Google has introduced a new version of its Nexus S smartphone which uses a cheaper Super LCD touchscreen rather than the more expensive Super AMOLED one that was on the original Nexus S (and equips the Galaxy S & S2).
Introduced towards the end of last year, the Nexus S was slapped with a rather high price tag, more than £500, which was its main criticism. The phone can now be purchased from Clove and Handtec for only £318, a 40 per cent discount altogether in just five months.
Manufactured by Samsung, the Nexus S was the first handset to come with Gingerbread and the first Android smartphone to have near field communication (NFC) native support.
Like the Galaxy S, it comes with a 1GHz Hummingbird system on chip, AGPS, a five megapixel front facing camera and a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen.
Unfortunately, there's no microSD card reader although there's 16GB onboard storage which should be more than enough.
As expected, it carries all the hallmarks of a classic Android handset with Google services aplenty, Internet calling (VoIP/SIP) support, portable Wi-Fi hotspot and full support for Android market.
At £318, the handset is dangerously close, pricewise, to the original Galaxy S and to the HTC Desire. The Nexus S though wins at the end of the day as it is more future proof than either of its competitors.