There were rumors back in April that Samsung were working on a new interesting smartphone model number SCH-i200 ‘Jasper’. The rumor, which originated from a leaked Bluetooth SIG document and posted on Bams, turned out to be the closest to the truth if recent FCC filing is anything to go by. News now are that Samsung is planning to release a mid-range ICS smartphone on Verizon Wireless codenamed Jasper and model number SCH-i200.
As the leaked document showed, Samsung Jasper will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will feature a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon CPU, a WVGA display with a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels) just like the old outdated Nexus One and will support Verizon’s LTE band 13. Other crucial details such as the amount of internal storage or RAM could not be established but for a mid-range smartphone with a dual core processor, it most likely will be 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of inbuilt memory.
It is not surprising that Samsung is working on a new midrange smartphone shortly after the release of the much anticipated Galaxy SIII because although they may have won the hearts of advanced users, a dumber but cheaper version of the S III will target users with less advanced needs was expected. Samsung has done this before, especially with the release of the smartphones in the Galaxy S line. An interesting observation with the Samsung Jasper though is the LTE network connectivity. It appears Samsung is making this feature a must-have for its smartphones in both medium and high range smartphones.
The Samsung Jasper is designed to be a direct competitor to the HTC One S, also with a snapdragon S4 processor but without LTE connectivity and lesser display features. The expectation is that the Jasper will cost less than the HTC One S, most likely not higher than $100 with a 2 year Verizon contract.