#CTIA09: What is the Samsung Valencia?

Here’s a mystery. It seems rather odd to me that certain phones are outed by Microsoft at its booth instead of the manufacturer itself. If Samsung is going to come out with a new device, wouldn’t it be nice to show that device off in Samsung’s own booth?

This is exactly what happened at the Microsoft booth at CTIA 2009: a mysterious handset that doesn’t received a lot of buzz, rumors or leaks. The device in question is the Samsung Valencia.

Turns out the Valencia made a sudden appearance in Microsoft’s booth at MWC as well, it just wasn’t well covered there. It’s also been referred to as the C6625 on some internal Samsung sheets.

What we’ve dug up so far on the Valencia is 3G, GPS, 393 MHz processor, 128 MB ROM, 2.0 GB RAM, QVGA display, and Windows Mobile 6.1 with a special mod that looks awfully similar to Samsung’s signature Touchwiz UI with widgets on the left side of the screen. The key difference here, however, is that there is no touch screen on the Valencia.

Not much else is known about the Valencia and Samsung is keeping it under wraps for now — that or Samsung just doesn’t care enough at the moment to announce it — but at least we had some good one-on-one time with it. Cue the photographic evidence!

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Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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