Along with a Sony Ericsson Anzu
, the James Bond of cellphones -- alias Eldar Murtazin
-- claims to be playing with a Samsung GT-i9100 right now, calling it the "Galaxy 2" and saying it's "so technically advanced" thanks in part to a dual-core processor. It seems like a long shot that this would be the Cortex-A9-based Orion
since chips and development boards are just now being sampled -- but considering how far in advance Murtazin tends to score phones, we can't rule anything out.
One possible scenario is that the i9100 could be something akin to a TouchWiz
-skinned version of the upcoming Nexus S
, much as HTC's Desire
was essentially a Sense
-skinned version of the Nexus One
. Samsung, of course, has been pushing TouchWiz very hard across its Galaxy S
line this year, and if the Nexus S is as beastly as the rumors are claiming it to be, there's little doubt that Samsung would love to repurpose the hardware for something with a little more of its flavor thrown in. Speaking of the Galaxy S, keep in mind that the original European GSM model goes by the code GT-i9000, so it would stand to reason that the i9100 could be the proper successor -- and with Gingerbread
-based TouchWiz and a dual-core processor on board, we'd say they're off to a strong start.