Things look to finally start to get interesting with hardware selection on MetroPCS' LTE network
-- a network that still offers nothing more than the Samsung Craft
dumbphone to tame those wild 4G speeds several months after the commercial launch. The latest leak here is for a device allegedly called the Forte -- also from Samsung, naturally -- that features a sliding landscape keyboard along with a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5 megapixel camera, and Android 2.2 at launch, all specs that would suggest this might be a Galaxy S
-branded device. What we don't
know is whether the Forte is the same as the SCH-R910
that was leaked for MetroPCS a few days ago; Samsung Hub
's tipster claims there are two LTE devices in the pipeline here, so they could be different (perhaps one with a keyboard, one without) even though the tops are identical at a glance.
Update: Another couple shots
of the alleged Forte have shown up on Samsung Hub
, prominently showing off a "4G" logo planted back and center; rumor now has it we're looking at a February 11th launch, though it's still not clear whether this is the same device as the SCH-R910.