The Samsung Droid Charge, is an upcoming 4G LTE enabled phone for Verizon that was originally introduced back in January at CES. It’s going to feature a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with 480 x 800 resolution, a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, an 8 megapixel rear camera, LED flash, auto-focus, and a 1.3 megapixel front camera.
When it was introduced back at CES, neither Samsung nor Verizon gave it an official name calling it the ‘Samsung 4G LTE smartphone’. Since then, it has been called the Samsung Stealth, the Samsung Droid Stealth and now, the Samsung Droid Charge.
The Samsung Droid Charge will also apparently be the first Droid device on Verizon not made by HTC or Motorola.
Samsung Droid Charge Release Date
While an official release date is currently unknown, a recent Verizon road map leak suggests that the Droid Charge will be hitting shelves across the United States on April 14th. Of course, that could change seeing as though Verizon has yet to make any sort of official announcement.
The carrier may have originally planned that as the release date but problems with the HTC ThunderBolt’s functionality with the 4G LTE network and its subsequent delayed release may have pushed back the Droid Charge’s launch.
Update: The Droid Charge will be out on May 14th after being delayed.
What is the Samsung Droid Charge?
The Samsung Droid Charge is an upcoming 4G LTE phone for Verizon that originally had no name but has since been revealed as a Samsung-made Droid device called the Samsung Droid Charge. It will be powered by Android 2.2 and it will have Mobile Hotspot support for up to 8 devices.
Samsung Droid Charge Hands-On Video
Samsung Droid Charge Features
Droid Branding: The Samsung Droid Charge will join the Motorola Droid Bionic as a new addition to the Droid family on Verizon.
4G LTE Network: The Droid Charge will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network which means that it’s going to be a lot faster than your typical 3G phone.
4G Hotspot: Like the Droid Bionic, the Samsung Droid Charge will come with 4G Hotspot support allowing for up to 8 compatible devices to connect to it . It will, of course, require an extra fee.
Samsung Droid Charge Availability and Pricing
The pricing and availability of the Samsung Droid Charge are as of yet unknown. A leaked Verizon roadmap indicated that it would be out on April 7th. However, it appears that that will in fact not be the launch date for the Droid Charge.
It should, however, be out sometime in April or May.
As for pricing, recent evidence suggests that the Droid Charge could come with a price tag of $299 attached to it. It’s unlikely that that will stick and it should hit shelves for the same price as the HTC ThunderBolt at $249 with a new two year contract.
Update: The Samsung Droid Charge will be out on May 14th for $300 from Verizon.
Samsung Droid Charge Hands-On, Review Videos
The official announcement of the Samsung Droid Charge courtesy of our own Chuong Nguyen.
A great, high-res hands-on video from Mobiture that shows off the Samsung Droid Charge’s software.
A quadrant test on the Samsung Droid Charge, courtesy of Nick Gray.
Samsung Droid Charge Specs
|Networks:||CDMA 800 and 1900, LTE 700|
|Operating system:||Android™ 2.2|
|Display:||4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen (480 x 800)|
|Camera:||8MP rear camera, LED flash, auto-focus, 1.3 MP front facing camera|
|WLAN:||802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi|
|Battery:||1500 mAh LiIon battery|
|Special features:||Droid branded, HDMI out, 4G Mobile Hotspot,|
|Chipset:||1 GHz Hummingbird processor|