Well, it’s hard not to be surprised about this, but it seems like the Samsung Galaxy i9200 is likely fake. Why, you ask? According to skeptics, the specs are just too good to be true, and some of the technologies that would be seen on this device are simply unheard of.
The spec rundown of the i9200 reads like the best phone to ever exist.
- 4.3? Super AMOLED 2 display
- 720p resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
- about 340 ppi
- Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi b/g/n
- 2 GHz processor
- 32 GB of internal memory
- microSD slot up to 32 GB
- 1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM
- 8 megapixel camera with full high definition recording, presumably 1080p, but maybe 720p
- 3.5 mm audio/video jack
- accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensors
- Google Android 3.0 w/ no TouchWiz
So what sounds so wrong about this glorious device that may never exist? Well, a lot to some people. First off, the display may sound better than what’s possible. Right now, it’s hard for manufacturers to actually keep up with the demand of regular AMOLED displays, resulting in smartphone delays. Samsung only recently announced the Super AMOLED display, and these devices still haven’t hit the U.S. shores yet – although you can find the Samsung Wave, which also sports a Super AMOLED display elsewhere.
To assume that Samsung has been ignoring the insane demand to supply regular AMOLED displays in favor of developing Super AMOLED 2 displays seems unlikely. Not to mention that a display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 could be possible by the time this device would supposedly hit the shelves, but it seems unlikely.
Android 3.0, if the rumors are believable, is supposed to support very high resolution displays, but right now everything is up for question. In fact, Android 3.0 might be old news by the time the next Galaxy hits in the middle of 2011.
Another feature that seems pretty unreal on the Samsung Galaxy 2 is the 4 GB ROM inside. Why would a device need that much read-only memory? Gingerbread will probably be a much larger update than any of Android’s previous releases, but it’s still hard to believe that much room would be needed. Maybe they were just ensuring that the device would live to see another major Android update by adding so much space.
The list goes on over at BriefMobile, and they make a good case, but really, who’s to say that the Galaxy 2 specs aren’t possible? Technology is moving ten times as fast as the previous year, and I wouldn’t completely discount these specs to be on a device that’s far from now. Make a note that they aren’t saying that these specs are impossible to produce but they are trying to debunk this particular device as a fan-made creation.
Guess we’ll have to wait to see what HTC and Motorola have to bring to the tablet later this year. If these companies can bring those rumored specs to market, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Samsung Galaxy 2 takes an even bigger step forward.