Samsung’s Nexus Prime hits the FCC with support for AT&T, T-Mobile


The Samsung Nexus Prime has arrived.  Well, on the FCC at least.  Late Friday night the Prime, referred to by its model number GT-I9250, won FCC approval, a good indication that a launch is near.

Earlier this week, leaks suggested that the Prime will make its debut on Verizon in the United States as the Galaxy Nexus.  However, the version of the Prime that hit the FCC tonight offers support for GSM bands 850 and 1900, WCDMA bands II and IV, and the 1700 AWS band.  That means that this version of the Prime will work on AT&T and T-Mobile’s 3G networks in the United States.  No mention of CDMA or LTE support was made in FCC documents.

FCC documents also confirm that the Prime will feature NFC, as well as dual-band Wireless-N WiFi and Bluetooth.  Test reports for the device also show that it will measure 68mm x 124mm, or about 2.7” x 4.9”.  That’s about the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S II.

We’ve seen a steady stream of Prime leaks emerge over the past two weeks, and today a video of the device in action made its way through the Internets.  Samsung and Google were expected to unveil the device at CTIA next week, however Google announced today that it will delay the Prime’s unveiling out of respect for Steve Jobs’ passing.

It’s good to see the Prime make its way through the FCC, although we’re a bit disappointed that the device doesn’t offer support for LTE.  It’s likely, however, that Samsung will pass CDMA versions of the Prime through the FCC shortly – a similar approach that the company used for its uber-successful Galaxy S II.



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