Sprint and Google announce Google Nexus S 4G from Samsung

Summary:The Google Nexus S 4G is coming soon from Sprint with a pure Google experience and support for WiMAX. It is nearly the same as the current Nexus S that works on T-Mobile.

The only current device with Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the Google Nexus S on Samsung. I have been thinking of buying one, but the lack of HSPA+ is a bit of a downer. Today, Sprint and Google announced the Google Nexus S 4G that includes support for Sprint's WiMAX 4G network. I have an HTC Thunderbolt in hand, first impressions posted here coming soon, and now have a tough choice to make about my next Android device.

The Google Nexus S 4G from Sprint is a Samsung device with all of the same features as the current Nexus S that runs on T-Mobile's network. I would buy a Nexus S 4G in a second if it came with HSPA+ on T-Mobile rather than WiMAX on Sprint. As a refresher, these specs include:

  • 1 GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor
  • 4 inch WVGA (480x800) Super AMOLED contoured display
  • 3G/4G connectivity, through WiMAX
  • 16GB integrated flash memory
  • 5 megapixel rear camera and VGA front facing camera
  • 801.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • Near field communication (NFC)
  • Assisted GPS
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 4.88 x 2.48 x 0.44 inches and 4.62 ounces

The device looks solid and the only specification that causes me to pause is the limited 16GB non-expandable memory. Even though the processor is the same as we saw on the Galaxy S series, it is a fast and good performing processor so I am not that concerned that it is not dual core.

The Google Nexus S 4G will be available this spring for $199.99 after $200 instant savings. Any readers thinking of picking up the upcoming Google Nexus S 4G on Sprint?

Topics: Telcos, Google, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, Samsung


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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