Samsung Droid Charge Could Be Verizon’s Next 4G Smartphone

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Now that the HTC ThunderBolt is available, Verizon is apparently readying its second smartphone with support for its 4G LTE network. This model will reportedly be called the Samsung Droid Charge, though it was previously known as the Stealth.

This high-end device was pre-announced at the CES tradeshow back in January so most of its specifications aren’t a mystery, but it’s name still is.

Verizon said nothing about a name when this handset was first unveiled, but several weeks ago, an unconfirmed report said it would be dubbed the Samsung Stealth. However, a new report disputes this.

Samsung Droid ChargeA new image of this device with Verizon’s “Droid” launch screen showing supposedly indicates that this will be part of the Droid series. And the source for this image asserts that the full name will be Samsung Droid Charge.  

Whatever its name, this smartphone will launch on April 7, if an earlier published report is correct.

An Overview of the Samsung Droid Charge
One of this model’s more notable features will be a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen. This is the newest type of display, and it’s been designed to be easier to see out of doors that previous Super AMOLED screens.

The Droid Charge will debut with Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) on a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface layered on top. An upgrade to OS 2.3 or beyond is already in development.

Like all smartphones running Google’s operating system, this device is going to have an HTML 5 Web browser and come with a host of applications, including Google Search, Google Maps, and Gmail.

Because it will support Verizon’s LT network, the Droid Charge will offer data transfer speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps for downloads and 2 to 5 Mbps upload speeds under real world conditions.

In addition, this handset is going to include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and a GPS, plus it will be able to act as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Droid Charge will include a rear-facing 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video conferencing.

It won’t have a significant amount of internal storage, but will instead depend on a microSD memory card slot. Whether Verizon will bundle this device with a high-capacity card is not yet known.

This Samsung smartphone will also include an HDMA (720p) video-out port and a 1500 mAh battery.

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