Samsung Stratosphere

The Samsung Stratosphere made a brief cameo at CTIA today, two days ahead of its official launch on Verizon, and we were there to catch all of it's full QWERTY, LTE goodness. The Stratosphere is Big Red's first LTE slider, and if you've ever encountered Sprint's Epic 4G, you'll know what to expect.

The Stratosphere has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display that looks just as good as what we've come to expect from Samsung. The QWERTY keyboard doesn't disappoint, either. The slider mechanism works and feels great and you'll have plenty of room to let your thumbs do some walking. In the back you've got a 5 megapixel camera; up front, a 1.3 megapixel shooter.

Inside, it's got a 1 GHz single-core Hummingbird processor with 512 MB RAM and 4 GB system storage. Oh, and let's not forget Verizon's blazing-fast LTE. While the specs might not be the biggest we've ever seen, performance didn't suffer for it. The UI (yes, it's TouchWiz) felt zippy and smooth, and coupled with 4G data speeds, the Stratosphere should be able to handle most of what you throw at it.

The Samsung Stratosphere officially launches on October 13 on Verizon for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Until then, enjoy the photos and the video after the break.

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Hands-on with the Samsung Stratosphere


I would expect that once ACS gets the Verizon version they will serve up a stable build for the Epic 4G. If you think that Sprint will spend a dime on updating to GB for a phone they have had almost as long as the OG EVO you are probably setting yourself up for disappointment.

I think it is funny that the Epic 4g is nearing it's EOL, and then it's showing up on Verizon as the Stratosphere. Giving them our sloppy seconds, haha.

This is an Epic 4g with LTE... why are they calling it a "Stratosphere"? Just call it what it is. Is Sammy even acknowledging this as a Galaxy S phone?

Yes they are, at least on the website and on the youtube "product video" they clearly subtitle the phone name with "A Galaxy S phone"

Nice keyboard and the epic would have been perfect....BUT damn they get single core processors low memory I mean are these carriers DUMB ~ I had to use a Epic Touch and get used to swype even though I prefer to key. UGH cell phone with keyboards ALWAYS get short end of the stick !

+1 they are releasing it NOW??? ...and with GB??? what can SamSprint be possibly doing that is taking sooooooooooo looooooooong to push GB to Sprint Epic???

PS in regards to WHY they dont just call it Verizon Epic LTE is because they dont want to make it THAT obvious that they are pulling apple (everything old is new again) and releasing it a year and a half late.*

*having said that i must admit that my Sprint Epic is a friggin fantastic and speedy phone, and i still love it. kudos to Verizon for introducing it on their network too.