Samsung is getting ready to launch a QWERTY + touchscreen side-sliding Android-powered device on Verizon. That has been made apparent by a leak of some pictures of this device over the weekend. The handset’s model number is Samsung SCH-i405, and it will, as you can see from the images, slightly resemble the Epic 4G that Samsung makes for Sprint.
However, unlike the Epic 4G, it may not be a high-end device at all (although, to be fair, the Epic 4G was a high-end device last year, by this year’s specs it’s probably a bit lower down the food chain). The model number, i405, is very close to that of Verizon’s Samsung Continuum, so the specs here should be similar.
Unfortunately, as of yet we have no actual details about specs to speak of, but PocketNow speculates that the i405 may have a 1 GHz single-core processor and a WVGA (480×800) touchscreen.
The Samsung SCH-i405 has already received Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certifications, but hasn’t yet passed through the FCC, which means that a release probably won’t happen sooner than in a month or two. That means that this phone may launch around or at the same time as the Galaxy S Function, Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. In that case, the i405 may be seen as a device to complement that – lower-end specs, but it has a QWERTY keyboard for those into that sort of thing.
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