Specifications of Google’s Nexus One phone uncovered

Nexus-oneAfter the frantic weekend not too long ago when the Google phone, also known as the Nexus One, was leaked to the world, we have since had a steady stream of bite-sized snippets of information and images answering some of the initial questions, but leaving many unanswered. Some of the biggest unknowns are the how/when/if we are actually getting our hands on it, what the hardware specifications of the new device are, and what version of Android it is running. Luckily for us, some new information has emerged to fill in more of these gaps, albeit still not completely.

The good news is that Engadget have got their hands on the full detailed specifications for the Nexus One. Some of the highlights include a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD (Snapdragon) 8250 processor, 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touch screen (currently non-multi-touch), quad-band (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz) GSM/EDGE and tri-band (900, 1700, 2100MHz) HSDPA support, a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, an included 4GB microSD card with support up to 32GB, 5MP camera with mechanical autofocus and LED flash, Android v2.1, and a very svelte 0.45-inch thick body. Check out the images for the complete specs at the end of the post.

As for the latest regarding availability, the new info is more oblique with sources indicating that the Nexus One will be available in early January, around the 5th, but only by invitation. There is no further information about how this invitation system will be organized/managed apart from the fact that Google will be in charge of it, with registered developers likely to be first in line if the rumor proves true. Separate to this is the strong likelihood that the Nexus One may become available to the general public through T-Mobile (as indicated by its 3G support) at a later unknown date.

It's been intriguing to follow the Nexus One since its first appearance and apart from the device itself, I'm really curious about what Google has in mind for it. Is it just a development device with the latest hardware/software for limited distribution to further the Android platform as Google have done before? Or will we all have a chance to own this impressive smartphone? Only time will tell.

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