Back in April, Bams reported about a leaked Bluetooth SIG document for an interesting Samsung smartphone codenamed the SCH-i200 “Jasper”. Although such documents turn out to be misleading in many cases, this one turned out to be the real deal as a recent FCC filling confirms that Samsung is indeed planning to release such a mid-range ICS smartphone with Verizon Wireless.
Just as the April leak showed, the Samsung Jasper runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor along with a WVGA display (800 by 480 pixels, the same resolution that the outdated Nexus One used for its display) along with support with Verizon’s LTE band 13. The amount of RAM is unknown, although the obvious choice for a mid-range smartphone would be 1GB of RAM (especially given that RAM isn’t actually that expensive as other components such as the display or the processor & GPU).
At this point it should be mentioned that it isn’t that surprising for Samsung to release a slightly dumber, cheaper version of the Galaxy S3, as they have taken a similar path with the previous 2 models in the Galaxy S line. But what’s really interesting about the Samsung Jasper is its LTE-connectivity, probably a feature that Samsung has identified as a “must” for an increasing number of US mid-range smartphone customers.
From where I'm standing, the Samsung Jasper looks to be a direct competitor to the HTC One S, a smartphone also built on the Snapdragon S4 platform but with a lesser display, although the former lacks LTE connectivity.
We’ll be here to report whenever we learn more about the Samsung Jasper. Here goes hoping that Samsung and Verizon won’t price it higher than $100 with a 2-year carrier contract!