The flood gates have opened. After a little nudge from the emergence of a couple of Best Buy leaks, some brave soul has taken it upon themselves to forward some hands-on shots of the handset to Engadget. The photos are apparently about a month old and don’t do much to show off arguably the biggest selling point of the Nexus S, Android Gingerbread, but notice the branding on the back of the handset is very similar to the Nexus One. Just “Google” instead of “with Google” and the Samsung logo. No mention of Galaxy S or Nexus S to be found.
In terms of appearance, you won’t see much other than a slightly tweaked Galaxy S design. It certainly isn’t anything to go ga-ga over on sight alone, but we will hold out hope that internals and Gingerbread will make this thing worthwhile.
Also uncovered via some clever sleuthing is the model number of the Nexus S, the Samsung GT-i9020, which stays in the same numbering scheme of previous GT-i9000 Galaxy S devices. It would seem some Google employees and those close to them have been uploading photos to Flickr via a device with that model number, which at the very least seems to reveal a 5MP camera. FCC and Wi-Fi Alliance filings pin it with single-band 802.11 b/g/n and T-Mobile-friendly AWS 3G.
While it would be easy to mistake for a standard Galaxy S from a distance, these things are indeed in the wild. If you find yourself near Google’s campus keep your peepers popped.