Having trouble getting your hands on a Nexus One? Supplies of the device have been dwindling since Google announced that it would stop selling the Nexus One back in July. But if you don’t mind rocking a Chinese knockoff, you might want to take a look at the WT8000 phone from MAXWEST, pictured above.
The WT8000, which passed through the FCC today, looks pretty similar to the Nexus One – including the silver accents on the back and sides of the device and a roller ball below the device’s screen. We don’t have any specs for the WT8000 at the moment, nor are we sure if or when the device will make it to the US.
On Friday we spotted HTC’s PB99110 phone on the FCC. Since our first post, we received several tips that the PB99110 is actually a version of the HTC Nexus One (thanks joerph).
After a close look at both devices, it does appear that the PB99110 is a version of the Nexus One that will support WCDMA Bands I, II and V, unlike the previous version of the Nexus One that passed through the FCC in December (model# PB99100) with support for WCDMA Bands I and IV. Support for WCDMA bands II and V is particularly important for US users, since it will enable 3G for AT&T.
Similarities between the PB99110 and Nexus One start at the model number – the Nexus One’s model number is PB99100, which is very close to the PB99110. To date, we haven’t seen two distinct HTC devices that have model numbers that are so similar.
Additionally, the two devices are nearly identical in size (pics above). According to SAR reports, the Nexus One measures 119mm x 60mm, while the PB99110 measures 120mm x 60mm. While it’s odd that the PB99110 is 1mm taller than the Nexus One, this is probably due to different antennas in the two devices.
Finally, test reports for both devices show that they use the same battery, model number BB99100 (below). With these similarities in mind, we can safely conclude that it is highly likely that the HTC PB99110 and the Nexus One are the same device with support for different bands. This should make AT&T users happy, while giving the iPhone a bit of competition on the home front.
Last week HTC’s Nexus One desktop dock passed through the FCC, and today a car dock for the Nexus One made an appearance. The label pics above don’t really give us a good indication of what this device will look like, but it does appear that the car dock will have a circular base that will support the Nexus One in a vertical position. The test report for the car dock also shows that the car dock will use Bluetooth.
Interestingly, the test report also refers to the Nexus One as the ‘Google Phone’ (below), all but confirming that the Nexus One will be offered with Google branding.
There’s not much to look at here, but today HTC passed a dock for the Google Nexus One through the FCC. According to the device’s test report, the dock features Bluetooth, and testing photos suggest that the dock will allow the Nexus One to connect to video equipment (below).
It’s been tough to sort through all of the Nexus One hype, but according to Reuters and ‘sources familiar with the product’ the Nexus One, aka Google phone, could be on sale in the first week of January.
While ‘could be’ and ‘sources familiar with the product’ are not reassuring, this timeframe does correspond nicely with CES – definitely be a good place to launch the Nexus One.
The Internets were abuzz this weekend with news of an upcoming Google-branded phone. We now know that the supposed Google Phone is known as the Nexus One, and is manufactured by HTC.
Google employees have already received the Nexus One, it appears. The picture, above right, was taken by the ‘HTC Nexus One’, according to EXIF data (From Engadget), and posted to the Picasa account of a Google employee.
Today, more fuel was added to the Nexus One news as the device appeared on the FCC as the PB99100. No pictures were released, but the device’s label, above left, shows the ‘Nexus One’ name.
Additionally, the device’s test report shows quad-band GSM support, as well as WCDMA 3G. However, Engadget’s analysis of the test report suggests that the device will actually be released as a tri-band device for T-Mobile.
While the Nexus One is indeed very real, it is not yet clear what role Google will play in branding the device. It’s an interesting move by Google that could anger the company’s Android partners. However, the lack of mobile OS alternatives and Android’s momentum makes it unlikely for Google’s hardware partners to jump ship.