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Verizon’s Samsung 4G LTE Device Launching April 7? Will be DROID Branded.

Costco is informing its employees that they are planning to launch the Samsung 4G Droid Stealth around 4/7 and that a pre-sale will start for the device on 3/24 (this Thursday).  Couple of things to note here.  This device will definitely be DROID branded at launch, which is a little odd and something I’ve been trying to wrap my head around for a couple of weeks now.  One of my most trusted sources hit me up with this news and is the reason I kept saying there would be a “surprise attached” to it, so this is exactly the public confirmation that I was hoping to see.  We can now start talking about it!

The second note though, is about the name.  All signs on my end still point to this not being called the Stealth at launch.  Wish I could share what I’ve been told is the official name, but sometimes in this business you don’t get to go public with every bit of insider info.

Looks like a CTIA announcement from Verizon should be here any minute. Stay tuned!  

Via:  Android Central

Cheers Chris!

  • KO

    I have a feeling that the “DROID” brand is going to be taking a downturn this year. What I think they are going to end up doing is releasing most handsets without the branding, and only attaching it to a few select ones, which in reality have lesser specs then the competition, selling on the brand name alone. The good phones will sell themselves, and the ones that will need the help will get the DROID brand.

    Does anybody remember a few years back when Intel discontinued the Pentium line of chips, then started releasing new chips with lesser specs then their flagship models hoping to sell them on the branding. I see this as the likely future of the DROID brand as well.

  • The other abba dalla

    look at the back cover on the samsung 4g phone on digital trends…. its a “charging” bull..

  • The other abba dalla

    In person the phone is super light weight wise, very amazing screen like no other, and supposedly very good battery life.

  • http://twitter.com/magicjboy magicjboy

    Why do you have to corrupt the droid brand? U never update and you never make desirable hardware (no pun indented) get a life samsung! and stop taking down what motorola and HTC built up as a brand name

  • abba dalla

    The Samsung phone is called the charge supposedly… That is what I heard…..

  • Anonymous

    wow. fail.

  • Pooch

    This is the surprise???? That the name has Droid in it???? I have to say that I am dissappointed that this is the surprise. I hate to say that I could care less what the name is. You had me gassed up for something big.

    Pooch

  • http://www.twitter.com/dailydroidapp AndroFan

    Why is the “Droid” branding so surprising? I’m willing to guess that Verizon doesn’t own the moniker and is just licensing it from LucasFilms or something (especially with all the Star Wars themed Droid paraphernalia that came out awhile back), so Verizon likely doesn’t have a say in the matter unless they have some sort of exclusivity agreement…LucasFilms could, in theory, license the name out to every phone manufacturer. At the end of the day, I’m still not sure why people care so much about the branding. As I’ve said before, I think it’s ultimately done more harm than help to the Android landscape (in terms of confusion/name dilution for people who don’t know the difference between “Droid” and “Android”), so the sooner this becomes out of vogue, the better.

  • Kevoskee

    Droid does…not like this

  • Anonymous

    one thing this will have over that T-bolt is better battery life as it is not using that POS fusion chipset from Qualcomm.

  • http://twitter.com/JasonAGrier Jason A. Grier

    Just can’t bear myself to get a single-core phone when I know dual core will be here in a few months (but then quad core will be coming).. jus wish bionic had more RAM and better resolution front camera :-/

  • http://twitter.com/JasonAGrier Jason A. Grier

    Just can’t bear myself to get a single-core phone when I know dual core will be here in a few months (but then quad core will be coming).. jus wish bionic had more RAM and better resolution front camera :-/

  • http://www.moneymakerlegend.com Fazal Mayar

    i havent been impressed by any phone besides the iphone. But this one doesnt look bad.

  • Bullet Tooth Tony

    Hey… at least it says “Tentative” launch date… can’t blame them if it slides… hahaha. #anti-hypebeast

  • Anonymous

    This phone is U-G-L-Y…saddened that it’ll get the DROID moniker.

  • Roneill910

    Waiting for the Bionic!

    • Anonymous

      … lock yourself to hell :)

  • Anonymous

    what is the resolution on this?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22DTJNMBK7MBGO36GLLWXRMR7M Riz

      last i read was a :( 800×480

  • Snuggles166

    I actually had a hands on with the device the other day at work (BestBuy). The samsung rep was in the store and let me play with it. He said its called the Droid Charge

    • http://twitter.com/TimmyTommyCally Timothy Callahan

      Droid Charge? thats cool you may know the name.

      but i think, hmmm…,more like droid farce…

      • http://www.facebook.com/brenneisec Cameron Brenneise

        looks like he was right haha

  • Stephen D

    Screw Samsung. I’m ditching my Fascinate for a Thunderbolt.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22DTJNMBK7MBGO36GLLWXRMR7M Riz

    is it too much too ask for super AMOLED with qHD, dual core processors and 1gb ram??? :) ;) :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10215724 Raj Bhatt

    I wish we could start talking about the Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    i will be returning my thunderbolt if this gets better battery life. the super amoled+ screen puts it over the top for me.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22DTJNMBK7MBGO36GLLWXRMR7M Riz

      S AMOLED: me too but the rumored 800×480 resolution and single core cpu puts it under for me :(

  • http://twitter.com/TimmyTommyCally Timothy Callahan

    i was due in January for an upgrade….i’ll patiently wait for the Bionic tyvm!!!

  • big125

    Too bad you wont get any updates with this phone

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22DTJNMBK7MBGO36GLLWXRMR7M Riz

      I’m guessing since they paid for being ‘Droid’ branded, they will do better than the fascinate fiasco

  • Anonymous

    Off Topic but I need advice:

    I was recently tipped off to the fact that VZW made me eligible for an early upgrade. My upgrade date was October, but I went in to my Verizon account on Friday and saw that I am eligible now.

    Anyway, I tried ordering a Thunderbolt on AmazonWireless and it says I’m not eligible for an upgrade. WTF. They said I was eligible when I went into the Verizon store, and I don’t want to pay $249 if I can get it for $179. Am I stuck buying it from Verizon or is there a way to get Amazon to realize that Verizon says I’m eligible for an early upgrade?

    Thanks dudes.

  • Anonymous

    Off Topic but I need advice:

    I was recently tipped off to the fact that VZW made me eligible for an early upgrade. My upgrade date was October, but I went in to my Verizon account on Friday and saw that I am eligible now.

    Anyway, I tried ordering a Thunderbolt on AmazonWireless and it says I’m not eligible for an upgrade. WTF. They said I was eligible when I went into the Verizon store, and I don’t want to pay $249 if I can get it for $179. Am I stuck buying it from Verizon or is there a way to get Amazon to realize that Verizon says I’m eligible for an early upgrade?

    Thanks dudes.

  • Anonymous

    Off Topic but I need advice:

    I was recently tipped off to the fact that VZW made me eligible for an early upgrade. My upgrade date was October, but I went in to my Verizon account on Friday and saw that I am eligible now.

    Anyway, I tried ordering a Thunderbolt on AmazonWireless and it says I’m not eligible for an upgrade. WTF. They said I was eligible when I went into the Verizon store, and I don’t want to pay $249 if I can get it for $179. Am I stuck buying it from Verizon or is there a way to get Amazon to realize that Verizon says I’m eligible for an early upgrade?

    Thanks dudes.

    • Ikrutoi

      Try calling Amazon wireless and see if anything changes. There are couple more sites you could try like WIREFLY and LET’S TALK.

      • Anonymous

        Turns out that Amazon and Wirefly can only sell phones to people in the last 2 months of their contract. If you’re eligible for an “early upgrade” (like me), you can only get it from Verizon or Best Buy. BOOOO

  • Anonymous

    Droid nexus or nexus D?

  • Chad

    I think Verizon should be a little pickier about what phones they let be Droid Branded. This one screams….Boring

    • DBEvans

      I don’t think it’s all that boring – I’ve certainly seen worse. And, it does have a gorgeous screen.

      More importantly to me, is that it screams: “I’m a Samsung phone, run away and warn others!”

      It’s a shame – we have several Samsung appliances in our house – TVs, kitchen appliances, etc, and those have all been great, we love their major appliances. But, my wife and I have each had Samsung phones in the past – and each had bad experiences with them. I would like to own that great looking screen – but I can’t get past those prior experiences. We may one-day try Samsung phones again … but only after we have seen notable improvement in consumer ratings.

  • Stealth Voodoo

    Lol watch it have 2.1 and stay there…

  • http://twitter.com/davidbutlerjr David Butler

    surprise is its stock vanilla android???

    • fartbubbler

      ooooh, I’d buy me some of that.

    • John

      Nope.. we’ve already seen this phone in the wild, and it is running TouchWiz.

  • fartbubbler

    I’ll be curious to see if this one better’s the Thunderbolt on specs. I bet there will be a LOT of people returning their Tbolts if this one has any indication of decent battery life.

    • Anonymous

      Why does everyone think the tb has such horrible battery life????, I went to bed last night with 28% charge after heavy use for about 15 hours, my fascinate could never do that….just saying….

      • fartbubbler

        that is much better than anything else I have read or heard with the TB. Is that the stock battery? If so, I’d say there’s hope.

        • Anonymous

          Stock battery and non rooted, I couldn’t muster up the courage to root until this morning lol, its really not that hard either for anyone wondering…and there’s already a non sense Rom on the way :) development for this phone is going to be amazing!

      • Anonymous

        I’ve had the same result for my TB for the past two days. Both days I only used LTE and by the time I hit the sack I still had 41% battery after 15 hours of use.

  • Anonymous

    Dr. Droid said, “Wish I could share the official name…” Well, you could give us a hint…

    I’m voting for Droid Undesirable. :P

    • EC8CH

      Droid Fugly

      • Anonymous

        Droid Coyote2

        • Adam

          Droid Doesn’t 4G

      • http://twitter.com/TimmyTommyCally Timothy Callahan

        haha! i like that one!

      • Vanilla Ice

        This phone isnt THHHHHAAAAT bad… I would still like more word on the LG Revolution.

  • Rayman411vm

    Don’t care if its a droid…thus phone is ugly

    • fartbubbler

      I actually like the look of it alot. All things are subjective.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

        I agree, the look is nice…SIMPLE, BUTTONS on front, are all big things for me. Good thing I do not have any upgrades. This gives me times to see what else is coming out and how the specs are. Kinda sucks that these do not have the dual core processors.

  • Anonymous

    So…either Sense, Blur or TouchWiz for your future VZ LTE device? Anything on the horizon that’s skinless for us OG Droid owners that’ll be coming out from under our contracts later this year?

    • John

      No.

  • Dbzster

    So its the Samsung version of the Thunderbolt?

  • Dbzster

    So its the Samsung version of the Thunderbolt?

  • Anonymous

    no dual core, no care.

  • Anonymous

    no dual core, no care.

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    will wait for dual core

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

    will wait for dual core

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716622038 Dan Patrick Gary

      samzies

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716622038 Dan Patrick Gary

      samzies

  • Nick

    I would have thought Verizon wanted the Bionic to be the first Droid-branded LTE device. This is surprising… and I’m thinking this really kills my dream that the Bionic would have an earlier than June release.

  • Nick

    I would have thought Verizon wanted the Bionic to be the first Droid-branded LTE device. This is surprising… and I’m thinking this really kills my dream that the Bionic would have an earlier than June release.

  • Anonymous

    How is it that Moto is the only company that could successfully cram LTE and cortex A9 into a phone?

    • http://twitter.com/TimmyTommyCally Timothy Callahan

      how is it your comment has been here for an hour and no one has liked this yet????

    • Anonymous

      It helps that it isn’t out yet. They have a few more months to work out the kinks on a new processor and LTE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffandrews82 Jeff Andrews

    Ooh, so interesting. Can’t wait to see full hardware/software specs. And I love Costco!

    • Anonymous

      Full specs have been known for a while.

      Its thinner/lighter then the tbolt and has better batt life.

      Name, droid batphone.