The Samsung Stratosphere stopped being a mystery long ago, but after a couple of missed release dates, we now have the official one thanks to our friends at Verizon. You can purchase this mid-tier 4G LTE slider next week on October 13. Pricing has not been announced, but we are expecting or assuming at least, that it will swing in around the $149 mark on 2-year contract.
When the Samsung Stratosphere first popped up on DL, most of us had fingers an toes crossed that it would be Verizon’s Galaxy SII variant. We now know that not to be the case and will instead see a device more on-par with the Epic 4G on Sprint than anything. That doesn’t mean it is a total flop though – remember that there is a pretty good sized group of people that cannot live without a physical keyboard and also want 4G LTE. This will be their option, for now.
We just received the comparison specs sheets for the device from our friends at Verizon, so that those interested can get an idea as to what they might expect when the device launches on October 6. What we have is a single-core 1GHz processor, Android 2.3, 1.3MP front camera, 5MP rear camera, 512MB of RAM, 4″ Super AMOLED display, and 4G LTE capabilities.
Verizon is calling it a “mid-tier” option, so we can hope that means it will come in around a $149.99 price point. (more…)
So far we have had a couple of rumors about a follow-up to Motorola’s original XOOM, but nothing too substantial other than a mention of the name “XOOM 2″ tucked deep in a site redesign. Today, we may change that with pictures of what we believe to be Moto’s next big tablet, the MZ617 aka the XOOM 2.
Our sources tell us that the device is similar in weight to the original XOOM, has an HDMI and micro USB port on the bottom, big physical flush buttons on the back, a SIM card slot (LTE we’re assuming), and no SD slot at first glance. From looking at the pictures, we can gather that it has a front camera, a blue rear camera housing that reads “HD”, and appears to have a 10.1″ screen. Oh, and those new angled corners certainly remind us of the Photon 4G or the “DROID HD” – must be Moto’s new design theme.
No word on processor, although we would hope for something quad-core.
There doesn’t appear to be specific carrier branding, but with the SIM card slot you have to assume that it’ll be tied to at least one if not all of the major players. Hopefully Moto has it figured out this time and releases the WiFi version first though.
A look at the backside after the break. (more…)
Last night we got a random tip suggesting that the HTC Vigor was to be rebranded as the DROID Incredible HD and would be out on October 13. Whether that date and name are legit remains to be seen, but we know now that RadioShack is at least expecting to see the device as the “Vigor” on October 20. Well, via direct fill anyway. And if that is indeed the case, then I would say that Verizon must be planning a pre-order for it that week? Something to consider. Just over a month away, folks.
And as to not shun the
Epic 4G Samsung Stratosphere, we should point out that it also made The Shack’s list and is expected to be available via d-fill on October 6. So much for this being a slow Fall?
Looks like the Pantech Breakout has started to arrive in stores. Expected to be available on September 22, this phone should be the affordable 4G LTE option for Verizon customers that aren’t interested in droppin’ 3 Benjamins on the latest and greatest toy. It has a 1GHz single-core processor, front and rear cameras, a 4″ screen, and runs Android 2.3. Nice little entry into the LTE lineup.
Update: Here is a better picture of it… (more…)
Verizon is taking their sweet time announcing the DROID Bionic as they do with just about every phone these days, but we now know that devices have started to make appearances in more than a few stores. With the phone set for September 8, whether they ever make it official or not, our sources (and the picture above) indicate that demo units, all marketing materials, and even first shipments have arrived. As you can tell, Motorola and Big Red have spared no expense to help feed the hype machine on this one. And with demos hitting stores, you may be able to get some hands-on time with one yourself this weekend. Maybe.
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Just in case you need additional confirmation that the DROID Bionic is headed to stores on September 8 without a direct fill (which likely means no pre-order), we have it for you. Also, another look at official specs including talk time which is listed as up to 10.8 hours.
There you have it. Verizon’s internal Equipment Guide has been updated to show that they expect an “all channel” launch for the DROID Bionic to go off September 8. There isn’t a mention of a direct fill option, so that means there might not be an opportunity to grab one early (pre-order) via the web or through a sales line like we saw with the DROID3.
One week to go, folks.
*Note – The weight is listed at 5.60oz. It’s slightly lighter than the D3 at 5.90oz, but that phone also has a keyboard. Thunderbolt is 6.23oz, Charge is 5.04oz, and the DROIDX2 is 5.47oz. So it’s not a massive tank, but it’s definitely no where near the feather weight of the Galaxy SII.
All the specs and details you could ask for after the break. (more…)