The world’s first Android 2.3 smartphone appear in stores in the US overnight, but at this stage, while Samsung’s Australian operation has said it will be bringing the phone to Australia, it sounds like it’ll be a case of “don’t hold your breath.”

The Samsung-built Google-inspired Nexus S is available in the US from Best Buy stores for $199 upfront on a two-year contract or $529 outright and unlocked. If you already have a contract deal at Best Buy, you can grab a Nexus S for $249.

Samsung’s local Australian response back on December 7 went something like:

“Samsung Electronics Australia is excited at the prospect of bringing the Nexus S to Australia. We are currently reviewing our options on how to bring this to market locally and look forward to sharing more details at a later stage.”

Early reports suggest the phone is offering decent speed, holding the performance gains Google picked up when it incorporated the JIT – Just In Time – compiler inside Android 2.2 (Froyo). That version deliver in the order of five-times the CPU processing speed over Android 2.1 (Eclair).

However, the Nexus S is one of the first high-end phones to feature no external storage. Instead, the phone incorporates 16GB of flash memory. As the Nexus S is built on the Samsung Galaxy S base, the hardware in general is pretty similar with the same 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor.

Samsung has also incorporated a four-inch Super AMOLED panel with 480×800-pixel resolution and a 1500mAh Lithium-ion battery.

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