By Stephen Schenck | February 4, 2011 7:40 PM
About a month ago we caught an early peek at Samsung’s SCH-R910 with MetroPCS badging, lining up to possibly be the first full-on smartphone to use the carrier’s 4G LTE data network. The FCC has now published the usual assortment of documents indicating a phone’s passed all requisite RF testing, setting up the model for a release any time now.
Unsurprisingly, the radiation test results don’t divulge anything in the way of new, useful information about the smartphone. So far we’ve heard that the R910 will run a 1GHz processor (no claims of dual-core or anything of the sort) and have a 5-megapixel rear camera.
MetroPCS LTE plans start at $40 a month. So far, you’ve been limited to using Samsung’s Craft, which is a fine high-end feature phone, but lacks the power of an OS like Android. All accounts point to the R910 shipping with Froyo.
The big questions right now are what MetroPCS intends to call the R910, and whether or not it has a QWERTY keyboard. As far as Samsung LTE smartphones on the carrier, we’ve seen the R910 presented as a standard slate, the Forte with a QWERTY keyboard, and the Indulge, also with a keyboard. The similarities of their facades, and the lack of corroborating evidence, make it too tough to call. We have heard that MetroPCS could be getting up to three Samsung LTE phones, so maybe they are all different models; for now we’ll just have to wait for MetroPCS to make its announcement.