The FCC has approved a device that is possibly the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy, one of the three Android-based smartphones T-Mobile is expected to release by the end of this year.
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy — AKA the Samsung I7500 — this spring. Neither Samsung nor T-Mobile have announced that a version of this model will be coming to the carrier, but unconfirmed reports say it will.
Obviously, this FCC approval isn’t definite proof of this rumor. The device approved doesn’t even have the same product number: I5700. Still, the rumors persist that T-Mobile will offer this Samsung model running Google’s operating system. And the device approved has the same shape as the I7500.
An Overview of the Samsung Galaxy
This model has a tablet shape and an HVGA 3.2-inch OLED touchscreen. Users have to depend on the touchscreen for text input and dialing numbers, as there is no hardware keyboard.
Also on its list of high-end features are a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera and 8 GB of built-in storage.
Samsung’s prototype of this device has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0.
Like all Android-based models, this device is strongly tied to Google’s services. This includes Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, and Google Talk. In addition, there is a growing collection of third-party software in the Android Market.
Other rumored features will include a microSD slot with support for 32 GB cards, a 3.5 mm headset jack, and a 1500 mAh battery.