It has been a little over a month since we saw Verizon’s last leaked roadmap, but new details have emerged over at Engadget that paint a clearer picture of this coming holiday season. Some devices have been cancelled, some have been delayed, and several still remain a mystery. Read on after the jump for a breakdown of what’s coming in the following months.
- Samsung Continuum (SCH-i400) - This is the dual-screen Galaxy S phone that first popped up this week. Engadget’s tipster claims it features a 1 GHz processor known as “Garnett” which might be a refresh of Samsung’s Hummingbird processor. I know this device is floating around, but I don’t think most of Verizon’s testers have it yet, so a November release sounds more likely.
- Motorola Venus – Last week I was calling Motorola’s Tegra 2 phone the Venus, but someone corrected me and told me it’s actually the BlackBerry style Droid phone that leaked back in July. Engadget’s tipster also confirms the Venus has the “Blackberry look and feel”. The Venus will feature a portrait QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz TI OMAP3 CPU, and both CDMA and GSM radios. Once again, I have not heard about testers receiving this phone, so it could slip to November.
- Motorola Droid Pro – The Droid Pro is the phone we have been referring to as the Motorola Droid 2 World Edition. It will feature similar specs as the Droid 2, but Motorola has cranked up the TI OMAP3 processor to 1.2-1.3 GHz. This device is already in testing and I think a late October release is likely.
- HTC Merge – Verizon gets their own version of the Desire Z, which they are calling the HTC Merge. This phone has the same specs as the Desire Z and T-Mobile G2, but it does not have the unique Z-hinge found on those two devices. Instead it just features a plain old slider like other HTC phones with QWERTY keyboards. Engadget says it has a 1 GHz Snapdragon, but we are told it has the same 800 MHz second-gen Snapdragon found in the G2. This phone is in testing and I expect an October launch.
- Motorola Citrus (WX445) – This entry-level Android phone was not in Engadget’s list, but we hear that it is already in the hands of testers. The Citrus is a Motorblur phone running Android 2.1 with a QVGA display and it not something to get excited about. I wouldn’t be surprised if this phone gets cancelled like the Samsung Gem.
- LG enV Pro – The enV Pro is likely the same device we were calling the LG enV Touch 2. This device will feature a unique clamshell design with dual screens, a global radio, and 1 GHz processor. LG has chosen the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor for their high-end phones, so there is always the chance we could see the dual-core CPU in the enV Pro.
- Motorola Droid T2 – Absent from the latest leak is Motorola’s Tegra 2 powered phone. Like I said above we thought this device was called the Venus, but that name is for the BlackBerry-style Droid. We have no codename for this device so I gave it the nickname of Droid T2 (Tegra 2). We already know that NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor for tablets (T20) is shipping and I’ve played with several prototypes at various trade shows this year. However, we still don’t know the exact status of the Tegra 2 processor for smartphones (AP20). I have not seen any Tegra 2 smartphone prototypes, but I’m told they are still on track for late 2010.
- Motorola Stingray – The Stingray is the Motorola tablet we all know is coming. It has been leaked one too many times, but the latest rumors have some juicy details. Engadget claims it features a 10-inch display, Tegra 2 processor, 16 GB of internal storage, and runs Android 3.0. The table will initially launch with only 3G support, but Motorola will provide a LTE modem later in the year.
If you are into high-end Android phones, then Verizon has you covered this holiday season. I’m real curious about the “Garnett” processor inside the Samsung Continuum, but the phone that has me the most excited is whatever ships with NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2.
I see that Engadget is still referring to Gingerbread as Android 3.0, but I’m not entirely sold on that. From everything I have been hearing, Android 3.0 will be saved for the tablet-version of Android which most think will be Honeycomb. Whatever version number it gets stuck with, I still believe that Motorola and Verizon will be the first to ship a product with Gingerbread pre-installed.
If you already own an Android phone on Verizon and are tempted to upgrade, I suggest you wait for something with a dual-core processor. NVIDIA will be the first to ship one in their Tegra 2 platform and I expect it to be out just before Christmas.
Which phone do you thinks sounds the most tempting?