It looks like the Samsung Jasper is closer to launching in the U.S. on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network. The handset was seen most recently gaining regulatory approval at the FCC with the model number SGH-I200. The handset could be described as a high-end mid-range smartphone, similar to how HTC is positioning the HTC One S on T-Mobile USA’s network.
The smartphone will launch with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU but will only launch with a WVGA screen. While the Snapdragon S4 applications processor matches that of Samsung’s latest Galaxy S III flagship launch in the U.S.–that handset will also be coming to Verizon Wireless–the screen resolution will keep it in the more affordable mid-range category. It’s unclear what display technology will be powering the WVGA resolution screen on Jasper, whether it’s Samsung’s Super AMOLED, Super AMOLED Plus, or LCD panels.
It’s interesting that not too long ago when the Droid Charge by Samsung launched as the second 4G LTE handset on Verizon’s network, the WVGA resolution was powering a high-end handset. Now, that same resolution and an increase in horsepower with better CPU capabilities are considered to make a mid-range device.
According to pocketnow‘s research, the handsets will launch out of the box with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It’s still unclear when the Samsung Jasper will launch. Most likely, Jasper is a codename and the handset would launch with a catchier name. Thus far, neither Verizon Wireless nor Samsung has announced any details or information about the handset.