Samsung and Verizon Wireless have recently announced that the Verizon-exclusive Samsung Galaxy Stellar will launch on Sept. 6 (this Thursday). Although the Samsung Galaxy Stellar isn’t exactly stellar in any particular way, it is one of the cheapest 4G-enabled handsets that you can get from Big Red.
Previously rumored to be priced at $99 on-contract, the Galaxy Stellar will actually be offered for free by Verizon following a $50 mail-in rebate (if you opt to sign a new two-year contract). When it comes to the off-contract price, all we can do is point out towards a leaked Best Buy page for the Galaxy Stellar, one that mentioned a price of $449.
A quick look at the Galaxy Stellar specs sheet shows nothing really impressive, but this does comes of no surprise considering that this is an entry-level Android smartphone. Here are the specs:
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (no word yet on a possible update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean)
- 4-inch display running at a 800 x 480 pixel resolution
- 233 Pixel Per Inch (PPI) density
- 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
- 3.2MP primary camera
- 1.3MP secondary camera
- MicroSD card slot (supports cards up to 32GB in size)
- Google Play access, Google Mobile support
- A suite of popular Amazon apps
The Galaxy Stellar will also feature a Starter Mode interface, one that simplifies basically everything, although the Standard Mode will still allow for the regular Samsung TouchWiz Android interface use.
Another interesting thing about this smartphone is that it is a “Samsung Approved for Enterprise” (SAFE) device, meaning it comes with AES-256 bit encryption, as well as support for Virtual Private Network, Mobile Device Management and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
What is your opinion on the Verizon-exclusive Samsung Galaxy Stellar? Does its low price and 4G capabilities out-balance its low- to mid-range specs? Drop a comment in the section below and share a thought, won't you ?
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