In what I suspect many would call a bizarre turn of events, on the eve of Windows Phone 8 a whole collection of low end Windows Phone 7.5 handsets are popping up.
Samsung recently joined the party with the lower-end Samsung Omnia M and Samsung Focus 2, and now the company appears to be working on another Windows Phone 7.5 handset with CDMA.
The "SCH-S759" manufactured by Samsung Electronics is a CDMA2000/GSM phone which passed through the Wi-Fi certification group on the 4th May, 2012.
The WIFI b/g/n handset also passed through the Bluetooth SIG with 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth, now unfortunately a hallmark of Windows Phone, given that near everyone else have upgraded to Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0.
Lastly, as the cherry on the cake, Blog of Mobile found a user agent string (Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows Phone OS 7.5; Trident/5.0; IEMobile/9.0; SAMSUNG; SCH-S759) which definitively identifies the handset as a Windows Phone 7.5 device.
It is unlikely Verizon will be releasing a new Windows Phone 7.5 handset anytime soon, and Blog of Mobile suggests the device may be heading to the CDMA networks in China.
The handset may be the Samsung Minuet rumoured for a June release in China with Tango on board.
Either way, it seems Samsung is not content to let Nokia play in the Windows Phone pen all by itself.