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Best Buy Document Listing “Samsung Prime” Surfaces Again, No Thunderbolt 2 in Sight

Last night a questionable document surfaced out of Best Buy that was said to be an end of 2011 timeline for Verizon’s upcoming devices.  The document looked super sketchy since it had a variety of misspelled words, leading many of you to question it (as did we).  Well, we just received another document from a Best Buy employee that includes similar information, but in a much clearer and correctly spelled manner.  So it’s pretty obvious to us that regional Verizon reps were given a specific set of details that they were to forward on to retail stores, this one just differs slightly.

No Thunderbolt 2 (aka HTC Vigor).  Doesn’t mean that the device isn’t coming by any means, but it for whatever reason did not make this rep’s list of important changes.  We still have the Stratosphere as replacing the Fascinate.  The Samsung Prime (actually spelled out this time) is taking over for the DROID Charge.  And that’s about it.

Just wanted to pass on as a second source to back up that previous story.

Cheers ___!

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • armywife81

    I still think this is a Hoax.  Its the Enlighten that is supposed to be taking place of the ally!   Its already in the Verizon Magalog!   But I really am excited to see the Prime when it comes out!

  • Anonymous

    The Fascinate dropped in price, but Verizon is waiting for a cold day in hell to drop the price on the Charge. It’s unneccesary for that phone to be $300 on contract.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

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  • Anonymous

    I stand to lose $200 in upgrade credits and rebates if I don’t renew my VZ contract before September 30.  What do I do?  Buy the Bionic at the end of the month, get the $100 rebate and return it within 14 days if the Vigor is better?  Or just lose the $100 and get the Prime when it comes out?  I’m sure it won’t be $199, so I stand to lose some money.

    • DBK

      The Vigor won’t be better, only “just as good”.

      The Bionic is a beast, so you should get it.

      • Anonymous

        The display resolution bump is reason enough for me to wait on the Vigor.  I’m passing up a $50 corporate discount on the bionic and holding on to my last new every 2 $30 credit. 

      • Anonymous

        I am most interested in the Vigors proc

    • Anonymous

      Get the Bionic.  If you end up really wanting the Vigor or Prime you can always sell your Bionic for $400-500 and pay full price for them.  With those rebates and credits you should still come out pretty good.

    • Postal Jim

      buy the bionic, take very good care of it, when phone u want hits, sell on ebay, use money to get phone of ur choice.  just sold i4 for $465 – bought for $99.  sold infuse for $370 – bought for $49.  gotta love ebay.

  • John

    we can hope for a nice thin LTE samsung prime running Android 4.0..but we all know it’s going to be a flabby beast.. no sorry I don’t want to replace my OG Droid with something fatter.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MRXKXFO5F7NVWFJHNZFO7NEHVY Big R

    Anything but a Cryonic.

  • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

    Samsung Prime or Bust 

  • Droidfan11

    For some reason my comment disappeared.  Kellex, I need your email to send you a tip on Prime’s release. 

    • Me

      Here’s a tip don’t buy it. It will be another piece of garbage made by samsung. It’s so much funnier to be on this side of trolling ;) my bionic is the (¤)¥(¤) ‘s

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MRXKXFO5F7NVWFJHNZFO7NEHVY Big R

        Bionic owners should be embarrassed.  All that money for a phone with a display worse than what has been out for months, lowest end dual core processors, locked bootloader, and nothing else worth it on the phone.

        • Anonymous

          You’re trying too hard.

  • Droidfan11

    Kellex, what’s your email?  Got a tip on Prime release date.

  • Me

    my bionic rules all these imagery phones.

    • Me

      To bad it can’t spell

      • Bigdog

        *too*

      • Tresnugget

        Too*

  • Anonymous

    Looks like your tipster was embarrassed by all of the errors lol, maybe needs to use spellcheck next time :P

  • kep

    Prime needs to come out soon, my OG is really starting to get on my nerves.

  • Anonymous

    for all I know, I can type this paper in my computer….

  • Anonymous

    Just give me the Vigor already!!

  • Djsammysoda

    The Doc. is a fake. Photoshoped like a mofo

    • Anonymous

      Photoshopped?  I could make this in MS Word in 2 minutes.

  • Jason Purp

    I’m gonna make a list of my own and take a picture of it so it gets put onto the site.

  • Anonymous

    If the prime looks anything like the charge, it’s going to be a failure.  Just being honest.

    • EC8CH

      If the Prime looks anything like the GSII, it’s going to be a hit. Just being hopeful.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.  I’d pay $400 for a GSII with 4G LTE.

        • EC8CH

          rumored to be metal framed as well with curved glass.

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Yeah, it will be a turd like the Bionic turned out to be.

  • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith
  • Dream

    Getting Excited Prime you have my full attention

  • kevinnn

    has the droid incredible 2.3 update stop rolling out? still havent gotten it :(

    • Anonymous

      I got it last week. I don’t think my dad’s phone has gotten it yet. He has Inc too. Weird.

      • Blood

        My dad got it. Nothing new changed. Nothing.

  • Carver

    It would be a marketing faux-pa to label it Thunderbolt, IMO.

    after I rooted it, it’s a decent device. But before, it was a nightmare. And how many percent of owners are rooted, 10 at most?

    Even so, I’m still messsing with roms and kernals and radius and so forth. Anyone know the right combination for best battery life?

  • tjmonkey15

    So is anyone else thinking that someone just saw the first DL post regarding the “leaked document” with all the misspellings, fixed them, changed it around a little, then sent this one in?

    • Anonymous

      Ha I was going to say that.

  • John

    CAN’T EFFIN WAIT!

  • http://profiles.google.com/robert.macri Robert Macri

    So the Charge was a Galaxy S with LTE and the Prime is a Galaxy S II with Ice Cream Sandwich and LTE?

    • EC8CH

      no and no

      • Anonymous

        actually yes and not exactly.

        • EC8CH

          fascinate was vzw’s GSI not the charge

          and the Charge has many more differences from the GSI than just the addition of LTE

          • Anonymous

            in marketing terms perhaps. But in actuality, the full model number of the Charge according to Samsung as I’ve seen it on paper is “Galaxy S  SCH-i510″ The Fascinate was “Galaxy S  SCH-i500″ It’s still just a variant of Galaxy S. The upcoming Stratosphere, Verizon’s version of the Epic is also still technically a variant of  Galaxy S.

          • Anonymous
          • EC8CH

            I concede to you sir! 

          • Anonymous

            You don’t think they will have Touchwiz added…do you?

          • EC8CH

            No way will Google allow Samsung to wiz on the first Ice Cream Sandwich. 

          • Anonymous

            the charge was a gs1 also.

    • prop joe Stewart

      That is our hope.

    • Anonymous

      Yup, pretty much.  The Charge does have that larger AMOLED+ screen in addition to the LTE however.  The Prime will likely have specs very similar to GS2 except with LTE and an OMAP4 instead of an Exynos.

  • Brady McEwen

    I can spoof emails too, anyone wanna see another version? No indication this is from a reliable source, so I wouldn’t say this backs the other story. I really don’t see Best Buy employees as being first to get this info. 

    • Earleepa

      Kellex’s reliable source is the night janitor.

  • Bionic

    Ever wonder if they will run out of cool names for phones?  Kinda like Cars.  

    • http://an.droid-life.com/ Dan

      What? Smart ForTwo isn’t a cool name :P

    • Anonymous

      Probably not, each phone has around 6 “codenames” before the actual name, they could always steal one of those

  • Lgreg64

    So we have gotten to the point that phones are being replaced in 4-5 months. They should have taken the time to get right the first time.

    • DBK

       Problem is, there’s no profit in that.

      • pezjono

        I “liked” you comment, but I didn’t like your comment…
        what?

      • pezjono

        I “liked” you comment, but I didn’t like your comment…
        what?

    • Anonymous

      Honestly, that’s the way it should be.  When I got my first smartphone in 2004, the replacement device didn’t come out for 15 months.  Now, that was when there were really no options, so imagine being in the market to buy a smartphone 6 months after the last device came out.  You can either buy a 6 month old device, or wait 9 months for its replacement.

      Not everyone is on the same upgrade cycle, and very rarely is there a reason to upgrade everytime (i.e. Droid, Droid2, Droid3) in the current smartphone landscape.

      • John

        Kinda think you are both right.  We can all agree that if manu’s put a little more time developing each phone, we would have more high quality devices instead of a lot of often mediocre offerings.

        But on the other hand, it’s hard to fault rapid innovation and the major benefits that coincide, like huge consumer choice.

        • Anonymous

          I agree, to an extent, but I think devices manufacturers are still controlled on some level by the consumer’s mentality and component manufacturers.

          Think about it. Before Motorola even came out with the XOOM, nvidia announced that quad-core tablets would hit the market before the end of the year. So, then you’ll have these other manufacturers coming to market with quad-core tablets, and you think the consumer is still going to buy the dual-core XOOM? No, and you better believe the XOOM2 will likely be to market before the original is even a year old.

          It certainly doesn’t seem to be hurting Android at all, since you can easily see what a single device, yearly update cycle does to market share. It stays stagnant, just like your device selection, or lack thereof.

  • EC8CH

    Can’t wait for some blurry cam pics of that PRIME.

    • tjmonkey15

      Me too!  The Prime is the main reason I keep checking DL lately. 

      • Anonymous

        Same, I’ve been curious about Droid Bionic and Nexus Prime (Samsung Prime) because those are the phones i’m looking between. Need a phone that will last for my next 2 years. Droid Bionic will fill that gap nicely but Nexus phones are the best because of updates.

        • Anonymous

          The Samsung Prime won’t be a Nexus (Google controlled) phone though so expect typical abysmal Samsung support.  At least it’ll be unlocked.

        • Anonymous

          moto are getting updates pretty quick droid x was the second device in usa with gingerbread

    • http://twitter.com/davekbetts David Betts

      One blurry pic is all I’ll need for a hand release.

    • Anonymous

      Kinda surprised we haven’t seen them already, especially if it was really “roaming” the halls at Verizon HQ a few weeks ago.  I’m really just curious to find out who will be responsible for OS updates to the Verizon version, and physical dimensions of the device itself.

      • Anonymous

        Samsung.  This is a Samsung device, dubbed the Charge sequel that will (hopefully) have specs similar to or identical to the Nexus 3 but won’t have the Nexus name or likely Google support.

        • Anonymous

          You can’t say shit like that, when it’s based completely on rumor. There is absolutely nothing to back that statement up.

          • Anonymous

            The model numbers back it up, as do many other reports.

          • Anonymous

            First of all, there is no precedent for a Verizon Nexus model number, so the rumored model number (SCH-515) of the Verizon Nexus Prime means absolutely nothing in terms of who will handle updates.  Obviously it will have a different model number, since it will be the only one running CDMA/LTE.  Just as Sprint’s Nexus phones have had different model numbers than the same Nexus generation on other carriers.

            Again, there is nothing to back up your comment.

          • Tom Luley

            I believe the Nexus devices had different model numbers because they were made by different manufacturers. That only makes sense….

          • Anonymous

            I’m pretty sure the Nexus S for Sprint was made by the same manufacturer as the Nexus S for AT&T. Still had different model numbers though.

          • Anonymous

            Nexus S – GT-I9020
            Nexus S with WiMax – GT-I9023
            Galaxy S II – GT-I9100
            Nexus Prime – GT-I9250
            Fascinate – SCH-I500
            Droid Charge  - SCH-I510
            Samsung Prime – SCH-I515

            If it were just going to be Verizon’s version of the Nexus 3 it would have a similar model number to the Nexus that the rest of the carriers will be getting.  All rumors point towards it not even having the Nexus name which strongly suggests it will be a Samsung product without Google’s support but will have specs between the GS2 and Nexus Prime.  Sorry bud.

          • Anonymous

            GT-I9023 isn’t CDMA, that’s T-Mobile. Samsung and Sprint’s websites clearly show SPH-D720 for the CDMA/WiMax Nexus S. Very similar to every single other CDMA device Samsung has ever shipped for Sprint, including the GSII (SPH-D710) and Epic 4G (SPH-D700).

            Sorry bud, but I’ve been following the whole smartphone game a hell of a lot longer than you.

          • Anonymous

            You know you’ve been following the smartphone industry longer than I have how? Exactly?

            Alright, I was wrong about Sprint’s model number, doesn’t mean I’m wrong about what I said. If the Nexus 3′s model number is the same or similar on the other carriers than it is doesn’t make sense for Samsung to change the model number for Verizon. Either way we shall see but I’m not holding my breath knowing how much Verizon likes to control all their phones and load their bloat onto them (not to mention has turned down both previous Nexus phones) which I doubt Google would allow.

  • Me

    First!