Samsung Droid Charge (4G-Verizon)
Samsung’s Droid is being readied for Verizon following up on the recent popularity of Motorola’s Droid. HTC’s Droid Eris also has generated a sizable and growing following. Finally, Samsung will join the party adding one of its own devices to Verizon’s lineup with the Samsung Droid Charge, Samsung’s anticipated Android OS-powered smartphone. Verizon and Samsung have announced that the Droid Charge will be available stateside on April 28 in Verizon retail stores for $300, of course with a two-year contract commitment. Spec wise the Samsung Droid is not shabby. There is a 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen, 1-GHz processor, back and front facing cameras (8 megapixels and 1.3 megapixels). But, the Charge isn’t running 2.3 or 3.0 versions of Android,
The Samsung Droid is the second 4G LTE-enabled smartphone released for Verizon in 2011, the formidible HTC Thunderbolt was Verizon’s first 4G device. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are offering a few more 4G devices. The Thunderbolt has been a hit for Verizon in the short span since release. 4G Thunderbolts sales still were eclipsed by 3G Apple iPhone sales on Verizon.
Get ready for a literal avalanche of Droid phones from HTC, Motorola and select others.
[Photo courtesy of Verizon]
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It was only a matter of time and opportunity before a strong player like Lenovo would mustle up and join the phalanx of Apple tablet competitors in the massive “me-too” tablet stampede.
Lenovo is joining the horde of Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry PlayBook, Samsung Galaxy Tab and various other tablets from Dell and HP because it must have been all too tempting for Lenovo to overlook or pass up on a chance to become a player in this new tablet game.
Lenovo the fortunate inheritor of IBM’s laptop line is using their significant manufacturing and development and enterprise awareness advantages to leverage their way into the rapidly emerging and expanding tablet arena and marketplace with a planned June launch of a new Android 3.0 ThinkPad tablet.
What we’ve heard so far:
- Lenovo has spent a lot of time enhancing the Android user interface.
- A slide-out deck would appeal to enterprise and corporate users
- Many ports will be offered for expanded connectivity and integration.
- Native enterprise support for Citrix and remote desktop software.
- The Lenovo tablet will serve as a hotspot.
- Lenovo tablets will feature Word, PowerPoint, Excel and other business-favored applications.
- Pricing of a Lenovo tablet will start around $499.
- A ThindPad tablet exploits Lenovo’s corporate strengths and support infrastructure.
- Lenovo will be a strong tablet player in enterprise and corporate markets.