Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab and mystery Samsung GT-i9010 (Google Nexus Two/S?) hit the FCC
Two interesting devices have passed FCC testing today. First up is a Wi-Fi-only version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, clearly intended for the US market. This has the model number GT-P1010, and the only difference between it and the ‘original’ Galaxy Tab, the P1000, seems to be its lack of a 3G radio of any kind. It’s been at the FCC for a while and has got Bluetooth SIG certification as well. This version of the Tab will be headed to at least Best Buy, which are prepared to sell it for $499.
The other interesting device to come out of the FCC is the Samsung GT-i9010. That model number is all we know for now, but seeing as how the aforementioned Wi-Fi-less Tab also keeps the model number of the original version while changing the third digit to “1″ (so it’s 1010 instead of 1000), and the Samsung Galaxy S’ model number is GT-i9000, it’s safe to assume the GT-i9010 is a minor revision of some sort to the international version of the Galaxy S.
Could this be the rumored Google Nexus Two (also sometimes referred to as the Nexus S)? Possibly, if it’s little more than a rebranded (and de-TouchWizzed) version of the Galaxy S. Will this phone actually be sold as the Google Nexus something? I don’t think so. It will probably be a “Google experience” device, as the T-Mobile G2 – as in it has no custom manufacturer or carrier UI overlays or added software on top of Android. That makes sense, but Google have stated there won’t ever be a Nexus Two. Yes, they may have changed their minds, but why? And why have a Nexus Two so indistinguishably similar to an already existing device? I do think it’s fairly possible that this phone, whatever it ends up being called, may be the first device to run Android Gingerbread. What remains to be seen is who will take care of the software updates for it – Google or Samsung? If it’s Google, that may be very good for those sick and tired of waiting for manufacturers to issue OS updates for their devices. If it’s Samsung, then just think about the fact that the Galaxy S in most parts of the world is still stuck on Android 2.1.
Whatever this phone turns out to be, we’ll be here to report on it.