We have gotten leaks before saying that Verizon would be releasing a Samsung Android smartphone dubbed the Samsung Statosphere, but we never knew what it clearly looked like–until recently.

Thanks to new leaked images recently sent to Pocketnow, we now have a better and clearer idea of how the Samsung Stratosphere (SCH-I405) looks like.

Formerly known as the Samsung Aegis, the Stratosphere seemingly resembles the Samsung Epic 4G of Sprint, with some tweaks done on the keyboard (e.g., moving of the Shift and Fn buttons and the addition of a dedicated Internet shortcut key, to name a few).

Rumored earlier to be released alongside the Motorola DROID Bionic on Verizon today, the Samsung Stratosphere did not make its appearance. Perhaps, it will have its own separate day of release. After all, with Verizon’s spotlight shining on the Motorola DROID Bionic, the Samsung Stratosphere can easily get lost in the shadows.

The Samsung Stratosphere is speculated to be an upper mid-range phone. Not much information is known about the Stratosphere for now, except unconfirmed talk about a 5-megapixel back camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, 2-gigabyte internal storage, and a Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen better than that of the Samsung Fascinate’s.

The Stratosphere will also carry 4G LTE radios to take advantage of the fast 4G LTE of Verizon. Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread will be on board upon release.

A price of US$150 (on-contract) is suspected, but that could change to a higher one depending on the processor used on the phone, which is still quite a mystery.

For the QWERTY-loving individuals, would you consider buying this?

Image credit: Pocketnow