While many Samsung fans are awaiting the delivery of their Samsung Galaxy S III smart phone and another large number is awaiting any news about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2, there has appeared yet another mystery phone, a certain SCH-I200, from the Samsung stable. It is code named ‘Jasper’ and after passing the FCC, it’s now headed towards Verizon.
This mystery phone is however, more of a puzzle than a revelation. The GL Benchmark, though offers some information about the device, is still limited. Information about its specification that can be pieced together from the benchmark are these. The Samsung SCH-i200 will be powered by a Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. The other phone that uses this processor is AT&T’s HTC One X. The SCH-i200 is preloaded with Android version 4.0 or the Ice Cream Sandwich. So far the specs sound high-end, a typical new age smart phone. But it is the last bit of information that is puzzling. The screen resolution is listed in the benchmark a sub 720p, 800X480 pixel. Now, why would you need a high end processor and OS to run a display which is almost on the verge of becoming obsolete? Is the low res screen there as a way to increase battery life? Or was the screen resolution just a test dummy and set to be upgraded? Or perhaps Samsung is planning on releasing a budget phone with more emphasis on the processing power and less on how the screen looks.
As of now the only thing we know is that the Samsung SCH-I200, code named Jasper, has passed the FCC test and will at some time in the future show it’s low resolution face in the Verizon inventory. Until then we can only keep guessing. And if at all this comes out, will you be buying one?
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