Verizon has just announced that the Samsung Droid Charge is going to hit store shelves tomorrow. This Android model — which will be the second with support for this carrier’s 4G network — was originally scheduled to be released two weeks ago.
Just before the launch, however, Verizon’s LTE network had a major outage that lasted for more than a day. The carrier therefore decided to postpone the release of this model, as it wouldn’t have been able to get a wireless Internet connection on launch day.
Those troubles are now in the past, and Verizon is going to introduce the Droid Charge on Saturday, May 14. This is an unusual move for the carrier, as it prefers to release new products on Thursdays.
This Samsung model will sell for $300 with a two-year service contract. This price is also unusual, as it’s considerably higher than many of this product’s competitors sell for.
The wait for this smartphone has been longer than usual, and two weeks is just a drop in the bucket. Verizon first unveiled it in early January at CES, along with a collection of other 4G devices.
Overview of the Samsung Droid Charge
Because it is going to support Verizon’s 4G LTE 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. Another of this model’s more notable features will be a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen.
It will launch running Google Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) on a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface layered on top. An upgrade to OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) or beyond is in development.
The Droid Charge will include a rear-facing 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, plus a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for video conferencing. It will also include an HDMI (720p) video-out port.
In addition to Verizon’s LTE service, this Samsung smartphone is going to have 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and DLNA. It will be able to share its Internet connection with other computers over a Wi-Fi connection.
Those who want an LTE-enabled smartphone but aren’t interested in the Droid Charge have to turn to the HTC ThunderBolt, another Android-based model.