Samsung has a new Gem

Samsung reveals a new Android phone and some feature details, but tells nothing of a carrier or a release date.

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Samsung spilled details about a new Android handset on its Web site today, though it conveniently left out any carrier or release information. But no fear, as the device's model number tells us quite a bit.

The SCH-i100, or Samsung Gem, should be headed to Verizon Wireless or U.S. Cellular. We know that by the "SCH" in its model number. In contrast, anything with "SPH" would go to Sprint and any "SGH" models would land at T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless.

On the Gem's outside we have a candy bar design with a 3.2-inch touch screen. There are a few navigation controls just below, but you'll need to use a virtual keyboard with Swype for your messaging needs. Inside you'll find Bluetooth, a 3.2-megapixel camera, an 800Mhz processor, a microSD card slot, and Samsung's Social hub interface. It all runs on Android 2.1 Eclair, which is disappointing considering we've had Froyo for six months.

(Via Phonescoop)

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