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Google Nexus One smartphone nears launch

Google phone spec and price leaked ahead of launch

Google Nexus One Android phone

Google is hosting a press conference tomorrow at which the company is rumoured to be announcing the launch of the hotly anticipated Nexus One smartphone. 

The Nexus One handset and its features have been the subject of rumour and speculation in the last few months of 2009.

Google’s new smartphone will be launched into a competitive marketplace against such handsets as Apple’s iPhone and the Palm Pre. According to gadget blog Engadget, unlike the iPhone the Nexus One does not include multi-touch touchscreen functionality. 

As a result it lacks some aspects of the smooth, intuitive user interface of Apple’s iPhone 3GS, as highlighted in the Which? video guide to the Apple iPhone 3G S.

Nexus One cost and availability

Pricing and availability details are yet to be confirmed, but reports suggest that the Nexus One will be available to buy online at around $500 (£310), first in the US and followed by a European launch later in 2010.

In the US, where most mobile phone handsets are locked to networks such as T-Mobile or AT&T, the arrival of the unlocked sim-free Nexus One handset is a significantly more revolutionary step than in Europe.

The Nexus One is manufactured by the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer HTC, whose other smartphones include the HTC Hero and HTC Tattoo, both of which run the Android operating system.

Google Nexus One specification

According to Engadget, the Google Nexus One will have the following spec:

  • 1GHz ‘Snapdragon’ processor
  • 3.7-inch 480×800 pixel screen
  • 512MB Rom
  • 512MB Ram
  • 4GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB)
  • 5Mp camera with LED flash
  • Android 2.1 operating system

Although the Nexus One has not yet been released by Google, Engadget has a hands-on video review of a pre-launch sample. Keep an eye out on the Which? website for our own First Look of the smartphone live from CES – the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. 

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