Google’s pet project isn’t even out yet, and there’s scant little known about this device — and still, some blogs just can’t help themselves in drawing comparisons already.
iSmashphone took a look at the FCC filing on Google’s Nexus One, and pitted those specs against those of — you guessed it — the iPhone 3GS.
The Apple device is a UMTS/HSDPA (850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz) phone that supports GSM/EDGE (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz) bands. The Nexus One’s FCC filing indicates that Google’s handset is also a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device that supports UMTS/HSUPA (850 / 1700 / 1900), as well as HSPA 900 / 1700 / 2100. (For more on the bands, see “The FCC Filing” below.)
While both the iPhone and the NexusOne support 802.11b/g Wifi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, the latter will be sporting a few more major pluses, including a 5MP camera, 3.7-inch AMOLED screen and a microSD card expansion slot. The iPhone 3GS has a 3MP camera, a 3.5-inch display and no expansion slot at all.
Specs aside, the photos that have been surfacing on this device suggest that the Nexus One may be suited up to do battle with the iPhone in the looks department as well: the leaked images show a device that draws on the best of HTC’s aesthetic, as seen in the svelte, sexy and high-quality form factors of the unlocked Hero and the Droid Eris (not to mention it's a dead ringer for the Passion). (To see pics of NexusOne, click here.)
THE FCC FILING
So, something with the model number PB99100, built by HTC and tagged "NEXUSONE," has been zipping through the FCC, and inspired the iSmashphone post referenced above. Originally, there was a lot of buzz about this being an unlocked 3G phone capable of data rates of 2Mbps up and 7.2Mbps down on both Tmo and AT&T’s networks. But now, this is being called into question:
Update: … So far the FCC has posted a trio of reports this morning for the Nexus One but the outcome is inconclusive based on our own continued research and from the discussion in our comments. According to the bands listed (I, IV, and VIII) we're definitely looking at a T-Mobile USA device as well as applicability on European networks (among others). The whole AT&T range is in doubt as the test lab incorrectly lists 815-880MHz frequencies as part of band VIII…
Update 2: Only WCDMA Band IV was tested in the Part 22H / 24E / 27 Report, leading us to believe that the Nexus One is going to be HSPA 900 / 1700 / 2100 (a pretty common tri-band 3G setup) plus quadband EDGE. Sorry, AT&T, but that's how the cookie crumbles.
Stay tuned for more Google/Nexus One news as details emerge.