Right now, there is a big conference in San Diego known as CTIA Fall. I attended the last three, but sadly had to miss out on this year.
Too bad, as I missed Verizon’s formal announcement of the Android-powered Samsung Stratosphere. It has a bragging power of being the first 4G LTE handset with a five-row QWERTY keyboard.
It also has a Super AMOLED display, 1GHz processor, as well as a 5 Megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing 1.3 Megapixel camera. Other features include a microSD expansion slot, DLNA connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, mobile hotspot capabilities, and Wi-Fi b/g/n.
The Stratosphere appears to be made for the business-minded consumer with pre-loaded applications like Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN, Sybase Afaria, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, as well as certain encryption services.
The Samsung Stratosphere will be available very soon (in two days, as a matter of fact). It will be at Verizon stores with $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year service agreement.