New Nexus S model given FCC approval… rocking Android 2.4!?!

| January 12, 2011 | Reply

Looks like the Nexus S is already getting a little long in the tooth. A new FCC filing has given us a new Samsung phone with a model number which matches up nicely with the recently launched Nexus S. The new model number is GT-i9023 and is toting AWS 3g aka T-Mobile. Also the picture provided looks a lot like the Nexus S!!

Also could this “new” Nexus S already have Android 2.4 (recently dubbed Ice cream Sandwich)? German site BestBoyz today reported in with a video of a Nexus S that claims to be running the tasty Ice Cream Sandwich built already and also includes a baseband version with the included model number GT-i9023. This model also very recently pasted through the Wi-Fi alliance and Bluetooth SIG. Even more interesting is some European retailers are posting this as the “Black Silver” Nexus S so all this might just be for a new color across the pond. Also speculated is that Samsung maybe sprucing up the line for the Ice Cream Sandwich introduction and possibly add T Mobile’s HSPA+. Anything at this point is as good a guess as any, so drop us a comment below and let us know what you think the new model number is?

FCC filings have a curious tendency to launch us into far-reaching bouts of speculation, but hear us out — we think we’re onto something here. A Samsung phone with model number GT-i9023 just passed the FCC with AWS 3G — T-Mobile’s band. If the outline of the device above looks familiar, it should; it looks exactly like the Nexus S, which happens to have a suspiciously similar model number of GT-i9020.

Here’s where it gets interesting, though: German site BestBoyZ just reported a video of a Nexus S in the wild a few days ago that claimed to be running the rumored Android 2.4 release, and the baseband version in the About screen included the text “i9023.” This new model number also just very recently received both Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG certification, though there’s nothing particularly interesting in those filings. Oh, and one other random tidbit: a number of European retailers are listing the i9023 already as a “Black Silver” Nexus S, so it’s possible that this will simply be a new color scheme — but would that really necessitate a new FCC filing and model number? It’s also conceivable that Samsung is taking the occasion of 2.4′s release as an opportunity to tweak the Nexus S a bit — maybe add HSPA+ for T-Mobile, something to that effect — but at this point, it’s pure speculation on our part. Feel free to drop your conspiracy theories in comments, and while you’re at it, check out BestBoyZ‘s video after the break.

Note: The Vibrant 4G is a good thought, but this device seems too rounded — it matches up perfectly with the Nexus S.

Source: Engadget

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