Google has finally taken the wraps off its ‘iPhone killer’, known as Nexus One.
As previously reported by DPme.com, the smartphone handset is being manufactured by Android technology partner HTC, but with some exclusive features that exceed those available in Apple’s iPhone.
Google has also launched a web store located at www.google.com/phone, where customers can place orders for the new handset.
At present, the handset will only be available to customers located in the United States, Great Britain, Singapore and Hong Kong, with other international markets to be considered throughout 2010.
The handset is expected to be made available on contract by monopolistic telcos in the Gulf, including du and Etisalat in the UAE. Both telcos currently offer the iPhone to customers on similar plans.
Key features of the Nexus One handset include a 3.7" AMOLED 480x800 WVGA display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 3G QSD8250 chipset, delivering speeds up to 1GHz; a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, flash and geo tagging; 512MB onboard Flash memory and 512MB RAM; and expandable memory of up to 32GB.
"The Nexus One belongs in the emerging class of devices which we call ‘superphones,’ with the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset making it as powerful as your laptop computer of three to four years ago,” said Andy Rubin, VP of Engineering, Google.
"We look forward to working with handset manufacturers and operators to bring more phones to market through this channel worldwide."
The Nexus One runs on Android 2.1 OS – a version of the platform's Eclair software – which offers advanced applications and features including Google Maps Navigation, multiple Gmail accounts, universal inbox and Exchange support and Android Market, providing users access to more than 18,000 applications.