Since the Nexus S’s launch in December 2010, Sprint and T-Mobile customers have enjoyed the pure “Google Experience” Android phone. Now the device finally is finding a new home at AT&T, launching on July 24 at a nice $99 with a two-year contract. In this day of dual-core phones with LTE support and qHD (960 x 540) screens, the 1GHz Cortex A8 single-core processor and modest WVGA (800 x 480) screen may not appeal to the spec-conscious consumer but the an unlocked bootloader and pure unskinned Android 2.3 Gingerbread still impress on a software level.
What makes this release particularly interesting at this point is the NFC (near-field communications) chip inside, which grants the possibility of Google Wallet functionality in this Nexus phone. AT&T would undoubtedly grow the userbase of this payment/discount service much more effectively than Sprint, who has thus far been the only supporter of Wallet with their Nexus S 4G. While Google has yet to confirm this fact, it seems to be the only particularly compelling reason for Samsung to bring this “old” phone back with a “new” release.