Benvenuto! That’s how you’d welcome someone in Italian and was exactly what we had in mind when we got wind of a report from Italian tech site Telefonino.net claiming that Samsung has several Android devices lined up, ready for us to greet with Benvenuto! in the coming months.
[Update 2011-10-03: It turns out that this leaked list not only opens up flood gates of Samsung Android devices but also seems to be fairly accurate, and thus, prophetic. New information about the devices mentioned in this list has surfaced in various reports, and we're updating the post to show the updates.]
[Update 2011-08-24: News about this leaked roadmap caused a lot of stir and spun off a lot of rumors and speculations. Further digging led us to additional sources that not only reveal target release dates but also 4 other Samsung tablets besides the P6200 and P6210 originally mentioned in the August 12 (original) version of this post. The post has been updated to reflect the new information.]
Samsung Android Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
One bears model number P6200, a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet with 1024×600 screen resolution believed to be the updated successor to the original Samsung Galaxy Tab. It allegedly carries support for HSPA+ networks, a 3-megapixel primary camera, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera for video calls. A Wi-Fi-only variant, model P6210, will also be reportedly produced. Interesting, huh? Target release date: Week 44 — October 31 – November 6.
This device looks like a freshened-up version of the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung recently officially announced this updated version as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Sadly or fortunately (depending on your persuasions), the only fresh things about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus are its 1.2-GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 720p video recording, 1080p video playback, and support for HSPA+ networks (i.e., AT&T).
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
An 8.9-inch tablet, the P7300, is also on the list. It has a dual-core, 1.0-GHz processor and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. The list notes also of a 3.15-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. This is most likely the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. A Wi-Fi-only version comes as model number P7310. Target release date: Week 39 — September 26 – October 2.
Samsung recently released the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet along with two other Android-based portable media players (the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 and Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0).
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
A much bigger tablet, the P7500, has a 10.1-inch screen with a display resolution of 1280×800–most likely the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Just like the P7300, it will come with a dual-core, 1.0-GHz processor and Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Its camera specs are the same as the P7300. A Wi-Fi only variant is model P7510. Target release date: Week 36 — September 5 – September 11.
Samsung Android Smartphones
Samsung GT-I9250 (Nexus Prime Candidate)
But here’s more interesting: a 4.65-inch Android handset (with model number GT-I9250) is on the list–and it’s the only one on the list having Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Could this be the rumored Google Nexus Prime (Nexus 3, Nexus Plus)? If so, this confirms the suspicion that Samsung–rather than HTC or LG–will be producing Google’s flagship phone for Ice Cream Sandwich and we can probably see the device in as early as October.
The GT-I9250 reportedly comes not just with a 4.65-inch (1280×720) Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen but also a 5-megapixel camera and a presumably dual-core yet-unspecified processor (which is rumored to be a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 or 4460 running at a clock speed of at least 1.5 GHz up to 1.8 GHz). Target release date: Week 48 — November 28 – December 4.
Although the leaked Samsung roadmap shows the GT-I9250 as the only ICS-packing device, recent reports have been suggesting that Samsung may possibly be manufacturing two Android smartphones intended to be the first ICS devices. Apparently, the GT-I9250 is one, and is rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, rather than the tentative rumored codename Nexus Prime. It is the device that will carry the Nexus branding and will reportedly be the global, multi-carrier-compatible handset. This Samsung handset has already received Bluetooth SIG (Special Interest Group) certification and Wi-Fi certification.
Incidentally (or maybe not), the specs of the Samsung GT-I9250 line up perfectly with the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE that Samsung recently launched in Seoul, South Korea, and is slated for a local release on South Korean mobile carriers at an undetermined date. Will the Galaxy S II HD LTE cross oceans, land on Western shores, and turn up into the Nexus Prime? No one is sure, but it is possible.
The other Nexus Prime device is one heading to and reported to be exclusive only to Verizon Wireless. The handset model number is SCH-I515. Reports are suggesting that the handset will be called the Samsung DROID Prime. This device reportedly has a 4.5-inch touchscreen and Ice Cream Sandwich.
Official details about the Nexus Prime have been superbly elusive, but the Samsung Mobile Unpacked event at the upcoming CTIA Enterprise and Applications conference on October 11 in San Diego, California, just may have Samsung and Google break the silence. Samsung has been reportedly sending out invitations for the “Google Episode” of its Samsung Mobile Unpacked event.
Samsung GT-I9220 (Samsung Galaxy Note)
A sibling, the GT-I9220, carries a bigger 5.3-inch touchscreen, although still sporting Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus screen technology at a screen resolution of 1280×720. This one’s hard to ignore, despite being given only Android 2.3 Gingerbread, because of its dual-core 1.4-GHz processor and 8-megapixel primary camera. Target release date: Week 43 — October 24 – October 30.
The Samsung GT-I9220 has been recently announced at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA 2011) in Berlin this year as the Samsung Galaxy Note. Previously referred to as the Samsung Galaxy Q, the device has aroused many people’s curiosities–whether for the good or for the better–precisely because of its unusual size: a 5.3-inch screen that is midway between smartphone and tablet.
Samsung GT-I9210 (Possibly Samsung Galaxy S II LTE)
Another handset–the GT-I9210–with a smaller 4.5-inch 800×480 Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen also makes our hearts skip a few beats. Here’s why: it has 4G connectivity, 16 GB built-in storage, Wi-Fi b/g/n support, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, 8-megapixel primary shooter, 2-megapixel secondary camera, Full HD video capture ability, 1750-mAh battery, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Molto dolce! Could this gadget be the rumored Samsung Galaxy S III? Target release date: Week 48 — November 28 – December 4.
Samsung also recently announced a device having exactly the same specs–the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, but is planned for release in South Korea only, along with the Samsung Galaxy S II HD LTE.
Other Samsung Smartphones
The GT-I8150 has the smallest screen size among the other high-end devices on the list. It has a 3.7-inch 800×480 TFT LCD touchscreen. Nope, no Super AMOLED Plus reported for this model, but before you dismiss this one, you might want to note its noteworthy specs: 4 gigabytes of internal storage, HSPA+ support, 5-megapixel primary camera (capable of 720p HD video capture), VGA-quality secondary camera, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n connectivity, GPS, FM radio, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Target release date: Week 40 — October 3 – October 9.
The three other Android devices belong to the low- to mid-range category. Two of them run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (models GT-S5360 and GT-S5610), while one still has Android 2.2 Froyo (model GT-B5510). Here’s a quick view of their leaked specs:
- GT-S5360 — 3.0-inch screen, 320×240 resolution, 2-megapixel camera; target release date: Week 42 — October 17 – October 23
- GT-S5610 — 2.4-inch screen, 320×240 resolution, 5-megapixel camera, 150 MB internal storage, HSDPA connectivity; target release date: Week 42 — October 17 – October 23
- GT-B5510 — 2.8-inch screen, 800-MHz processor, QWERTY keyboard, 3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi support, FM radio; target release date: Week 41 — October 10 – October 16
As to when Samsung is planning to unleash this deluge of Android tablet and smartphones, we have no idea for now. For the meantime, which one of these is catching your fancy?