Google Nexus S launches in the UAE and Middle East
Samsung has just announced that its Google Nexus S will be available in the UAE and the rest of the Middle East later this month. This marks the first visit of an official Google phone in the Middle East, after HTC failed to introduce the Nexus One last year.
Sammy told us everything we already knew, that the Samsung-made Google Nexus S runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and is the first phone to pack a curved screen that fits the profile of your face. Other than that, it’s almost a carbon copy of the Galaxy S, with a 4in touchscreen, 1GHz Hummingbird chip, 16GB SSD and 5MP cam (with second VGA snapper on the front).
Samsung also said the Google Nexus S would pack Android Market – until now the App Store has been blocked from official Android-running devices in the UAE (we’re not talking grey market). Whether or not this is a mistake, or Google has indeed done a deal with the TRA allowing its market onto regional phones, is unclear.
There were no exact dates mentioned, or for how much the Google blower will sell for. But we reckon it’ll come in at US$750 and be available from the 20th onwards.
With the Nexus S just launching now, gadget-lovers around the region will be wondering when its bigger-screened brother, the Galaxy S II, will be landing on our sandy shores. Samsung is still tight-lipped on price and availablity info on that, but a tipster inside the Korean-firm has told us to expect it late April, early May.
We’ll update you with better price and launch date info when Samsung decides to let us know.
[UPDATE - word from Samsung is the Nexus S will be available in the 3rd week of March, and cost US$655. Still nothing on whether or not Android Market will be available]