Samsung had very little to show off during this year’s MWC, but outside Barcelona the Koreans are cooking up several surprises. The most significant is the Galaxy S4, but the SCH-I425 “Godiva” could be even more attractive for the budget-oriented folk.
Leaked back in January for the first time, the mysterious mid-ranger has recently made a pit-stop at the FCC and is almost certainly headed to Verizon. Based on the model number, the Godiva is going to be a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Stratosphere 2, aka SCH-I415.
We can therefore safely assume we’re looking at a Stratosphere 3, with rumored specs including Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, a 720p HD screen and a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU. No word yet on the form factor, but we have no reason to believe Samsung is going to ditch the slide-out QWERTY keyboard with this new model.
As for the release date, that’s very hard to speculate on. The first-gen Stratosphere came out in October 2011, the second was launched a year and a month later, so a fall 2013 release was in the cards for the third iteration of the Stratosphere. However, if the phone has already gotten FCC’s stamp of approval, chances are it’s going to land much sooner.