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iPhone 4 Rival Alert: Samsung Google Nexus S Cleared Out?

It looks as if some online European retailers are starting to clear existing stocks of the Samsung Google Nexus S smartphone a few days before the launch of the Google Nexus Prime.

Fudzilla (opens in new tab) reports that Austrian retailer DiTech (opens in new tab) has dropped the price of the Nexus S to a mere €199, that's £173 including VAT for a phone that was launched less than one year ago for three times that amount.

The phone was introduced back in December for £549 and we immediately criticised it for being too expensive (amongst other things); the price of the phone went down to £318 by May 2011 and now to only £173, nearly 69 per cent less than its original suggested retail price.

In a nutshell, the phone is similar to the iPhone 4. It has a single core Samsung Hummingbird Cortex A8 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, 16GB storage, plain Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4-inch Super LCD WVGA capacitive screen, a 1500mAh battery, a five megapixel camera with LED flash and NFC capabilities.

Unfortunately, there's no front facing camera, no microSD card slot and unfortunately for Samsung and Google, there are other better and cheaper Android smartphones to choose from.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.