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Samsung Stratosphere 2 Dummy Units Start Arriving at Retailers

Mmmhmm, look at that beautiful keyboard. A dying breed lives on the Samsung Stratosphere 2, a device that we hope will be announced any day by Verizon. As you can see from these pictures, dummy units for the phone are arriving in stores (mostly 3rd party retailers), which is usually a good indicator that it’ll be available for purchase soon. We have already seen holiday promos for the device in stores, so I can’t imagine we’ll be waiting much longer.

We are expecting the device to sport a 4″ Super AMOLED display (could be Plus), a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, and run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It’s mid-range, that’s for sure. The on-contract price could start around $99, but deals will likely make it much cheaper than that. 

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  • FAL_Fan

    The keyboard looks like a joke! A few people mentioned palm as a comparison and I would say that they are spot on! Regardless of specs (which aren’t very amazing at all) this phone is not even a poor substitute to the Droid line of physical keyboard phones (the D2G even had a 1.2 ghz dual core processor…)

    • QUERTY

      D2G had a modest single core processor. I know. Still have one. It limps along.

      • FAL_Fan

        You are correct, I thought incorrectly, but regardless the stratosphere is a poor substitute.

        • hkklife

          Let’s not first, that for a very brief while in late 2010, the D2G WAS the fastest phone on the market (or at least had the highest-clocked CPU). Of course, it was pretty much strangled by the shoddy build of Blur on it, but it’s still worth noting,

  • http://www.facebook.com/bjf1984 Billy Flynn

    Don’t know if anyone else has posted this but saw the Walmart Black Friday ad and they are selling the Stratosphere 2 for $49.88 and you get a $100 Walmart gift card.

    http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayScans/WalMart/31

  • Riyal

    Guys would like to ask. Will this be a CDMA phone or a GSM phone? And will this be sold internationally or only to verizon? And lastly will this be sold unlocked or not? Really loved this types of phones so I would really get this ASAP if there’s any way I could use it/get a hold of it.

  • Ohiwastedmylife

    They went a little too far with the rounded stone appearance for this one. This one may have actually been inspired by a potato instead.

  • bananatroll

    hahaha this looks like something you would find for sale on ioffer.com!

    lol cheap junky south korean phones with bad keyboards, bad radios, and poor poor CPU’s.

    Samnsung strikes again!

    • http://twitter.com/RobHimself772 Rob Farley

      why are you on this site u apple fan boy faggot

      • bananatroll

        and what makes you think I’m an apple fanboy again?

        don’t let your SGSIII keep you from replying with random reboots and bad reception

  • PalmerAdam

    Can you say landscape Palm Pre Slider (if one existed) knockoff

  • QWERTY

    What makes the Strat2 a “mid-range” device? Asked another way, which of its specs fall short relative to today’s top offerings? I ask because the processor, comm network, screen size, camera and other expected capabilities seem to be pretty strong. Thanks.

    • Matthew Merrick

      we don’t know for sure, but we’re expecting a low-res screen and a 5 MP camera.

      • QWERTY

        Thanks. I’ve read about an 8MP rear and 1.5-2MP front cameras. Sounded pretty capable. Unsure of screen res, but would be surprised that Samsung would put out anything that is lower res – seems unnecessary and below their brand…

        • Ozzie

          The styling of this seems to be below their brand…

          • QWERTY

            I have to agree. The body looks more Palm Treo old school vs. bleeding edge slick. I’m more focused in on the functionality so am alrigh twith suffering the indignation of running around with what could appear to be a forgotten throw-back from someones desk drawer.

        • http://gentlerobot.com Chapel Hill NC Rock Band

          The walmart ad says “super amoled” for stratosphere ii and “hd super amoled” for s iii http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/BlackFridayScans/WalMart/31 . Early rumors have been similarly disappointing.

          Why makers refuse to put out a high-end keyboard phone is beyond me.

    • Zay Carter

      Was thinking the same the specs are almost identical to the new razrs which are considered high end unless the screen is low end and not hd then I don’t see how this can’t be high end if the razr hd is

      • RoninX

        Yeah, if it has an S4, I’d classify it as at least somewhat higher-end, though not a flagship model.

    • Sam_K

      Probably the screen. I read in earlier blog posts that the screen resolution will be WVGA 480 x 800 resolution like the original Stratosphere. That’s a joke by today’s standards. If it’s not at least qHD 540 x 960 like many of the high end phones from a year ago (and also the Droid 4) then the screen will be disappointing. The problem is I did a search and couldn’t find a single phone from Samsung that’s currently available that has a qHD 540 x 960 resolution so it’s highly unlikely that this will have it. If the screen was going to be HD 720p resolution like the Galaxy S3 then it would have showed up in some of the leaks by now and a 4″ 720p screen or even a 4.3″ 720p screen would have a very high pixel density making it more expensive to manufacture. Lastly, the Galaxy S3 Mini has a 4″ WVGA 480 x 800 pixel super AMOLED screen so my bet is that the Stratosphere 2 will have the same screen as that one.

  • http://twitter.com/Mikezilla0074 Mikezilla0074

    So getting this over the Note 2! :p Ha

  • Ron_Swanson

    Um….it looks exactly like the 1st one.

    • http://gentlerobot.com Chapel Hill NC Rock Band

      Yeah the changes are subtle. The keyboard’s much improved – no back/menu/home buttons on the edges, the enter button is bigger and backspace is moved to a more logical place. Other than that, the processor’s improved but really not much difference.

      My fingers are crossed for an HD screen but I don’t see it happening. The Amoled screens on all the in-store Galaxy Nexus & Stratosphere demos have burn-in on them so I really hope they’ve changed. The fact that they’re giving it away as a black friday promo is not a good sign.

      • Ray Ingles

        I’m up to replace my aging original Droid in January. I’m not impressed with the Droid 4′s pentile screen, so this looks like it might work. Everything else is a big jump up from the Droid, I just hope the screen is higher-res than 800×480.

        • FAL_Fan

          Don’t do it! If this is anything like the original stratosphere in build quality then keep that OG for another few months because I have several friends who jumped ship, kept having problems, and have been through several (by several I mean 4 and each have been through at least 3…not a joke)

  • SirLucan

    We’ve had these dummy units in store for well over a week now…

  • zepfloyd

    Probably will NEVER be updated…haha

  • Butters619

    4 Capacitive buttons…..hmm

  • hkklife

    I wonder if there will be a proper Droid 5 on VZW in early 2013. The Sprint-only Photon Q would make a good basis but it desperately needs more internal storage, a 720p screen and more battery capaciy. But a Droid 5 with RAZR HD-level specs (and battery) and a 4.3″ 720p screen and JB would make for a high hgher-end QWERTY slider for the OG Droid faithful.

    • zepfloyd

      Funny enough, I had this discussion with someone last weekend about a Droid 5 (or Droid V). I think since Motorola is going for a reboot, and the Razr M and HD were last of the crap in the pipe (intended) there won’t be much from them for a bit.

    • http://gentlerobot.com Chapel Hill NC Rock Band

      If they were going to make Droid 5 they would’ve put it out with the RAZRs

      • RoninX

        The Droid 4 was released in February 2012. I expect the Droid 5 to come out around February 2013.

        • http://gentlerobot.com Chapel Hill NC Rock Band

          Droid 3 came out july 2011. Moto isn’t exactly predictable

          • RoninX

            Yes, and that’s why you can’t say that they would have released it with the RAZRs…

    • Joe

      I’m with you except for the 4.3″ screen. The keyboard makes it bulky enough.

    • FAL_Fan

      I am with you here in that I would love to see if Motorola could develop something or at least make me want to wait and see instead of jumping ship for the Note 2. I have the OG, D2G, D3, and the D4 so I love have a keyboard, but the massive screen of the Note 2 makes up for keyboard screens being too small…and after playing with T-Mobile’s version I know that it’s extremely responsive, which was my only concern. A 4.3″ screen would be an amazing addition to the phone, even though I would be a fan of a 4.5″ with “edge to edge” display.
      I would much prefer a quad core processor with at least 1.5 ghz or even a dual core pushing 1.8 ghz but 2 gb of ram regardless because 1 gb just doesn’t cut it anymore. With the keyboard in mind; the D4 had the best keyboard by far, so something up that alley would be wonderful.

  • Spider210

    launch has been delayed until further notice…hmm i wonder why

    • http://twitter.com/RobHimself772 Rob Farley

      wrong phone launches friday nov 16th

  • TheCheapGamer

    It’s nice to see mid range devices being last years high end.

    • Butters619

      This was 6 months ago high end lol. But yeah it is nice.

  • Raven

    I love physical keyboards, but I think I will be sticking with my Droid 4 for now.

  • ManiDePRIco

    MY NEXT DEVICE! …. just kidding. still not too bad though