While smartphone manufacturers such as HTC are reportedly planning to put all their eggs in the Android basket, it appears Samsung still sees a future not tied to our favorite mobile platform. Or at least not fully tied to Google’s OS, since Tizen rumors are again intensifying and a mysterious new Windows Phone has been spotted online.
This fellow is codenamed SGH-I187, which, after thorough documentation, we can say for sure is a model number in no way connected with existing Samsung handhelds. So what does that mean? Essentially that the device could be a significant drift from the ATIV S (aka GT-I8750 or SGH-T899M), both in terms of design and specs.
Then again, I wouldn’t get my hopes up for the SGH-I187 to be a game-changer. After all, GFXBench lists its display as sporting 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, which has become run-of-the-mill nowadays.
Meanwhile, the processor is covered in mystery, but it is surely ARM-based and paired with an Adreno 305 GPU, which narrows the possibilities down a little. Namely, we could be looking at a spanking new Snapdragon 400 chip here (maybe the same exact unit that powers the Galaxy S4 Mini) or a slightly older S4 Play or S4 Plus (currently featured on the Nokia Lumia 520, 620, 625 and 720).
To recap, we have Windows Phone 8, an HD screen and a secretive dual-core CPU likely manufactured by Qualcomm. Is there anything else we can speculate about the SGH-I187? As a matter of fact, there is.
Based on its model number, it’s likely being prepped for a US carrier (T-Mobile or AT&T), while based on its GFXBench test scores, it seems just a tad zippier than the ATIV S and HTC Windows Phone 8X and slightly slower than the Nokia Lumia 920.
Of course, one benchmark does not a summer make, so before getting too excited we should probably wait for the phone to become official. That goes double for hardcore Android fans, which don’t have real reason for concern… yet. Samsung is still very much focused on supplying us with neat gizmos running on Jelly Bean, Key Lime Pie and beyond. WP is just a little something on the side.http://thedroidguy.com