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Leaked Samsung Jasper for Verizon Looks Like Updated Droid Charge

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It looks like Verizon and Samsung may be back at it again with a model that looks to be the successor to the Droid Charge, which was the second 4G LTE smartphone that debuted on Verizon’s LTE network. The new model has a number of SCH-i200 and is codenamed Jasper. It’s unclear what Verizon will brand the phone as when it launches on the carrier’s 4G LTE network.

The Jasper appears to be a scaled down mid-range edition of the Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III smartphone, which is also available on Verizon’s network in the U.S.

The picture was initially posted by Twitter user @evleaks but the image has seemingly been removed.

What’s interesting about this smartphone is that it appears that the Jasper uses a series of four capacitive Android navigation buttons just below the display. The buttons are: bad, home, multitasking, and menu. These keys differ from the Google experience Galaxy Nexus, which has a back, home, and multitasking key on the display and no menu button. The keys also differ from the button arrangement on the Galaxy S III smartphone.

The device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, like that found on the Galaxy S III. However, unlike the Galaxy S III, which has a rather large 720p HD Super AMOLED display, the Jasper is bound by a display of unknown size and technology that has a resolution of WVGA. The device will also bear Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz UI.

At this point, it’s unclear if Samsung is using its Super AMOLED Plus display, which was the non-PenTile display technology that was found on the Samsung Droid Charge.

Right now, it’s unclear when this mid-range model will launch on Verizon.

Tech enthusiast in Silicon Valley enjoying the possibilities of ubiquitous connectivity, information sharing, and collaboration enabled by mobile broadband. You can contact Chuong on Twitter @chuongvision or search +chuongvision on Google+.

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