We wouldn’t be surprised if the next rumor to spread about the Nexus One is that it will be initially in beta, like all of Google’s products.
But for now, Engadget reports that the phone will be available only by “invitation,” just like how Google (NSDQ: GOOG) slowly provides access to other services, like Google Voice and Google Wave. Details on how the invites will be passed out are not clear, but potentially, developers may get priority. After the invitation period expires, T-Mobile will apparently sell the phone, which once again sounds like a fairly traditional mobile-industry relationship. It’s still really unclear whether the Nexus One is the “Google Phone,” or just another phone running the Android operating system.
Engadget also said it got its hands on a list of the handsets’ full specifications, which includes confirmation that the phone is compatible with T-Mobile’s 3G network and not AT&T’s.
Here’s some of the details:
— Android 2.1
— 11.5mm thick
— 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, 4GB microSD in-box expandable to 32GB
— 5 megapixel camera with mechanical AF and LED flash
— HSPA 900 / 1700 / 2100, 7.2Mbps down and 2Mbps up.
— 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED display
— Haptic feedback
— 3.5 mm stereo headset jack