By Anu Passary | Oct 01, 2012 10:23 AM EDT
Rumors claim that Korean smartphone maker Samsung is adding to its highly successful Galaxy family of smartphones, and a recent report indicates a device codenamed "Golden" may hit shelves soon.
The rumored Samsung smartphone, dubbed the "GT-I8190" or "Golden," is expected to roll out by mid-November in time for the holiday season. Web site SamMobile disclosed some details about the expected device, which it received from an anonymous tipster.
"Samsung to introduce a new kind of mid-end smartphone for the last quarter of 2012," reported the site. "So far we don't have any pictures or any kind of specification leaked yet. SamMobile just received some details about this upcoming device."
The purported "Golden" smartphone from Samsung is reported to sport a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. "Golden" will be available in two colors: Ceramic White and Metallic Blue. This naming convention for the colors is in keeping with that used for Samsung's Galaxy series. Since the device is codenamed "Golden," consumers might expect that it would be available in this color too; however, no information on additional variants is currently known, and the smartphone is expected to be renamed prior to its launch.
Other hardware and software specifications, as well as feature details of the rumored smartphone, are not yet known. However, tech experts predict that Samsung's "Golden" offering could run on Microsoft's Window Phone 8 (WP8) operating system instead of the Android platform which the current Galaxy line-up uses.
The rumor that the smartphone is anticipated to debut in November has fueled speculations about it being a WP8-powered device. Redmond-based Microsoft is expected to roll out its Windows 8 operating system along with the WP8 operating system in November of this year. The release date would suggest that the "Golden" smartphone could well be joining the ATIV S, which is Samsung's first WP8 device.
Earlier in August, rumors indicated that Samsung will introduce three new smartphones: the Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy S2 Plus, and Galaxy Premier. With the company also expected to launch the mysterious "Golden" smartphone, Samsung may have a slew of new devices to intensify its rivalry with major players like Apple, Nokia, Samsung, and HTC.
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