We don’t usually see a lot of fuss surrounding the launch of entry-level or mid-range phones, but for some reason Verizon seems to have built some hype around the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Stellar.
The 4-incher has been around ever since April, when it was known as the Jasper or the SCH-I200. Spotted getting FCC certification in June, it got some additional public attention in July with a set of specs and a supposed “official” image leaked.
This past week we heard about the Stellar twice, finding out its future on-contract price at Verizon, but also its off contract one at retailers like Best Buy. The plot thickened even further after its BB listing was pulled off, but now we finally have an (unofficial) launch date for the phone.
Oddly, both Verizon and Samsung are still hush-hush on the subject, never having formally confirmed the Stellar. Still, it’s very hard to believe that all these rumors have been false, so we’re ready to bet we’ll be seeing the fresh new handheld up for grabs starting next week at $100 on-contract.
September 6 (next Thursday) is the day you want to circle in your calendars if you’re interested in the Stellar. Engadget has a bunch of internal docs listing different details about the phone, but aside from this ETA, there’s not much we didn’t already know.
That “starter mode” is shortly detailed in one of the documents, being described as a “new, simple way to interact Access apps and control device settings with ease.” In other words, a little something to help those of you not very skilled in technology learn a couple of things.
In fact, tech novices might well be the phone’s main focus, as its spec sheet barely makes it hold its own in the mid-range niche. The dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU, running of Android 4.0 ICS, 4G LTE speeds and 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixels resolution are undoubtedly the Stellar’s main strong points spec-wise.
Then again, the 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage and 3.15 MP rear-facing camera are not that hot and will certainly drive away a fair amount of users focused only on raw speed and performance. The Stellar is not the thinnest or lightest fellow around either, weighing in at 133 grams and measuring 12.7 mm in depth.
The rest of the features are pretty standard for a mid-range handheld and include a 1.3 MP front-facing webcam, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and microSD support. The battery’s capacity is basically the only technical detail still kept under wraps, but we wouldn’t get our hopes very high.
So, who will be looking to Verizon stores come September 6 for the Stellar? Anyone?