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Here is Your Samsung Stratosphere, Just an Epic 4G with LTE

We were once hot and heavy over the Samsung Stratosphere as we hoped that it would turn into the Galaxy S II variant for Verizon.  But once our sources confirmed to us that it was simply a re-hash of Sprint’s Epic 4G with LTE built-in, we were turned off.  Does the world really need another original Galaxy S phone?  Think Fascinate with a slideout keyboard.  We fully understand that there are a group of users that will always require a physical keyboard, but what happened to pumping out next-gen devices?  With the Bionic, Vigor and Prime all around the corner, consider us confused.

The Stratosphere is currently rumored to be headed to stores alongside the Bionic this Thursday.  Expect it to be one of the least expensive LTE phones we have seen to date.

Interested?

Via:  PocketNow

  • Anonymous

    If it has an upgraded processor, it could still be a good phone.

    Interesting how people treat LTE like a big deal for the Bionic (which is its only real advantage over the D3), but don’t consider it a big deal for the Stratosphere…

  • Anonymous

    OK This is a waiting game is making me nuts.  Will a manufacturer PLEASE release a 4G LTE phone worth owning! 

  • Anonymous

    OK This is a waiting game is making me nuts.  Will a manufacturer PLEASE release a 4G LTE phone worth owning! 

  • Anonymous

    I think Verizon opened up a box that Sammy sent last year…

  • James_Ever

    I think its relevant for those that need to be cost efficient. I typically don’t care for Samsungs hardware but a really good alternative wanting 4g and needing the price to be low. Not everyone has the money for the high end and those that don’t read these blog/websites will be way more money saving oriented.

  • Anonymous

    It would be interesting if the Stratosphere has the same screen and SoC as the Droid Charge, but cheaper on contract.  Wouldn’t that cannibalize sales of the Charge unless the Charge comes down in price and people can pick if they want a phone with keyboard or without.

    Overall it’s not a bad mid-range phone if it has Hummingbird as it’s still the best mainstream single-core SoC around – good GPU and can play 1080p videos (MKV, MP4) nicely out of the box without any modification.  Still plenty fast for doing basic stuff like web-browsing or checking mail.

    Too bad the TouchWiZ UI and RFS slows things down, but that can always be fixed.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a charge with a keyboard

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Super lame. I want dual-core! {{>_<}}

  • Anonymous

    Hey people;  the phone will sell. it has a big screen, keyboard and LTE and it will be cheap.  The prime ingredients for non-techies.  My bet it will outsell the Bionic on price alone.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty much what I expect from Verizon.  Another lame phone.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously?! This is ridiculous. What is Verizon thinking releasing a rehash of Sprint’s Epic 4G from last year while the other carriers are releasing GS2 phones. Unless this goes for $199 it will be an Epic fail.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously?! This is ridiculous. What is Verizon thinking releasing a rehash of Sprint’s Epic 4G from last year while the other carriers are releasing GS2 phones. Unless this goes for $199 it will be an Epic fail.

    • Bigdav1178

      Unless this goes for $99 it will be an Epic fail.This would have had to had a major hardware update under the hood compared to the Epic to be worth more than that.

      • Bigdav1178

        Old hardware aside, if it does come out at around $100, I may end up picking one up – especially if it runs discounted around the holiday. I’ve been sitting on an upgrade on one of my lines for almost a year (end of Sept), and this thing should have comparable or better hardware than my Droid2. If I can get a better keyboard and LTE for cheap, I might consider it… then get something better next year after LTE’s matured and more options will be available. If I sell the D2 on eBay, I ought to be able to get $100+ for it (off contract).

  • Kidheated

    I’m not sure who designates which phone lines for what carriers, be it the carriers themselves or the manufacturers, but Verizon needs a new one. Unless they are waiting and are going to launch the next wave of next-gen phones that blows all others out of the water, they’re f%#$ing up! All phones (minus the i*hone) they currently have are garbage. Since the Dinc 1, they haven’t put out a good phone. I spend a lot of the time in the Verizon Corp. store in my town and have played with every high-end phone and they all suck. In truth, the most impressive device I picked up was the HTC Trophy. This slider is more garbage. Not even little kids want anything less than the best phones on the market. V needs to stop with this low-end bulls#$%! If they’re not rocking the latest media playing android monster, kids are rolling with the i*hone. If the parents have it, the kids want it and will settle for nothing less. That should say it all. 

    On a side note, how can we have all these crazy 4G, gingerbread, dual-core monstrosities coming out and still be working with only 512mb of ram? Does that make sense? 512mb was barely enough for the Dinc 1 at its time of release. These phones are essentially laptops in our pockets and the standard laptop now a days has no less than 2gb. I’m just sayin.’

    • Fd2blk78

      Nerd

    • Anonymous

      You’re an idiot.

      • James_Ever

        I concur. Maybe a dumbass with a rant but more like a moron.

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only one that notice that the Bionic is just a keyboardless Droid 3 with more RAM?? Long live the high-end QWERTY smartphones!!

    • Tom

      You forgot the most important part, LTE…

      • Anonymous

        True that, but honesty with those horrid data caps I think I’ll pass 4G for now… I mean yeah you can download anything you want in a few seconds, but you can start bleeding money just as fast… plus, I’m fine with 3G in my smartphone on the road, for data intensive I have cap-less wi-fi in my home and work :P

        • Tony Allen

          I don’t have any data caps, and when I finally switch to a 4G LTE phone, I still won’t. Not a bother to me.

      • Anonymous

        LTE BFD.  on WiFi you will not tell the difference.  LTE is merely a data pile, a faster pipe indeed but it does not make a phone.  If a MSM7227 based device had LTE would you all have boners?  I think not.

        Bionic is a Droid3 with an additional modem and the needed ram to run that crapware webtop.  period.

        • Tom

          Someone isn’t on Verizon…:-p

          • Anonymous

            no actually i am on vzw with the original Dinc that just but Gingerbread.  Still a happy camper. i just camp on wifi whenever I can (home, work, Starbucks.) :O)

          • http://twitter.com/rosslabossiere Ross Labossiere

            i have a droid inc as well and i am getting bored with it. il probably get one of theese

        • Anonymous

          You sound jealous and mad.

          • Anonymous

            not likely

          • Anonymous

            Dual core OMAP4 (over 4 times faster than your 1st gen Snapdragon), LTE, 1 GB ram, 4.3″ screen, 4 times as much memory, much bigger battery; yes, likely.

          • WTFverizon

            what about exynos how fast is that

          • Anonymous

            Fast. Clock for clock it’s roughly equal to the OMAP4, maybe slightly faster.

          • Anonymous

            4 times as much memory as what the original droid? and who was talking about 1st gen snapdragon? Why are you comparing a new phone to something over a year old? Why not compare it to something relevant like the phones that are out now.

          • Anonymous

            He said he has a Droid Incredible and is trashing the D3/Bionic, thus the comparison and also why I said he sounds jealous and mad.

        • Anonymous

          So, uh, I take it you take your wifi router (and the landline it is connected to) wherever you go and you never, ever have any wired internet outages at your place of residence, correct?

          Buddy, ignorant bliss was thinking 3G was fast enough…

        • http://www.facebook.com/michaeljmcgrath Michael McGrath

          i thoroughly enjoy lte.  perhaps i’m outside more than you.

          besides institutional wifi (like the 40/15mb i’m on now), i find lte faster than a lot of “coffee shop” offerings, which are either ridiculously slow to begin with or bogged down due to too many people using it at once.

      • Anonymous

        And so does the Stratosphere.  I would much rather have seen a D3 with LTE, but can you name another Verizon LTE phone (even rumored) that has a physical keyboard?

        • Anonymous

          None are rumored to have a keyboard and lte other than this as of now.

    • epdean

      As far as I understand it, the Droid 3 is not 4G. 

    • Anonymous

      Like the Droid 3 is a bad phone?  Well the Bionic is one on steroids.

      • Tony Allen

        Droid3 is an excellent phone, was going to pick one up at Walmart Wireless last week because they had them in stock for $150 upgrade price. I have an early upgrade, and Verizon wouldn’t let me use it there, but would instead charge me their price for a backordered device that I’d have to wait to receive, when I could just walk out the door with a new phone, an upped contract with VZW and saved a bit of cash that day. I am going to be holding onto my upgrades forever now, nothing truly awesome is really catching my eye. The magic *and battery life* of my Dinc is slowly fading and I want something new and bigger, Verizon just isn’t putting out the kind of phone that makes me go “OMG I CAN HAZ” anymore.

        • Staticx57

          Im in the same boat, waiting for the next verizon superphone.

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t say the Bionic is on Steroids just using yesterdays protein, while the real stuff is pumping out in a couple of months that will make the Bionic old news in two months.

        As far as the D3 goes I wouldn’t call that device a suitable replacement for the OG by any means!!!! It’s decent at best!!!!! 

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t say the Bionic is on Steroids just using yesterdays protein, while the real stuff is pumping out in a couple of months that will make the Bionic old news in two months.

        As far as the D3 goes I wouldn’t call that device a suitable replacement for the OG by any means!!!! It’s decent at best!!!!! 

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t say the Bionic is on Steroids just using yesterdays protein, while the real stuff is pumping out in a couple of months that will make the Bionic old news in two months.

        As far as the D3 goes I wouldn’t call that device a suitable replacement for the OG by any means!!!! It’s decent at best!!!!! 

        • Anonymous

          Sure buddy, sure.

        • Anonymous

          Whats wrong with the D3?
           

      • Anonymous

        Sure but so is the Bionic’s price.
        And no keyboard. 

        • Anonymous

          The price is disappointing.  I don’t need a keyboard, never even use my Droid’s.

          • Anonymous

            Then you my friend pick the wrong phone

          • Anonymous

            Nope, the Droid was the best phone at the time easily, just so happened to have a keyboard but that’s not why I bought it.

  • Tom

    Any idea what model number this is? Hopefully not the SCH-i515…

    • KnightCrusader

      I believe its the SCH-i405

  • Jason Purp

    Of course the newest VZW Samsung doesn’t even have TouchWiz 4. Pathetic.

  • Anonymous

    Droid 4 next yr…droid 3 is great for now

  • Anonymous

    This phone satisfies anyone’s want of a 4g slide out qwerty.

  • Stelv81

    I hope they didn’t use the same crappy hummingbird processor that is in every gs1 device and the charge. That processor is worthless.

    • WTFverizon

      I thought it was one of the better ones at least the gpu still is

      • Stelv81

        Yes it has a nice gpu but its native kernel performs poorly because of its rfs file system. My stock inc2 out performed my 1.3 overclocked voodoo fascinated except for in video performance. Hummingbird processor is laggy natively.

    • Anonymous

      That couldn’t be further from the truth.

      • Stelv81

        I know how the hummingbird performs. I very familiar with it from when I use to have a rooted fascinate. It doesn’t perform well until voodoo lagfix is applied to it. Its not horrible but it is definitely one of the slower 1000mhz processors around. The gpu is its only claim to fame

        • Anonymous

          I’m familiar with it too, a family member has a Captivate.  The RFS filesystem has absolutely nothing to do with the processor.  Not a thing.  It’s like if you were to put a 10 year old 40 GB hard drive into a Core i7 system, it would slow the whole system down to a crawl, that doesn’t mean the i7 is slow or crappy.  Once you replace RFS those Hummingbirds are super fast, easily the fastest of the single core processors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=613362017 Jamie Elmore

    I work for BestBuy Mobile, so chances are I can get this phone for my work line, so yes I am excited. XD

  • Anonymous

    so much for moto being the only manufacturer making last years tech this year eh?

    • Anonymous

      What are you talking about? Everything so far has had Dual Core Processing. HTC has just got on this bandwagon and Samsung has yet to release anything in the US with a Dual Core.

      • Anonymous

        sgs2?

        • Anonymous

          SGS2 isn’t available in the US yet.

          • Anonymous

            It’s available for preorder and has an official date so yeah.

          • Anonymous

            So yeah not available yet but soon.

      • Anonymous

        everyone is complaining about the bionic being last years tech…what do the other mfrs have that is this years tech here int he US? that was my point…thank you for echoing me

  • Anonymous

    WTG Verizon.  You have shiet phones.

  • Spike760

    It’s definitely no Galaxy S II, but I think it would probably be good for someone that is not all into phones that doesn’t want to spend $300 but wants 4G LTE.

    I guess it depends on how much it turns out to be. Definitely not getting one for myself, but I could see it being a good idea. Regardless they should’ve also released a Galaxy S II for Verizon.

  • Booboolala2000

    Looks like my charge with a slider. Ehh. Wait for better.

  • Anonymous

    Geez, I see a trend here, we get 1 year old rehashed hardware from other carriers.  WTF Verizon… god I hope there is decent phone by January for my upgrade.

  • Anonymous

    VZW: Yesterday’s technology, tomorrow’s price.

    • Anonymous

      Or in Verizons case “Sell them what they think is new, but repackage it and make it new”  Build it and they will BUY!!!! :P

  • Samvelavich

    ok its 12 o clock nd there is only 1 post… wat happened guys? labor day break lmao jk you deserve some relaxation for all the effort uve put into this site

  • MJZ

    reminds me of when the OG Droid came out and next to it was that tiny little Eris… 

  • 11knives

    Epic Fail

  • Anonymous

    I am going to be sitting on my upgrade for the rest of my life.

    • Rick

      Yeah…I know how you feel.

      • Anonymous

        I third the motion.

        • Vire

          I may wind up changing carriers if Verizon keeps on in this trend. Granted, that’s probably what they want to force us onto the tiered data plans.

          • http://twitter.com/NemaCystX NemaCystX

            Yup, weed out the grand-fathered plan holders, making them want to leave and then wait until the right time to release the NEXT big one that everyone will want to get back on Verizon with, thus forcing you to go right into a tiered data plan.

            and judging from Sprint’s recent price increases on fees, I look for Sprint to eliminate Unlimited data shortly as well.

          • Djstar2k2

            sprint will have to Unlimited data because that got the icrap5 comming in a month

    • Anonymous

      it doesnt matter what device you choose, technology is always advancing and future devices will always be better than what you have but i agree this is useless

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I know what you mean.  I’m debating between:

      1) Holding on to my D2, and waiting for a dual-core LTE slider to come out on Verizon in the next few months.
      2) Buying a D3, and paying full retail for a dual-core LTE slider on Verizon in about a year.
      3) Buying a Stratosphere, and paying full retail for a dual-core LTE slider on Verizon in about a year.

      I’d consider switching to AT&T if they actually get a nationwide LTE network up and running, as long as their coverage starts sucking less…

      • Daniel Rowen

        what you SHOULD do is just put CM7 on your Droid2, realize it’s an amazing rom and makes your phone perform as though it’s an entirely new device, and just sit on that for a while until a dual-core LTE slider version (Droid4?) comes out when you are actually available for an upgrade, that’s my plan, and mmm CM7, I’m completely satisfied with my Droid2 now, and love having basically the best ROM out there on any phone, new or old.

    • Anonymous

      I’m giving up the fight and getting the Bionic. My OG Droid is having some serious issues and I need to move onto something else because its downright unusable at times. I know I’m going to be looking at the Vigor soon with envy and the Droid/Nexus Prime shortly after that, but the Bionic is still a fine phone and the best choice until the Vigor or Prime.

      I really wish I could wait for the Prime, but with so much uncertainty still surrounding that phone and my phone getting less usable everyday, I just can’t wait much longer. If I always wait for the next big device, I’ll never upgrade, so I’m biting the bullet and taking the plunge. Hopefully that’s not a decision I’ll regret too much.

      Here’s to hoping that the combination of Google buying Motorola, the Bionic running a TI processor, and TI seemingly being the featured processor vendor for ICS that the Bionic will be running ICS fairly soon.

      • Teevo0108

        Go to you tube and check out bworley65 or just type in my bionic and go to his channel he has a bionic an showing everything on it I think u will like what u see.

      • Anonymous

        I doubt you’ll be envious of the Vigor.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I’ve considered the fact that the Bionic is likely to have better build quality and the notification light, but stock Android sounds pretty fantastic and a 720p HD SAMOLED+ beats qHD. Also, its not that I love Sense 3.5 because I actually don’t like it much at all from a visual perspective, but HTC now has the unlocked bootloader policy which means I can swap it out if I so desire. Motorola has no such thing, although I am optimistic if the Google takeover goes through (which it should). Its not that I’m really going to regret getting the Bionic, its just that I’ll likely be looking at other upcoming phones with envy.

    • Anonymous

      I really hope Verizon gets it together soon.  Not interested in this or the Bionic. Will wait for Prime (and hope and pray Verizon does not screw that phone up).  Meanwhile I am very happy with my Droid OG running Gingerbread. 

  • dewdrops

    No, I’m not interested.   But thank you :)

  • Anonymous

    And everyone who said this will be the sgs2 can now go back to crying verizon didnt get a sgs2.

  • Anonymous

    Not really understanding the whole LTE complaint since 95% of states really dont have LTE. Guess I would understand if say 50% of Verizon’s coverage map was LTE and this few of LTE products were coming out. Mostly the network is still 3g dont they and shouldn’t they pander to a mojority of clientele?

    • Anonymous

      so since an area doesnt have lte now they shouldnt make lte phones? You can turn lte off and remember this is a 2 year contract so by that time most would have lte anyway.

      • Anonymous

        No not at all just think the current rate of 1 in 4 or 5 is totally acceptable given the size of LTE currently and the low profitability on smartphones.

    • G_mann312

      Verizon does cover 50% of the U.S. with LTE!

      • Anonymous

        LOL….LOL yeah right! Could you show a coverage map of that….lol or some inkling of evidence!

        • DBK
          • Anonymous

            Are you kidding?…..LOL…..LOL…..LOL Try reading the MAP KEY…..the red is 3G COVERAGE the green dots are 4G CITIES. There is no such thing as 4G coverage map just 4G cities. So take your own advice ignoramus and take your inept inability to argue a point and play in traific!

          • Abraham Lincoln

            Now add up the population of said 4G cities.  Bet it’s at or over 50%.  Strange that Verizon would put their best coverage in large population centers first.

          • I’m Kick-Ass!

            Hunkman, stop being a troll. It’s not our fault that U live in a cow-town. LTE is coming. Be ready.

          • Anonymous

            I’m a douche bag,

            Lick a chocolate starfish been on DL posting for over a year.

        • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

          http://www.droid-life.com/2011/08/17/verizons-4g-lte-network-will-cover-more-than-50-of-the-u-s-population-by-this-thursday/
          Just cause the US physically isn’t covered, doesn’t mean 50% of the people aren’t. The density of people changes from region to region.

          • Anonymous

            What is the % of folks in the 50% population that have smartphones that take advantage of 4g? Guessing its not 50% of customers. But I suppose that number would be higher if more 4g phones were available.

    • Anonymous

      Your facts are really off, and if you think 4G won’t be in your area sometime in the next year, you probably mistaken, or live in the boondocks!  You can turn off 4g.  To enter into a 2 year contract and not buy the best possible phone available is a sin.

      • Anonymous

        You should read the post 3 or 4 more times….lol. I never implied where I thought LTE coverage will be or won’t be! Just not understanding the big red bashing where LTE handsets are concerned given the customer base, smartphone profitability.

  • jimbob

    Yawn.

  • IHATEBIGRED

    Another phone that should look like that should have been released about 5 months ago
     

  • Anonymous

    Boring

  • WTFverizon

    Verizon should have gotten the gs2 lte introduced at IFA. It had Super amoled HD and a 1.5 ghz processor running I think a tad smoother than the original gs2. Rumored to be able to do 1080 at 60fps.

  • Anonymous

    LG Revolution is already midranged priced as if it’s premium.  

    This phone is not needed.  

  • http://twitter.com/MrUniq78 Christopher

    I’m inclined to agree with you but it’s still notable if it is one of the best sliders on the Verizon…4g at that. This would be a perfect phone for your wife or student who wants a querty device. My wife loves her Fascinate.

    • djembeman

      My wife would probably love this phone! She hates her LG Ally, but loves the QWERTY keyboard on it.

  • Mrhug3

    Not interested.

  • Anonymous

    Verizon should have passed on this and made the D3 LTE. It would have been worth it for them to release a D3 LTE phone along side a Bionic. I’m sure fellow OG Droid owners would agree.. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      I agree. The Stratosphere is a joke.

    • http://twitter.com/LiveInTheDream litd

      The Droid series is all Motorola phones. No way would Samsung be allowed to slap the “droid” name onto it.

      • Djstar2k2

        so the droid charge(sammy) and the droid eris and incredible(htc) not droids?  ummmm

        • Jarred Sutherland

          Don’t forget the Droid Eris (HTC)

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        Motorola has nothing to do with the Droid brand.  Verizon uses it for whichever phones they see fit, including Moto, Samsung, and HTC.

    • Anonymous

      Agree and would have been back with VZ but for now I am happy with my Nexus S and AT&T is not so bad for me…

    • Root

      Yeah, but then the D3 wouldn’t have come out till December.

      The Bionic wasn’t delayed for Moto’s health. Tegra 2 does not play nicely with LTE.

    • Anonymous

      Actually I can live without the 4G, but it could be nice to have a full GB of RAM and access to the weptop apps… guess we’ll have to wait for the Droid 4 or maybe D3+ in a few months :D (don’t dare to kill Droid line Moto/google)

      • Anonymous

        Droid HD

  • Gcforreal

    we get this while every other carrier gets an updated sgs2 variant…..no thanks ..if they dont apply a credit to your account just for taking this phone then its overpriced ….I really wish sprint had a more reliable network I’d switch in a heartbeat  

  • Anonymous

    I’m a big fan of physical keyboards, but there’s no way I’d get a device this “old” even if it does have LTE.

  • WTFverizon

    I knew big red didn’t want gs2 in order to impede on the bionic sales

    • Daniel

      Y would u want an sgs2 when u can get a nexus prime instead?

      • WTFverizon

        Nexus is cool but there’s no confirmation to when and which carrier it’s going to

        • WTFverizon

          also it could be a droid prime instead of nexus prime big difference

    • Anonymous

      If that is the only reason, that is pathetic… Verizon as a network shouldn’t be locked into one brand to push on their customers… oh wait I forgot I was talking about Verizon here…

  • Anonymous

    You are “confused”by this and in the next paragraph you explain the exact reason for the phone… It is a mid-range device, targeted at the budget conscience consumer not willing to fork over $300 for the latest and greatest.

    No, it probably isn’t for.this.crowd, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a place

  • Anonymous

    A whole bunch of meh.

    • I’m Kick-Ass!

      WTF is wrong with Verizon wireless hardware team. It’s like they’re purposely picking the worst phones to offer. I want the network, but c’mon fools, give us a competitive phone.

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

    Wow, while other carriers release SGS2 variants, we get an SGS1 variant. Good thing I am getting a glorious, beautiful Bionic!

  • Anonymous

    This better not be the Samsung phone Verizon was talking about when they passed on the GSII.

  • Anonymous

    its verizon. the phone has LTE. $299

    • Tony Allen

      I bet you’re wrong ;-)

    • http://twitter.com/NemaCystX NemaCystX

      A mid range smartphone with LTE has yet to launch on Verizon, so we don’t know what those prices might be.  It would be absolutely stupid for them to charge $299 for every LTE device even if its an entry or mid range one, not everyone is going to pay that for those types of devices and would rather go with higher end ones for the same price, leaving Verizon with a huge stock pile of mid/entry range devices that will never sell because the price isn’t competitive with its other handsets.

    • Anonymous

      It’s a mid-high range LTE phone, but not a flagship.  My guess is $199 or $249.

    • Anonymous

      Well prices are going to start going down since the parts will become cheaper. Smart phones used to be expensive as shit when 3g first came around then the prices decreased. i see the same happening with lte phones.

    • John

      More mid-range LTE phones are coming to VZW this year.. they won’t all sell for $299. 

  • Dylan Hageman

    hahaha, oh hellllll nooo