin CityGuest 4 years ago

          You’re somewhat right, but the EVO 3D won’t be the last high-end phone from Sprint this year. You should see Samsung, LG, and finally Motorola phone device this year. Ipad and Iphone are a huge tossup, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

  3. MarGuest 4 years ago

    Never get a Samsung and by NEVER I MEAN NEVER. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, NEVER BUY A SAMSUNG PHONE. NO MATTER HOW COOL IT LOOKS. NO MATTER HOW FAST IT IS. NO MATTER HOW CHEAP IT IS. NO MATTER WHAT CARRIER IT IS JUST DON’T DO IT. DON’T.
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  4. Richard YarrellGuest 4 years ago

    Great addition to the stable of devices on sprint. Customers should be proud just to know great options exist especially something that would keep sprint ahead of the curve from a update standpoint. I am truly happy cause this only means one thing and one thing only we are 30 days or less away from the HTC EVO 3D LAUNCH DAY and possibly two weeks away from possible PRE-ORDER. Many of us on sprint is current Htc Evo 4g owners and we are waiting in the weeds for the Evo 3d.. With the current Nexus S 4g and the upcoming Htc Evo 3d and Htc Evo View tablet this will bring sprints industry leading total to 22 4g enabled devices.. Sprints RULES without question… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6Vqi8a_swg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  5. Mr NebbercrackerGuest 4 years ago

    I wish this was a global phone :(

  6. pork pancakeGuest 4 years ago

    Sitting this phone out :
    1) Freaking 3 month old phone
    2)T-mo version $99
    3)Made by Samsung
    4)Don’t care for NFC payments
    5)SPRINT TOOK AWAY MY PROMISED 1 YEAR EARLY UPGRADE SPRINT PREMIER PERK THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD GET WHEN I BOUGHT THE MANDATORY MINIMUN PLAN REQUIRED FOR MY PHONE WHILE PUTTING UP WITH A 2HR DELAY JUST TO ACTIVATE MY PHONE BECAUSE THE DAMN PHONE WAS A RUNAWAY SUCESS AND THEY WOULD LOSS MONEY GIVING ALL THOSE EARLY UPGRADE PERK SO THEY SPLIT THE SPRINT PREMIER INTO TWO TIERS AND DIDN’T BOTHER TO GRANDFATHER IN THE MEMBERS THAT SAVED SPRINTS ASS FROM GOING BANKRUPT 1 YEAR AGO.
    6)Smaller 4in screen vs my EVO 4g

  7. 00 Gundam MeisterGuest 4 years ago

    I think many of you are missing the point. The Nexus S is a Pure Google Experience phone. The updates are not determined by Samsung, but by Google. This is a developer phone that was handed out to developers at this year’s GDC. Last year, Google handed out Nexus One’s & Sprint EVO’s at Google I/O. I’m pretty sure Google’s going to be hand out Nexus S 4G to developers at next month’s Google I/O. Developers will need the latest & the greatest builds of Android to properly develop the Android platform.

    Just like the Nexus One, it will get updates before any phone on the market. Just because Samsung is the handset maker, Samsung doesn’t push the updates to Nexus class Android devices. This phone along with it’s T-MO brother, will have updates pushed to it by Google first before the EVO, Droid’s, or any other Android device.

    The 3D camera in the EVO 3D is a dealbreaker. I have zero interest in 3D. Yes you can turn it off, but if you will never use the feature, why pay for it in the first place? If there was a non-3D dual core version of the EVO? I’d be on it in a minute. However, I’d like to try the purest Google experience. I’ve heard a lot of great feedback from Nexus One owners who are still in love with the original. Word of mouth speaks volumes.

    • JoeBagsGuest 4 years ago

      is there anyway i can “+” this comment more.

      I can’t stand reading how this phone is going to suck because it’s Samsung, look at the branding on the back it clearly says Google, not Samsung. Updates will come and they will come to this device first until there’s the next Nexus device, in which case the great devs at xda will still have the newest software ported to it almost instantaneously.

      Also all the comments about “If this phone will be rooted quickly”. You literally type one command. “fastboot oem unlock” easiest phone on the market to unlock, period.

      i’m trading in my Evo 4g for this phone. buying it outright too because sprint wont give me the two year contract price even though i’ve been a customer since 2001.