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Samsung Stratosphere II side-slider now available from Verizon

Samsung Stratosphere II side-slider now available from Verizon
The original Samsung Stratosphere was the first Verizon LTE enabled smartphone to offer a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. Now, a little more than 13 months after the original was launched, the Samsung Stratosphere II is available from Verizon and once again it is a mid-range model.

The Samsung Stratosphere II

The Samsung Stratosphere II

Some of the specs haven't changed, and some show a nice improvement. Similar to the OG Stratosphere, the device has a 4 inch, Super AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution and a pixel density of 233ppi. There is a major difference under the hood where the new model has a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 versus the single-core 1GHz processor in the first-generation model. The Samsung Stratosphere II has 1GB of RAM on board versus the 512MB of the stuff on the original Samsung Stratosphere. The latter device had a 5MP camera on back that took DVD quality (480p) video, and a 1.3MP front-facing shooter. The new model has a 5MP camera on back that captures video in 1080p and a 1.3MP camera on front. The battery remains the same 1800mAh as on the original and Android 4.0.4 is installed on the sequel. Once again, the model offers LTE connectivity

Verizon is offering the Samsung Stratosphere II online for $129.99 with a signed two-year contract. That includes a $50 web discount. But for Black Friday, you can get the phone for free from Radio Shack with a signed two-year contract. That is a price that is hard to pass up.

source: Verizon via Phandroid

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posted on 22 Nov 2012, 22:07 1

1. TheMan (Posts: 410; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


...or for free at Costco beginning next week through mid-December. Price before Thanksgiving was $49.99.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 01:02

2. metalpoet (unregistered)


Oh yeah! my store had 15 of them and sold them all! only 3 hours after opening my store! haha!

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 09:01 1

3. roscuthiii (Posts: 1847; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I suppose I'm one of the minority in the world of mobile enthusiasts that still prefers a QWERTY smartphone; it's nice to see the Stratosphere II get spec bump like this, but I'd still like to see a QWERTY get the works equal to any flagship phone. I'd eagerly choose a QWERTY over any other phone if they didn't always come with caveats.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 13:22

4. Stuntman (Posts: 734; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I'd be willing to take the tradeoff of a lower powered phone for a landscape slider keyboard. Unfortunately, they come few and far between. There were none available for me a few months ago when I was looking for a new phone. Had to settle for one with no keyboard. Took close to 4 months before I got used to it. Hopefully, the next time I need a new phone, these keyboard phones will still be around.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 13:56

5. Jyakotu (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I'm right with you. Even though the Samsung Intercept I had was horrible, I do miss the keyboard. I have a Galaxy Nexus now and I feel like I have to type slower on the touchscreen due to me making numerous mistakes whenever I type fast. Granted, there are some flagship like QWERTY smartphones, such as the DROID 4 and the Photon Q 4G LTE.

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