Google announced today that Samsung Nexus S will be the first phone to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread when it goes on sale December 16 at US Best Buy stores. It will be available for $529 unlocked or $199 with 2-year T-Mobile contract. Similarly to Nexus One, Nexus S is a developer phone with an unlocked bootloader (for easy installation of custom system images) and is not locked to a carrier (can be used on any GSM network using a SIM card).
Nexus S specs include 4.0″ WVGA Super AMOLED screen, 1Ghz Hummingbird CPU, 16GB internal storage, Quad-Band GSM, Tri-Band 3G (T-Mobile frequencies), HSDPA, Near Field Communication (NFC), gyroscope, 5 MP rear camera w/ flash and front-facing VGA camera. Notable omissions from the specs are: HSPA+, microSD slot, 720p recording.
Nexus S will be the first phone to ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and with NFC chip, gyroscope and front facing camera it is equipped to fully utilize new Gingerbread features.