Verizon pulled an AT&T by announcing a yesteryear smartphone, according to our wonderful provider of news, @evleaks. According to his latest leak, the Samsung Galaxy Stellar, which was released in August 2012 on Verizon, is being stripped of its LTE capabilities and re-labeled as the Galaxy Legend for Verizon's Prepaid services...talk about recycling! AT&T recycled the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, also a year old device, for its newer entry level device. Is this a new trend we will be seeing amongst the carriers or is Samsung giving them a great deal to move out some older models.
Other than losing its 4G LTE, the specifications should remain the same:
- 4-inch 480 x 800 pixel display
- 1.2MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus Dual-Core Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB built-in storage with about 1.5GB User available
- MicroSD up to 32GB
- 3.2MP Camera
- 1.3MP FFC
- 2100 mAh Battery
- 4.80 x 2.51 x .47 Inches at 4.73 oz.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4.0 Bluetooth, GPS
- Android 4.1
The reviews were fairly kind to it as an entry-level smartphone, especially when you consider that when it came out as the Stellar, Verizon was giving it away with a two-year contract. It was slammed for its lack of a flash for the camera and call quality was not tops of the class. It actually resembles a Samsung Droid Charge in looks, only a little smaller and thicker.
It does lack the NFC file exchange option, but for a starter phone, it still retains approximately 90-percent of the features of Samsung's higher priced phones, such as GPS turn-by-turn voice navigation and hotspot support for up to 10 devices. It also has Google Voice Actions or Samsung's own S-Voice. With no flash, indoor pictures are at best, mediocre, but outdoors with plenty of sun it delivers stellar pictures considering its limited pixel density.
Exact pricing and availability are unknown, but we expect to see it on Verizon in the coming weeks. Does this throwback phone interest any of our readers and will you be picking one up - could be a good starter phone for a young person in the household.