The Verizon-branded Samsung Gem might be the cheapest gem of a phone that's coming up in the near future, but it grabs another prize as well – for one of the longest delays. It was first leaked out as early as August of lastyear, only to appear again now in all of its Froyo glory. This time, it's in a box, which hints at a very near launch – actually some third-party retailers have reportedly started taking deliveries, but Big Red's official outlets are to release it soon as well. Actually, the phone was already launched on some regional carriers, including U.S. Cellular recently, which has it for the hard-to-beat $29.99 on contract.
Spec-wise, the Samsung Gem is no front-runner of technology with rather modest 3.2-inch WQVGA capacitive touchscreen, 800MHz processor and a 3.2-megapixel camera, but it aims to offer the basic Android experience for a very affordable price. Oh, and that diamond-shaped button takes center stage as the geek-magnet in the Gem. Already feel attracted? We are, to the price - it's not yet announced, but something tells us it will be low.
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