By Stephen Schenck | December 26, 2012 12:45 PM
Samsung’s GT-I9500 is one model number we’ve had our eyes on for a good, long while. Just about a year ago, we brought you a sample image that appeared to originate from the I9500, and at the time we wondered if the phone might end up emerging as the Galaxy S III. By springtime, though, it was becoming clear that the GS3 would arrive as the I9300, instead, and the I9500 was purported to be a developer’s handset Samsung was using in its efforts to prepare the new Tizen platform for launch. We thought that might be the end of the I9500′s story, but now the model number is popping-up once again, amidst claims that it could be ready to make its commercial debut as a high-end Samsung model.
This info comes courtesy of a tipster to SamMobile, and the site seems to put a lot of faith in what he has to say. Supposedly, Samsung’s going to release both the GT-I9500 and a GT-I9505, which might be a regional variant with a different (and possibly LTE) radio.
Problem is, even this tipster doesn’t seem to have any info on just what this handset is beyond its model number. Could we finally be ready to see the first Tizen phone? Would Samsung really release what’s (at this point) year-old hardware? There’s also some talk that the I9500 number could have been re-purposed by Samsung and now may refer to a new Galaxy S model (like we originally thought, this time last year). It’s all quite confusing, and while this new rumor breathes some new life into the I9500′s story, it really doesn’t answer any questions, only providing new ones.