By Evan Blass | March 29, 2011 2:20 PM
Two unannounced Samsung handsets have just received Bluetooth certification: one is very likely to be the 4.3-inch Samsung Stealth V (i.e. SCH-i510) leaked back in November, and the other may be the followup to Verizon’s Fascinate, a.k.a. the Samsung Galaxy S 2. We say “may be the followup” because at this point all we have to go on are a model number and a little bit of educated guesswork. Known for now as SCH-i559, this Bluetooth 3.0-compliant device hasn’t yet been seen in any other databases, leading us to believe that it’s still a few months out; even Samsung’s Android-powered LTE handset for Verizon — the SCH-i520 — which is rumored to see a March release, received Bluetooth certification over a month ago, on November 21st.
Besides the fact that SCH-i5xx devices seem to be reserved for Verizon (or other CDMA carriers like US Cellular — a spot check indicates that Verizon gets SCH devices and Sprint SPH, while both T-Mobile and AT&T models begin with SGH, in the US), we have little more than deductive reasoning to conclude that we’re looking at the Galaxy S 2. Samsung devices tend to see release about two to four months, on average, after they’ve gotten Bluetooth certification, leading us to believe that i559 will come out anywhere between March and May — most likely towards the later end of that window. Such a timeline would sync up nicely with the mass production of Samsung’s dual-core 1GHz Orion chipset, and according to Eldar Murtazin — who claims to have possessed the device — the Galaxy S 2 is indeed dual-core.
With LG’s Optimus 2X and B expected in the first half of the year, along with at least one dual-core handset from Motorola in the form of the Olympus, it would seem that Samsung definitely needs to go multi-core in the same timeframe if it expects to meet its stated goal of top handset manufacturer within three years. Right now, the Galaxy S 2 is the only rumored dual-core smartphone which we’ve heard Samsung’s got in the works. With at least the i520 coming along and possible the i510 as well, it doesn’t seem like there’s much more room in Verizon’s first half Samsung Android lineup for anything else but a Galaxy sequel, going under the assumption that i559 is actually hitting VZW during that period as well.
A lot of speculation here? Absolutely. Please feel free to pick apart our logic in the comments.
Source: Bluetooth SIG