Vodafone Australia has announced it will be the first local carrier to offer the Google Nexus S smartphone.
The carrier, which held an abrupt press event today where representatives did not announce an on-sale date or pricing, asked that customers register their interest in the device online.
According to an early review by the folks at PC Authority, the device is worth a look.
It was the first device in the world to run the Android 2.3 mobile operating system, which PC Authority described as more responsive with a better typing keyboard and improved video performance.
The Nexus S also features dual cameras for video chat, can act as a WiFi hotspot for up to six other devices, and can handle VoIP calls natively.
The device also makes use of Near Field Communication (NFC), enabling users to "swipe" special tags in restaurants or advertisements, launching a web browser to get more information.
Google claims the Samsung-manufactured phone will have 75 percent less screen glare. But reviews have noted that the Nexus S screen was nonetheless "eyeball-searing in its brightness".
Given the negative publicity Vodafone has been receiving in Australia of late, carrier choice might be a concern for some potential Nexus S owners.
The Vodafone site said the phone will be "exclusive to Vodafone".
Overseas, the Nexus S is unlocked.