Samsung Gem reappears out of nowhere as a mid-level Android model for Verizon

Samsung Gem reappears out of nowhere as a mid-level Android model for Verizon
Back in August, we reported on the Samsung Gem. The SCH-I100 was expected to be launched by Verizon as a mid-level phone before it dropped out of sight. Now, the Korean based manufacturer has announced on its U.S. web site that the Samsung Gem is back with the same specs discussed last Summer.

Powered by an 800MHz processor and with Android 2.1 aboard, the Gem is equipped with a 3,2 inch WVGA display that uses anti-scratch and anti-smudge glass. A 3.2 MP camera is aboard and swipe to type application Swype is pre-installed on the phone.

While no price is mentioned on the web site, back in August we speculated that the phone would cost $130-$150 with a 2 year contract. Samsung says on the site that "If you've never owned a smartphone, this is the perfect first choice. The Gem has many of the features of more expensive phones, at an affordable price. It's the smartphone at a very smart price."

No carrier was discussed on the web site, but we would imagine that considering that the specs are about the same from August, there would be no reason to expect a new carrier. This means that it should be Verizon's line up being bolstered by this mid range device. No launch date is known at this time, but with Samsung posting this on its web site, we should be able to find out more soon.

source: Samsung USA via AndroidGuys

**UPDATE**

In an e-mailed letter to Phone Scoop, Samsung has revealed that the Gem will be targeted to regional carriers instead of one of the major operators like Verizon

source: PhoneScoop

The Samsung Gem is a mid-level Android phone expected to be launched by Verizon
The Samsung Gem is a mid-level Android phone expected to be launched by Verizon

The Samsung Gem is a mid-level Android phone expected to be launched by Verizon



Samsung Gem reappears out of nowhere as a mid-level Android model for Verizon
Samsung Gem reappears out of nowhere as a mid-level Android model for Verizon


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Gem
  • Display 3.2" 240 x 400 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP
  • Storage 0.124 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(5.00h talk time)

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3 Comments

1. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

should be 50 or 100

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3. jayme

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2011

Verizons Got it. Not too shabby for a entry level phone. On par with the LG Vortex (Optimus). Less Bing B.S. than the Fascinate and pretty decent speeds. Not for "heavy multitasking"

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