Samsung’s SGH-I777 hits the FCC, is this the Galaxy 3D?

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This afternoon Samsung passed a mysterious device called the SGH-I777 through the FCC.  Label pics of the device show a distinct Galaxy S II form factor, while Samsung’s HAC Production Key Feature Letter confirms that like the Galaxy S II the SGH-I777 will have an 8MP camera, WiFi and Bluetooth.  But there are a couple reasons why we don’t think this is the Galaxy S II.  First, the SGH-I777’s label pic shows that the device will have a 1500mAh battery, unlike the Galaxy S II’s 1650 mAh battery.  The second reason is that the SGH-I777 has a mysterious button near the top of its left side (in the label pic above, enlarged below) that is not present on the Galaxy S II.

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This button is positioned somewhat awkwardly near the top of the phone.  It’s also very small – much smaller than the power button on the Galaxy S II.  In fact, the button is so small that we think its more likely to be some sort of switch or slider.

Now why would you need a slider on a phone?  It’s possible that this is some sort of mute or screen lock switch similar to what we see on the iPhone 4 and iPad, but that really isn’t Samsung’s style – we haven’t seen that sort of switch on a Samsung phone for as long as we can remember.

Now this may be a bit of a stretch, but we’re guessing that this button is a slider to enable or adjust the 3D effect on the phone – similar to the switch on the EVO 3D.  And as far as we know the only 3D Samsung phone that’s in the works is the Galaxy 3D.

Phone Arena notes that the Galaxy 3D will have an 8MP camera (well, actually two of them), consistent with Samsung’s HAC Key Feature Letter.  The Galaxy 3D is also expected to be a variation of the Samsung Galaxy S II, which explains the similarity in design of the SGH-I777 and the Galaxy S II.

We’ll have to wait to be sure, but at this point we’re betting that the SGH-I777 is the Galaxy 3D.  Please let us know if you have any other thoughts, or can explain this mysterious button/switch.

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