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Verizon's Samsung Droid Charge caught in the wild
We first heard about the Samsung SCH-i520 last December, but then we got a very nice hands-on look at it during CES 2011. At that time, they were only calling it the "Samsung 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon", but we knew that it would eventually get a really cool name. Now we know it's going to be called the Samsung Stealth (or Stealth V) and some lucky person has been using one, so of course they took a few new pictures.

The tipster says that the Stealth is expected to hit stores by mid-April, which is not far off, since the HTC Thunderbolt keeps being pushed-back to only God knows when, and the Motorola DROID BIONIC is slated for sometime late Q2 (May-June). Furthermore, the Stealth is said to offer pretty good battery life, lasting a 8-10 hours of 4G LTE usage with the included 1500mAh battery, and as of now their data speeds aren't being throttled, but that may change once the 4G smartphones go on sale.

Other than the Samsung Stealth coming with 4G LTE, it features an impressive 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus with 480x800 WVGA resolution, a newer 1GHz Hummingbird processor (but still a single-core), an 8MP autofocus rear camera with 720p video recording and a 1.3MP front camera for video chat, HDMI output, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0, 828MB of internal storage, and microSDHC memory card slot. It will come with Android 2.2 Froyo and with a new version of Samsung's TouchWiz interface, through the person who took these pictures says they installed LauncherPRO on the phone because they like how it looks better.

So which Verizon 4G smartphone do you want, the Samsung Stealth, HTC Thunderbolt, Motorola DROID BIONIC, or LG Revolution?

*UPDATE*
We recieved a tip today from a person who claims to have some more info about this device. They say the phone will actually be called the Droid Charge, as the name "Stealth" is already trademarked and owned by another company. The included battery will actually be a 1600mAh capacity, not 1500mAh, and the camera will be able to record videos up to 1080p. Naturally we here have no way to verify any of this, but we're not crazy about the name "Droid Charge" and think "Stealth" sounds better.

source: technobuffalo

Verizon's Samsung Droid Charge caught in the wild
Verizon's Samsung Droid Charge caught in the wild

Verizon's Samsung Droid Charge caught in the wild
Verizon's Samsung Droid Charge caught in the wild


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posted on 08 Mar 2011, 23:50 3

1. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


it's only between the Bionic and the Revolution for me, however if a Droid 3 gets announced i'll probably go for that.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 20:22 2

17. DutchOven88 (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


Completely on par with your comment. Droid 3 does sound like it will wait for the initial crazies to grab up the 4G devices as guinea pigs and they'll most undoubtedly drop the uber phone as soon as they feel they need a new carrot to wave.

Until then...Enjoy

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 01:53 2

2. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)


Errr, with the stealth coming in april where does that put the Galaxy S2? Fall? Ever?

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 05:06 4

3. nothanks (unregistered)


After the terrible support and non existant software upgrades for the Fascinate, I won't be buying another Samsung phone, that's for sure.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 09:51

23. honggee (unregistered)


its not so much samsung not releasing android updates, as most are well aware, but the carriers adding and removing features that MUST work before they are released.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 06:39 2

4. Daemon (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Mar 2011)


Samsung makes good phones no doubt but waiting for an update to a device is like watching paint dry. I am more prone to purchase a device like a variant of the Google Nexus S where Google shoots you the device updates directly with no crappy bloat-ware slowing down your device. Just give me what I need and I will buy the bag to match the outfit later.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 07:57 1

5. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


looks like a toy :O

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 08:39

6. Bill Smith (unregistered)


Been waiting for the Thunderbolt since Feb 6th. I even did the pre-sale on it. Since it has been delayed so long I have lost interest in the thunderbolt and it's 1400 mAH battery. Since it looks like all 4 will be released in a few months I think I will wait and consider the Droid Bionic.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 08:58 1

7. roldefol (Posts: 2863; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Am I the only one who likes the physical buttons on the Stealth?

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 09:08 1

8. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 851; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Finally Samsung decides to put physical buttons as Android keys.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 09:43 4

9. roldefol (Posts: 2863; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Does "With Google" on the back mean no Bing? Please?

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 23:22

22. evenly mismatched (unregistered)


I believe being released with the "Droid" moniker on Verizon means no Bing on this phone.

Seems to be the way they go with it.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 11:07 1

10. Shanism (Posts: 19; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Motorolla better hurry there asses up with the BIONIC or it will come out to late for the race. The physical buttons are nice on the Stealth though. we are seeing less and less of that now a days on phones. I would like to see something come out as sturdy as the Droid X and have physical keys. verizon is laggin i need a new phone haha

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 11:32 2

11. roldefol (Posts: 2863; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Each of this first wave of 4G phones will have something unique to offer:

Tbolt: first to market (or so we thought!), Sense
Stealth: AMOLED, physical buttons
Bionic: dual core, qHD screen
Revolution: ....

I'm waiting for a 4G Droid 3 w/ improved keyboard this fall.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 19:37 1

14. chinakidoliver.iab (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


wat did u put for revolution

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 19:50

15. PHONE_GEEK (Posts: 52; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


.... lol

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 21:43

18. roldefol (Posts: 2863; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I tried to think of something, but the Revolution looks pretty generic to me...

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:34

21. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)


well it has the next generation snapdragon which is the only one certified to get Netflix streaming on an Android device (even though there's plenty of other ways to get your fix) and so far it's running stock Android 2.2 Froyo and it's watching it's delicious stock Gingerbread cookie bake in the oven, it might also be the first one to have voice over LTE too.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 12:18 1

12. beatlesfan (Posts: 150; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


The specs of this phone are looking real nice. If it is true about the battery life, I will probably be picking this phone up. Although the qHD of the bionic sounds pretty good, I think the AMOLED from the fascinate is gorgeous and would settle with that. I think the Stealth is ugly, but I really don't care that much about appearance of the phone so long as it does what I need. Physical buttons are a good implementation as I hate accidentally touching the touch sensitive "buttons" on my incredible while playing a game or doing anything else.

However, I am probably still going to wait until at least summer to see what comes out then. I really want something with decent battery life as the Incredible has sucked. I think if the Bionic has as good of a battery life as the Droid X it may be my choice, but as of now the Samsung Stealth is the best option in my opinion.

Other factors that will persuade or dissuade my decision will be whether the Bionic has a locked bootloader or not. Also, since I may wait until summer I am considering waiting for the second batch of LTE phones (even if I have to wait until the end of 2011) as I know the second batch of Droid phones were significantly improved from the first batch (the original Droid and the HTC Eris v. Droid 2, Incredible, and Droid X), so I have a hunch that the second batch of LTE Droid phones will hit my sweet spot. I don't like to be an early adapter that jumps on the very first of anything as I know many bugs and issues are worked out in later releases.

On the other hand, waiting 'til summer could be a bad choice on my part, as Verizon has stated that they plan on capping data. One of the best parts of Verizon is the unlimited data for smartphones. This would be especially nice on a rooted LTE phone as the wireless tether could potentially replace a land-based internet connection (for me anyway). All of these factors considered just make my decision more and more difficult. Patience is a virtue, but waiting too long could end up kicking me in the ass.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 12:28

13. roldefol (Posts: 2863; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It's a pretty safe bet Verizon will eliminate its unlimited plans to coincide with the iPhone 5 release. At the very least they'll need to offer a lower priced data plan to better compete with AT&T's tiers. We'll see what happens when the first 4G phone arrives and if the unlimited plan applies to both 3G and 4G data, but I think in the meantime they should keep it available as a selling point. For myself, I won't buy a smartphone until something in the $15-20 range is made available again.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 20:05

16. JosephGubbels (Posts: 15; Member since: 09 Mar 2011)


On the one hand, this is one of the sexiest-looking phones I've ever seen, and it has a great camera and a big, SUPER AMOLED Plus display, and a surprisingly good battery life on LTE considering it only has a 1500 mAh battery (the update said 1600, but is that just what it will ship with, or is that what this tipster's phone is using too?).
On the other hand, it is single core, has minimal internal storage, and is only running Froyo (extra depressing considering it is coming out in May-June.

Agreed, Stealth is a way cooler name than Charge, and Stealth fits perfectly, considering this phone's design is vaguely reminiscent o fa stealth plane in its curves.

Didn't see any mention of the RAM on the phone, is that spec known?

Though I live in Canada, so my money is essentially a non-factor when it comes to Verizon's 4G lineup, my favourite is definitely the Droid Bionic, simply because in terms of hardware, it is head and shoulders above the other three.

posted on 10 Mar 2011, 09:55

24. sgogeta4 (Posts: 392; Member since: 02 Feb 2011)


It's coming out mid April... and it will probably have Gingerbread on it's release. As for the specs, they're fine for 99% of users - don't be fooled by marketing. Single core is more than enough and same with it's internal storage since you can easily expand it with a microSD card (unlike the iPhone).

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 21:58 1

19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2984; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


The only thing that I am worried about is this happening: the thunderbolt gets updated to 2.3 and samsung keeps telling us this phone will get 2.3 soon. 2.4 comes out and still no 2.3 for samsung. Samsung just says screw it and we get galaxy s 2 devices with 2.3 and dual core processors. That is why I won't buy this phone.

posted on 09 Mar 2011, 22:29

20. skymitch89 (Posts: 1061; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't really think that it'll have the "Droid" branding because that seems to be exclusive to the Motorola Android phones, with the exception of 2 HTC phones. I like "Stealth" and think that they could get away with calling it "Samsung Stealth 4G" I say that we'll just have to wait until it is officially announced and released to find out what this phone will be called and what specs it'll have.

posted on 11 Mar 2011, 00:51

25. jkapster (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


I love Samsungs SuperAMOLED screens. They are awesome! But the support (ie promised, but never delivered Froyo 2.2) for their devices are horrible. They will lose business from me as well as many others because of this issue.

Thank goodness for the other Korean phone maker, LG! I hope the LG revolution doesnt disappoint. From the specs it looks to be an awesome phone. I might, however, have to make the switch to whatever carrier comes out with the LG Optimus 3D. Dual core, Dual memory, and Dual channel, stereoscopic camera that take 3D stills and video...it definitely sounds enticing!

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 12:14

27. rwrife (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)


I have the same feeling, after failing to deliver Froyo on the Fascinate I've pretty much given up on all Samsung retail products.

posted on 22 Mar 2011, 12:13

26. rwrife (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Sep 2009)


So they took the fascinate and made the screen bigger, tossed in a little extra ram and upgraded the OS.....doesn't sound like a worthwhile upgrade to me, especially when there is going to be much more powerful devices available when this is available.

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 05:50

28. AndroidSensei (unregistered)


Get the full view by comparing to the Thunderbolt, iPhone 4, Curve, Droid Bionic and other Droids here: Switching to Verizon or upgrading, which phone should you choosehttp://exm.nr/f3zR08

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