November 22, 2011 | by Natesh Sood
A smartphone these days usually only receives a lot of hype if it features industry-leading hardware and the latest software (i.e. the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola DROID RAZR, or the Samsung Galaxy S II). However, there is something to be said about mid-range Android smartphones which appeal towards those looking for a solid smartphone without breaking the bank.
Today, Verizon Wireless announced the new Samsung Illusion, which will only cost $79.99 on a two year contract. Starting tomorrow, you can buy the Illusion through Verizon’s online store, and can buy the smartphone in store starting January 2012.
In case the price is still a little steep, then you will want to know Verizon is even offering a special promotion in which the Illusion will be available for purchase for free on a two year contract between November 24 and November 28th.
In terms of specs, the Samsung Illusion features a 3.5 inch touch screen display, Android 2.3 (no word if it will be upgraded to Android 4.0), 512MB of RAM, a single-core 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 3MP rear facing camera, mobile hotspot capability, 3G connectivity, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, Swype, and 2GB of onboard memory.
Interestingly enough, the Samsung Illusion is environmentally-friendly based on the fact that the rear casing and battery cover contain 70% of post-consumer material, while the front casing is 35% post-consumer material.
Again, the Samsung Illusion will be available through Verizon’s online store starting tomorrow for $79.99 on a two year contract. However, from November 24-28, it will be available for free on a two year contract as a special Verizon holiday promotion.