Droid Charge

Samsung and Verizon have "officially" unveiled the Samsung Droid Charge (see our hands-on from CES), making it available April 28 for $299.99 with a two-year agreement.  It will be the second LTE device to hit big red, and I know a lot of folks are waiting for that sweet 4.3 inch SAMOLED plus screen and 4G speeds.

Also from the press release, the @droidlanding scavenger hunt kicks off today offering up 16 chances to find and win one of these beauties.  So be sure to keep an eye on Twitter, and possibly save yourself a few dollars.  Hit the break for the full press release. [Samsung USA Newsroom]

VERIZON WIRELESS UNLEASHES DROID CHARGE BY SAMSUNG 
April 21, 2011

 
DROID CHARGE Joins Verizon Wireless’ DROID family
As Samsung’s First 4G LTE Smartphone
 
 BASKING RIDGE, N.J. –Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Droid Charge by Samsung will be available April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com
The Droid Charge is designed with Samsung’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus display, setting a new touch screen standard for brightness, clarity and outdoor visibility. The Droid Charge is equipped with both a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for both stills and video chatting. The smartphone’s 1GHz application processor and HTML 5 Web browser maximizes high-speed 4G LTE connectivity for faster downloads and graphics processing. 
 
Additional Features:
- 4G LTE– customers can expect download speeds of  5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area
- Android 2.2 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 150,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
- Adobe® Flash® Player compatible
- Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices
- Samsung Media Hub – Samsung’s own content service, offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase
- Virtual QWERTY Keyboard featuring Swype Technology
 
Pricing and data plans:
- The Droid Charge by Samsung will be available for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
- Droid Charge customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Unlimited 4G LTE data packages start at $29.99 monthly access. Mobile hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge.
Find the DROID Charge
Beginning April 21, anyone over the age of 18 can participate in an exclusive Droid Charge Scavenger Hunt.   Follow the online clues to find hidden locations in 16 different cities to win a Droid Charge by Samsung.  For additional information about the DROID Charge scavenger hunt, visit: http://twitter.com/droidlanding.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G network and largest and most reliable 3G network, and serves more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.

 

 
There are 50 comments

ak110707 says:

Meh Samsung, move along now there is nothing here to see.

063_xobx says:

$299 on contract?! What the hell are they thinking? It's not even new hardware, it's the same single core hummingbird SOC as the rest of the Galaxy S variants with a (barely noticeable) bump in screen size...

astraelraen says:

Is $299 going to become the next $199 for new smartphones on 2 year contracts?

If so, that's pretty ridiculous.

It shouldn't be. The Thunderbolt was $249.

Anon_Emus says:

And remember... TB came fully loaded with 32 micro SD card.

eric6052 says:

Not a bad phone but that's pretty pricey considering what you pay over the life of a contract. I would probably look at Amazon or Wirefly pricing. At this point if I were considering a Samsung phone I would hold out for the Galaxy 2 whatever Verizon decides to call it. I'm not sure if that will include lte but if it does that will be the king of the Verizon mountain. For me its a moot point anyway because I'm happy with my Droid X and I want to wait until my contract is completely over and weigh my carrier options at that time. Sprint being so tight with Google is making me consider a move for a Nexus device of some type.'

Bit pricey, don't you think? LIttle bit of price gouging going on here Verizon, getting ready for that tiered 4G pricing. Naw, pass, especially for a Samsung.

PhilR8 says:

I dunno if any of you noticed, but this device uses the Super AMOLED PLUS screen, which is the same screen used on the Galaxy S II.

Oops. yeah, it looks gorgeous too. Some dummy just omitted it from the article :p

Fix'd

063_xobx says:

That doesn't justify being $100 more expensive then just about every other single core smartphone.

nyc_rock says:

Thats one but ugly phone running a but ugly UI. Pass.

Fyrmedic654 says:

Seriously who would pay that much for a Samsung after the fascinate fiasco... I'm sure plenty of people will, but wow, just shocked at 299

Timelessblur says:

I though the 199 price point was good enough. Sounds like they are trying to push it higher. It would not be to bad if it was 299 with a 100 mail in rebate.

tim242 says:

Ugly, cheap plastic, outdated, too expensive and Samsung. Enough said.

Mooem says:

Uh no thanks Samsung. Although, it does kind of give a good idea as to pricing for 4g phones. I'd expect the Bionic, whenever it comes out, to be just as much.

EvanJ18 says:

Thats far too much. If all new LTE phones are gonna be +$200 it may make my decision to jump to T-Mo a little easier. I'll wait and see if VZW is planning on bringing LTE to my area soon, If not i'm jumping ship, because 3G is great from all carriers where I live and actually I get HSPA+ where I work. Add that on top of the fact HTC has been going the way of Moto and trending towards locked bootloaders, I'd have the option of the Nexus line on T-Mo. Plus I don't think stock android is anywhere near vzw's future, for any of their phones.

thats my pissed rant.

Summary: $300 for a Fascinate with LTE and a new screen is not worth it. Especially considering most the country can't utilize LTE yet. $250 should be the price cut-off for phones on 2 year.

dskwerl says:

Good lord. $299 is what I paid for my Galaxy Tab on contract. Nevermind the fact that my savings by having a data-only plan pay for the tablet in 6 months.

It's making my decision about getting the DInc2 that much easier...

itch808 says:

$299?!?!?!?!?

PASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

What were they thinking?!?!? Sales reps @ Sprint are estimating $199 right now for the Evo 3D. Even if they bump it up to $249 at the end, it STILL has more hardware on the Charge!!!!!!!

itch808 says:

Now if they're talking 1 year contract...ok. BUT NOT 2 YEARS!

EvanJ18 says:

Truth. It'd be nice if 1 Year was even an option anymore.

frettfreak says:

Not a fan of Samsung phones really.... however... even if i was... $299 for a "samsung Evo" on outdated hardware... THEY ARE OUT OF THEIR MIND!! This is not going to sell much IMO.

frettfreak says:

Also.. combine that with the shear expense of being on VZW (when compared to sprint or TMO) and this is just IN-FN-SANE!

flighinhigh says:

No thank you, I bought my DX for $300.00 out right with no contract, I will look at doing the same thing on my next phone. The DX is working great with GB and not rooted. The 4.3" screen works for my mature eyes and the smaller screens do not, I can not focus on them, toooo small.
I do not see anything in Big Reds line up that would entice me to get a new phone at this time. I still like the Atrix, but wrong service. I agree on outdated hardware for to big a price. If they are going to $299.00 with 2/yr contract, I will look else where to purchase a phone.

$299 is ridiculous for that phone!

Animus_3.0 says:

Are they nuts? The phone is ugly, single core and Samscum. 3 strikes, go back to the showers. Plus, the $300 is a fastball to the head and a 30 day stint on the dl.

moosc says:

and it will see gingerbread in summer 2012.while the rest enjoy icecream.

Yay! Another Droid X redux, just like the ThunderBolt, LG Optimus, Motorolas Targa-DriodX2-Bionic-etc. I am so sick of Verizon putting out a million versions of the same phone/form factor.

Mooem says:

This doesn't look anything like the Droid X...other than being a slab.

"other than being a slab"

Bingo!

slab0meat says:

No need to insult me!

lol. Well played Mauer

asenduk says:

How much without contract?

Mooem says:

I read somewhere that it was valued at $599 in the @DroidLanding contest rules. I'm guessing it'll be something like that.

It will be interesting how longs it stays at $299. I'm personally interested in the Samsung Infuse, but if it's over $200 I'll be looking elsewhere.
Though this looks like a good phone and LTE would be great, I don't think most people will pay that kind of premium.

w00tw00twhat says:

I know people who have paid more for phones. I used to by phones unlocked at $450-$600 so a $299 contract does not look as bad to me. My friends have paid well over $1000 for nokia's. I understand this phone isnt for everyone. Im a total visual person, im in graphic design so colors and looks matter to me more then hardware. Its still a fast smooth looking phone (minus hardware buttons). Screen comes first for me, then specs. So a SAMOLED Plus screen drags me in fast. I hoping for a good phone tho by the end of the year as ill have another upgrade in oct so ill be grabing my duel-core goodness around then. I wana see if verizon will bring out a 3D phone.

darrylmendo says:

That price is absurdly ridiculous! Don't forget the Samsung Epic 4G started out as $249. Now it's $149 while the EVO 4G remains at $199.

And I wonder how Verizon determines which phones are labeled "Droid" and which aren't. There doesn't seem to be a pattern.

darrylmendo says:

Plus, it only has a 512 ROM! For $299... Awful!!!

Crispy says:

This has to be joke. Or a really bad omen. If this phone is $300 Verizon won't even blink before charging $400 for the Galaxy S II which is a much better phone in every way.

Had Samsung made this Verizon's Nexus device(w/Vanilla Android)and $50 less I would have considered it.As it stands,it has the software Samsung should have given the Fascinate 6 months ago.The screen will probably be beautiful but everyone who knows,knows what they get with Samsung's "support".You can't say you haven't been warned.........

bullydogger says:

Who in the right mind will pay $300 for this phone when a dual core device is around the corner. Not a big fan of Samsung anyways. Getting sick of Verizon slacking in choices of high-end cell phones while other carriers getting super phones like the new ITC there ...

bullydogger says:

I mean HTC

kinster02 says:

Why is everyone complaining about the price? how you think that they came up with the name CHARGE?

cafutter says:

The battery. What about the battery?

Well, given the battery issues other phones have faced sporting Super AMOLED screens, as well as the Thunderbolt's illustrating how LTE sucks battery...I'm betting the Charge goes about 2hours average before needing to be plugged in... :p

MrNate says:

$299 subsidized with a contract? I think not. I'll stick with my Incredible for a while longer.

jtalker1965 says:

WOW, iPhone 32gb which is "3G" and a year old phone is $299.00 if you don't like it, don't buy it. Pretty simple. All of the HATERS here.

sheba510 says:

I will pass on this one. Have to wait until end of September to upgrade (on contract) anyways. Hoping there will be at least one dual-core LTE Android phone available by then. I agree that $299 is too much for a Galaxy S phone even if it is LTE and SAMOLED plus display. I don't have LTE in my area and won't have it anytime soon. Not on the schedule of cities to get LTE by end of 2011.

2.2 are they freaking kidding? If the suckers who didn't learn from the Faascinate debackle and actually buy this thing are lucky theymight get gi gerbread by Valentine's day next year. PASS!!!!

Neugen says:

I was a Droid X user and was waiting for Verizon's 4G LTE, Dual Core Motorola Bionic to arrive. But there are many issues with LTE right now (see Apple's recent comments on CNET at "http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20056230-64.html?tag=cnetRiver"). (I also think this is why the Droid Bionic is delayed.)

Bottom line is after an extensive evaluation, I elected to purchase a T-Mobile G2X (Tegra 2 Dual Core) for $199.00 and am very impressed with its performance and build quality!

The T-Mobile folks were incredibly responsive!

The G2X blows the doors off any phone offering from Verizon including the Thunderbolt and the upcoming Droid Charge and LG Revolution (which are both still single core phones)!