What’s Samsung up to with Android model SM-S780L?

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We’re seeing a pretty active day for Samsung news, and while that’s meant taking a look at a new model, it’s also found us discussing setbacks and details of other unfortunate developments. Let’s get this Samsung train back on some positive tracks with word of yet another new device, and one with a bit of a mystery to it: what’s Samsung up to with its model SM-S780L?

Here’s what we know: the device appears in a WiFi certification report published this past Monday, and Samsung’s own servers host a User Agent Profile for the handset, itself dated January 17 – so all these details are pretty darn recent. We can see there that the model sports a 720p display – but that’s where the info begins to dry up. We’ve also heard some claims about specific band support, but it’s not clear to us where that data might come from, and neither of these sources appear to mention anything along that line.

The model number itself isn’t immediately ringing any bells, either, so we’re hard-pressed to say if this is something all-new, or might be a variation on an existing device or device family. The “L” at the end suggests a destination on South Korea’s LG U+ network, but we’re not seeing matching KT and SK Telecom versions, nor an international version – at least, nothing’s turned up yet, anyway.

Best-case scenario: something like the GS4 mini, but with a higher-res screen. We’re hoping that MWC may shed a little light on all this, so our answers could be just one month away.

Source: WiFi Alliance (PDF), Samsung (XML)
Via: phoneArena

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!