There are still quite a few users out there that prefer a real keyboard on your phones as opposed to a virtual one. After all, there’s a reason manufacturers still release this type of device. Today, courtesy of @evleaks (once again), we’re seeing some pictures leaked which look very much like the Stratosphere 2. It was about this time last year that Version released the original Stratosphere, so the timing seems to be right. As it’s merely a leaked picture, there’s obviously nothing to report as far as specs or pricing but we should see something official very soon. However, based on last year’s version, we can expect modest mid-range specs as this is an important variant in Verizon’s stable.
The latest project from the Quest for Stars group, a 501(c)3 that immerses students in engineering, mathematics, science and technology studies, will once again send Android into space. The latest Student Shuttle Program, known as Stratoshuttle, is set to challenge students around the U.S. to build a shuttle that can withstand a launch into the stratosphere and return to Earth intact. The winner of said design will see their shuttle outfitted with a Motorola tablet or smartphone. This device will act as a data acquisition and navigation unit for the shuttle. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a Xyboard or RAZR embrace the final frontier.
The partnership between Motorola Mobility Foundation and Quest for Stars has afforded the Droid X and the OG Droid visits to the stratosphere for photos and GPS tracking in the past. Both location and launch date are to be announced in Palo Alto at next week’s Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers’ Conference. Details on how to enter will be announced then as well. Stay tuned as we hope to bring you photos from the Motorola device launched into the stratosphere when we get our hands on them. Hit the break below to check out the launch video.
With most Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphones debuting at $299 for a 2-year contract, its difficult for some consumers to jump on the “lightning fast” bandwagon. Samsung is looking to change that with the Stratosphere. These specs aren’t high end, but for most consumers, they’re more than satisfactory. Priced at $149 makes this affordable for everyone and brings the speeds of 4G LTE to the mainstream. Here is a more in depth look, but you can also checkout our initial hands on video.
This is a mid-range phone so don’t expect it to be thin. It comes in at .55 inches thick (about 14mm). Part of the reason is it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Fans of physical keyboards are going to love this one as it has 5 rows and the keys are spread out nicely. I found it very easy to type.
I just got my hands on the Samsung Stratosphere which spec-wise is not jaw-dropping, but enough for most people. It comes with a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 2.3.5. What makes this phone appealing is that it’s 4G LTE compatible. With most LTE phones on Verizon priced at $299, this phone is a steal for $149.99. It’s a little thick, coming in at 14mm, but for those that like a QWERTY keyboard, this is more appealing than the DROID 3, which lacks LTE. Check out my quick hands on, and look for a full review shortly.
The full specs and manual leaked over the weekend, and today Verizon Wireless officially announced the Samsung Stratosphere, the first 4G LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, will be available this Thursday, October 13 for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. This is an amazing deal for a 4G LTE phone with enough specs to satisfy the average consumer.
- 4-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED display
- 1GHz Cortex single-core A8 Hummingbird
- 512MB Ram
- 5MP rear camera with auto focus and flash, 1.3MP front-facing
- 480P video recording and 720P playback
- 4GB internal storage, additional 4G with pre-installed microSD (up to 32GB)
- 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 4G LTE, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi
- Mobile Hotspot for 8 devices over 4G or 5 devices over 3G
- Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) – Communicate directly with your Microsoft Exchange Server enabling push email, calendar, and contacts
- Support for Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN – Supports access to private corporate networks using industry-standard VPN protocols with enhanced security of 4G LTE networks helps users tap into VPN networks with no waiting
- Encryption Services – Users and IT administrators can initiate a remote wipe command to erase private information
- Support for Sybase Afaria® – Mobile device management (MDM) capabilities that allows an integrated experience for the end user in the event it is required by their IT department or corporate policy
Full press release after the break:
It looks like we’re still underway for a launch of the anticipated Samsung Stratosphere, which should be hitting Verizon’s network on Oct 6th. However, it’s certainly not the device we all thought it would be. We’re sorry to have to shoot down the hopes for anyone who thought this was going to be Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but the fact of the matter is that we’re here to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help me Android. Thanks to our friends over at Droid Life, a comparison sheet has been made available by Verizon showing the Stratosphere along side a few other devices with full spec layouts and all. Though the device won’t be as nice as a GSII, it’s still something to consider, especially if you’re bent on having that physical keyboard.
The device will sport LTE speeds, a 1 GHz single-core CPU, Gingerbread 2.3, a 5 meg camera, 512 MB of RAM and a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. We’re expecting the device to come in around $149.99’ish since Verizon is touting the handset as a “mid-tier” smartphone. If that’s the case, then I’d definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a 4G LTE device on a dime. And though some of those specs might seem like yesterday’s, you can’t beat what you’re getting both inside and out for that price point. But we’ll let you be the judge. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit the break for the full spec sheet and comparison to other devices in Verizon’s lineup.
Yesterday we showed you the first press shots of the Samsung Stratosphere (SCH-I405) headed to Verizon Wireless. It just passed through the FCC, which makes it officially ready for launch. As expected, 4G LTE band 13 is onboard which could make this the most affordable Verizon LTE phone. In addition to the LTE, it has Verizon CDMA and EV-DO bands, and it supports 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz WiFi.
All we need now is the full hardware specs. There is speculation that the Stratosphere could drop any day now, but most of the time it takes six to eight weeks after passing through the FCC. One thing I can promise you is that we will report any updates as soon as we hear anything. Stay tuned.
Are any QWERTY fans excited for this one?
We heard about the Samsung Stratosphere 4G (SCH-i405) for Verizon Wireless about a month ago. and we knew it had to be the leaked Samsung QWERTY slider that we saw in June. What else could it be since Verizon decided to pass on the Galaxy S II?
If you were looking for something more concrete, than take a look at the above pictures which confirm the Stratosphere 4G will indeed be a variation of the Sprint Epic 4G. Specs are not confirmed, but as we earlier reported, it is expected to sport a Super AMOLED Plus screen, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 2.3.4.
If you are a fan of QWERTY sliders, this is a better alternative to the DROID 3 since it supports 4G LTE. It might actually be an affordable LTE device as I am expecting it to come in at $199 with a 2-year contract. We will let you know more as we hear it. Is anyone excited for an affordable LTE phone?
When it was revealed that Verizon would not carry the Samsung Galaxy S II, we immediately thought there had to be something else. It could be the Stratosphere, but a revamped Epic 4G is far from exciting. The one phone that would fix all of this would be the Nexus Prime or possibly the DROID Prime landing on Verizon.
The above image is a tweet from @GalaxySSupport in reply to the following question from @ClumsyNinja21:
I have an upgrade to use. So I should use it on a diff mfr? Say #bionic? Or is it worth waiting?
Although the reply does not tell us exactly what it is, I think it is safe to say that it is not the Stratosphere, and it could be the Prime. Of course it could just mean nothing. It is always worth waiting because newer and better phones are constantly launching. If you really think about it, you could sit and wait a long time before finally pulling the trigger. That is why I won’t sign a 2-year contract.
I am sure more puzzle pieces will follow, and eventually we will get final confirmation that the Nexus Prime/DROID Prime will make its way to Verizon Wireless. Are you going to wait?
At one time it was thought that Verizon would be the first U.S. carrier to get the Samsung Galaxy S II, and now it seems as though Verizon has decided to not carry it at all. It has been confirmed by the Wall Street Journal and Brenda Raney, a Verizon spokesperson.
We know the Samsung Stratosphere is coming, but it will be an Epic 4G variant. Of course, rumors are that the Nexus Prime will show up on Verizon, and since it will most likely be made by Samsung, this could have contributed to the decision.
Ultimately I think it comes down to Verizon wanting to have the DROID Bionic and the iPhone 5 as their featured phones this fall. Verizon will put a lot of money into the Bionic and they have a strong relationship with Motorola. Many thought that if it weren’t for 4G LTE compatibility, the Bionic was dead in the water. The Galaxy S II has been declared the better phone and their is no question that it would’ve impacted the Bionic’s sales and success. With no Galaxy S II in play, the Bionic gets center stage.
I would love to hear from Verizon customers. What are your thoughts? I am on Verizon myself and was already leaning towards the Bionic because of the 4G LTE capability.