April 3, 2011

Samsung Nexus S to Make Indian Debut Very Soon

It’s official, Samsung is bringing the Nexus S to India and the launch date is just a few days away, or so our sources tell us. Initially a mailer went out saying that the Nexus S was to be launched on March 25th 2011, with prices quoted at Rs. 30,400, but of course that never happened. It’s already been showcased on Flipkart.com on pre-order at Rs. 27,999 which does make the above mentioned pricing seem very realistic.

The Nexus S is slated to be one hardcore handset with a few tweaks that haven’t quite hit other devices just yet. For example, the Super Clear LCD screen (not AMOLED) features a Contour Display with curved glass screen and an Oleophobic surface to prevent smudges. Running Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread (first for India so far) on an ARM Cortex A8 1GHz CPU with 512MB RAM and 3D graphics support for games on a Hummingbird chipset, this baby should be as speedy and responsive as the best of them, tablets included. Naturally Adobe Flash 10.2 will be supported and the one thing you can count on with Samsung’s higher end devices is DivX and Xvid video support.

In case you missed it, here’s a quick look at the specs –

  • 4-inch Super Clear LCD screen sporting a 480 x 800 pixel resolution
  • 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi with DLNA capabilities
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP, USB 2.0
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 16GB inbuilt storage (no word on microSD support but most likely it will be absent)
While the ad in the mailer talks about the handset supporting HD video playback, the specs sheet makes no mention of even 720p video recording. It’ll only be a short wait before we find out for certain if it does. The specs sheet also mentions NFC (Near Field Communication) support as part of the handsets make up.

So stay tuned to tech2 for updates on the Nexus S launch. It’s also possible that Samsung might also launch the Galaxy S II at the same time. When we know you’ll know. And in case you're wondering, this is no April Fool's prank.

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