Samsung GT-i9023 Drops At The FCC, New Version Of Nexus S With Android 2.4

This is a rather interesting development that the folks at Engadget have caught wind of. Recently passing the FCC is a Samsung device, model number GT-i9023 which includes AWS T-Mobile 3G. Engadget makes careful note that this device, just by its outline, looks incredibly like the Nexus S.

The i9023 recently received both Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG certification but without any sort of evidence that could point us to the actual name of this device. Given some European intel however, it’s very possible this is simply just a color change but as is pointed out, why would that necessitate a new FCC filing?

Is it possible Samsung is looking to tweak the Nexus S a little, drop in some HSPA+, add some Android 2.4 and put this puppy up for sale?

What makes this even more interesting is that German site, BestBoyz released a video of the Nexus S in the wild claiming to be running Android 2.4 WITH the model number “i9023.”

So is this something new? Is it possible, however unlikely that this is the Vibrant 4G with a slightly different shape than the original Vibrant? Take a look at the video and tell us what you think!

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  • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

    David tell me this isn’t so. This better not be a new Nexus S or im putting mine up for sale or return. So long as I get 500

  • http://iandouglas.myopenid.com/ Ian Douglas

    Hope more news about this springs up before the weekend. Saturday is my cut-off day to return my Nexus S to Best Buy. I’d much rather have a 4G version of the Nexus S, maybe with less reboot issues, less ringtone issues, less usb storage mounting issues …

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      Pretty much yea and would look like maybe the iPhone5 possiblyI have had 2 Nexus S’s and neither had the issues you describe. I would love a 4G Nexus S though especially running the absolute latest.

  • Cboler2

    ….and the early adopters weep

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      Pretty much yea if proves true that it hs HSPA+ and Android 2.4

  • Cboler2

    ….and the early adopters weep

  • Cboler2

    ….and the early adopters weep

  • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

    5 days before its officially a month after release.

  • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

    5 days before its officially a month after release.

  • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

    5 days before its officially a month after release.

  • Anonymous

    You gotta be shitting me….

    I’m very happy with my nexus s but if

    samsuck & google pull this I’m going to

    be outraged

    • http://twitter.com/hineschr hineschr

      You only have yourself to be outraged at for buying a phone in late 2010 with no hspa+ or expansion slot just for the minor update to the os.

  • Anonymous

    You gotta be shitting me….

    I’m very happy with my nexus s but if

    samsuck & google pull this I’m going to

    be outraged

  • Anonymous

    You gotta be shitting me….

    I’m very happy with my nexus s but if

    samsuck & google pull this I’m going to

    be outraged

  • http://twitter.com/MannyC_ Emanuel Cedeno

    hope its a new nexus s with HSPA+… then it might be actually worth purchasing

  • Petey

    Oh gosh… not another Samsung!

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      Nexus S is perfectly fine thank you very much. Made by Samsung

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      Nexus S is perfectly fine thank you very much. Made by Samsung

      • Petey

        I currently using a Samsung vibrant and not planning to buy any of their phones until They keep their words regarding OS updates. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

        • Anonymous

          Indeed. Samsung’s strategy seems to be something along the lines of “if you want new software, buy our new phone.”

        • Anonymous

          Indeed. Samsung’s strategy seems to be something along the lines of “if you want new software, buy our new phone.”

        • Anonymous

          Indeed. Samsung’s strategy seems to be something along the lines of “if you want new software, buy our new phone.”

        • Petey

          Exactly! If they can’t keep their promise, then don’t say shiet. Stop fooling and misleading us!

        • yang

          Ignorant fools (don’t mean it in a harsh way). Nexus S updates are by Google, not Samsung. Get this in your heads everyone. Geez, not hard to comprehend.

        • yang

          Ignorant fools (don’t mean it in a harsh way). Nexus S updates are by Google, not Samsung. Get this in your heads everyone. Geez, not hard to comprehend.

        • Petey

          I don’t think u comprehend my post either. Making yourself look like an ignorant fool.

        • yang

          Ignorant fools (don’t mean it in a harsh way). Nexus S updates are by Google, not Samsung. Get this in your heads everyone. Geez, not hard to comprehend.

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      Nexus S is perfectly fine thank you very much. Made by Samsung

  • Jeremy

    The lady in the vid says super amoled and galaxy s…im going with Vibrant 4g

    • Cboler2

      it says Nexus S right on the screen of the phone on the vid tho,

      • Jeremy

        tru but her description says otherwise and shes not the one holding the phone..she sounds like an informant.

      • Jeremy

        tru but her description says otherwise and shes not the one holding the phone..she sounds like an informant.

      • Jeremy

        tru but her description says otherwise and shes not the one holding the phone..she sounds like an informant.

    • Cboler2

      it says Nexus S right on the screen of the phone on the vid tho,

  • The Hammer

    So Samsung is just a$$ F%$#ing every one a few times this year……..way to go…also a way to get loyal customers.

  • The Hammer

    So Samsung is just a$$ F%$#ing every one a few times this year……..way to go…also a way to get loyal customers.

  • The Hammer

    So Samsung is just a$$ F%$#ing every one a few times this year……..way to go…also a way to get loyal customers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Simon-Yu/100000989859895 Simon Yu

    Nexus S with HSPA+ > Vibrant with HSPA+
    Stock Android Experience is worth losing the SD card support.

  • Zeonreborn777

    I wish this is a Dual-Core 4G Super AMOLED + screen Nexus S !!!!

  • Zeonreborn777

    I wish this is a Dual-Core 4G Super AMOLED + screen Nexus S !!!!

  • Anonymous

    I think it is a variant of the Nexus S with a 4g radio, maybe a new processor and of course Touch Wiz.

    • Zeonreborn777

      If it has Touch Wiz, it can’t be a Nexus.

      • Anonymous

        That is why I said a “variant” of the Nexus S

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

    I have owned several samsung phones fr tmobile, and i have never had an issue with them. i dont understand why so many are mad because they havent got 2.2 yet. yea i can see being anxious to get ota’d to 2.2, but not a reason to go from i love this phone (from blogs on vibrant when it just came out), to i hate samsung. android is evolving like really fast, i would be ok waiting a little longer for better updates. i’m just sayin’…….

  • Eddie

    I’m still getting the current Nexus S. F#@k HSPA+ since T-Mobile only gives me EDGE and don’t want the Tmo crapware that will come with this unless it comes unlocked of course.

  • Catsigh

    Great now my Vibrant is THREE upgrades behind.

  • 757eliashz

    Great! Now you can experience random reboots at blazing 4G speeds!

  • 757eliashz

    Great! Now you can experience random reboots at blazing 4G speeds!

  • 757eliashz

    Great! Now you can experience random reboots at blazing 4G speeds!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

    It’s possible NS with 32GB of storage (I’d guess this version also doesn’t have memory card support) plus HSPA+, but why there’s no variation with 850/1900 3G?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

    It’s possible NS with 32GB of storage (I’d guess this version also doesn’t have memory card support) plus HSPA+, but why there’s no variation with 850/1900 3G?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

    It’s possible NS with 32GB of storage (I’d guess this version also doesn’t have memory card support) plus HSPA+, but why there’s no variation with 850/1900 3G?!

  • Anonymous

    I’m always happy to hear about new phones but I’m going to be so pissed if this is a 4G or updated Nexus.
    I can’t imagine Google could do that to us, maybe they’ll issue a refund or something if this is what’s happening.
    I’ve got until next Monday so there better be more information by then.

  • Anonymous

    I’m always happy to hear about new phones but I’m going to be so pissed if this is a 4G or updated Nexus.
    I can’t imagine Google could do that to us, maybe they’ll issue a refund or something if this is what’s happening.
    I’ve got until next Monday so there better be more information by then.

  • Anonymous

    I’m always happy to hear about new phones but I’m going to be so pissed if this is a 4G or updated Nexus.
    I can’t imagine Google could do that to us, maybe they’ll issue a refund or something if this is what’s happening.
    I’ve got until next Monday so there better be more information by then.

  • Anonymous

    I’m always happy to hear about new phones but I’m going to be so pissed if this is a 4G or updated Nexus.
    I can’t imagine Google could do that to us, maybe they’ll issue a refund or something if this is what’s happening.
    I’ve got until next Monday so there better be more information by then.

  • Anonymous

    I’m always happy to hear about new phones but I’m going to be so pissed if this is a 4G or updated Nexus.
    I can’t imagine Google could do that to us, maybe they’ll issue a refund or something if this is what’s happening.
    I’ve got until next Monday so there better be more information by then.

  • Big Boned

    Why would they make another Nexus S? Didn’t it just come out?

  • Big Boned

    Why would they make another Nexus S? Didn’t it just come out?

  • Big Boned

    Why would they make another Nexus S? Didn’t it just come out?

  • Mtnman

    The thing with all these companies nowaday is that money only flows one way. Into the company, not out. They consistanly tell you to buy thier phone and say how great it is, and then a few months latter, they release the same exact phone only with better specs and features. After they’ve sold a gazillion other phones and then tell you to buy then same phone you’ve already got, just better.

    Next they’ll release one with 4G, then one that has 2.3, 2.4, 3.0 and so on and so on. All the while hoping that your too stupid to realize that you’ve been played. While they get richer and richer, you get poorer and poorer.

    • Eddie

      Lol you pretty much described Apple and it iCraps

  • http://twitter.com/wrg25 W!LL

    what ever this turns out to be.. we’ll find out soon…… but i have to admit it looks like a nexus s……….. if this turns out to be another nexus s than we all should get free upgrades no question ask! and i hope it comes with this spes: Nvidia Tegra 2, Super Amoled Plus, 10mp full HD Cam, SD Card Slot, LED Notification Light, HSPA+ and a dedicated camera button……..

  • http://twitter.com/wrg25 W!LL

    what ever this turns out to be.. we’ll find out soon…… but i have to admit it looks like a nexus s……….. if this turns out to be another nexus s than we all should get free upgrades no question ask! and i hope it comes with this spes: Nvidia Tegra 2, Super Amoled Plus, 10mp full HD Cam, SD Card Slot, LED Notification Light, HSPA+ and a dedicated camera button……..

  • Chris

    Could it be possible that it is just the European version of the Nexus S that was reported to have a S-LCD screen instead of Super AMOLED? If it is an updated version of the Nexus S in America, well, blame Samsung for milking it. I doubt Google would want to alienate customers while they are riding a major boost in adopters.

    • Tmobilenator

      It probably is the Euro version (Europe always gets the better versions it seems) but the FCC is only for the US so its probably coming here. Maybe under a new name, who knows.

    • Tmobilenator

      It probably is the Euro version (Europe always gets the better versions it seems) but the FCC is only for the US so its probably coming here. Maybe under a new name, who knows.

    • Tmobilenator

      It probably is the Euro version (Europe always gets the better versions it seems) but the FCC is only for the US so its probably coming here. Maybe under a new name, who knows.

  • http://twitter.com/BiGMERF Marvin Feliciano

    As long as google is handling the updates and not samsung, i will sell my nexus s and be on line for the next addition

  • http://twitter.com/BiGMERF Marvin Feliciano

    As long as google is handling the updates and not samsung, i will sell my nexus s and be on line for the next addition

  • JaMaBBo

    I’n not going to lie if this is a new Nexus S with HSPA+ I’m going to be really pissed off. I spent over 500 on a phone that is not even worth it now. Thanks Sammy, and Google if this will be str8 android.

  • JaMaBBo

    I’n not going to lie if this is a new Nexus S with HSPA+ I’m going to be really pissed off. I spent over 500 on a phone that is not even worth it now. Thanks Sammy, and Google if this will be str8 android.

  • Hadeed

    Since Google is releasing it’s own version of smart phones (Nexus One) followed by (Nexus S), there is no way that another device made by any company can receive a newer version of the Android OS before Google’s official phone.

    Unless the post here means that this phone will be released after the release of Android 2.4, then it makes sense that it will be released with 2.4.

  • Hadeed

    Since Google is releasing it’s own version of smart phones (Nexus One) followed by (Nexus S), there is no way that another device made by any company can receive a newer version of the Android OS before Google’s official phone.

    Unless the post here means that this phone will be released after the release of Android 2.4, then it makes sense that it will be released with 2.4.

  • Bimmerz

    If it were a NS+ I’d be madder than a hornet in heat! But, I think based on what I am reading over at XDA – that’s it’s for Europe. Here’s the link/thread, in case you guys want to read the findings, see post #67 by mrroey…

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=910960&page=7

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Bimmerz, where have you been!

      • Bimmerz

        G’morning David! Still here, I just haven’t posted much – your site is still the 1st one I hit up for news. :o) Hope all is well with you, and that you have a good 2011!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Bimmerz, where have you been!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4P7ARMZFAQVJ7WER7G5M4MO5VE ChristopherP

    I actually was in a TMO store today and started discussing some phones with the rep there.. She said she was holding out for the newer version of ‘that’ phone. (was pointing at the Vibrant). She told me it would have 4G and would have video calling on it like the myTouch does. (her words)

    I too am curious about this, if it’s a good size.. I wonder if they’re going to upgrade the CPU as well, seeing as how the Optimus 2X is coming out soon as well..

    • Thecrimsonking33

      The store rep was referring to the phone in this article: http://www.tmonews.com/2011/01/samsung-vibrant-plus-will-offer-21-mbps-4g-speeds/ basically the same hardware as the Vibrant but with a FFC, HSPA+ and Froyo. It’s a slap in the face to all Vibrant owners who are still waiting for promised Froyo. The phone in THIS article is looking like the next iteration of the Nexus S. Which only just dropped like 2 months ago.