Samsung Stratosphere Boasts LTE with QWERTY Keyboard
Verizon Wireless and Samsung today announced the Stratosphere, a new Android-based smartphone that adds for the first time a physical QWERTY keyboard to Verizon's Long Term Evolution 4G lineup. The Stratosphere is a sideways slider with a five-row QWERTY, 4-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Other features include a 5-megapixel main camera with autofocus, flash, and 480p video capture; a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera for video chats; GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and Wi-Fi; and a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. The Stratosphere also offers the Samsung Media Hub software with DLNA support, mobile hotspot, and support for enterprise software such as Sybase Afaria, and Cisco AnyConnect. The Stratosphere goes on sale October 13 for $149.99 after $50 mail-in rebate with a new agreement.
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TCL Reveals the BlackBerry KEYone Smartphone
TCL today announced the KEYone, a BlackBerry smartphone that combines a large screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and hardened Android software in an aluminum body. TCL first teased the phone at CES last month, but has now shared all the KEYone's details.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
Samsung Reveals the Galaxy E5 for Tracfone
Samsung has published details about the Galaxy E5, a low-cost Android handset intended for Tracfone. The E5 has a 5-inch, Super AMOLED 720p HD screen and is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with 1.5 GB of RAM.