From the FCC Website comes details of two unreleased Samsung handsets, the R700 and the GT-99020T-thought to be the Nexus S and to be getting a new antenna.
The Federal Communications Commission Website is offering details about two
new smartphones coming from Samsung.
first, Phone Scoop reports, is for a
device suspected to run Google's Android OS, called the R700. It has a
touch-screen, a camera, a headset jack and lock keys, and supports dual-band
CDMA with EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) 3G. Images published by the FCC show
a device with rounded edges that's dominated by its display, under which are
call start and stop keys and a four-way navigation button.
on the model number and lack of AWS," says Phone Scoop, "the R700
could be headed to a carrier such as U.S. Cellular." AWS, or advanced
wireless services, is also known as the UMTS (Universal Mobile
Telecommunications System) band, which is used for mobile voice and data
the higher end of the device spectrum, Samsung has submitted an application for
a phone -the GT-99020T, aka Nexus S, aka Nexus Two-that it says is "identical
to the previously certified Cellular/PCS
GSM/EDGE and AWS WCDMA Phone with WlAN and Bluetooth." The only thing that's
different, Samsung said on the application, is the BT/WiFi antenna and the GPS
receiver antenna, which suggests the phone maker is working to avoid the
antenna issues faced by the Samsung Galaxy S.
as the Apple iPhone 4 experienced a loss of signal bars when the bottom left
corner of the device was covered by a user's hand-a position quickly coined the
"death grip"-so, too, did the Galaxy S, according to reports. In a
few widely circulated videos, the phones were shown to lose bars when gripped
and quickly regain them when released-though in either case, it's unclear
whether the number of bars reflected the phones' ability to place or hold
just as "antennagate," as Apple CEO
Steve Jobs jokingly referred to the issue, did little if anything to slow sales
of the iPhone 4 -during its third fiscal quarter, Apple sold 8.4 million
iPhones-neither did it hurt Samsung. Within 45 days of releasing the device,
it had sold 1 million of the smartphones in the United
notoriously took Apple 74 days in 2007 to sell its first 1 million iPhones.
Almost just as well known is that in the same number of days, Google sold only
135,000 of its Nexus One handsets. (Verizon
sold an impressive 1.05 million Motorola Droids in the first 74 days of its
release.) Largely to blame for the Nexus One's wanting sales was Google's
decision to sell the device itself on its Website, instead of through its
the Nexus S, it appears Google won't repeat its mistake. According to reports,
the device is expected to be available
from big-box retailer Best Buy, if not also though T-Mobile.
smartphone additionally is expected to feature a 4-inch Super AMOLED (active-matrix
organic light-emitting diode) display, rely on a virtual keypad, run Android
2.3, or "Gingerbread," and feature a Hummingbird processor. Also
expected is support for EDGE/GPRS/HSUPA networks, GPS
and, of course, e-mail and Web browsing.
likely feature will be NFC (near-field communications) technology. At the Web.
2.0 Summit in San
Francisco, Google CEO
Eric Schmidt pulled an "unannounced product" from his pocket to show
off its NFC capabilities, which enable devices to wirelessly communicate with a
point-of-sale terminal in a store. Eventually, said Schmidt, mobile devices
could "literally replace your credit card."
both its likely new antenna and new marketing, it's expected that the Nexus S
will enjoy a better reception than its predecessor.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.