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Verizon officially announces the Samsung Stratosphere

October 10, 2011 | by Charles West

Android, Samsung, Verizon

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Verizon Wireless just officially announced its latest 4G LTE offering, dubbed the Samsung Stratosphere. The Stratosphere will be the first LTE device sporting a five row QWERTY keyboard. This phone is tailored for the business consumer. Cisco has implemented a bunch of business connectivity services, which includes a robust encryption, VPN, and MDM to name a few.

Some other noteworthy features on the Stratosphere include:

  • 4-inch Super AMOLED display with WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) resolution
  • 1GHz single-core Samsung Hummingbird processor
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera (sorry no HD recording)
  • Five-row QWERTY keyboard that slides out for easy access
  • Verizon’s 4G LTE network
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS connections
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread

And of course, what’s a Samsung device without its infamous custom user interface, TouchWiz. The Stratosphere also includes access to Samsung’s Media Hub, where users can download TV shows and movies to watch on their handsets. The Samsung Stratosphere will be available on Oct. 13 in all Verizon Wireless Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $149.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

Honestly, this device kind of looks like Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G from last year. Regardless, as much as you may want to scoff at the Stratosphere, the fact remains that there isn’t a wide choice of these particular devices aimed toward the business user. And because of that, Android will continue to try to appeal to that group of people with offerings like this.