Windows Phone trivia: Samsung Focus S was originally called Haden?

Way back in September we reported on three new Windows Phones -- the HTC Ultimate, the HTC Radar and the Samsung Haden --  all appearing in the logs of the app "I'm a WP7!".

As it turns out, it was very accurate. The HTC Ultimate became the Titan (but for Brazil), the Radar of course is very well known today being on T-Mobile and in international markets but that Samsung Haden never really came forth.

For awhile, we thought maybe this was that rumored Samsung LTE device or perhaps something for Sprint. But as it turns out the 4G LTE Samsung phone is actually the "Mandel" (which we're starting to think has been nixed from AT&T's lineup) and of course there's nada from Sprint (or Verizon and T-Mobile.).

Site reader Bailey S. recently had some problems with his Samsung Focus S so he sent it to Samsung for repairs. Evidently there was something wrong with the motherboard so Sammy replaced it and sent the phone back to Bailey. Case closed.

But upon booting up the device for the 1st time, he was greeted with the traditional welcome screen for Windows Phone but instead of SGH-i937 or Focus S it said "Welcome to your SAMSUNG Haden". Even more curious, it says as much in the About screen of the device as well.

So what are we to make of this? The AT&T "code name" for the Focus S was "Kupua" but we're starting to think Samsung's internal device name was, you guessed, "Haden". At least that's our hunch. But why does his phone say "Haden"? We actually have no idea, though if anyone wants to add anything in comments, we're all ears.

Another interesting side note is this phone is completely unbranded with no AT&T software on board. That lends credence to the idea that "Haden" was in case Samsung released this phone internationally (something which never happened) or that "Haden" was for internal testing.

Just some weekend trivia to chew on if you happen to track device names that pop up every once in awhile. Thanks, Bailey, for the email and photos!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • I think Samsung should make a sprint r Verizon phone since lumia is taking att and tmobile
  • My Focus S has a habit of dropping all signals and will only recover after airplane mode is engaged and disengaged. That or a battery pull. Very strange.
  • I had the same problem with my Omnia 7 and I think that the last update causes this! Fuck Samsung, really disappointed...
  • I reported this last year just before I returned my Focus S (after sending it into Samsung and getting it back without the issue being fixed). If I could find my post on this site, I would but apparently the history doesn't go back that far? Oh, well.
  • My Focus S will randomly shut off when I toggle airplane and WiFi and Bluetooth. If I do them all within seconds of each other, and I hit back a hundred times.
  • I don't know how MS/Samsung could have missed this. I mean, this is definitely something most of us do on a day to day basis.
  • Please stop blaming MS for samsungs issues. My first Gen focus didn't have this issue nor does my L900
  • OMG55...I believe goldenpipes and RogueCode were being sarcastic. Maybe someone needs to come up with a sarcasm font.
  • Copyright that CaymanDreamin, sarcasm font would be a great idea ;D
  • A firmware dump from this phone would be fantastic for international users with grey import Focus S. Get rid of the ATa&T firmware. Also curious if tethering can be enabled on this firmware for other telcos?
  • Thank god it was changed to focus. What a crap name Haden would be. " hey I got the new Haden". Blahh
  • I have just received back my Focus Flash after sending it in to Samsung for repair. Low and behold, when I check the firmware, it says Samsung HADEN. It is also completely unbranded, no sign of AT&T software. I do also notice that I no longer have "4G", it is only registering 3G. It immediately popped up that a software update is available as well. I think I might test it out as is, maybe it won't freeze on me every time I go to answer a text