After a long wait and tons of speculations, Google has finally launched its own self-branded phone, made by HTC and running Android 2.1. This super smartphone saw the light of day yesterday during an official Google press event, live streamed on our site here. Now, let’s see what the fuss is all about.


You can get the device from here, if you live in the US, without service for $529, or for $179, if you choose a two year contract with T-Mobile USA. Verizon Wireless will also be selling the handset in the future, in the States, while Vodafone will handle the European launch of the smartphone. Initial orders are also available for the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Nexus One has its own YouTube page available here, if you want more details and if you’re curious about its specs, know that it comes with a 3.7 inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen display, with a 800 x 480 pixels resolution, 100,000:1 contrast ratio and a 1ms typical response rate. The handset’s waistline is a mere 11.5mm and it also features a removable 1400 mAh battery, that lasts up to 10 hours in 2G talk mode, up to 7 hours in 3G talk mode, 7 hours in video playback mode and 250 hours in standby 3G mode.

Underneath the hood of this Google smartphone there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1 GHz CPU, but the device also incorporates a 5 megapixel camera with 2X digital zoom, LED flash, an AGPS receiver, autofocus from 6cm to infinity and support for 720 x 480 pixels (20 fps) video capture. 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM and a microSD card slot complete the specs list, together with a digital compass, accelerometer and support for HSDPA, WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1.

The official press release for the Nexus One is available here and there are two things you should know before purchasing the phone: it doesn’t support 3G connectivity in AT&T’s network and it lacks multitouch. There’s a video presentation below, making you familiar with the handset’s features, but if you’ve passed the initial introduction, there’s a get started video here and a how to video here.

Will this uber smarpthone manage to kill the iPhone, or is it just another Motorola Droid brethren?

[via Mobile Spots]

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