Samsung’s upcoming WP-powered smartphone, the SGH-i667, codenamed Mandel, was first time spotted back in January and was supposed to be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. However, at that time the only Windows Phone introduced was the Lumia 900. After one month later, at FCC (Federal Communications Commission) the Mandel appeared and received approval. Apparently, the first image of Samsung Mandel has been shown up on Chinese forum WPXAP.
The first pic shows the back side of the alleged Mandel, while the second pic shows a render of the handset, with AT&T’s logo and an i667 model number on it. Thus, it is probable to arrive at AT&T, but accurately when isn’t known. Already AT&T is selling 2 LTE Windows Phones – the Nokia Lumia 900 for $99.99 on contract, and the HTC Titan II for $199.99 on contract. The device is likely to be an entry-level LTE offering at AT&T, sharing the major specs with the Focus S. These consist of 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, a 1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, and an 8-megapixel rear camera. As well, the newest reports reveal 8GB of built-in memory onboard.
The new images also show a white device and chrome side edges that wrap around to the top rear of the device. When talking about style, the chrome wrap-around is suggestive of Research in Motion’s all-touchscreen BlackBerry Torch. There are not too many details available about the Samsung SGH-i667 Mandel. Currently, one big question arises that whether or not Samsung will in fact release this model as a current-gen Windows Phone handset, or if it may shelve the hardware in hope of higher-profile Apollo hardware coming within few months. It is unclear whether Samsung will launch smartphone in North America or not.