Google had a press conference a few weeks ago to introduce the “not so secret” nexus one to the world. They kindly gave all Google employees one of these phones for christmas and asked them to keep quiet about it until the announcement.
All the specs and press questions were asked and sort of answered live and streamed on ustream (very smoothly) with 15000 concurrent viewers. I must say I was very impressed by the stream and less restrictive access to the stream compared to Apple.
So let me get to the nitty gritty. The Qualcom chip inside the Nexus one is the following
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz
And on the Qualcom site this chip has the following specifications:
Technical Features for QSD8x50 chipsets
The QSD8x50 platform consists of the QSD8250™ which supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA networks while the QSD8650™ supports CDMA2000 1X, 1xEV-DO Rel 0/A/B, GSM, GPRS, EDGE and HSPA networks. Both chipsets include:
1 GHz CPU
Integrated 3G mobile broadband
Support for Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® connectivity
Built-in seventh-generation gpsOne® engine with Standalone-GPS and Assisted-GPS modes
High-definition (720p) video decode, and multiple video codec support
High-performance 3D graphics – up to 22M triangles/sec and 133M 3D pixels/sec
High-resolution up to WXGA (1280×720) display support
12-megapixel camera support
Multiple audio codecs: (AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, FR, EFR, HR, WB-AMR, G.729a, G.711, AAC stereo encode)
Support for mobile broadcast TV (MediaFLO™, DVB-H and ISDB-T)
Support for Windows Mobile®, Android, and a number of Linux®-based operating systems
Qualcomm’s hybrid mode alternative solution
So highlighted above is a great feature of the chip. The big question remains has HTC/Google attached an antenna to the TV portion of this chip or have they just decided to neglect it?
Who can tell me this? I want to say after reviewing the dissection of the device how an uncanny antenna circles the chips. Could it be the antenna for all the radios?
This shows the teardown of the N1 lets hope some clever techie can give us this answer!
If it will happen the next questions is software and API middleware within android to access this chips feature set.
Is anyone working on this middleware? is there a team of go(o)ggles working making the software layer? anyone? anyone?
On lighter news, as of today I have witnessed DVB-H in south africa on an iPhone working!
Who is with me on this one? Rah! Rah!
How you say? um sorry cannot tell you just yet!
I just need to bask in the glory of the above discovery.