Samsung does indeed look to be preparing a 4G-enabled QWERTY slider for release on Clear’s WiMax network called the Samsung Notion, with the company recently applying for a USPTO trademark on that name. First filed on August 9th, the application was just approved for “publication for opposition,” which refers to the act of making the proposed mark public so that interested parties may lobby against its adoption. It seems to take between three to six months from the time Samsung files for a trademark to when a product is released on the market, so we could be looking at a launch as soon as this month or perhaps as late as February.
Unfortunately for potential buyers, we’ve heard that the latter month is more likely launch window, with an authorized Clear dealer claiming that the company has delayed its smartphone rollout for unknown reasons. The Notion was originally rumored for release this month alongside the HTC EVO 4G as Clear’s premiere handset offerings, but that is no longer thought to be the case.
Originally reported on by Android Spin in late September, Samsung’s Notion is said to be an Android 2.2-powered (likely 2.3 Gingerbread if that February release is accurate) handset with front-facing camera that looks similar to the company’s Galaxy S lineup — making comparisons to the Epic 4G quite natural. Clear may be pricing the phone at $349 (probably the subsidized cost), but may also offer mobile hotspot capabilities for free, a great value compared to partner Sprint’s $30 plan.