Windows Phone 8-based Samsung SGH-i687 spotted

Windows Phone 8’s launch may only just be around the corner, but rumored device names are flying all over the place, and today, we can unofficially confirm the existence of one of these devices, courtesy of Samsung itself.

The Samsung SGH-i687 is a device that shows up on Samsung site under the User Agent Profile. Now that isn’t too exciting, but what is, is the fact that Internet Explorer 10 is listed as its browser, meaning that due to no updates to the existing browser on Windows Phone 7, the device could indeed be a new Windows 8 device. It also seems a little too late to release a Windows Phone 7 device at this point which is why we believe that this device will be Windows Phone 8-based.

The screenshot below shows IE listed as the device's browser:

Another interesting feature is the fact the Samsung SGH-i687 is a WVGA device, which means its resolution is 480 x 800. As disappointing as it is when comparing it to other potential Windows Phone 8 devices with 720 x 1280 resolutions, it could mean that Samsung’s device is an entry level phone that will be sold at lower cost.

It is still early days considering the fact the device doesn't even have an awesome name yet, so we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to learn more about Sammy's device.

Via: WPCentral
Source: Samsung

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dodgetigger said,
Technically, HTML5 is the same as XHTML5, if I am not mistaken.

The only difference is that XHTML5 is served using the application/xml+xhtml MIME type, but yes. If it uses text/html instead, then it's considered to be HTML5. Which is why it's odd. Why doesn't it say it supports HTML5, even though it does?

McKay said,
That's why Samsung will struggle with Windows Phone, all they release is entry level phones.

Not everyone needs a high-end phone. You're making the same mistake the carriers are - that all customers are alike when it comes to wireless phones. In my case, what I'd buy is a well-equipped *feature phone* - voice, audio/video playback and WiFi-only for data; yes, you read that right. (A lot of what folks use their smartphones for today I would much rather do with a Ultrabook or derivative - such as Microsoft's Surface Pro or even the SAMSUNG Series 7 slate with keyboard; tag-team it with either a USB LTE dongle or LTE-to-WiFI hotspot and I'd be set. Takes up no more space in the carryon bag - or even messenger bag for local runs - and I'd be ready even if where I was going didn't support WiFi - which is proving to be fewer and fewer places I go, for any reason.)

I think the 480x800 res is going to be the mid and low end screen res with 720p only for high end devices, that could simply mean this is a mid or low end device running WP8.

That said, I think screen res and CPU cores will be the factors that split mid and highend. You could see single core for low, dual core for mid and quad for the high end for example.

well i count samsung completely out... what they do is re-using their android chassis - while i really don't care if someone is willing to pay premium price for something like a Galaxy S3 i like to get quality and design for that kind of money

oliver182 said,
When is around the corner? Next month? witch anousment did I miss?

Around sometime in October, that's when Windows 8 and Surface RT will be released. Surface Pro will be out next year.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Looks like every other Samsung phone..

And (since this appears to be entry-level) why is that necessarily bad?
One thing that has been noticeably lacking (in terms of Android, iOS, *and* Windows Phone) is a *feature phone* (as opposed to a true smartphone); nowadays, if you buy a handset with any of the three OSes, you're stuck with also having to buy a data plan. (Morden - I'm assuming that's what you meant; you are making the typical assumption that Windows Phone, like Android or iOS, means it will be a smartphone; that has been the case entirely due to the carriers - the KIN, for example, could have been a hit as a feature phone.)

There has been basically zero innovation in the feature-phone space (the closest anyone has come are the Motorola Citrus and LG Ally - however, both are sold like smartphones). Further, Samsung's non-smartphones historically have held up amazingly well (they are still giving Nokia fits in the space, despite little variation from Nokia in terms of design).