We had heard that the upcoming HTC Android phone, the Nexus One (A.K.A. Passion), would be available January 5, but apparently that won’t be a full-blown retail presence. In fact, only those specifically invited will be able to pick one up. We’re not sure how these invites will be doled out, but developer partners have a good chance at getting first dibs. Rumoured specs like 5 megapixel camera, 3.7” 800 x 480 display, 1 Ghz processor, AGPS and T-Mobile’s involvement are all confirmed, with a few new specifics thrown in: Wi-Fi n, 512 MB of memory, and 7.2 Mbps downlink. No update on the rumoured $199 price point, but we can expect to hear more in the new year.