Google Nexus S handset goes public

So the rumours are true after all, there is a second Google phone and it's going by the name of the Google Nexus S. Indeed, Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been showing it off.

He was spotted flashing it about at the Web 2.0 summit and the Engadget site was on hand to capture a few sneaky snaps. Sadly, he didn't offer much in the way of detail, referring to the handset as an 'unannounced phone' from an 'announced manufacturer', even going as far as taping over the logo to keep the secret safe. But he did say Gingerbread would be here in a 'few weeks', presumably with the handset itself in tow.

According to Engadget, which briefly got hands-on, it's 'exceptionally thin', possibly slimmer than an iPhone 4, with a mildly concave profile, a glossy plastic bezel on the front housing an AMOLED screen, a pair of discrete volume buttons on the left side, and a black plastic back.

It is at least confirmation of the phone's existence, with features likely to be in tune with earlier leaks of a 1.2 GHz processor 4-inch AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and HD video capture and a front-facing camera. There's also likely to be 512MB RAM, 16GB internal storage, support for multiple carriers and the usual connectivity of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

So sit tight if that appeals, it should be here before Santa.

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