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Leaked Samsung Stratosphere 2 Pictures Show it’s Headed to Verizon

Bar-style phones with a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboards are not the most favorite handsets in the market today – a market dominated by touchscreen phones whose major selling characteristics is thinness and low weight.  But you cannot deny that there are people who still prefer the old fashioned physical keyboard hence the reason companies still come up with these phones.  The next in the market comes from the leading smartphone manufacturer Samsung.  The Samsung Stratosphere 2 is a smartphone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 4.3 inch super AMOLED screen.  The phone, which seems reader for release based on the press-ready render images leaked on the internet, will be coming to Verizon wireless, most likely before the onset of the holidays this year.

 

The phone with a physical slide-out keyboard has got to be a mid-range phone that may appeal to students, businesspeople and the elderly who appreciate the extra convenience of the physical keyboard but do not mind the extra few ounces or the thickness of the phone.  Rumors of this phone have been alive since August but it is only now that we actually see something credible.  The phone’s pictures are not official but they look very real, coming from evleaks, a very reliable leaks source.  Most other specifications are not known but we can speculate the specs and features as well as release dates.

Based on rumors that surfaced last month, the Samsung Stratosphere 2 comes packing a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, a rear 8 megapixels camera and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box.  The pictures tell us that the phone may be available in Black and White or Silver and the hone’s outer design gives it an elegant and smoother feel.  The physical keyboard is a lot like the keyboard Stratosphere 1 has – with well-spaced rubber keys.  There are four onscreen buttons for better navigation but they are placed differently compared to those in the Stratosphere 1.  The phone will also be 4G LTE capable and will have all the standard smartphone specifications mid-range devices have including Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi.

Early indications are that the phone will be launched or made available on Verizon starting November 21st this month – that is just three weeks away.  The pricing is still unknown but it should cost between $99 and $149 with a 2 year contract.

So, this is the next big thing on the smartphone market – at least those with physical keyboards.  What do you think about phones with slide-out QWERTY keyboards in general, and the Stratosphere 2 in particular?  Are you eagerly waiting for this phone?  Let us know your thoughts below.

Core Specs:

Processor: 1.5 GHz Dual-core Snapdragon S4

Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean most likely to follow soon)

Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory with microSD card slot up to 32 GB expansion

Display: 4.3 Inch Super AMOLED screen

Cameras: 8 megapixels rear, 2 megapixels front cameras

 

Courtesy: @evleaks

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  1. Woah this particular weblog is a plus i love looking through your articles. Sustain the good perform! You are aware of, many are wanting spherical for this facts, you may help them to significantly.

  2. I’ve been keeping a close eye on all Android QWERTY phones that are coming out, and I’m consistently disappointed.

    Having owned the Motorola Droid, Droid 2 Global, and Droid 3, the natural successor for me was the Droid 4. However, when I tried it, it was just way too big and thick. That led me to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which has been a great phone, except for the fatal flaw of not having a physical keyboard. The screen is too big as well, but it does help make up for it by being curved and very thin.

    Personally, I miss the days of 3.5″ screens, and batteries that lasted more than a few hours.

    I was hoping this Samsung was going to be the next phone for me, but with the ugly design, touchwiz, 4.3″ screen (too big), and wasted space on the keyboard… I’ll probably end up waiting for the Droid 5 and hope they don’t screw it up as bad as the 4.

    Phone makers… here’s a recipe for success… physical keyboard, quad core processor, 720p display @ no more than 4″, edge-to-edge (like the RAZR M), vanilla Android, and no more than .5″ thick. Add to that, quality construction, and I’ll gladly pay $1k for that phone.

    Have you forgotten about the Motorola Droid that helped get this OS off the ground to begin with? It may serve as a good example of what customers actually want in one of these phones.

  3. Your image is of the original stratosphere. The stratosphere 2 doesnt have the menu, back, home or search buttons on the keyboard

  4. Finally The phone with the better display And a physical keyboard.
    I have a droid 3 and I am sick of it to a point that I was planning on moving on to iPhone.
    the physical keyboard is a must for me. I do everything on the phone and have migrated from the old Blackberry days.
    there are no virtual keypads that 1 can type on without multiple errors.
    I’ve seen this with Expert texters How they use The back button or the delete button Every third word they type.
    Add to that the battery and thethe talk time and hopefully the microchip slot that this phone offers is you do really well in the market.
    I just hope that its camera and video taping is as good in as a high definition as I phones.
    still have concerns about Google phones and the security problem they have but lack of physical keyboard with iPhone is a deal breaker for me.

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