First came Motorola’s Droid. HTC‘s Droid Eris followed shortly thereafter. Finally, Samsung will supplement one of a inclination to Verizon‘s renouned “Droid” code with a Droid Charge, Samsung‘s latest Android OS-powered smartphone.
In a release expelled on Wednesday, Verizon and Samsung announced that a Droid Charge will be accessible in a U.S. on Apr 28 in Verizon sell stores.
The price? A large 300 bucks, and that’s after being subsidized with a two-year contract.
From what we can see on a sum expelled so far, a Charge’s hardware creates a phone no slouch. It’s got a outrageous 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen, 1-GHz processor and both behind and front confronting cameras (8 megapixels and 1.3 megapixels, respectively). It’s not using a many new chronicle of Android, yet — a phone comes with 2.2 (Froyo) instead of 2.3 (Gingerbread).
It’s a second 4G LTE-enabled smartphone recover for Verizon in 2011, with a HTC Thunderbolt being Verizon‘s flagship 4G device. Until a Charge’s release, Verizon lags behind in a series of 4G device choices that a competitors ATT, Sprint and T-Mobile are offering.
Motorola’s 4G Droid Bionic was ostensible to launch in a open as a second 4G device on Verizon‘s network, though Motorola has behind a phone’s recover until late summer, as a association wants to redo a phone with “expanded features, functionality and an softened form factor,” according to a statement.
The Thunderbolt has finished good for Verizon, with phone sales commanding 260,000 in a two-week duration between Mar 17 and a finish of a company’s financial initial quarter. Though a 4G Thunderbolts sales were lilliputian by those of a 3G iPhone expelled on Verizon‘s network in February: a association boasted 2.2 million iPhone 4 activations in a initial quarter.
Of course, there’s a washing list of other Droid-branded phones from Motorola and HTC we haven’t mentioned (Droid 2, a Incredible, etc.), though it’s Samsung‘s first. The Droid branding and beginning revitalized a once-ailing Motorola, and done renouned a comparatively immature HTC corporation.
We’ll have to wait and see what — if anything — Droid does for Samsung.
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