Samsung Nexus S i9020 (PIC: TechCrunch)

Tech website TechCrunch.com has posted one of the first reviews of the follow-up to Google’s popular Nexus One smartphone.

Samsung’s Nexus S is expected to become available on December 16 in the US (via BestBuy) and the UK (Carphone Warehouse) and is said to be a worthy successor.

The phone is the first the include Google’s Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system with its support for Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing devices to communicate and share information in close proximity.

According to TechCrunch, Samsung’s Galaxy S was the starting point for the new Nexus S.

The new phone is based on Samsung’s 1GHz Hummingbird processor and features a four-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16million colours.

Battery life is said to be good for six-hours on heavy usage although the official specs say seven hours on 3G, 14 hours on 2G with standby times of 713/428hours on 2G/3G networks.

The phone comes with a standard 5MP image sensor and will capture 720p (1280×720-pixel) video at up to 30fps. A front-facing VGA camera is also included for video chat use. It also features 16GB of internal storage but surprisingly, comes with no MicroSD card slot.

That makes the Nexus S rather a unique Android phone – up till now, external storage has been one of the telltale signs of having an Android phone. The previous Galaxy S featured both a 16GB internal cache of flash plus a MicroSD card slot. So it’s hard to see the Nexus S’ removal of that card slot as anything other than a backward step.

Time will tell if consumers will agree.

As we said, the phone is expected to be released in the US and UK on December 16.

Pricing details are yet to be confirmed.

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