Samsung Electronics and Google have announced the Nexus S smartphone, which will come with Android 2.3, the latest version of Google's OS, also code-named Gingerbread.
The smartphone will come with a 4-inch AMOLED multitouch display and include Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities, which will allow users to read information from objects like stickers and posters with embedded NFC capabilities.
“Samsung Electronics Australia is excited at the prospect of bringing the Nexus S to Australia. We are currently reviewing our options on how to bring this to market locally and look forward to sharing more details at a later stage," according to a local Samsung spokesperson.
Nexus S will also include two cameras - a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and a front-facing camera. The device will be able to shoot 720p high-definition video at 30 frames per second.
The device runs on a 1GHz Arm processor made by Samsung. It will also include 16GB of internal memory, and a gyroscope that will allow users to tilt the device to provide a better gaming experience.
The handset [is a follow-up to Google's Nexus One], which was designed by HTC and announced in January.
Nexus S will be the first smartphone based on Android 2.3, which will replace the current version, Android 2.2, code-named Froyo.
Android 2.3 is the fastest version of Android yet, Google and Samsung said in a joint statement. It has a new interface and an improved keyboard with multitouch support. It includes support for NFC support and VOIP calling. It also includes current Google applications that were found in previous versions of Android.
The device will include support for communication over high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) and high-speed uplink packet access (HSUPA) mobile broadband networks.