Nov 22 AT 10:52 AM Anthony Domanico 13 Comments

Samsung and Verizon launch Samsung Illusion

samsung-illusion-final Image via: Andreia with Creative Commons

Samsung Mobile has announced the Samsung Illusion, an entry-level smartphone for Verizon Wireless. Though the spec sheet on the Illusion is not up to par with the high-end Android smartphones Verizon seems to be releasing in droves, the $79.99 Illusion will cater to the budget-conscious Verizon customer.

The Samsung Illusion features:

  • 3.5″ TFT display
  • 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Touchwhiz UI overlay
  • 3 megapixel rear camera
  • 3G connectivity (no LTE on this device)
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 2 GB ROM (expandable to 34 GB with a 32GB MicroSD card)
  • Mobile Hotspot

If you’re interested in the Samsung Illusion, the device will be available online-only starting tomorrow, November 23rd. If you absolutely have to test out a device in-store before you decide to throw down a 2 year commitment (and who could blame you?), the Illusion will be available in stores in January 2012.

Without LTE connectivity, the Samsung Illusion is certainly a tough sell, especially when the entry-level LTE-capable Pantech Breakout can be had for a mere $20 more. We’ll be putting the Illusion to the test in our review sometime later this year, so stay tuned to see how this phone fares.

Anyone out there interested in the Illusion, or do you have your sights set on the more high-end devices?

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J. — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the Samsung Illusionâ„¢ will be available online at www.verizonwireless.combeginning Nov. 23 for $79.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. The Illusion will be available for free with a new two-year customer agreement between Thursday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 28 as a online promotion.

The sophisticated Samsung Illusion smartphone features a sleek form factor and is powered by the nation’s most reliable 3G wireless network.  The Illusion boasts a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, 3.0-megapixel camera, HTML Web browser, music player and integrated contacts, calendar and social networking applications, as well as access to more than 300,000 apps available to download from Android Marketâ„¢.

Key features:

  • Android 2.3â„¢, Gingerbread— support for Google Mobileâ„¢ Services including Gmailâ„¢, YouTubeâ„¢, Google Talkâ„¢, Google Searchâ„¢ and Google Mapsâ„¢
  • ·         SWYPEâ„¢ Technology — input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
  • ·         Unique curved-glass display
  • ·         Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange® so customers can synchronize corporate email, contacts and calendars from their office email
  • ·         Full suite of messaging options, including text, picture and video messaging
    • ·         6-axis accelerometer with compass
    • ·         Bluetooth® 3.0 technology — support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access and object push for vCard and vCalendar
    • ·         Wi-Fi Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Mobile Hotspot capability — share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • microSDâ„¢ card slot with support for up to 32 GB (2 GB pre-installed)

Additional features – Designed with the environment in mind:

  • ·         UL Platinum Rating (Underwriters Laboratories) – the Samsung Illusion scored 84 out of 119 points to receive the “Platinum” UL rating
  • ·         Rear casing and battery cover are made from 70 percent post-consumer material and 35 percent of the front casing is post-consumer material
  • ·         Packaging made from bleach-free paper (post-consumer waste) and printed with vegetable ink
  • ·         Box material uses 60 percent recycled paper (post-consumer waste)
  • ·         High-efficiency charger with full-charge alarm


  • The Samsung Illusion will be available online at on Nov. 23, and will be available in Verizon Communications Stores in January 2012.
  • Customers that purchase a Samsung Illusion smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on the Samsung Illusion or for other Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

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    This phone will be ideal to those who are tight on the budget. And i think most would prefer phones with LTE connectivity.

    • Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, but an extra $20 for 4G speed (Pantech Breakout)?

  • Nate B.

    Omg. Verizon & Samsung actually announced something together . To bad its not the details & release date on the Galaxy Nexus

  • NotRelevant

    Of course they can release this crap. No one wants it. But the one phone everyone wants they seem to not be able to.

  • charliethesuperturtle

    when is the galaxy nexus coming?
    i dont want no crappy illusion

    • Anthony Domanico

      Haha… this seems to be the overarching sentiment at the moment.


    Something like this should show everyone samsung has no part of the gnex release fiasco. Verizon and partly google are to blame

    • Anthony Domanico

      I disagree. The announcement came one day before the phone launched. I’m 100% sure the Nexus is not being released tomorrow.

  • A. Womack

    Wow. Really? They can figure out when these weak ass phones are coming, but can’t seem to get there shit together for one of the most highly anticipated phones of the year? I think we should all give Verizon the finger and end our contracts now for all of the shenanigans they’ve put their customers through. So answer me this: How long did it take to for Verizon to “test” this phone? Where’s the Galaxy Nexus?

  • NegativeOne13

    Lol I somehow knew the GN would be brought up up this article. Hell it’s probably mentioned in the comments of a T-Mo Moto phone…. It’s getting thick.

  • Nathan

    OK how about lunch the galaxy nexus instead of this OK, thanks.

  • sylar

    Of course another budget phone. But they can’t manage to get the 4.0 flagship phone out of the gates.

  • Lauren

    Do I need a data plan?!?