Google Nexus One Android Phone — What We Know


It seems the mobile tech world is not happy unless there are rumored gadgets floating around the nexus. Google (s goog) has been playing the Apple (s aapl) game with the leaks concerning the mystery Nexus One Android phone. Details have leaked out over time, and we now have an idea what the Nexus One will be, and how it will be sold.

First, here’s what we know about the phone:

  • 512 MB of RAM and ROM
  • 4 GB microSD card included with support for up to 32 GB of removable storage
  • 3.7? AMOLED display with WVGA resolution
  • 5-megapixel camera sensor with 2x digital zoom
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor
  • Removable 1400 mAh battery
  • Voice supported on both AT&T and T-Mobile, but 3G is only good for T-Mo
  • AT&T’s network will provide EDGE

The phone looks just like a slightly bigger Droid Eris, complete with the four touch-sensitive buttons below the screen. The Snapdragon processor makes this the fastest Android phone yet, but otherwise the Nexus is just another Android phone.

Google will sell the Nexus One for use on the T-Mobile network. The phone is reported to go on sale Jan. 5, and will be available for both a subsidized and an unlocked price.

  • The phone will sell for $180 with a subsidy
  • The unlocked price is $530
  • The subsidy is only available with the one data plan ($80 monthly), providing unlimited web, unlimited texts, but only 500 talk minutes
  • Current T-Mobile customers with other plans must buy the unlocked phone for use with those plans, or switch to the new plan
  • You can only buy five phones on one Google account
  • Google will sell the phone online
  • If you cancel your new plan within the allowed 120 days, you will be charged the difference between the subsidized and unlocked prices ($350)
  • Two docks will be available, one for home and another for car use (a la Motorola Droid)


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After all the hype, I was expecting something different and exciting. Yes it now seems like it will be a good phone and probably the best Android to date, but THERE IS NO GROUND SHAKING EVENT.

Steven Snell

WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE WORLD?! We don’t have this mobile carrier in Australia. So, if you’re not in the US you can only get an unlocked phone?

Derek Kerton

Hold on for a short while. Maybe one of your carriers will pick it up on the subsidy model, if that suits you. Of course, it’s not clear that carriers will be enthusiastic about a phone with so much Google branding.

But come on! ALL CAPS for this? This is, by no means, the first handset that didn’t launch, subsidized, across the entire world all at once!!

Money talks. The US is a huge market, and often gets products first.

Australia is just not the top priority market, and you’ve surely noticed that with everything from concert tours to automobile models, papal visits, tamagotchis, and whatever! I can sympathize, having grown up in Canada. C’est la vie, things arrive later in smaller, more isolated markets.


I can see Google giving the Nexus to T mobile first because G1 was launched with them. They work together well.
As for the limitations of the unlocked phone that will go away as other carriers get G phones IMO.
This is just the beginning. I think they are still dog fooding but with the public being the dogs.


Just because the phone DOESN’T have AT&T 3G doesn’t mean that it is worthless. It has 3G for T-Mobile USA, WIND in Canada and 3G for Europe and Asia via 2100. So it might be moot for americans that it is unlocked but not moot for the rest of the world.

Also, over $500 for a phone is a hefty price unsubsidized. But that’s a REAL price and everyone who gets subsidized prices get “fake” prices. It’s in line with Nokia’s N900 also available on T-Mobile and buying unlocked means none of the carrier specific customizations are forced on you.


are you sure $500 is the “real” price?

too everyone, why is it SnapDragon-powered smartbooks coming in 2010 are aiming at a $200-$300 price point? obviously no contract as well. plus, they will use better/more expensive components (screens, storage) than smartphones.

my guess is, smartphone contract price has always been the “real” price of the phone. the price just gets jacked up for unlocked phones to discourage people from passing up contracts.

Derek Kerton

Your guess is wrong. Subsidies cost carriers upfront capex to lure in the customer. They pay for a portion of most every smartphone. One “real” price we can determine for handsets is the wholesale price paid to the handset vendor. The other “real” price is the retail price for a handset, unlocked, NOT from the carrier store, like the price for a Nokia N97 in the USA.

Re your other smartbook issue: smaller costs more. Once you’ve made a smartbook, to then make an equally powerful device that fits in a pocket is an engineering marvel.


smaller doesnt always cost more, in the smartbook vs smartphone the use the same parts except mobo, screen casing. 7″+ screens cost more to cut, larger mobo’s & casing cost more as well. there is no way R&D of smartphones would triple the price.

parts are NOT the reason smartphones cost more, clearly its other market forces at work.


best Android phone? yep. better hardware than HD2? nope. where is the innovation & “disruption” this phone was suppose to cause? its just another phone you can buy unlocked/locked, but on a 4th place carrier with a much smaller network than 3rd place Sprint. is the fact you can buy it from Google the “innovation”?

im starting to think it isnt about the product, its about the company behind the product. is Android really that impressive without the Google name? what about Chrome? its just another browser. what about ChromeOS? its just another thin client that has been done before & currently being done by JolliCloud. perception seems to be far more important than reality. its ashame the smaller guys who make as good/better products get no attention because they are not Google.

Kevin said no minutes & no contracts, but is he so motivated to dump his Pre that he will flipflop? my guess is yes.


I assume by reffering to Sprint as third place and“small” you couldn’t possibly be reffering to coverage, since its coverage and throughput are the best of any carrier. Or perhaps you use Verizon and AT&T commercials as your source of nformation?


read more carefully before you get emotional, was clearly knocking Tmo not Sprint. Tmo has a VASTLY smaller 3G network than the other 3 carriers.


It is nice to see this type of post giving us more certain specs. With that said I really wish somebody would take a hard look at the possibility that the Nexus One will be a real problem. That problem being will it be the Zune of cellphones? By that I mean will Google piss off it’s hardware partners and thus drive them to seek a different operating system? Look at Plays For Sure today, the Zune killed the small part that was still alive from competing with the iPod. Will Google do things with the phone that other hardware partners can’t? I think this is the real story of the Nexus One.


What’s the point of marketing an “unlocked” version of the phone if it really only works completely with one carrier? If it only has T-Mobile 3G Bands, anyone not on T-Mobile would be effectively paying the unsubsidized price for reduced functionality. I’m happy with my existing carrier and have no desire to switch carriers, but I’d like a newer handset. I’m not sure that I’m willing to pay a premium for an unlocked version of this phone that will limit me to EDGE speeds for data. Am I missing some huge compelling point here? Or is this really only of interest to T-Mobile customers?


I am with you on this. They could have differentiated themselves by making a truly universal/global 3G phone, but the limitation to T-Mob US 3G is just making it very limiting.


I assume by reffering to Sprint as third place and “small” you couldn’t possibly be reffering to coverage, since its coverage and throughput are the best of any carrier. Or perhaps you use Verizon and AT&T commercials as your source of information?

Derek Kerton

I’ve played with one of these phones. It definitely has GPS, and maybe something more (using WiFi like Skyhook?). I was downstairs in a wood constructed home, and it had the location nailed.

Fat chance of Google launching a phone that doesn’t take advantage of location!!

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