Samsung Droid Charge launch plans detailed

To say the Droid Charge has been teased quite a bit lately would be an understatement. We’ve already seen oodles of pictures, a rumored price, release date rumors… even Samsung got in on the fun by releasing the source code for the Charge ahead of any detailed launch plans. Well thanks to a press release put out by Samsung today, we now have an official price and release date for Verizon’s next LTE enabled 4G Android device.

Hitting shelves on April 28th, just one week from today, the Samsung Droid Charge will be available for an unfortunate $300 on a two-year contract. The fact that the Charge includes mobile hotspot for a limited time certainly takes a little sting out of that wound, but with a single-core processor and Android 2.2, $199 would have sat rather nicely. Either way, if you’re looking to get your hands on a Droid Charge from Samsung, better start saving those pennies now.

Press release:

VERIZON WIRELESS UNLEASHES DROID CHARGE BY SAMSUNG
April 21, 2011

DROID CHARGE Joins Verizon Wireless’ DROID family As Samsung’s First 4G LTE Smartphone

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. –Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Droid Charge by Samsung will be available April 28 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

The Droid Charge is designed with Samsung’s 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus display, setting a new touch screen standard for brightness, clarity and outdoor visibility. The Droid Charge is equipped with both a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera for both stills and video chatting. The smartphone’s 1GHz application processor and HTML 5 Web browser maximizes high-speed 4G LTE connectivity for faster downloads and graphics processing.

Additional Features:

- 4G LTE– customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area

- Android 2.2 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube™, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Maps and access to more than 150,000 apps available to download from Android Market™

- Adobe® Flash® Player compatible

- Mobile Hotspot capability – share 4G connection with up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices or a 3G connection with up to 5 devices

- Samsung Media Hub – Samsung’s own content service, offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase

- Virtual QWERTY Keyboard featuring Swype Technology

Pricing and data plans:

- The Droid Charge by Samsung will be available for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

- Droid Charge customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a 4G LTE data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access. Unlimited 4G LTE data packages start at $29.99 monthly access. Mobile hotspot feature will be included for a limited time at no additional charge.

Find the DROID Charge

Beginning April 21, anyone over the age of 18 can participate in an exclusive Droid Charge Scavenger Hunt. Follow the online clues to find hidden locations in 16 different cities to win a Droid Charge by Samsung. For additional information about the DROID Charge scavenger hunt, visit: http://twitter.com/droidlanding.

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