Just over the weekend, the folks from PocketNow were tipped with an updated inventory sheet that allegedly lists unannounced devices with their corresponding release dates. The updated inventory sheet showed that handset model SPH-D600 will be launched as the Samsung Conquer 4G on July 24.
The Samsung Conquer 4G will be launched on Sprint as part of the carrier’s portfolio of mid-end phones. One of its attractions (a rare one, I dare say) is that it comes preinstalled with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, while almost all of its peers only have Android’s softer version: Android 2.2 Froyo.
According to leak sources, the Samsung Conquer 4G (SPH-D600) will bear the following features:
- 1-GHz Processor (single-core)
- slider QWERTY keyboard
- HVGA screen (320×480 resolution)
- 3.1-megapixel rear camera
- front-facing camera
- 4G WiMax support
Sources have not revealed the price, but the handset will probably cost around USD$50 to USD$100.
The unofficial announcement about the Conquer 4G have prompted mixed initial reactions. Several readers scoffed at the idea of the phone’s being touted as a “mid-end” phone despite the low-resolution camera. Other critics have noted that certain features (e.g., front-facing cameras) formerly available on high-end models are now making their way to average (read: “mid-end”) phones such as the Samsung Conquer 4G. This certainly means two things: “high-end” features that were formerly expensive are now becoming affordable and newer “high-end” features are coming.
It seems that Sprint’s releases of Android phones are, well, on a sprint. At its “exclusive luncheon” event with Motorola, the mobile carrier not only displayed its rekindled relationship with Motorola but also announced the Motorola Photon 4G, Sprint’s first-ever Android phone carrying NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 superchip.
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