by Elmer Montejo, 1 year ago
If you have already marked August 29 on your calendar for Samsung’s unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S II variants for U.S. mobile carriers, you might want to mark September 9, too. Word has reached…
Back in January, a mysterious new Samsung smartphone codenamed “Godiva” first appeared online via a GLBenchmark listing, where it was shown to have a number of interesting features such as a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 720p HD display, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. And then, a couple of days later, a set of alleged Samsung Godiva photos came up, pretty much confirming the fact that it will come with one of the latest flavors of the Android OS. Since then, there hasn't been any news about it at all. So what happened? Has it inadvertently fallen off the face of the Earth?
No, it has not. As it turns out, it just might be released to the U.S. very soon. We say this because we know for a fact that it has just passed FCC certification, and yes, it's still going by the same moniker — Godiva.
It was spotted at the FCC through its model number, which is SCH-i425 — typical of Samsung. Relevant documents from the FCC indicate that it will feature support for CDMA and LTE, and even AWS networks. This means it's just about ready for a release in the U.S. now, and it probably will be made available through Verizon as noted in earlier reports.
Verizon will certainly benefit from having a phone such as this in its stable — especially since it could be one that supports NFC mobile payments through ISIS — however, there's also a chance that it might coincide with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4. In which case, it won't be much of a good thing at all, because then most eyes would likely be on the latest Samsung flagship and not a questionably designed Verizon-exclusive.