Is it normal for phones destined for other countries to go through the FCC? Seems weird to me that they would go through an American agency.
Most of the time it means it's hitting US soil. Though I believe that when they sell a phone unlocked, for people in the US to be able to purchase, it needs to go through the FCC. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
Of course, awhile back Pocketnow had leaks of device -- one being a Galaxy Note on AT&T. So this is what we're probably looking at.
Many phones clear FCC on announcement day and not before. In some cases a phone will clear FCC after the announcement and before the official launch.
Exactly....if you look at the filing I posted, there is a filing date and an announcement date. The announcement date can be requested by the filer so as not to reveal details. Additionally, parts of the filing may remain confidential for a certain period of time, or forever. For instance, schematics and block electronic diagrams won't ever be published on the FCC site.