PORTLAND, Ore. Google's Nexus One phone, which goes on sale Tuesday (Jan. 5), has nearly the same form factor as Apple's iPhone.
|Google's Nexus One phone is almost exactly the same size as Apple's iPhone.|
The new Google phone is made by HTC and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor running Google's Android operating system. T-Mobile is Google's designated wireless carrier.
The 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen uses an organic LED screen with 480 by 800 pixels set within a case measuring 11.5 by 60 by 119 millimeters. The phone has almost identical curved corners and contoured edges as the iPhone. Along its left edge is a volume control and a power button on the top edge with a sleep setting and a headphone jack.
The Nexus One has four keys along its bottom edge for back, menu, home, and search. Its most distinctive feature is a tiny white trackball below the buttons.
A micro-USB port is included, along with a three-element connection for a dock. A 5-megapixel camera with a Xenon flash is located on the back of the phone.
Inside, the Nexus One has 512 Mbytes of RAM, 512 Mbytes of ROM, a light sensor, proximity sensor, an accelerometer, a GSM radio, Wi-Fi chip, GPS chip and a microSD slot with a 4-Gbyte card that is expandable to 32 Gbytes.
The unlocked Nexus One sells for $530, or $180 with a 2-year contract with T-Mobile.