Samsung Nexus S Coming to U.K. with Delay, Price Cut
The Android 2.3-based Samsung Nexus S was slated to go on sale in the U.K. Dec. 20. Instead, Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy will sell it in that country Dec. 22 at a discount.Samsung's Nexus S smartphone, slated to go on sale at Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy U.K. in the U.K. Dec. 20, is being pushed to Dec. 22. That delay, which still makes the device available to shoppers before Christmas, was tempered by a price cut. The unlocked phone (no SIM card) will cost U.K. consumers ???429.99 instead of the original ???549.95 price tag. The handset will also be available from free with a ???30 per month contract.
Co-developed and co-branded by Google and Samsung, the Nexus S is the first smartphone to run Google's Android 2.3 operating system. Samsung has done the hardware. Google has hand-picked the software, including all of the Google mobile apps consumers have become accustomed to using on Verizon's Droid line. To support one of the new capabilities of Android 2.3, the Nexus S is also equipped with a near field communications (NFC) software stack and chip. These tools are geared to enable mobile payments and other contact actions enabled by the short-range wireless technology. eWEEK tested the Nexus S on T-Mobile's network here in the United States and found it to be as fast an Android handset as exists on the market today. The device has been available in the United States since Dec. 16 for $199.99 with a two-year deal from T-Mobile or $529.99 unlocked.