Samsung's Nexus S in the flesh

Samsung’s Nexus S in the flesh

We reported before that Samsung is bringing the Google Nexus S in the Philippines last March. We have not gotten confirmation but looks like review units are already circulating around.

This one we saw in the flesh was being carried by a magazine editor earlier today. I didn’t asked for details but I assumed it was a review unit and that means the handset will eventually hit the market sooner or later. Not sure though why the release didn’t push thru the other month.

The Google Nexus S has been available in grey markets since January this year for Php35,000. The expected retail price is supposed to be Php28,500. Should perfectly compliment the Galaxy S2 which is expected to be in the Php32k to Php35k.


Samsung’s Google Nexus S
4.0″ Super AMOLED @ 480×800 pixels
1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
16GB iNAND flash memory
HSDPA (7.2Mbps) HSUPA (5.76Mbps)
WiFi 802.11 n/b/g
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
microUSB 2.0
5 megapixels camera
720 x 480 video resolution
LED Flash
1500 mAH Lithum Ion
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

The Nexus S is a little thicker compared to the first Galaxy S but the curved design is giving it a sexy appeal. The bare Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) UI is pretty standard (IMO, it looks better than the TouchWiz 3.0 UI) and reminded me of the Nexus One.

We’re hoping that it gets released soon although the Galaxy S2 is still getting a lot of attention (I am told the release of that one is also being pushed back to June).

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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20 Responses

  1. Mikhail says:

    That design reminds me of nokia xpress music phones. Anyway, not much of an upgrade for my nexus one and dual core phones will be hitting the market soon.

  2. Paul says:

    For those who are interested the original Galaxy S can be had in Samsung stores for around 18k. I think they’re trying to clear out stock of these in preparation for the upcoming Nexus S and Galaxy S II.

    It’s the super clear LCD version (i9003) instead of AMOLED, but for what it is it’s still a very good smartphone.

  3. Samsung din pala may gawa. Kaya pala sobrang kahawig ng mga Corby phones :)

  4. my friend in US owns a nexus S, it’s probably one of the best samsung phones i’ve ever seen. small fonts is my only complaint, but other than that, android gingerbread is perfect!

  5. irv says:

    why is it so expensive? it has the same hardware specs as the Galaxy S. The software is being maintained by Google, so no additional costs from Samsung on firmware updates.

    So it has 16GB built-in and that NFC thing, but do those justify such a high price premium?

  6. slabster says:

    im using nexus s ^_^
    i’m enjoying it…except texting, im not yet used to it
    haven’t done many configurations (don’t have time) but i downloaded a lot of apps already
    -mobile internet using 3g is quite impressive…streaming youtube videos is just like playing a video from device. i can play mousehunt fine…
    -the curve design is pretty helpful to have a better grip of it
    -i also like the fact that its back cover is not made of something that could easily get scratches, so it doesn’t have to be inside my pouch everytime
    -responsiveness to touch is great (idk how to describe it) which makes me lose my patience now when i’m using my creative zen, hehe…compare capacitive and resistive???
    -camera, uhm not really bad, i like the retro cam app which i just downloaded yesterday
    -there’s a small bar at the top of the screen where you get to see the content of an incoming txt message, i like that…it does that too for foursquare app (its my first android btw, so im not sure if that’s noteworthy, bleh)

  7. adam says:

    Same price lang ng LG optimus 2x :-(.

  8. nexusboy says:

    i’m tempted to buy this but my Nexus One is still equally good. might as well wait for the Nexus 4G :)

  9. Sinbad says:

    I already ordered this from Globe in one of their branches but it seems the unit has not arrived in any of the branches. Anybody here know of the actual release date?

  10. Clyde says:

    lame design. looks liek 5800. pass.

  11. Sinbad says:

    I got this just today from Globe. What they have is the S-LCD unit and not the super AMOLED screen

  12. Rom says:

    If anybody is interested..check out this Google Nexus S review:

  13. yumax says:

    found one in Greenhills, 21k brandnew. I’m not sure though if it’s the Super AMOLED version or the Super Clear LCD. I heard that Google/Samsung will release the Nexus S with Super Clear LCD outside of US and UK. I got mine from Best Buy, the unlocked T-Mobile release of the Nexus S. So far, I’m very very happy with it. Having Vanilla Android makes it a lot faster than the TouchWiz’d Galaxy S. With direct OTA updates from Google. I’m now running Android 2.3.4, the latest build of Android for phones.

    By the way, the Nexus S 4G won’t work here. It’s only “4G” because they swapped the GSM/3G radio with WIMAX/CDMA for Sprint’s network. Cell companies in PH all use GSM network, with same frequencies as T-Mobile.

  14. greenacres says:

    Is anybody having problems with the wifi and gps. both are weak for me. will bring this to samsung soon. according to the forums, its possibly a problem with the software. i dont know.

  15. gino says:

    which is better galaxy S or Nexus S or galaxy ACE?

  16. greenacres says:

    The nexus s is better supposedly due to screen size, processor speed, support for flash. bad side to the nexus s is the lack of removable storage, only 16gb storage, weak wifi unless you use it with the back cover off. I removed mine and put a silicon cover on the back.

  17. jennie says:

    where can i buy a silicon case and extra battery

  18. greenacres says:

    I got my silicon case on ebay last year. Cost 120. As for the batteries. I was able to get a deal on 3 batteries and a separate battery charger for 550. So far so good.

  19. Jeo says:

    Globe is releasing the S-LCD version (i9023) *slightly bigger screen*
    the S-AMOLED is (i9020)*slightly smaller*
    -currently using =P

    its considered as a premium phone cause it gets the latest updates on its operating system and most of all its a DEVELOPERS PHONE =)

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