Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) may not be saying anything about its top-secret smartphone, but a lot of other people are. Clandestinely shot photos and videos of the Nexus One have begun appearing on blogs, and Google employee tweets are buzzing about the device across the Web. Gizmodo’s Jason Chen has apparently even gotten a sneak peak at the HTC-built device, facilitated by some modern day tech deep throat. Most astonishing, though, is that actual specs for the Nexus have begun emerging, and they reveal that Google may be eschewing AT&T’s (NYSE:T) big audience in favor of its old partner T-Mobile (NYSE:DT).
Engadget last week published full specs for the Nexus One, delivered by an unnamed informant. In addition to the list of impressive processing, display and memory hardware, the specs showed all of the radio bands supported, and 3G support at the PCS frequencies were left out. The phone supposedly will support high-speed packet access (HSPA) up to 7.2 Mb/s on the European cellular (900 MHz) and 3G (2100) MHz frequencies, but its only concession to the North American market is the advanced wireless services (AWS) band (1700 MHz/2100 MHz). The only major operator in the US operating HSPA on AWS is T-Mobile. The rest use PCS or cellular frequencies or run CDMA networks.
The specs indicate that the Nexus One could still run on AT&T’s 2G Edge network, but the omission of PCS 3G support likely indicates Google has no intention in messing with the AT&T-Apple (NADAQ:AAPL) cabal. As for the CDMA operators, Google and HTC would just need to produce a CDMA version of the device to include Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD), Sprint (NYSE:S) and any number of regional operators–something Google and its Android partners have shown much more willingness to do than Apple.