Verizon Wireless introduces the Samsung Stratosphere, the first 4G LTE smartphone to have QWERTY keyboard for easy and quick text input. The Stratosphere is an Android 2.3 phone powered by Samsung’s 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. It comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen and five-row QWERTY keyboard.
Verizon’s new offering supports its 4G LTE network for download speeds of 5 to 12Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas. The Stratosphere has a 5 Megapixel main camera with auto fcus, flash, 480p DVD quality video recording, a 1.3 Megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. It supports Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity and provides mobile hotspot capability for sharing 4G connection with up to eight WiFi devices. The 4G phone also supports AllShare DLNA for wireless media streaming.
Another special feature you can find on the Samsung Stratosphere is support for Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN allowing access to private corportae network. The phone is priced at $149.99 after $50 main-in rebate and with a 2-year contract.