Most of us know that FCC filings don’t always turn into real products, but they are often a fun source of speculation. A new Samsung device with the model number GT-i9023 has appeared on the FCC’s site with support for T-Mobile’s AWS (1700 MHz) bands. The original Nexus S had the model number GT-i9020 so this leads us to believe it could be a tweaked version of that phone.
The same model number GT-i9023 also appeared on a German blog called BestBoyz with the device running Android 2.4. We were originally told that Honeycomb would be called Android 2.4, but everyone now knows that Google went with Android 3.0. Some had said that Android 2.4 might be the version number of a future version of Android called Ice Cream (Sandwich), but little else is know about the release.
We recently learned that T-Mobile would refresh the Samsung Vibrant to support HSPA+ 21 Mbps, so it’s possible that could happen with the Nexus S as well. One of the major complaints about the Nexus S was lack of 4G network support, but we didn’t expect a successor to arrive so soon.
Chris Ziegler of Engadget also points out that a number of UK retailers are listing a “Black Silver” Nexus S, so we might see a color change as well.
What do you thin Samsung is working on? Is this an upgrade to the Nexus S with 4G? Or might T-Mobile launch this device in their stores with the TouchWiz UI?