There is an above average chance that Verizon’s Samsung 4G LTE device will end up with DROID branding on it, making this our next family member. We’re just wondering if that is a good thing or not? We all know how Sammie did with the Froyo update to their Galaxy S line of phones (Fascinate still doesn’t have it by the way), so it’s only fair for many of us to be skeptical of anything else they release. And with this phone more than likely running Android 2.2 out of the box, you know people will be crying for Gingerbread from day 1. It’ll be rockin’ a beautiful 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, HDMI-out, front-rear cameras, and no Bing, but will that be enough to get you excited? Are you interested in a DROID-branded Samsung device?
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!
The crew over at Techno Buffalo was fortunate enough to have a friend send in some new pictures of Verizon’s Samsung 4G LTE (SCH-i510) device that we were all introduced to at CES. The device appears to be the guy’s everyday phone and was definitely up and running on Big Red’s LTE network. He mentioned that battery life (1500 mAh) was not an issue at all and was easily getting 8-10 hours per day out of it which is exactly what we wanted to hear. The phone will definitely be loaded up with TouchWiz when it’s released (targeted for mid-April), but you won’t see much of it in the pictures below since he has LauncherPro installed.
So there you go…no battery issues on a 4G LTE phone! (We’re lookin’ at you HTC.) Oh, he also mentioned the name “Stealth” again which seems to pop up every time this phone is around. As far as I know, that name is just a code name. I’m sort of expecting there to be a surprise when this phone is finally unveiled.
Pics after the jump!
The nameless Samsung SCH-i510 wandered its way through the FCC this week sporting CDMA and LTE radios and leaving us hoping for a sooner-than-later release. While it might have been our least favorite of Verizon’s 4 LTE devices at CES, we realize we were looking at an unfinished product and are dying to see what they’ve done since then.
The word “Stealth” is floating around as a possible name, but to my knowledge, that is just the codename and there might be a surprise attached to this when it finally launches. Other than that, you’ll find a 1GHz single-core processor, HDMI-out, 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, and physical home keys. No idea when it could see the lining of your pocket, but we’re pretty sure it’ll be just after the Thunderbolt and before the BIONIC.
The Samsung 4G LTE device that we got our hands on at CES made a major appearance in Verizon’s Info Center just a few minutes ago and is apparently still nameless with only a model number of SCH-i510. It received its “MAP designation” which stands for Minimum Advertised Price and is usually a good sign that the device launch isn’t all that far off. We aren’t sure exactly what that price will be, but if it follows the Thunderbolt model at all, we should expect it somewhere around the $249 mark on a 2-year contract and hopefully no where near that $749 number.
We’ve received word that helps confirm our assumption that the HTC Thunderbolt will launch in the last week of February, but what we didn’t expect is the idea that it could have a partner. According to our sources, regional Verizon reps are confirming to their clients that the current schedule is to have both the unnamed Samsung 4G LTE device and the Thunderbolt out at the same time. Marketing materials are starting to appear with these details and testers with both devices are reporting nothing but good things, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that there are no last minute delays. Oh, we’ve also heard that the Samsung device will NOT come loaded with Bing, which we’re happy to hear as we were bracing ourselves for the worst.
At the Verizon 4G LTE event today, the Samsung reps were a little hesitant to actually let us play with their new unnamed device, so we skipped on by it until we hit up their booth. What did we find? The Samsung SCH-I510, the same device they were scared to show to the press. And yes, it still lacks an actual name.
We actually posted what we thought was one of the first pics of this device on Tuesday, so it was nice to have it confirmed today. It’s definitely the alien-esque device with the Nexus S back hump. It does sport a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen though and was as fast as ever with a 1GHz single-core processor.
What wasn’t impressive was the Touchwiz skin splashed all over it. They went with that same puzzle-piece theme that screams kid’s toy and even went as far as to throw some cartoon like font on it. This could be a great device, but man, this is the classic example of manufacturers killing devices with their custom skins.
And we have no idea when this will be released. The on-edge reps at the VZW event seemed to think this device was far from ever seeing a store shelf.
Press release and gallery after the break.