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Are The Google Nexus S & The Samsung GT-i9020 Twins?

The Nexus S smartphone, which is set to be launched imminently, could be a Google-branded version of a Samsung handset called the GT-i9020.

Engadget did the digging on Flickr and found out, through the EXIF metadata of some pictures, that the phone was indeed the GT-i9020 and turned into the Nexus S after a quick firmware update.

Furthermore, availability of the phone seems to be rather widespread with Google apparently not taking any precautions to prevent any leaks from occurring, unlike Apple.

Amongst other titbits that have been gathered, there's the fact that the phone comes with Wi-Fi, 3G, a 5-megapixel camera with AF (a bit disappointing really), Bluetooth, dual band and likely to be called the GT-i9020T in Europe.

The default picture that has emerged can be found here courtesy of Best Buy and points to a handset not dissimilar in shape to the Nokia N86.

Expect it to come with plain vanilla Gingerbread rather than Honeycomb, a 4-inch AMOLED WVGA touchscreen, a Samsung Hummingbird chip running at 1GHz and 512MB RAM.

According to an earlier leak from Best Buy, the phone will be available before the end of the year exclusively from the US retailer.

Given that the latter has a strategic partnership with Carphone Warehouse in the UK, we wouldn't be surprised if the handset is launched here as well at the same time.