Radio Shack leak reveals launch dates for HTC Vigor and Samsung Stratosphere

Radio Shack leak reveals launch dates for HTC Vigor and Samsung Stratosphere
A leaked document from Radio Shack reveals the launch date of a couple of handsets that Verizon customers have been waiting for, and two others. The HTC Vigor, which we reported could have a name change to the DROID Incredible HD by HTC, is listed with a date of October 20th, a week later than the launch date we told you about in that story. That either means that Verizon will be getting the phone a week earlier than Radio Shack, or the latter has new, more up-to-date launch information. The Samsung Stratosphere, a version of the Epic 4G for Big Red, shows a launch date of October 6th. Two other phones were on the leaked document, the BlackBerry Curve 9370 with an October launch (specific date not specified), and the Samsung Illusion which also shows a launch scheduled for October 20th.

The HTC Vigor is the most anticipated of the four, said to be the "World's First HD Smartphone" by virtue of the 720p resolution on the 4.3 inch display. Additionally, it will benefit from the partnership between HTC and Beats by Dre as a special set of earphones made by the latter, is expected to come with the device. Besides shipping with Android 2.3.4, the phone is expected to offer the latest version of HTC's UI, Sense 3.5. The Samsung Stratosphere is set to replace the Samsung Fascinate on Verizon's line up and will support Verizon's LTE network. Like the Samsung Epic 4G on Sprint's roster, which it is being compared to, the Stratosphere offers a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard .

Just yesterday, we told you how Samsung accidentally leaked information about the Samsung Illusion through Flickr, confirming its SCH-I110 model number and the fact that it will be a "green" smartphone with eco-centric features. The last of the four, the BlackBerry Curve 9370, is a 'World Phone" version of Sprint's BlackBerry Curve 9350. As a result, it will have both a CDMA and GSM radio on board and will run the new BlackBerry 7 OS.

While all four smartphones are expected to launch next month, no pricing information has been leaked for any of them. As we get closer to October, we should not only be able to get some word on price.

source: DroidLife




1. soo unregistered

sorry Alan, it is Samsung not Smasung (Main title)

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Looks like everyone is ready to go to war with the iPhone

3. sam33 unregistered

Higher resolution + 1.5ghz dual core Snapdragon = FAIL The 1.5 doesn't even get good benchmarks with lower resolution screens. This HTC Vigor will lag.

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Not sure what your definition of a fail is, or what your experience is with lag. I am willing to bet it will not fail, and that this HTC will fly. Benchmarks are just fancy numbers that seperate the elite devices from the outstanding ones. This bad beast will be outstanding.

4. zzzzzzzzzzz unregistered

this is old news from like yesterday zzzzzzzzzzz

6. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

HTC Vigor to replace the Droid 3? that sounds quite incorrect. Besides the fact that they are from difference Manufacturers, they are designed for different audiences. The original paper simliar to this with the Vigor replacing the Tbolt was much more believable. That alone makes this quite doubtful.

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I don't know what "Dfill" means in their terminology, but I doubt it means that phone is replacing the one to the left of it. The Vortex is certainly not being replaced by the Blackberry Curve. I just hope the dates are wrong. I don't want to wait another month for my Vigor!

9. Ericfromverizon unregistered

Dfill means "Direct Fullfillment", that means that stores usually aren't available to order phones for their store until verizon decides to let us stores carry them, this includes main corporate verizons. You have to order through the phone or the website. This is a way for verizon to make a lot of cash since they don't have to pay commission for sales through phone or internet. Just $10 a hour for some dude in a warehouse to ship you the phone. They usually release the phones within a week... two tops... then you can go to any verizon dealer and purchase the phone. Usually Premium Verizon retailers are better choices because they go through rigorous quality checks before they can be deemed "premium" and they spend more time with you unlike the main stores that just want to get you out the door and on to the next person..

10. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

So would that mean that the Vigor won't be available in stores until Oct. 20, but may be available online a week before that? Or that it will be available online/phone only ON Oct. 20 and won't be in stores until a week or two later?

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