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Hands-on with Verizon’s Samsung 4G LTE Device (SCH-I510)

At the Verizon 4G LTE event today, the Samsung reps were a little hesitant to actually let us play with their new unnamed device, so we skipped on by it until we hit up their booth.  What did we find?  The Samsung SCH-I510, the same device they were scared to show to the press.  And yes, it still lacks an actual name.

We actually posted what we thought was one of the first pics of this device on Tuesday, so it was nice to have it confirmed today.  It’s definitely the alien-esque device with the Nexus S back hump.  It does sport a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen though and was as fast as ever with a 1GHz single-core processor.

What wasn’t impressive was the Touchwiz skin splashed all over it.  They went with that same puzzle-piece theme that screams kid’s toy and even went as far as to throw some cartoon like font on it.  This could be a great device, but man, this is the classic example of manufacturers killing devices with their custom skins.

And we have no idea when this will be released.  The on-edge reps at the VZW event seemed to think this device was far from ever seeing a store shelf.

Press release and gallery after the break. 

Verizon wireless and Samsung Mobile Announce Samsung’s First 4G LTE-enabled Smartphone

Features Android 2.2 platform, Super AMOLED™ Plus Display, 1GHz Application Processor and Rear and Front-Facing Cameras

LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone will be available on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

Powered by an Android 2.2 operating system, the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone is equipped with Google Mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and access to more than 100,000 applications on Android Market™.  The Samsung 4G LTE smartphone boasts a brilliant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus touch screen display, powerful 1GHz application processor and HTML5 Web browser that uses high-speed 4G LTE connectivity for faster downloads.  Designed with a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera, the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone supports video chat capabilities. Messaging is made simple on the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone with a virtual QWERTY keyboard equipped with Swype™ technology. Additionally, the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone will come preloaded with popular LTE-specific applications.

“The Samsung 4G LTE smartphone is an ideal option for those who look to Samsung Mobile for sleek and innovative devices combined with blazing fast speeds of Android 2.2 on the nation’s most advanced 4G network,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.  “This powerful combination enables our customers to connect face to face with family and friends, while still enjoying premium multimedia and social networking features backed by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.”

The 4G LTE smartphone has access to Samsung’s Media Hub content service available on the 4G LTE network, which offers a robust collection of premium movies and TV episodes from some of the biggest entertainment companies for purchase and rental. Users can stay connected with Samsung’s Social Hub, built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or text messages.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless’ 3G network. Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company’s entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.

The Samsung 4G LTE smartphone will be on display at CES 2011 in Verizon Wireless’ booth (#35216 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center) and in the Samsung booth (#12006 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center). For more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte. For more information about Verizon Wireless at CES, please visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow the company on Twitter at http://twitter.com/verizonwireless. For more information about the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone, visit www.samsung.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

  • fadi

    my pone sch510 4g i have unlok sim pls iam from lebanon my sim here no signal unlok pls helpp me open my pone en lebanon

  • fadi

    good day samsug company pls hellp me for unlock sim cart iam for lebanon my sim no woks pls

  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

    The screen is the only selling point.. Meh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

    The screen is the only selling point.. Meh.

  • Donnydon

    i always loved the CHEAP FEEL of samsung android phones!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    its ugly as hell…why cant the nexus s go on all carriers!! or verizon at leat =(

  • 1012ashleigh

    when is this coming to verizon bc i have the driod 2 and it a piece of crap…so this phone looks awsome and im wondering when this is coming to verizon..:)

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  • http://twitter.com/hooneyhova Hooney Heoh

    Wait wait, tell me the preschool font can be changed.. I mean, you couldn’t change the system font on the dInc and the DX (only two Android devices I’ve had), but hopefully Samsung isn’t targeting diaper wearers with this device..

  • Anonymous

    Well, thats what launchers and rooting’s for. Of course then you have to go and fix the text. What is that, crayon? If Andy the Android was dead, he’d be rolling in his junkyard.

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  • jason w.s.

    This phone is ugly as sh!t man…kinda looks like somthin Alienware would make.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    Only thing i like besides specs is the desk clock! haha off button ion the side, ugly font, weird shape And i personally prefer the touch buttons on the front of my phone. Maybe a slide out keyboard would be nice to :D I love my D1!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    Only thing i like besides specs is the desk clock! haha off button ion the side, ugly font, weird shape And i personally prefer the touch buttons on the front of my phone. Maybe a slide out keyboard would be nice to :D I love my D1!

  • Bob

    Please tell me that when froyo makes it to the Fascinate (if ever) it won’t look like this…talk about eye broccoli.

  • Anonymous

    If this is the SCH-i510 then what is the difference between this one and the SCH-i520 that has been mentioned recently in other blog posts?

  • John

    Wow this phone looks like sh!t

  • CrashVideo

    Oh well. At least the Fascinate will be dirt cheap when it’s time for the wife’s upgrade …

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  • Uncle paul

    wouldn’t be so bad if the buttons weren’t so huge and the styling wasn’t so cheap.

    But again, it seems as though Verizon neutered all the rest of the 4g phones they are offering to push the bionic with its locked bootloader and that really sucks as far as choices..

    I bought my Droid x on launch day, and I dont think there are any current viable upgrades on the market for me yet until we get a phone with a high resolution Amoled or equivalent 4.3″+ screen along with the dual core and atleast 1gb of ram.

    • Anonymous

      ummm sort of the bionic, but the thunderbolt is a definite upgrade over my droid x…..first it has everything plus…except omg not a better screen, but not worse….and a little faster processor…and its nicer…i love it….

  • Llcdph

    Having three Fascinates in the family… the two dirtiest words you could use were Samsung and VERIZON! What a shame.

  • http://twitter.com/NovembersDirge The Observer

    What the hell kind of font is that for the About Phone screen? Yuck! It looks like the handwriting of a 2nd grader. The whole phone just screams Playskool.

    • ilovemydroidcharge

      As a proud owner of a charge, I can say it doesn’t feel cheap, is amazing and who cares what font is on that screen? I’ve changed it all!

  • RedOne

    I like it. it has a diffident design than the other phones. and they should call it the Samsung Eclipse 4G

    • One_ina_milli

      I agree good looking phone

  • IBowToAndroid

    No, they already announced there is no hardware requirement for Honeycomb. And yes, this is God-awful ugly. Just look at that font- ughhh… Too bad it has such a nice screen and HDMI- cant believe they left HDMI off of the Bionic. That and the 512 MB RAM- grrrrrrrrrrrrrr…..

    • SF

      The Bionic has HDMI.

  • Bryannichelson

    Samsung,please stop designing new devices and pay some attention to the stuff people have! Lots of angry galaxy s owners who need some froyo love, gingerbread would be amazing please!

    • Mrpicolas

      We said the same thing to them today and got the obligatory blow off sad really

      • Anonymous

        I have a fascinate and agree that samsung + verizon = no system updates….but on a positive note birdman got the 2.6.35 kernel to boot on his fascinate and he and a few others are working diligently on a gingerbread rom…just a heads up to other fascinate owners out there…

    • Stephen D

      An update is coming on the 10th, and it’s likely to be Froyo.

  • joker

    You know what tho that screen looks nice as heck. I wish they could put a screen on a dual core device

  • One_ina_milli

    Super amoled plus or qhd!?!?

    • tanknspank

      Super LCD most likely.

      • One_ina_milli

        But what’s better yea its going to have it and the bionic has qhd

  • Mrhug3

    Thanks but, no thanks.

  • Jpippo4

    Hey Samsung, Blackberry called, they want their Storm back.

    Thanks but no thanks.

    • Octotron

      First thing I thought when I saw this for the first time, Storm. It kind of grows on me though. If it doesn’t feel cheap in hand it may be pretty nice.

  • S9779

    If its going to be a single core phone they should save the R&D money and scrap it. Its already been reported 3.0 will only run on duel cores. So what is the point of making a phone thats going to be outdated before it even on the shelf.

    • tanknspank

      Didn’t see the tweet/article on how it WON’T require a dual core…?

      *sigh*

      • DBK

        @ joker: Yeah, link to your source or it didn’t happen. As far as we know it does.

        • tanknspank

          Good enough?

          http://mobile.twitter.com/morrildl/status/22845294886518785

          Dude knows what he is talking about.

          • DBK

            O.O

            *shuffles away in shame*

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

            Google stuff gets better with time, not worse. Honeycomb will run on the G1 and make it amazing.

    • joker

      honeycomb will not require dual core just so you knjow

  • DBK

    You lost me at Touchwiz….

  • Kiriuskris

    It doesn’t even look like an Android phone!

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Freddy

    It’s ugly. :(