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We've seen a few leaks of Verizon's upcoming Stratosphere II over the past couple of months, and Big Red just made the handset official. As expected, it's a modest mid-ranger with a 4-inch display and powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Like its predecessor, the Stratosphere II will also sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

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This global-ready Android 4.0 handset will be available "in the coming weeks" for $129, but that's after a $50 mail-in-rebate and a two year agreement. Woo.

[Verizon Wireless Newsroom]

Cameron Summerson
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  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

    Yay, first comment...

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

    But seriously why is a device such as this more than a hundred dollars? My GS3 was $99 without the mail in rebate and only with a two year agreement.

    • Asphyx

      Does your GS3 have a slider Keyboard?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

        My GS3 doesn't, is that the reason the price is higher because of the more material in the phone? And yes now I understand why mine was $99. But still, it's Samsung flagship phone right? Why would someone buy the stratosphere over a galaxy S3 for cheaper and jellybean right around the corner and here already for some. Hmm, maybe I'm not seeing the big picture. Care to enlighten me?

        • Asphyx

          comes down to how much it costs to make, not just materials but it's way more labor intensive to build a unit with a slider keyboard than a simple unit that is not much more than a pc card with a screen and plastic shell.
          The GS3 can probably be made entirely by robotics, not sure sliders would be as easy to create.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      launch price on the gs3 was $199/249. i think we can assume the price of this little guy is going to drop pretty quickly as well.

  • 27yearold

    another mid range qwerty. qwerty phones should be work horses, not those kids devices like nexus 4.

    • Kenny O

      I personal don't have a desire for a physical qwerty keyboard, however I am surprised that there are no flagship devices with a qwerty. It would make sense to capitalize of the many people that do want one.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

        I don't see the need for a qwerty keyboard, the touch is more than sufficient for heavy paced texting. Plus swype? Very accurate (cough according to me cough). But I guess it would be cool to have a nexus with a keyboard, maybe something ultra thin supported with titanium alloy or something. Dreaming big for a small frame. Ahhh, android. Wouldn't be surprised in the future.

        • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

          Oh yeah, AND A FREAKING HEAVY PACED PROCESSOR! I AGRRE WITH YOU 27YROLD, 1.2 GHZ (laugh pitifully).

          That is all..

        • Kenny O

          I'm in the same boat, I can type very fast and accurate with Swiftkey and I wouldn't wait to trade the extra thickness to have the keyboard; but I see a lot a comments from others that want the physical keys - with all the phones they OEM's seem to want to pump out it's just surprising no one has brought one to market yet.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.richesin Jordan Richesin

            I agree about swify key, love it. A keyboard just doesn't magically incorporate your next predicted word into the sentence or message. I could absolutely be wrong, maybe you can use swift key with a keyboard. Wouldn't that render the keyboard as useless though? Or just make a super high powered texting machine. Idk, my ideal specs for this phone keeping in mind, and also a grain of salt over your shoulder just in case, should have, jellybean out of the box, a 1.5 dual core processor, better screen resolution considering it's 4 inch display, and some cool extras. But, we all know how this goes. The phone will obviously sell and do what Samsung intends it to do. Be a part of the many lower spec economy phones. Hell my first Android was in December of last year. It was a Huawei impulse. (don't laugh). Back then I would have loved a keyboard but considering what type of things I do development wise on my GS3 I prefer the thinner sleek look and sheer power this baby has. Android is a community so I respect the stratosphere with the same type of respect I have for a third cousin. You tolerate them and move on with your life and forget about them quickly as if they were never really there.