Overland Park, Kan. - Sprint will carry the Nexus S 4G phone from Google that is manufactured by Samsung Mobile.
The Nexus S 4G uses Android 2.3, Gingerbread, the fastest version of Android available for smartphones, Sprint said.
Nexus S 4G from Google will be available exclusively from Sprint this spring for $199 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade (taxes not included) in all Sprint retail channels, including the web (
) and telesales -- (800) SPRINT1 -- as well as select national retailers.
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 to make playing mobile games, browsing the web and watching videos a fast, fluid and smooth experience, the carrier said.
It is designed with Samsung's Super AMOLED touchscreen technology and a 4-inch contour display.
Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be among the first to receive Android software upgrades and new Google mobile apps. In many cases, the device will get the updates and new apps as soon as they are available.
"We're excited to partner with Sprint on Nexus S 4G, which brings innovative hardware by Samsung and innovations on the Android platform, to create a powerful smartphone experience," said Andy Rubin, engineering VP at Google.
The Nexus S 4G has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder, front-facing VGA camera, and a gyroscope sensor.
Additional key features include:
Â· 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to six Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously;
Â· Android Market for access to more than 150,000 applications, widgets and games;
Â· Google mobile services, such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar, Voice Actions and YouTube;
Â· corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync), personal (POP and IMAP) email and instant messaging; and
Â· Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which allows the device to read information from everyday objects, like stickers and posters embedded with NFC chips.
The phone features 16GB internal memory (ROM)/512MB (RAM), 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, integrated GPS and 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery.
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, Anytime 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, Sprint said.