Google Nexus One specs hit the Net

Engadget has published a preliminary review of the long-awaited Nexus One Google smartphone.

The HTC-manufactured device – which runs Android 2.1 atop a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU – features a 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 display, 512MB of ROM, 512MB of RAM,

and a 4GB microSD card (expandable to 32GB).

The T-Mobile phone also includes a light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash.

“We have to say so far the pictures it snaps look pretty decent and the camera software is much faster than the same component on the Droid,” wrote Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky.

“The phone is incredibly thin and sleek – a little thinner than the iPhone – but it has pretty familiar HTC-style industrial design. It’s very handsome, but not blow-you-away good looking. It’s a very slim, very pocketable phone, and feels pretty good in your hand.”

However, Topolsky noted that the Nexus One was “really not very different” than Motorola’s Droid in any “substantial” way.

“Yes, we’d say the design and feel of the phone is better (much better, in fact), and it’s definitely noticeably faster than Motorola’s offering, but it’s not so much faster that we felt like the doors were being blown off,” added Topolsky.

Google is expected to officially unveil the Nexus One on Tuesday, January 5, 2010.

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