In a press release separate from Google and Samsung’s tag-team announcement of the Nexus S, Best Buy has revealed the pricing model for the next generation of Google phone. The Nexus S will go for $529 unlocked and contract-free, or an easier to swallow $199 when coupled with a two-year T-Mobile contract.
Starting December 16th you will be able to walk into your local Best Buy and purchase the phone, or alternatively order it online. The Nexus S features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, and, of course, the latest version of Android (Gingerbread). Add in some nifty new features like an NFC chip and you have a future-proof phone that ranks right at the top of the pack.
Best Buy Mobile® Partners With Google to Exclusively Launch Nexus S Smart Phone
Nexus S, from Google and Samsung, is the world’s first smart phone with Android 2.3, Gingerbread. Nexus S hits Best Buy stores and BestBuy.com after Dec. 16
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 6, 2010 – Best Buy proudly announces the exclusive North American launch of the new Nexus S™ smart phone, co-developed by Google™ and Samsung, the world’s most advanced Android™ smart phone.
Nexus S is available after Dec. 16 in all Best Buy big box stores, the 157 Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and on BestBuy.com. Customers can purchase Nexus S for $529 as an unlocked phone without a contract. Nexus S optimized for T-Mobile’s network is available for $199 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan.
Best Buy Mobile has rapidly become a leading destination for mobile technology purchases with the most smart phones under one roof. With the addition of Nexus S, Best Buy Mobile now offers more than 20 Android phones across all four major networks, a full line of accessories for the devices and highly trained mobile associates providing support and guidance.
“We have invested a lot of time and resources to ensure people get the smart phone and support that’s right for them, and we expect to see significant consumer excitement focused on Nexus S,” said Mike Vitelli, president of the Americas for Best Buy. “This is a groundbreaking mobile device that you have to see to believe, and that’s exactly what people can do at every Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile location. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Google and Samsung to launch this phone in time for the holidays.”
Nexus S also is launching in all Best Buy and Carphone Warehouse stores in the UK later in December.
”We’re thrilled to launch Nexus S with Gingerbread, and we’re also excited to be partnering with Best Buy to launch this device,” said Andy Rubin, Vice President of Engineering at Google.
Nexus S is the world’s first mobile phone to feature a 4” Contour Display. Its unique design and curved display make it easy to use while the powerful 1GHz application processor combined with the newest version of Android 2.3 or “Gingerbread” means users will enjoy one of the fastest and most seamless user experiences available. The combined Flash and HTML5 technology means internet browsing is high-speed and sophisticated.
Additional Nexus S features include:
16GB of internal memory
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows users to read NFC tags
Front and rear facing cameras
Voice Actions allows users to text friends, search for and call restaurants and stores, write notes to self, receive step-by-step directions via Google Maps™ with Navigation and Latitude, and ring and email contacts just by speaking into their smart phone
Access to Google mobile services including Google Search™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Calendar™, Google Talk™, Google Voice™
Gyroscope support for enhanced gaming and motion detection
Nexus S, Google, Android, Google Maps, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, Google Talk, and Google Voice are trademarks of Google, Inc. T-Mobile is a trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.