Samsung Launches Stratosphere 4G For Business

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Samsung’s Stratosphere Android 2.3 smartphone is the company’s first LTE handset with a QWERTY keyboard

Samsung is to begin selling its Stratosphere Galaxy 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) smartphone on the US’ Verizon Wireless network on 13 October for $149.99 (£95) after a $50 mail-in rebate and two-year data contract.

The Stratosphere is the company’s first 4G LTE handset with a QWERTY keyboard, and its Samsung’s first Galaxy S phone with a Slider as well.

QWERTY keyboard

Based on Google’s Android 2.3 “Gingerbread” operating system, the Samsung Stratosphere offers both a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen and a 5-row QWERTY slider.

The keyboard should appeal to both consumer and business users who like to type e-mails and text messages using physical keyboards.

The Stratosphere is powered by a Samsung 1GHz processor powering applications on Verizon’s speedy 4G LTE network, which aims to speed up data as much as 10 times the carrier’s existing 3G network. Faster mobile broadband will be attractive to the corporate road warrior looking to send big e-mail attachments and other files.

Other key enterprise features include support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync to enable push e-mail, contacts and calendar and Cisco AnyConnect 2.1 SSL VPN to allow workers to tunnel into their corporate networks while in the go.

Enterprise features

The phone also features encryption to let IT managers remotely wipe the phone’s data in case it’s lost and support for Sybase Afaria, which provides corporate data management tools for IT administrators to enforce their IT policies.

These business-focused perks make the Stratosphere a good alternative to the Motorola Droid Pro line, as well as the Motorola XPRT.

The Stratosphere won’t be mistaken for a multimedia-friendly smartphone like its Samsung Galaxy S II brethren. While that 4G LTE device lineup features 1.2GHz or faster dual-core chips and 8MP camera, the Stratosphere comes with modest, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, paired with a 1.3MP front camera to enable video chat.

The video camera also supports 720p HD playback, but only 480p recording, compared to 1080p capture and playback for the S II.

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