Samsung and Google have officially announced the upcoming launch of new Samsung-made Google Nexus S flagship smartphone, which the companies claim as the world’s first handset to equip the newest, fastest version of Google Android platform – Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS.

“Samsung was thrilled to work with Google to create the first device featuring the much anticipated Android 2.3 OS. Nexus S is powerful proof of Samsung and Google’s commitment to bringing technology firsts to market and launching products that utilize the open and innovative Android operating system,” commented Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Telecommunications America. “Nexus S integrates Samsung’s best-in-class hardware and technology with the exciting new features and upgrades of Android 2.3 Gingerbread to give consumers a breakthrough smartphone experience.”

Key features and specs of Google Nexus S:

  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor paired with dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)
  • 4.0-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels;235ppi) Super AMOLED multi-touch contour display with anti-fingerprint coating
  • 5-megapixel auto focus camera with flash, plus VGA front-facing camera
  • 16GB on-board memory paired with 512MB of RAM
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system with enhanced keyboard, Internet calling (VoIP/SIP support) and NFC (near field communication) support
  • A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi 802.11 n/b/g connectivity
  • 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor and light sensor
  • Perform as a Wi-Fi hotspot supporting up to 6 portable devices
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion battery supports up to 14 hours of talk time or up to 29.7 days of standby time
  • Speak to search virtually anything thanks to the Voice Actions

Google Nexus S which measures 63 x 123.9 x 10.88 mm and weights 129 grams is slated to hit Best Buy stores after December 16 for $199, with a new 2-year T-Mobile service agreement. And the unlocked version (SIM free) for Nexus S Android 2.3 powered smartphone is priced at $529.

Intro video for long-awaited Nexus S:

Official Intro video for highly-anticipated Android 2.3 Gingerbread: