Samsung Stratosphere outed, could launch via Verizon September 8th
To refresh your memory, the Stratosphere has a 4 inch screen with what appears to be a Super AMOLED Plus screen. 2GB of storage is aboard as is a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing one. It will offer 4G, LTE support and Android 2.3 will be pre-installed. The Samsung Stratosphere has a side sliding physical QWERTY keyboard and will replace Big Red's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S-the Samsung Fascinate-in Verizon's lineup. Pricing is unknown and the roadmap suggests a launch as early as September 8th for the phone.
source: Pocketnow via AndroidCentral
1. firebo14 (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Nice, now is it a version of the Samsung Galaxy S II or S?
2. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they said fascinate.. so that would be an SGS1. So what... basically they are getting an LTE Epic?? blaah.
4. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it'll likely be like a Galaxy S+ variant and mid-range LTE offering. i don't believe in anything below Super myself but some people appreciate these kinds of phones and if Verizon is going to deliver one anyway this is a fine offering.
26. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
what is really sad, is that this Epic 4g-LTE phone comes with android 2.3 while all the other SGS1 phones are stuck on 2.2 in america. Kind of insulting really..
3. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
it'll be a welcome addition to the line-up. hopefully it's not Binged like the Fascinate. i'd like to get that failure behind us asap.
5. bit (unregistered)
I could have told you about this last week. It's not getting released on the 8th, not even in our system yet.
6. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
If I had to choose between this and the Droid 3 i'd actually choose this.
It's got a super Amoled plus screen which is awesome and LTE support. I wouldn't call this amazing but it would be cool for vzv to get a taste of super Amoled plus.
9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
there's definitely fair trade offs at work here in the slider space on Verizon. maybe next year we'll get a slider with it all. ;D
7. ltr (unregistered)
I guess this is what would have been the Droid 3.
This might sell well, since there are very few slider phones.
Super AMOLED plus/LTE is the big selling point of this phone.
8. BigT11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
A verizon rep told me that this phone was going to be a Pre-Paid phone..
Don't know how accurate seeing 4g LTE on a pre-paid phone seems a stretch in itself. But it is an interesting point.
10. DeviantDroid (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Apr 2011)
Very excited I believe this or a Nexus Prime will be my next phone..... Come on March!!!!!!!!!
16. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1063; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Really? March? This phone will be forgotten by March.
11. hyperwrt (unregistered)
please be a GSM phone please be a GSM phone please be....
totally sucked(for everyone outside USA) that epic 4g was a cdma phone.
12. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Not a big fan of single core devices on Android. Purely my preference: I would rather have a dual core device which will be updated to I.C.S. and get all those features than an LTE device on single core which most likely will get a dumbed-down version or not run it well. But, this gives a great option for those who want speed over update potential.
Myself, I would still pick Droid 3 over Stratosphere. Got the feeling I might be in the minority here.....
27. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
They are different class phones. The droid 3 is an upper class phone with its hardware, and the stratosphere is a mid level phone. Do you want horsepower and probable upgrade ability to ICS, or do you want LTE and the beautiful SA+ screen knowing that this thing will never get off gingerbread more than likely?
13. hmmm (unregistered)
for me its going to be the HTC VIGOR or the Samsung Droid Prime............... hopefully they both come out next month !!!!
17. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
Another joke of a phone. This phone is a Charge(with QWERTY). cheaper version...I don't get it. The Charge is LTE still stuck on FROYO, and then they push out a cheaper version of the Charge with Gingerbread.....If you don't stay on top of the game, you will get lost in all of this back and forth chess game these manufacturers deal out!!!!! This is why Samsung is the largest producer of smartphones. They put out 10 different versions of the same phone!!!
21. whats (unregistered)
This is not a charge or like the charge. This is a smaller device with a smaller screen and a qwerty keyboard. Just because it doesn't have the largest display or the latest and greatest features, doesn't make it a joke of a phone. Not everybody wants or needs those things. Furthermore, If you want to play that game, pick any two phones by the same company, you could say phone A is like phone B, except phone A has this or that, or B doesn't have this or that.
18. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
I find Verizon reps to actually know nothing. When I go in there they usually don't know anything...are usually on their own smartphone updating facebook or texting and are biased as to the platform they are used to....so take it to heart, don't go into any Verizon Wireless store expecting anything but them pushing that home connect service your way,,,,you have to arm yourself with your own expertise and knowledge when you head to Verizon......
20. Simba501 (Posts: 27; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)
When you head into any carrier's store really....
32. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
We're probably on our phones because we're bored out of our minds and hear 'iPhone 5?' every 5 minutes... or, because our managers don't mind us being on our phones as much as they mind us reading a book.. haha
Also... I personally never push anything on anyone. But I'm not going to tell you what you want because YOU should think about it yourself for a minute before walking in, not even knowing what 3G means... (some people actually think it's the memory capacity!) Hell0o.... it's called GOOGLE now ... stop wasting my time.
19. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
The reps know they are ahead of the pack and it's you headed into the store not them coming to you....so tell them what you want, not have them push a phone to you based on their own experience... for you BIGT11, comments 18 and 19
22. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)
hence what I said... a cheaper charge...look at it!!!!!!. you must be eyeing it for yourself if you are bothering to defend it... its a cheap charge...with QWERTY. IF YOU DON'T WANT IT, THEN GET A FEATURE PHONE AND STOP WINDOW SHOPPING. AND REGISTER YOURSELF IN THE FORUM INSTEAD OF HIDING. (WHATS)
23. Whats (unregistered)
You are hilarious. Thanks for the laughs today. Let's see, the Charge has a 4.3 inch touchscreen, the stratosphere a 4 inch touchscreen with a qwerty keyboard. And this makes them the same phone how?
29. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they are similar phones. They are both samsung phones based off the SGS1 reference with Hummingbird CPUs, Super Amoled+, and LTE. The biggest difference is screen size and maybe memory, but we have to wait for official specs for that.
34. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Um, no, the big difference is the keyboard! The processor, screen tech and memory could be identical, but the experience of a big slate vs. qwerty slider is significantly different. By your standards, the Bionic is just a bigger Droid 3 with more memory and LTE. I for one wouldn't buy a giant slate like the Charge or Bionic, but I'm salivating over the Stratosphere.
33. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
My questions are:
Is the screen Super AMOLED Plus, or garden variety (pentile) Super AMOLED? We haven't seen SAMOLED+ on anything smaller than 4.3", which I thought was a limitation of the current shadow mask process. Pentile really detracts from the screen quality on 4"+ screens.
And if this is indeed a midrange LTE phone... will it get binged? :(