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New Samsung Jasper smartphone shows up, sports 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 and ICS

April 23, 2012

Let’s take a breather from the spectacle that is Samsung Galaxy S3 and check out what other smartphones the company is apparently cooking up.

A new breed of Samsung phone with model number SCH-i200 has inconspicuously made its way to Bluetooth SIG’s website, which was then picked up by the folks at Pocket Now. Using the model number, they were able to get more information about the phone, thanks to an entry on GLBenchmark website.

What we have here is a phone that shows a strange mix of high-and low-end specs. Codenamed Jasper, the Samsung phone will boast a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and a WVGA display. So it’s essentially a phone that has the HTC One X’ chip and HTC One V’ display, though it’s not clear yet how big the screen will be. Apart from the known chip and resolution, the mysterious phone is expected to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The test device used on the benchmark site apparently runs on the Verizon network, so it’s safe to assume that Jasper will come with LTE support. It’ll be interesting to see how Samsung will market this device amidst the impending arrival of the Galaxy S3, but the Jasper may end up becoming a cheaper alternative – albeit a powerful one — for those who don’t want to cough up the dough to get the company’s flagship device.