By Stephen Schenck | May 3, 2012 11:31 AM
Before Nokia’s Lumia 900 made its retail debut, we caught wind of another Windows Phone handset with some LTE support of its own, back when the Samsung SGH-i667 got its FCC certification in March. Known as codename Mandel, the smartphone appeared to be getting ready for service on AT&T’s network. All we knew about the phone at the time was that it was supposed to be something like Samsung’s earlier Focus S, but with a larger screen. Today we get what seems to be our first look at the handset, courtesy of both a photo of the phone’s back as well as a press render of its front.
From the render, at least, the Mandel certainly seems to have a screen a bit larger than the Focus S and its 4.3-inch display. It looks like this model is outfitted with just 8GB storage, perhaps putting it more in a class with the Focus Flash than the S. Just as we suspected would be the case from the frequency support the phone’s FCC docs revealed, AT&T badging is now present.
Right now, the big question seems to be whether or not Samsung will actually release this model as a current-gen Windows Phone device, or if it might shelve the hardware in expectation of higher-profile Apollo hardware arriving in just several months’ time.