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 ___!

Samsung Stratosphere Makes Its Way Through the FCC, Verizon 4G LTE Included

If you must have a phone with a physical keyboard but also want connectivity to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, then your option in the very near future will be the Samsung Stratosphere.  It won’t be the top tier Samsung phone that we were all hoping for, but there is a chance that we will still get that closer to X-mas.  This phone however, is at least in pictures, looking like a re-hash of Sprint’s Epic 4G which is well over a year old now.  If you are not fully familiar with that phone, I’ll try to catch you up quickly.  The Epic 4G has a 1GHz single-core processor, a 4″ Super AMOLED (not Plus) screen, dual cameras, and not much else.

I don’t mean to crush the hopes of those of you that plan on buying this device, but after seeing T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T roll out brand new Galaxy S II variants that will all be out in the coming weeks, I can’t help but show a little frustration.  They all get Super AMOLED Plus screens, dual-core 1.4GHz processors, 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3 and Verizon customers get something from 2010 that wasn’t next-gen then and will likely be Bing’d out.   (more…)

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.


Via:  PocketNow

Samsung Celox with 4G LTE Makes Real World Appearance, Physical Button Removed

Last week, a 4G LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S II called the “Celox” was rumored to be heading to a Korean carrier, leading many of us to believe that it could also be close to what we will see when (if) the phone lands on Verizon.  The rumored specs are a 4.5″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, dual cameras, and of course, that 4G LTE chip we want so badly in all phones.

Renders of the phone that we had previously seen included a physical home button, but these real photos of the device definitely do not.  I’d say that this could easily be our U.S. variant, since Samsung removed that same button back with the original Galaxy S series when it hit the states.

Loving the look?  Bionic, “Celox” or Vigor?

Via:  Ameblo, Kevin’s Click Mobile

Both HTC Vigor and LG Revolution 2 Could Sport HD Screens, Stratosphere Not the Galaxy S2?

According to our sources, builds of the HTC Vigor and LG Revolution 2 are starting to pop up in the wild – we received potential specs for both of them, which we’re pretty sure you’ll be pleased with.  From the sounds of it, HD screens are going to be the “it” thing this holiday season – assuming of course that both of them make it to stores.

We’ll start first with the Vigor since it seems to be the hottest rumored phone on the planet these days.  According to our guy, the device will indeed have a 4.3″ 720p HD screen (1280×720 resolution), with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, 8MP rear cam, 2MP front, Android 2.3.4 and a brand new version of Sense which he called “3.5.”  The device will be similar in size and shape to the Thunderbolt, but without the kickstand.

And if you were wondering, this will be a Beats by Dre device.  We’re hearing that it has a Beats logo as part of the bootup sequence, but other than that, it was tough to tell what else HTC had done to integrate their audio technology.

Now onto the Revolution 2, which may surprise you.  Apparently this device has a 4.5″ HD screen, is incredibly thin (possibly thinner than both the Vigor and iPhone 4), and will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.  No other specs were given at this time, but the device sounds like it’s in very early stages of development.

We were also told that Stratosphere is more than likely not the SGS2 and will instead be that slider that we saw a month or so ago that mimicked the Epic 4G.  It’s definitely looking like it’ll be launched on the same day as the Bionic though – September 8.

Any thoughts come to mind?  Take this as rumor for now until we get either pictures or closer to a release date for all of these.  The end of 2011 is certainly looking like it’ll be exciting though, especially since we heard that the leaked roadmap from last week is pretty spot on.

Cheers ___!


Leaked Verizon Roadmap Reveals Potential Launch Dates for Stratosphere, Vigor, Bionic and More

The folks over at IGN may have just landed the ultimate Verizon roadmap leak for the next couple of months.  We’re not even sure where to begin with so many exciting things to point out including potential release dates, but we’ll do our best to contain ourselves and make this simple.  The big things of note are the confirmation of the Samsung Stratosphere that we’ve been talking a ton about lately, the HTC Vigor replacing the Thunderbolt, and a new LG Revolution 2 that we semi-confirmed the other day.

So here we go…   (more…)

Samsung Fascinate Retired at Verizon, New Device Ready to Take its Place?

No, we didn’t put the word “RETIRED” on that screenshot.  That’s actually how Verizon is referring to the status of the Samsung Fascinate as of this week.  The device has been pulled from Big Red’s online shop and will probably be just as tough to track down in store.  As far as we know though, the device will still receive Gingerbread, but after that, support will likely dwindle.  Not a bad run for a non-DROID branded device, except for the amount of time it took to see Froyo of course.

So if a device is on the way out, does that mean that something will replace it?  We would certainly hope so.  Right now there are rumors of a device from Samsung called the Stratosphere, which may or may not be the Galaxy S II.  We’re pretty sure that it will be one of Verizon’s next 4G LTE devices, but other than that, device specifics have not been revealed.  Or it could end up just being that Epic 4G-esque device with a slideout keyboard that we saw a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe a Fascinate II?  It is anyone’s guess at this point.

Fascinate owners, sad day or just shoulder shrug-worthy?

Cheers Spaniard and Sam!

Samsung Stratosphere is Headed to Verizon, Support Page has Already Been Created

Verizon is preparing a phone called the Samsung Stratosphere that could be one of their big 4G LTE releases while we await the arrival of the DROID Bionic.  There aren’t many details to link to the device at this time, but we do know from our sources that the device will be 4G LTE and that it’s looking like Big Red expects it to make a significant splash.  Could it be the Samsung slider that was pictured a few weeks back?  More than likely, but man are we hoping it’s not.  I think it’s fair to say that almost all of us are praying to some higher authority that this device turns out to be the Galaxy S II.  Unfortunately, I have no details to confirm either way.

We should also remind you that Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha made a pretty bold statement last week about his device being the first dual-core 4G LTE phone on the planet.  If the Stratosphere is indeed the Galaxy S II, then chances are we won’t see it in August.

And to give you further proof that this device is indeed on the way, we’ve spotted the support page for it that has been created well ahead of time.    (more…)