Sep 22 AT 7:32 PM Dustin Earley 13 Comments

Verizon’s Samsung Stratosphere pictured again; could make full Qwerty LTE wallet friendly

Stratosphere

Been itching for a good press render of Verizon’s upcoming LTE enabled Samsung Stratosphere? Look no further.

Originally rumored to launch September 8 (the device has obviously missed that date), the Stratosphere is essentially a reworked and upgraded Epic 4G for Verizon. Coming in with a full Qwerty keyboard and support for Verizon’s LTE 4G network, solid specs on the Stratosphere have somehow remained a mystery (even after being leaked several different times now). The latest rumors on the Stratosphere pegged the device as having a ~4-inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and Android 2.3.4.

As you might have already guessed from the paragraph above, nothing new has been revealed with the discovery of this photo. While browsing around the Pantech Breakout page on WireFly.com, blogger Owen Johnston happened across the picture of the Stratosphere with no information attached.

As of right now, the Stratosphere is expected to launch on October 6. Much like the Breakout, the Stratosphere may be a more wallet friendly device from Verizon, that still offers access to the carrier’s blazing fast 4G network. You might not find dual-cores, NFC and Ice Cream Sandwich when the Stratosphere finally launches, but you will find a sufficiently fast device that texting teens would love to buy.

Via: Phandroid

Source: Owen Johnston

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • davetheAndroid

    Alot of people talk poo poo over this phone and to a certain degree sure, its not the top top of the line, but perfect for someone like my fiancee for her upgrade from an LG Envy in a couple of months.
    Doesn’t care about upgrades
    Bright colorful screen
    Qwerty keyboard
    4″ screen so not too big for lady hands

    • Dustin Earley

      Anyone in my family would love it for the right price. Not everyone is a huge power-user.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Just perfect for verizon another non competitive device…

    • themanwithsauce

      Reserve that judgement for pricing info. If it comes in at 150$ or less (as it should) then it is VERY competitive. Verizon needs an entry level 4G phone to get people locked into their network. Once again, I can give them advice on what would sell this phone to me as a consumer-

      -Price point should be 150$ or less (preferably LESS). Consider 125$?
      -If it is to be sold for 150$ consider adding in an accessory like the car charger or a media dock or something. Fact: People love bundles
      -If it has a decent camera and keyboard then I expect this to be a great entry level android phone that could get a lot of people into verizon’s network.

      All too often tech people dismiss new products that do not pack the latest technology. Yet it is the tech that is old o the bleeding edge crowd that becomes affordable to the mainstream. Yes the galaxy S line is done as far as a tech powerhouse phone. But why not tidy them up a bit and sell them as entry level phones? What is wrong with them at this point? Samsung figured out the bugs and is rereleasing it at a (hopefully) lower price for the masses.

      But feel free to fire away at them if they are thick enough to think this is a 200$ phone. It just isn’t at this point.

    • davetheAndroid

      Competing against who/what? This phone seems, at best, to compete against the god awful looking Pantech phone. Again, for someone like a girlfriend or family member who doesn’t care about the highest end specs like we who post here do, this is a great phone.
      You seem bitter dude. You’re on Sprint right? Possible dropped calls and less the spectacular network get ya awnry? :)
      I’m not saying Big Red has the best phones, but with a superior network, that is the most important aspect.

    • snowbdr89

      Just perfect for a vzw blog another usless troll named DICK YARRELL

    • squiddy20

      “Non competitive” against what? The SGSII? Sure, it doesn’t stand a chance. But against any of the other higher-than-mid-range phones on any of the other carriers? No contest. I’d take this thing over Sprint’s Epic, LG Marquee, Evo 4G, Evo Shift, etc. Learn what you’re speaking about before commenting on it. You sound ridiculously stupid.

    • Julius

      Fron now on, I am going to downvote everyone who replies to Dumb Yarrell.

      • squiddy20

        I’m just wondering, why? You call him “Dumb Yarrell” which can only mean you don’t like him. So why down vote the repliers? Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to down vote the “dumb” one?

  • josegb2011

    Wait until we get the nexus prime and will see

  • pitacrisps

    If the nexus prime doesn’t have that rumored keyboard, this will be my next phone. The specs on this so far seem to be better than my OG Droid, so it’s an upgrade either way. I had the Ally, and LG makes an awesome physical keyboard. Lets hope they don’t give it a POS processor though.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Sounds like a perfect phone to lure BB users into the Android World. If it comes a t a considerable price.

  • Zhi Hao

    Good to see Verizon adding alternatives to their LTE offerings. In my opinion though, this would not sell very well. Most people who do get LTE would be power users and be willing to fork out more cash, and thus other higher-end offerings like the Bionic and upcoming Holiday would appeal more.

    That’s not to say that there are people who wish for LTE capability without wanting a powerful dual core SOC, to which this phone would be an excellent choice. But since Verizon is targeting the enthusiast with this phone (due to LTE), then why hold back on the processor?