When Samsung releases a new phone that isn't part of the Galaxy S or Galaxy Note line, it's always a crapshoot as to what that phone is going to be like. Sometimes we get really cool but really weird supercharged phones like the Galaxy Round, and other times we just get just plain strange phones like the Samsung Hennessy, which is a clamshell phone that packs the newest and fastest internal specs. Earlier in October we saw Samsung releasing a new phone called the Galaxy J exclusively for Japan, and while it's not uncommon for Japan to receive its very own phones, it is odd to see it make its way out of China without being significantly altered.
According to Japanese Blog of Mobile that actually might come true with the Galaxy J, which features some amazing specs that compete directly with the Sony Xperia Z1. It's essentially a Galaxy Note 3 in a form factor that's very reminiscent of the Galaxy S4, albeit slightly altered and more colorful to create a unique looking variation that still fits within the Galaxy family of devices. It's also reported to feature an incredible 20.7 megapixel camera just like the Sony Xperia Z1 has, which could put Samsung in a whole new range of smartphone cameras. Here's the full range of expected specs:
137mm (height)— 70mm (width)
5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920)Advertisement
2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S800
32GB internal MemoryAdvertisement
MicroSD support to 64GB
20.7 Megapixel rear-facing camera
2.1 Megapixel front cameraAdvertisement
LED Flash, Full HD Recording
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
2600 mAh batteryAdvertisement
Wireless LAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
SGH-N075T is the model number we're looking at for a device that has passed through the Taiwanese FCC site called the NCC. It seems to carry the same specs and description of the Galaxy J, which is model number SGH-N075, just with a regional T at the end, likely denoting that it's heading to Taiwan. Generally sticking a T at the end of a model number denotes T-Mobile US as the carrier, but in this case it appears that isn't the case.
There's no word on whether or not this phone will make it over to the US, but it really doesn't seem very likely. Samsung has missed the Holiday 2013 window for releasing the phone, and the next window is generally in the Spring for new phones, which will be when Samsung releases the Galaxy S5. If this does indeed make its way over to the US or any other country outside of Asia for that matter, expect it to be a niche product like the Galaxy Mega and stay on only 1 or 2 major carriers. While there's plenty here to differentiate it from the Galaxy S4 itself, it's not what many would consider a big upgrade in many parts of the world as it's likely not that much faster, and LTE-A isn't even deployed in more than a handful of markets around the world. This seems like more of an experimental model by Samsung, although we're not entirely sure what they're trying to test here other than maybe the giant camera sensor packed inside the slim case. Everyone wants better smartphone cameras with every phone release, so maybe this is a hint of what we'll see inside the Galaxy S5?