The rumored LTE-capable predecessor of the Samsung Galaxy S II has surfaced again in leaked photos. Codenamed the Samsung Celox, the device’s rumored specs closely match those of handset model GT-I9210, which appeared on an alleged Samsung roadmap last week.

We first spotted the Samsung Celox on a Korean tech blog last week, along with a photo of the Samsung Celox showing a dedicated physical Home button. The latest photos, however, have dispensed with the dedicated Home button, and in its place are four touch-sensitive buttons.

Korean tech blog Kevin’S Click Mobile posted these leaked photos of the Samsung Celox yesterday:

Last week’s purported “roadmap” of an upcoming Samsung 7-inch Android tablet and several Android smartphones gave birth to speculations that the rumored Google Nexus Prime and the rumored Samsung Galaxy S III could be hidden among the handset model numbers on the list. In an unusual move, Samsung quickly tried to quash the rumors by issuing a three-sentence statement claiming the details on the list were inaccurate.

On that list was model number GT-I9210, said to be the Samsung Celox and rumored by several quarters of the Web as the Samsung Galaxy S III, perhaps chiefly because of its specs’ close similarity to the Samsung Galaxy S II’s.

Samsung Galaxy S II +1

The device’s rumored hardware seems to take the Samsung Galaxy S II’s abilities several notches higher: 4.5-inch WVGA (800×480) Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE connectivity (secondary support for HSPA+ networks is also suggested), and a 1,750-mAh battery.

In addition, the handset will be running the latest Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) and will be sporting an 8-megapixel primary camera, a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera, 16 gigabytes of built-in storage (expandable to 32 GB), and 1 GB of RAM.

Although Kevin’S Click Mobile mentions either SHV-E110S or SHV-E120S as the model number for the handset, the specs closely match those of the GT-I9210 in last week’s roadmap leak. This leads us to believe that these refer to the same device–the Samsung Celox or the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Local and Possibly Global Launch

The Korean blog goes on to say that the Samsung Celox or Samsung Galaxy S III may be launched at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA), an international consumer electronics fair to be held in Berlin next month.

The Samsung Celox is said to be released on the SK Telecom network. Japanese tech blog Blog of Mobile mentions the possiblity of a Japanese release on the NTT DOCOMO network. The same blog suggests that an international variant, with a slightly different design, might also be released.

Earlier reports say that the Samsung Celox may not reach U.S. shores because its LTE radio is said to be for the 800 MHz band. U.S. network operators use the 700 MHz band for LTE. But, do you really think an Android smartphone this powerful would skirt the U.S.? It would be grave folly for Samsung to pass up the U.S. on this power-packed gizmo.

Feed Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to this powerful beast, and this might as well be a good candidate for the Google Nexus Prime (Nexus 3, Nexus Plus).

Heck, this could even be Verizon’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II, now that “reliable” rumors have been saying that the the upcoming Samsung Stratosphere (Samsung Aegis), coming on September 8, is not the carrier’s Galaxy S II variant. (Or, would that be too much wishful thinking?) Slapping on a 700-MHz LTE radio is presumably not hard to do, you know.

Are you ready for a Samsung Galaxy S III (Samsung Celox)?

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