Samsung Stratosphere outed, could launch via Verizon September 8th

Samsung Stratosphere outed, could launch via Verizon September 8th
Remember that mysterious Samsung slider, the SCH-i405, headed for Verizon that was pictured during the summer? Many Verizon customers had hoped that it would be a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Remember the Samsung Stratosphere that was listed on the Verizon roadmap we reported? Many thought that would be the Samsung Galaxy S II. Now that we know better, and the Samsung Galaxy S II is not coming to Big Red as we informed you, it turns out that Pocketnow has discovered that the mysterious slider is the Samsung Stratosphere

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

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1. firebo14

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Nice, now is it a version of the Samsung Galaxy S II or S?

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: May 10, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: May 10, 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: Jul 16, 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: May 10, 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: Sep 06, 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: Apr 28, 2011

Very excited I believe this or a Nexus Prime will be my next phone..... Come on March!!!!!!!!!

16. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1253; Member since: Aug 13, 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: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 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.....

14. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

if you are i'm there with ya buddy.

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 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: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 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 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: 28; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

When you head into any carrier's store really....

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

except mine :)

32. cupcake

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

The reps know they are ahead of the pack and it's you headed into the store not them coming to 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: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

24. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

Looks like a metropcs phone

33. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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? :(

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