EXCLUSIVE: Verizon upcoming phones – 10MP Android, Storm 3, two tablets and more by the end of the year

EXCLUSIVE: Verizon upcoming phones – 10MP Android, Storm 3, two tablets and more by the end of the year
See our Upcoming Verizon Phones page for more details on all handsets that are currently expected for the carrier!

We have obtained some exclusive Verizon-related information from a trusty source that leads us to believe the carrier is gearing up for some quite intriguing launches later this year. There are many devices involved in this, with a bit of valuable info for each one. Still, keep in mind as you're reading that these release dates are not 100% certain, since, you know... unpleasant stuff happens such as delays, change of plans, etc.

To start with, in September we should see a global-ready World Edition of the Motorola DROID 2, which will come in the same black/blue color scheme available now, as well as white. Yep, you heard that right – the first global Android smartphone is on the way!

The other interesting September launch will present us with the youth-oriented Motorola Citrus WX445 Android phone, which will probably impress more with an affordable price tag than features.

We'll also see a bunch of unpretending phones such as the LG Octane VN530 (touchscreen feature phone), LG VN270 (some kind of replacement to the Cosmos), Pantech Crux and ZTE Salute, both of which would be basic entry-level handsets looking for their place to call home in this smartphone-dominated world.

In addition, Verizon seems to be looking at extending its netbook lineup by adding the Dell Vostro V13 and HP Pavilion DM1-2010.

Mid to late October is where it's supposed to get exciting, with a possible launch of the RIM BlackBerry Storm 3 9570. Interestingly, our source mentioned that the Storm3 will run BB OS 6, but will still feature a Sure Press touchscreen like the Storm2. That would be strange, given the Torch has made the move to the far more proven capacitive-only tech. The other surprise for BlackBerry fans will be the new Curve 3 9330.

The Samsung Fascinate, Verizon's version of the Galaxy S, should debut at that time, according to our info. While we have reasons to believe our tipster, this is one detail we certainly hope to be wrong, as it is quite a delay compared to the other carriers' releases of the Galaxy S. Never mind that, along the Fascinate comes the mid-end Android-powered Samsung Continuum I400 and the low-end, but still Android-based and QWERTY-packing Samsung Gem I100. The latter sounds to us like the most affordable Android handset possible.

There's more to be coming in October though, including the Motorola XT610. According to our info, this one will have screen similarly sized to the one of the DROID X, but the handset itself will feature less powerful specs (3.2 or 5MP camera and slower processor). On the other hand, it should be priced accordingly as a mid-range smartphone at $100-$130 on contract. We definitely like the idea of a more affordable 4.3-inch offering, but hope that its slower hardware won't hamper the experience... too much.

Another possible October launch would be the Motorola A957, possibly named Sick. We sure expect this to be one “sick” handset, if you know what we mean. However, further info is still unavailable on it. *UPDATE*: Our source has updated us with new info, going the so-called Sick would probably be no other handset but the Motorola DROID Pro.

Our source indicates that we might see the Palm Pre 2 doing its thing at this time, however, every bit of info regarding this possible successor seems to be held pretty tightly right now.

Finally, the Casio Ravine should come to refresh the line of PTT rugged phones of the carrier.

As we venture later into the year, more and more exciting devices start to show up. Sometime during the second or third week of November, Big Red is said to push the Launch button for the enTourage eDGe (a dual-screen e-reader + tablet Android device), as well as an enTourage Pocket device.

Saving what's most interesting for last, the HTC Merge should emerge from the water carrying a 10MP camera and faster than 1GHz processor.

Tablet lovers and AT&T haters would surely jump with joy upon learning that two tablets are expected to become available on their favorite carrier, namely the Motorola Z600 (rumored to be called Stingray) and the Samsung I800, with the latter reportedly packing the bigger screen (about 10 inches). Unfortunately though, we do not have exact numbers right now.

Last but not least, the first 4G LTE cards will appear in the form of the PCD 290 and the LG 600.

So there you have it, folks! If this doesn't make your day, then you are no true cell phone fanatics! Now seriously, let us summarize the important launches that we learned about:

September: Motorola Citrus (affordable Android phone).

October: RIM BlackBerry Storm3, Samsung Fascinate, Motorola XT610 and Sick (DROID Pro), as well as Palm Pre 2.

November: HTC Merge, Motorola Z600 (tablet) and Samsung I800 (tablet).

Which one gets your attention the most? Do you recognize your next purchase among some of these devices? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

Big thanks to our anonymous tipster!

See our Upcoming Verizon Phones page for more details on all handsets that are currently expected for the carrier!

Upcoming Verizon phones for the rest of 2010:
Model Scheduled Release Key Features
Motorola DROID 2 World
September Android, CDMA+GSM, Black and White color solutions
Motorola Citrus WX445 September Android, Affordable
LG Octane VN530 September Touch screen, Feature phone
LG VN270 September Successor to the LG Cosmos, QWERTY is possible
Pantech Crux September Entry-level feature phone
ZTE Salute September Entry-level feature phone, 2.4" display, 1.3MP camera
Dell Vostro V13 September Laptop, 13.3" display
HP Pavilion DM1-2010 September Laptop, 11.6" display
RIM BlackBerry Storm3 Mid to Late October BlackBerry OS 6, SurePress/Capacitive screen
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3 9330 Mid to Late October Probably BlackBerry OS 6, QWERTY keyboard
Samsung Fascinate Mid to Late October Android, 4" Super AMOLED display
Samsung Continuum I400 Mid to Late October Mid-end Android
Samsung Gem I100 Mid to Late October Low-end Android, QWERTY keyboard
Motorola XT610 Mid to Late October Mid-end Android, 4.3" display
Motorola DROID Pro Mid to Late October Android, 4" display, Global CDMA+GSM
Palm Pre 2 Mid to Late October webOS, Successor to Palm Pre
Casio Ravine Mid to Late October PTT, Rugged
enTourage eDGe Mid November
Android, e-reader + tablet
enTourage Pocket Mid November N/A
HTC Merge Mid November Android, 10MP camera, Above 1GHz processor
Motorola Stingray Z600 Mid November Android, Tablet
Samsung I800 Mid November Android, Tablet
PCD 290 Mid November 4G LTE card
LG 600 Mid November 4G LTE card

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1. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

I love you too verizon! lol

9. eddysson

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 23, 2009

me too Mightymack lol

2. kdlj

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 23, 2009

No iphone on the list?

7. Duh Moron unregistered

Wow, really?

10. frankthetank775 unregistered

If they are acctuallly gonna do an Iphone. That info is under lock and key and I am sure that anyone working on that projet has signed a waiver about not only being fired but also being sued for selling trade secrets. So dont expect to hear anything about an Iphone until you hear the CEO of verizon annoncing it himself.

19. Novice unregistered

Rumor has it that some VW assocaites have been advised to gear for an "iconic device" to be launched on VW in January, 2011 where the activations will far exceed those for the DROID X...

28. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Always has to be one who brings up the iPhone....no matter what the topic is

48. VZWProductTestr

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

I guess I will come clean....I am the leak just like last year. I guess I have always been one of those kids that searches the house weeks in advance snooping to find my christmas presents. So since I get a backstage pass to new phones, I like to share it with a few thousand of my closest friends. To answer your question - no Iphone. But then again I am not nearly important enough to be involved in that decision making

3. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

no iphone in the list rumors only in the list

4. briankeith513

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 12, 2009

Where is the Motorola Droid Pro? Or is that phone just the Droid 2 World phone? And if none of these devices will be LTE, and LTE devices will be launched just a few months later, why buy these devices?

8. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

Well for one, I like shiny metal objects... lol I'd like to see LTE soon, too. I'm not sure I want to be on the bleeding edge next summer.

14. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I really can't understand how people don't get how networks test out their coverage. LTE will first roll out in aircards. Consider this a stress test for the market. Then the kinks get worked out, service is expanded, and then, and only then will phones come out with it. Sprint did the same thing with 4G- aircards first, phones later. Verizon wont have LTE on phones until at least next summer.

49. VZWProductTestr

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

LTE Smartphones in the beginning of February

5. rtimi26

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

wow way to go verizon. as usual delaying the fascinate cos they care more about iphone or htc or motorola which all suck compared to the galaxy s

11. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And upon what criteria do you base this assessment?

16. rtimi26

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

better graphics, better screen and many more things that comes the the samsung territory. Now by waiting till october when upgrades would be out on all carriers to 2.2. Who do you think would loose. I have seen the droid X and which to be is better than any other on verizon before fascinate comes out. Verizon have always been hard headed. I'm jumping ship if it doesn't come out next month. Just so you know It took Verizon 2years from when omnia 1 was released in Europe before they decided to let us have it.

26. Testing VZW unregistered

People really dont realize the extensive testing process VZW actually puts all the phones through. The reason for these delays are normally because we ACTUALLY test the devices to make sure its ready for launch. Think about it all the phones you see that were leaked are just 2 types of people. Early leaks are normally the REPS/EMPLOYEES who were granted these test devices and thought it be cool to show off. (VZW Test devices MONTHS before it releases anything) The other type is people in marketing who think its cool to create some buzz before a release. The testers themselves are indeed normally regular Technical Reps that have to prove themselves to the company by performing in there numbers and being with the company for almost a year then APPLYING for the actually position without ANY additional pay(to prevent bias reviews). The Executives may get a few devices from time to time but they arent the main testers due to not only not having the time to actually having to time to write the reports needed to send to team that handles quality of releases but also because the jobs they have are TOO important to be messing with a "test" device that could fail at any time. If something is found to be wrong then an update must be created and loaded on to the device to make sure there arent any further problems then they RESTART the testing from day 1 to ensure the update didnt break anything else and then ANOTHER report must be filed and the cycle starts again this also isnt just vzw as the updates for PDA devices normally have to come directly from the vendor (RIM,Google,HTC ect.) that itself could be a month before they find and fix the issue/s when exceptions are done then you have the problems come out like the storm. that phone had over 4 updates before its launch date but with pressure mounting to release it in time they ignored the last reports launched it anyways and even though it sold, vzw and RIM's reputation was hurt in the process. not wanting that to EVER happen again EVERY device is tested and wont release despite launch times or it may not even launch at all (Nexus ?). so next time you think to complain just think do you want a quick launch of a glitched phone or do you want it to work first time.

27. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Damn dog...summarize much? this is one hell of a novel...i lost interest in your argument after the 12th paragraph. God.

30. Testing VZW unregistered

lol sry I tend to do that a lot...:P but the process IS long so I dont know how to shorten without leaving out something important.

31. urdumb unregistered

Kinda like the droid 2 with reception issues. Dumb @ss

42. dsignori

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 17, 2010

Samsung has tweeted several times that the Fascinate is coming in "Late Summer". Either (a) Samsung doesn't know when their Samsung phone is actually coming out, or (b) the tipster is wrong. Hmmm

47. Brad unregistered

Meh, I was about to refute that statement, but then I realized you were talking about the original Omnia. The Omnia II on Verizon was delayed about 7 months from European release, although we know that part of that delay was due to Verizon waiting so they could release it with Windows Mobile 6.5 out of the box, and not have to deal with messy ROM upgrades later on, which I'm sure could easily become a customer service nightmare (especially on a Windows Mobile device, which has no OTA update method to speak of). I'm looking for the Fascinate to come out late September, but if it is delayed until October, then it's highly likely that Verizon is waiting to release it with Froyo right out of the box, instead of burdening their network with a massive OTA update right after they release it (Froyo update for other Galaxy S phones is coming in late September). I know how messy upgrades can be, so if they can fully test an up to date Froyo ROM (and with working GPS) before releasing it to the public, then I say go for it. A quality product is worth waiting for.

50. VZWProductTestr

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

Samsung wants us to long the enter line at the same time that means if one of them is delayed then they all are delayed. Politics is what slows this crap down more than anything. Here is a little insider information. When manufacturers and carriers sign exclusive rights to a phone it is a whole lot more than $ signs and contract length. Contracts include clauses that prevent other carriers releasing similar phones by other manufacturers during an allotted time frame. Things like amount of advertising done in store, tv, radio, etc. Generally speaking when a manufacturer has a big release they will be given a "drive" period. This is when most of their phone are reduced significantly or become BOGO, cost of other manufacturers go up, and same goes for merchandising and advertising. To sum up my long winded response, these are the things that affect release dates more than anything else.

51. VZWProductTestr

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

I hope your not my co-worker. no offense but I think you stated the obvious. I can tell you that Verizon itself is very strict with releasing anything about new devices and will only do it through specific press releases, verified twitter account, and most often then not the website. So I guess I am just the tech geek that likes to show off!

52. VZWProductTestr

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

I am never wrong! Just kidding....Everything I read says early October

58. Epell unregistered

Thanks for this comment. I guess I can't remember any Verizon phone that had really serious bug or flaw. I think I can wait one more month for bug-free phone.

60. bluedog unregistered

Where are you getting all of this wonderful information?

61. VZWProductTestr

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

Now thats how people lose their jobs. My name says it all

66. Right unregistered

Glyde? Rival? ENV Touch software? Yeah, you guys sure do a good job of testing! Quality control, for sure!

68. bobmad as hellatverizon unregistered

woh you are kidding aren't you? Verizon has so many problems with their phones..I can't wait to switch from them. I agree with other person Samsung much better phone. I am switching to sprint 31 aug...Good by sorry Verizon

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