Official: Nexus S 4G Coming to Sprint May 8 for $199

Sprint users looking for a stock Android experience with all the speed of 4G don’t have much longer to wait, as Sprint has formally announced the Nexus S 4G for a May 8th release. The device is identical to the Nexus S we have come to know on T-Mobile’s airwaves save for the addition of CDMA and a WiMAX radio. The Samsung-made handset features many highlights of the Galaxy S line including a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and 1GHz processor with dedicated graphics support. Did we mention it comes with a nice, clean, stock build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread? All this can be yours for $199.99 on a new two-year contract. Check out the full press release below and head over to AndroidForums to join in on the discussion.

Nexus S 4G from Google and Samsung with Android 2.3 for a Pure Google Experience Available to Sprint Customers in the U.S. on May 8 for $199.99

The highly anticipated Nexus S™ 4G1 from Google™ goes on sale in all Sprint channels, including www.sprint.com, on Sunday, May 8, for $199.99 (plus tax) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Extending the company’s 4G device leadership yet again, it is the fourth 4G phone available and 20th 4G device announced from Sprint.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading global mobile phone provider and the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, Nexus S 4G is the only Nexus S phone with 4G and provides a pure Google experience with Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones. With its pure Google experience, Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps, and in many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.

Critics praise Nexus S 4G:

“Whether you’re an Android fanboy (or girl) or not, it’s tough to avoid drooling over the Nexus S 4G. The device has similar specs to its T-Mobile counterpart – the Nexus S – but it will take advantage of Sprint’s super fast 4G data network.” – MSNBC Technology
“It’s probably our pick of Android phones now on Sprint – the Evo is nearly a year old, and the major advantage of the Nexus S is that it’ll be on the bleeding edge of Android updates.” – Gizmodo
“So, what makes the (Nexus S) 4G different? WiMAX 4G. – IntoMobile
It is powered by a 1GHz Samsung application processor that produces rich 3D-like graphics, faster upload and download times and supports HD-like multimedia content along with a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to make playing mobile games, browsing the Web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience.

Designed with Samsung’s brilliant Super AMOLED™ touchscreen technology, Nexus S 4G’s 4-inch Contour Display features a curved design for a more comfortable look and feel in the user’s hand or along the side of the face. Its higher color contrast means colors are incredibly vibrant and text is crisp at any size and produces less glare than on other smartphone displays when outdoors, so videos, pictures and games look their best and the sun won’t wash them out.

Nexus S 4G features a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder and front-facing VGA camera. In addition, Nexus S 4G features a gyroscope sensor to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user tilts the device up or down or pans the phone to the left or right.

Additional key features include:

3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
Android Market™ for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience
Google mobile services such as Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™
Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and instant messaging
Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips
16GB Internal Memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM)
Wi-Fi® – 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 + EDR
Integrated GPS
1500 mAh Lithium-ion battery
Nexus S 4G from Google will be available from Sprint for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Best Buy.

Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (excluding Verizon’s Southern California plan; pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

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  • epic 4g

    So who’s gonna be first with the crying? No duel prosesser, not available on Verizon, sprint sucks etc…..

    • AaronC

      LOL

    • zoozie

      hilarious

  • Favyfresh

    Would have been excited if Nexus S was coming to Verizon 4G LTE…WiMax…Not so much =/

  • SIGINT

    Google is saving all the cool updates for the next Nexus phone in the winter.

    • UniteUs!

      Every Nexus phone gets the cool updates…and first. At least that is my understanding.

    • tq745

      and tmobile will be the first to get it.

  • UniteUs!

    Sooo….should I go ahead and get this or wait for the EVO 3D 4G? #HonestQuestion

    • Jdog25

      Do you like 3D? Updates? Better battery life?

      Maybe even free tethering?

      • Swazedahustla

        3D is irrevelent, you dont have to use it. But you still get that great CPU/GPU combination with all the best specs that are available on any phone.

        • Jdog25

          There I updated my question but I have one for you. Are you getting the Evo 3D and why?

          • DD

            I am getting the nexus s instead of the evo 3d. I am not sold on the 3d screens it still seems like a gimmick. The super AMOLED screen and the most important feature is the pure android OS experience without all of the bloat and delays due to manufacturers delaying updates to UI. Even though I could root the phone, but I want something that works the way I want without rooting.

  • http://twitter.com/kujayhawks77 Michael Radcliffe

    The lack of SD card makes me not want this phone.

    • Jdog25

      That was also I one of my concerns but after using it for 4 1/2 months I forgot all about it.

      • B2L

        Same here, i still have 5 gbs free.

    • zoozie

      I thought about the same thing but about 5 months of ownership, I dont think I have ever missed it ONCE. Its got a built-in one and I’ve got more than 10 gigs free. I guess it depends on your usage but 16GB is a pretty decent space on a phone.

  • Shawn Rutherford

    So this replaces the Epic? Are there no keyboard-based phones left on the upper tier?

    I bought the Epic for the keyboard… guess those days are over.

    • Jdog25

      For me those days were over in November 2008, I used the keyboard on my G1 like 10 times in 9 months. The Android onscreen keyboard used to suck back then too.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jordan.pfingsten Jordan Pfingsten

    I honestly don’t need a Nexus phone for Verizon, now that the HTC Thunderbolt has CM7!

    • Ckochinsky125

      I’d still take a nexus you have cm7 but they can’t develop unless a similar lleaked Tom is out and they r still having issues with getting everything to work.

      • BenChase7

        +1, i have CM7 and love it, but, like you say, not everything is working. I’m definitely considering this or the EVO 3D.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Great addition to the stable of devices on sprint. Customers should be proud just to know great options exist especially something that would keep sprint ahead of the curve from a update standpoint. I am truly happy cause this only means one thing and one thing only we are 30 days or less away from the HTC EVO 3D LAUNCH DAY and possibly two weeks away from possible PRE-ORDER. Many of us on sprint is current Htc Evo 4g owners and we are waiting in the weeds for the Evo 3d.. With the current Nexus S 4g and the upcoming Htc Evo 3d and Htc Evo View tablet this will bring sprints industry leading total to 22 4g enabled devices.. Sprints RULES without question… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6Vqi8a_swg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    • Matthew M.

      Richard, please go to http://support.sprint.com/ria/pages/index.jsp?ms=4G&INTNAV=ATG:HE:4G#!/devices/evo-3d and count….you clearly only count 14 4G enabled devices. It is not that hard to count. You claim 22 in every thing you post. It is WRONG. Sprint IS NOT THE BEST(nor is it the worst)

      • Richard Yarrell

        Thanks for your information that’s appreciated. Regardless I reserve my opinion and will stand by sprint being the best that is my case and my feelings your intitled to your own as well

        • squiddy20

          It can’t be opinion if it can be proved 100% wrong consistently. Since you obviously don’t know, an opinion is “a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.” Straight from the dictionary. The number of 4G devices currently available, yet to be released, or both, do not total 22 or even 20. So again, I ask you to please name for me all 22 of your supposed 4G devices. If you can’t, well then we’ll all know you and Sprint have been lying, or at the very least greatly exaggerating the truth.

        • unpraised

          Anyone that thinks any wireless provider at that, is best, is out of their mind.  And this fight for monopoly is unhealthy at least.

    • squiddy20

      Yet again, the article is about the Nexus S, not the Evo 3D or Evo View, making your video quite pointless and nothing more than spam. And as Matthew said, learn to count. There are only 14 displayed on that webpage, including ones that are not out yet. Unless you can give me the names of all “22 4G devices”, you need to shut up or change your statement. It’s quite ridiculous of you to post such a lie being that you believe Sprint/HTC to be God and absolutely perfect.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Your opinon means nothing so keep it to yourself….Who cares 14 or 22 how many does verizon have not many do they….Your a total idiot in my world

        • spoon

          you are by far the most idiotic person here. first you claim sprint has 22 4G device .. then you say who cares if 14 or 22 ( insinuating the amount is IRRELEVANT ) yet you point out verizon not having many ( insinuating the amount is RELEVANT ). hey idiot .. which is it?

          1. the fact that you can’t count is pretty idiotic to me.
          2. the fact that you continuously post off topic albiet irrelevant links all the time is pretty idiotic to me.
          3. the fact that you believe in sprint’s 4G even thought speed test have shown that sprint’s 4G service is crawling at the speed of other carrier’s 3G speed … is pretty idiotic to me.
          So technially sprint doesnt even have any 4G device since it’s slow as all other carrier’s 3G.

          http://www.pcworld.com/article/224458/article.html#tk.nl_pvx_h_crawl
          http://phandroid.com/2011/04/01/in-series-of-1000-speed-tests-verizon-lte-topples-sprint-wimax-for-4g-supremacy/

          atleast verizon has 4G device that HAS 4G SPEED. what does sprint has? “4G” device that HAS 3G SPEED, which in the end is .. 3G.

        • spoon

          squiddy and everyone here is entitled to their opinion. just like you as well. so if you are telling him to keep his opinion to himself .. maybe you should as well.

          on top of that .. atleast squiddy post opinion backed by data .. but your opinion is backed by false data, lies, deceit. So in actuality .. your opinion means nothing.

          so do us all a favor. post relevant stuff and opinion backed with solid data .. not made up stuff that’s going on in your idiotic mind.

          and that sir is my $0.02.

        • squiddy20

          About half of his statement is fact, not opinion. He used real sources to get this info, not pulling them out of his like you do. You have yet to rationally argue any of the facts he presented or mine. Instead all you do is basically say “your opinions are wrong mine are right and there is no debate.” Well sir, that is just complete and utter bullshit. See my comment below about the definition of “opinion”.

          • squiddy20

            Correction: I used a real source for my info, provided by Matthew, which I might add is publicly available. And yet again, I must point out that telling me to keep my opinions to myself are completely ridiculous, given that you should follow your own advice, but clearly don’t. So I’ll just keep on giving my “opinions” (which are mostly real facts and therefore not opinion). And I care about truth in advertising. If Sprint says there are (or will be) 20 4G device in the “near future”, I want to know what they are. If you or even Sprint can’t name for me all 20, well then they (and you) flat out lied.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Plus I will stick with what Mr. Hesse say’s not anyone else sprint should know how many 4g devices they have plus even this article says they have 20 4g devices so it looks to me that Mr. Matthews might be wrong as well…Everywhere you look engadget, androidandme,phandroid,cnet,pocket-lint all these sites are say 20 plus 4g devices so everyone can’t be wrong…..I will stick with 22 and Mr. Hesse screw whoever doesn’t like it

        • spoon

          So base on your flawed logic Verizon has

          1. Thunderbolt
          2. LG VL600 USB Modem
          3. Pantech UML290 USB modem
          4. VZW 551L usb modem
          5. Samsung SCH-LC11 Hotspot
          6. VZW Mifi 4510L
          7. Samsung Droid charge
          8. Moto Bionic
          9. LG Revolution

          And to point out how flawed Sprint’s logic as well
          From above in the article:
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          Nexus S 4G requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web.
          ——————————————–

          This whole statement is not even a direct comparison.
          69.99+10 = 79.99 is for their 450 min, unlimited min to any mobile, unlimited text, and unlimited data
          comparing to verizon’s UNLIMITED MINIUTES, unlimted text, and unlimited data of 119.99 hence the “39.99 savings”

          see the failed logic there? this is almost like a bait and switch .. borderline false advertisement. The fact that sprint is always comparing themselve to verizon says one thing .. verizon is better hence VZW owning a larger share of the wireless market and sprint resorting to this apples to orange comparison. Sounds like AT&T a while back comparing AT&T to VZW of how many subscriber they each had.

          To compare Sprint & VZW current plans:
          Sprint 450 min + data + text = 79.99
          VZW 450 min + data + text = 89.99

          Sprint 900 min + data + text = 99.99
          VZW 900 min + data + text = 109.99

          Sprint unlimited min, data, text = 109.99
          VZW unlimited min, data, text = 119.99

          These info can be obtain from their corporate website.
          http://www.verizonwireless.com
          http://www.sprint.com

          So actual savings is $10 each plan. Is $10 a month saving worth it to have 22 “4G” device, of which less than half is available to purchase as the other half’s arrival date is TBD, actual “4G” speed is reporting the same as other carrier’s 3G speed, and lack of coverage?

          TO ME .. hell no. To others .. maybe .. but base on all the info .. not worth it to go to sprint.

          Becuase again ..

          Great phone ( HTC phones on sprint ) + ok network (sprint ) = mediocre end user experience

          Good phone (HTC phones on VZW, Droid x etc) + best network (VZW) = best end user experience

          Another reason as to why sprint uses VZW’s coverage map as their own coverage map. Why is that? becuase sprint lacks coverage and can roam on VZW’s vast network.

        • squiddy20

          So if Mr. Hesse flat out told you that aliens are living on the moon, that Verizon has only 1 4G “device”, or that AT&T does not in fact have voice and data over the same network, you’d blindly believe him? You honestly wouldn’t think to go check the facts for yourself? Check the facts for yourself now. There are 14 or so devices listed on the webpage Matthew M. linked to. Lets just add in 4 devices that, as far as I know haven’t been announced, let alone rumored, to be coming to Sprint. That still only brings the total to 18, 2 short of 20 and 4 short of your “22”. So again, since I obviously don’t know, please list for me all of your supposed “22 (or even 20) 4G devices”. Give me something to “learn”.

    • zoozie

      Dude.. do you work for Sprint or something?