FCC Documents Show Samsung Prepping Possible BlackJack Replacement

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An FCC filing shows that Samsung is preparing a possible successor to the popular BlackJack smartphone, though details are slim.

Tracing of SGH-i617
Tracing of SGH-i617
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While the filing only shows a crude outline of the device, included test reports reveal that it will be quad-band GSM/EDGE, and features HSDPA on the 850 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, marking it for a likely release on AT&T. The device will also have Bluetooth; however, no mention is made of Wi-Fi.

The filing also includes a request for confidentiality on photos and other documents extending 180 days from the date of the request, which is the absolute maximum allowed by the FCC.

The device is described as the Samsung SGH-i617, though the model number i616 is also mentioned.

Update: Much more information on this upcoming smartphone is now available in this article: Samsung SGH-i617 "BlackJack II" Exposed.

Possible relation to Samsung i780

It’s been widely speculated that Samsung would offer a U.S. version of its recently unveiled SGH-i780 as a replacement to the BlackJack. This FCC filing does little to either confirm or deny this possibility.

While the model number is different, the outline shown on the FCC site does largely match a back view of the i780. However, the tracing is so basic that this cannot be considered proof.

The i780 will run Windows Mobile 6 Professional and therefore include a touchscreen, something the BlackJack does not have. In addition, it will be the first Windows Mobile device with a 320-by-320-pixel display.

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