The Nexus S smartphone, which has been available in the United States since December, is now officially available in Canada after Samsung held its launch event earlier today in Toronto.

Faster than the original Nexus One smartphone, hardware features of the Nexus S smartphone include: a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, a 4 inch Super AMOLED 480×800 touchscreen, front and rear facing cameras, gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, proximity sensor, haptic feedback, light sensor, Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity and 16 GB of internal flash memory.

The Nexus S can also function as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to six portable devices such as laptops or tablets. Another interesting addition is Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that can read information from "smart" tags, or everyday objects that have NFC chips in them. These can be anything from stickers and movie posters to t-shirts. NFC also allows users to exchange information such as contacts by touching their phones together.

Program wise, the device comes with a full suite of Google applications (Calendar, Gmail, Google Earth, Google Maps with Navigation, Google Search, Google Talk, Google Voice, YouTube) as well as have access to over 100,000 apps on the Android Market.

The unlocked Nexus S is being sold for $525, less on mult-year contracts.

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