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Google Nexus One, the Google Superphone

Google and HTC today announced the launch of the Nexus One, the latest device from HTC that runs the latest version of Android, 2.1.

The Nexus One can be purchased at google web store (not yet available for Brazil) unlocked or through a plan of one of the partner operators (in the United States T-Mobile and, in the future, Verizon Wireless; in Europe, in the future Vodafone).

According to Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, ?the Nexus One belongs to a new category of devices we call 'Superphones', with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, making it as powerful as a laptop computer three or four years ago ?.

In terms of hardware, the Nexus One is not so revolutionary, but it leaves most of its competitors in the dust. In terms of software, the news is impressive.

Nexus One Technical Specifications:

Hardware

  • Display: 3.7 ? AMOLED touchscreen, with 480 × 800 WVGA resolution and 100,000: 1 contrast;
  • Dimensions and Weight: 119mm x 59.8mm x 11.5mm (H x W x D) – 130g;
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 3G QSD8250 1GHz;
  • Operating System: Android 2.1 (Eclair); Camera: 5 megapixels with automatic focus from 6cm to infinity, 2x optical zoom and LED flash. Captures video at 720 × 480 pixels at 20 frames per second or more, depending on the lighting conditions. Connections: UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100 / AWS / 900), HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps, GSM / EDGE (850 , 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), Wi-Fi (802.11b / g / n) and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR;
  • Battery: removable from 1400mAH. Conversely, the duration is up to 10 hours (in 2G) or 7 hours (in 3G). In standby, it lasts up to 290 hours (in 2G) or 250 hours (in 3G). Using the internet, up to 5 hours (3G) or 6.5 hours (Wi-Fi). It lasts up to 7 hours watching videos and 20 hours listening to music;
  • Storage: 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM and 4GB Micro SD Card (expandable to 32GB).

Software

  • Google Maps: navigation via voice command;
  • Email: multiple Gmail accounts; universal box and Exchange support;
  • Contacts: integration with multiple sources, including Facebook;
  • Typing: any and all text fields can be filled in using the speech recognition system. Sending text messages, instant messages, updating Facebook, posting to Twitter, searching Google Search, making phone calls or filling out an email is now much easier.

The initial value, in the United States, will be $ 529 for the unlocked device and $ 179 with a 2-year contract with T-Mobile.