Verizon has several new Android devices lined up to replace older models for the holidays. According a photo of a list leaked by a tipster, the new upcoming Verizon devices include the HTC Thunderbolt 2 (replacing the HTC Thunderbolt), Samsung Stratosphere (replacing the Samsung Fascinate), and the Samsung Prime (replacing the Samsung DROID Charge), among others.
A member of Android Forums who claims to be working for Best Buy allegedly received from a Verizon representative a copy of a list of upcoming phones slated for release on Verizon for the holidays.
Of note on the list are the HTC Thunderbolt 2, the Samsung Stratosphere, and the Samsung Prime (whose reported proper name is the Samsung DROID Prime).
An earlier leaked Verizon schedule of launch dates named the HTC Vigor as the replacement for the HTC Thunderbolt. The document also listed the HTC Vigor as set for launch on October 5.
The new leaked info, however, seems to suggest that the HTC Vigor might be rebranded into the HTC Thunderbolt 2. The source did not mention any specific date of launch or release.
The HTC Vigor has been rumored to pack powerful specs, foremost of which are a 720p HD display, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, and a 1.5-GHz Qualcomm processor.
A device suspected to be the HTC Vigor has also received clearance from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The device has CDMA/EVDO and 4G LTE radios.
Recent leaked photos also showed the HTC Vigor to be sporting looks similar to the HTC DROID Incredible.
The HTC Vigor (HTC Thunderbolt 2) is one of the rumored upcoming devices believed to have enough oomph to challenge Verizon’s recently released Motorola DROID Bionic and the U.S. variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
HTC has been sending out press invitations for a “celebration” in New York City this coming September 20. It is possible that the event will also launch the HTC Vigor (HTC Thunderbolt 2).
The Samsung Stratosphere is said to be an upper mid-range, LTE-capable Android phone with a full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Previous leaked blurry photos show it to have similar looks to Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G. Newer leaked photos provided a clearer view of the Samsung Stratosphere.
The device is expected to replace the Samsung Fascinate and has been reported to come with a much-better display than the Samsung Fascinate’s–a Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. In addition, recent reports say the Samsung Stratosphere will bear Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, a 5-megapixel primary camera, a 1.3-megapixel secondary camera, and 2 GB of internal storage.
The device was supposed to launch on Verizon together with the Motorola DROID Bionic last September 8.
Earlier rumored to be the upcoming Nexus Prime, the Samsung DROID Prime is another catchword that has been on many people’s lips lately. It has been pointed to as the chief reason for Verizon’s snubbing of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Current rumors, however, are suggesting that the Nexus Prime (reportedly to be called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus) is a different device and that the Samsung DROID Prime is a variant of the Nexus Prime for exclusive release on Verizon under the network’s DROID brand. Both devices are expected to debut with the latest Android version–Android 2.4/4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Since the leaked info claims that the Samsung DROID Prime will be replacing the Samsung DROID Charge, we presume LTE-capability to be onboard.
The holidays are coming, and so are Verizon’s new phones (granting the leaked list is legit). The variety of powerful Android superphones to consider for the holidays can make your head spin. Do you have your shopping lists ready? And, what about analgesics?
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