Verizon to launch Samsung Droid Charge April 28th for $299.99; 16 units to be given away

Verizon to launch Samsung Droid Charge April 28th for $299.99; 16 units to be given away
As expected, Verizon has stamped "Official" on the speculation that the next LTE handset would be launched next week. The Samsung Droid Charge will be released on April 28th and as we earlier reported, will be priced at $299.99 with a 2-year contract. Verizon customers might be shocked at the price, considering that the phone has a 1GHz single-core processor under the hood. But the rest of the specs are certainly high-end including the 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the 8MP camera in the back that captures video at 1080p, the front-facing 1.3MP camera and the 1600mAh battery. One other minor disappointment is that Android 2.2 is on board rather than Gingerbread.

The other day we told you that the Droid Landing site was being reactivated for a new Droid device and sure enough, it turns out that it is for the Droid Charge. Online clues will be available to help you find locations in 16 different cities that will help you to win a free Droid Charge. Each of the 16 cities will have one winner. If you are 18 or older, you can participate in this "scavenger hunt". For more information, simply click on this link.

source: Samsung

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Droid Charge
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 3, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 2 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1600 mAh(11.00h talk time)



1. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i'm participating in the search, better to get one for free then to have to decide whether or not to shell out $300 for one later.

28. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

It'll be stuck in 2.2 forever, watch.

2. Monique27 unregistered

does it have 32gb of internal memory or something like that to warrant a $299 pricetag? I know it's a 4G phone but $299 is still pretty steep nowadays when smartphones can run as low as $49 (and sometimes free)....and it's only equipped with android 2.2....where are the phones with gingerbread? seems like the only phones that have gingerbread are the nexus 1 and nexus s....what's up with that?

4. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Definite sticker shock, particularly when you consider the Thunderbolt, with an abundance of memory (albeit a slightly smaller battery) sells for $50 less. Kinda makes one wonder what VZW is going to be commanding for its dual core phones when they launch.

5. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

it's probably just a really expensive phone to build being that it has an LTE Radio and a Super AMOLED+ screen. i imagine more of Samsung's upcoming, high-end offerings will be priced similarly like the Samsung Infuse for AT&T which will have HSPA+ and the Super AMOLED+ display.

8. Monique27 unregistered

yeah, it makes me wonder if these 4G Lte chips are expensive, which would drive up the cost of the phone...the G2x on t-mobile has better specs than the Droid Charge but is priced $100, maybe it is the 4G LTE chip....that's the only thing I can think of to warrant this pricetag....I mean vzw, really doesn't profit off the sales of the phones themselves, they really make their profits from the data plans that go along with getting a smartphone...I'm guessing that the manufacturers set the price of only concern is how much the samsung galaxy s2 will costs since its specs are way better than the droid charge....

11. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

I love this phone only if it had dual core and if it had stock ice cream if it was out yet

3. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i only see that price tag sticking around for a few weeks. dual core w/ ginger bread will be the norm in no time. im not sure why anyone should consider this device and certainly not for this price tag.

6. jrcoakley

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Before we all argue about the $299 price tag, remember the iPhone4 32 GB phone is $299 with no 4G radio, less specs. I am not a fan boy or anything like that but just stating the obvious.

7. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

But that's the iPhone. LOL jk!

9. jrcoakley

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Exactly LOL.

10. Monique27 unregistered

yeah, I get what you're saying but the droid charge specs are pretty similar to the iPhone's....same 1ghz processor and the screen on the iPhone is on par or probably a little better than the super amoled plus)...also battery life is probably better on the iPhone as well....the only thing this phone has over the iPhone is the 4G radio and 8 megapixel camera (however the 5 megapixel camera on the iPhone 4 has matched up quite nicely with other 8 meg. cams that are currently available), yes $299 is still too much unless it comes with 32gb of internal storage or has an apple logo on it LOL

14. jrcoakley

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

You called it right, Monique. Would I get this phone, probably not BUT everyone is going to argue the price when the iPhone4 has been sitting at $299 for a 32 gb phone for months. Now, I do believe that the Droid Charge will have a 32gb SD card with it, which is nice.

15. jrcoakley

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I'm not going to get into the spec differences between those two phones but specs are greater in the Droid Charge. But might not miles greater like iPhone4 to EVO 3D.

25. Brainfart unregistered

Woops forgot to mention the most important feature between the two and thats 4G LTE something the Iphone is probably not going to have even when the Iphone 5 come out. Keep up riding that Iphone train!!!

12. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

The Samsung Galaxy Tab cost $599 when released 6 months ago. Now it's $199.00. The Charge is not worth it at all, especially with the spotty 4G coverage on Verizon. This phone is no different than the Fascinate. Adding 4G (if you have it in your city) and costing $200 more than the Fascinate. Only 512 ROM..., same as Fascinate. Bigger Screen. .3'', added 4G, (if you have it in your city). What is warranting $200 more in cost over the Fascinate.

37. anony unregistered

The fascinate only has 385 MB of ram not

39. jkapster

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

actually Droidx0430 is right....the fascinate has 512MB RAM.

13. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

It has the correct name because you will definately have to Charge it to buy it.

20. cthunder

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Haha! Ain't that the truth! Only way I am getting this phone if I am one of the lucky ones who got it for free

23. derp unregistered

this thing will need to be on the charger 24/7.

16. jrcoakley

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

My problem with all of these latest and greatest phones is that the phone manufacturers are throwing all of these amazing pieces of hardware into the phones like dual-core, surround sound speakers, etc and we get 1300mAh battery for the phone. Hard to enjoy the 4G speeds with such a small battery. Then on top of that, the phone carriers takes away unlimited data. You won't be able to use the phone like you want to. What's the purpose of these 4g phones if you would need to get on WiFi or adjust many settings to control your data. Just doesn't make sense to me.

17. jrcoakley

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

At some point, all phone carriers will eliminate the unlimited data plan so that was what I was mentioning above when I say 'takes away unlimited data'.

18. licking it unregistered

well just wait two months, this phone will be half that price at best buy mobile or wirefly. I always wonder why these fools pay for the full price the first month or so. What is one or two months to save half price? or better yet, at 6 months, with bugs worked out, updated os. and you get the phone sometimes for free? now that is what it is really worth.

21. cthunder

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

Because we as consumers are programmed to have the latest and greatest product out on the market. Whether it be Shoes, clothing, cars, electronics or even cell phones. I admit I used to be that guy. But then I woke up. I don't buy anything at just came out except for music CD's and maybe a movie. I give everything 3-6months.

34. tedkord

Posts: 17296; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because more than likely in two months the unlimited 4G data will be a thing of the past, and you'll be paying $25 for 2GB, with $10 more for each GB you consume.

19. Allday28

Posts: 335; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

so is the same exact processor as the galaxy phones? or is it a next gen??

22. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

$300 for a damn Samsung?!! Who does Samsung think they are?

27. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

They think they're Apple, look at the UI, oh wait they just got sued, Sammy would kill to be Apple, seriously, and yeah I'm an Android fan.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

If this was Verizon's version of the Galaxy S 2, then yes I would buy it. But it's pretty much old gen with new gen price tags. I'm not saying it's a bad phone and I'm not saying it doesn't have decent specs. But comparing it to the Galaxy S 2, it's nothing. Sure it has the Super AMOLED PLUS screen but without the dual core processor it's not worth 300 dollars. Also it is running 2.2 and from what we all know about Samsung and updates, I am really nervous about buying an already outdated phone through them again. No my money is on the Bionic or Targa, whatever it's called.

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