Samsung Nexus S India launch in Q1

Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 5:54 by Tech Correspondent

Samsung and Google’s Nexus S smartphone will come to India within the first quarter of 2011 which ends in March.

Samsung’s Galaxy S smartphone was very successful in India last year, and the country is an important market for South Korean electronics make Samsung. Recently, Galaxy S has been out of stock in India and Samsung’s representatives have asked at least one customer awaiting his Galaxy S to wait for a couple of months for he will then receive a Nexus S. Read our previous story on Samsung Nexus S launch

Samsung Nexus S is the second Android prototype phone designed (at least partly) by Google. It runs Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread, while its predecessor, Nexus One made by Taiwanese firm HTC, uses Android 2.2 aka Froyo and was released early last year as Google’s example of how a smartphone running Android 2.2 ought to be.

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Photo: Samsung's Nexus S

Nexus S, likewise, is designed to be the “ideal Gingerbread phone.” The phone has, among other interesting and cutting edge features, a built-in NFC, or near field communication, chip. This chip enables the phone to read RFID tags or communicate with electronic gateways such as the machine that reads the RFID tags of products in a supermarket to generate bills and give inventory related feedback to its server. Such electronic gateways also include railway gateways for which one either gets an electronic ticket or has a card that one swipes on a machine that automatically deducts the fare amount from the card or ticket. An NFC enabled phone hooked up to one’s bank account might make credit cards and railway tickets among other things, redundant. Related: Google NFC service debut in 2011?

Nexus S sells for $530 in the United States and will be available at least on Infibeam and Flipkart in India, and should be offered at a discount on these stores. Infibeam will sell the phone at Rs. 24,000 excluding tax. Flipkart, incidentally, has reduced the price of its Galaxy S to about that amount and should sell Nexus S for that much as well.

Though Samsung Nexus S is said to have better hardware and software than Nexus One or Galaxy S did, it is less expensive at launch because a massive increase in competition and smartphone production volumes, apart from more efficient hardware than was available last year, has brought down smartphone prices by about 15 percent.

Samsung Nexus S coming to India has model number Samsung GT-I9003 and has a Super Clear LCD, unlike the model being sold in the United Kingdom and United States, which has a Super AMOLED display. Nexus S has a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, a front facing VGA quality camera for video calls, 16GB of memory, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, 512MB of RAM, all powered by a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with two ARM Cortex A9 cores.

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