UPDATE: Nope, not dual core. Komugi-san is giving it a pass.
Someone leaked the details of Samsung's Nexus S to XDA Developers. Sounding pretty good. Oh, and we now it seems gingerbread will in fact be 2.3 as opposed to 3.0.
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- Dual Core Orion 1GHz CortexA9 (most likely)
- Open GL ES Supported
- 512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
- 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
- 800×480 Screen Resolution
- 4″ Screen Size
- SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
- 720P HD Video
The problem that we need to overcome is being dependent on the carriers to push updates. Case is point is the ht-03a, which I purchased just over a year ago. Before I had even owned it for a year, it became clear that Docomo was giving up on it. Docomo will still provide repair support but there is no indication they will update it to 2.2, even though HTC finally released an official version for the HTC Magic, which also includes a new bootloader and radio that gives an extra 15 MB of RAM to make Froyo run much more smoothly.
(To be fair, I would have no intention of accepting the OTA update even if Docomo pushed it because I prefer to do it myself with a custom ROM, but of course I (and many of you) are the minority. Most people don't want to think about updating their phone, or fixing permissions, or flashing radios and bootloaders, or debugging issues with the latest, bleeding edge experimental build.)
Apple has done it right, in some respects. Apple provides the updates regardless of carrier. Google does the same for Nexus one owners. Hopefully the with the Nexus S as well, consumers won't be dependent on carriers to push updates. Let's face it, it is not in the best financial interest of the carrier to keep your old phone running the latest and greatest OS. They want to sell you phones, especially in Japan (see the end of this post for background or handset sales and carriers).
And one more thing, the Samsung Galaxy Tab went on sale today on Docomo. I popped into a shop quickly and confirmed that it would be in excess of 40,000 yen for an existing customer who keeps their number and enters a 2-year contract with subsidy. If you paid in 24 installments, you could get it for about 1500 yen out of pocket with around that amount added to your monthly bill. If you have enough Docomo points, you can get it with nothing up front.