Sep. 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM ET
The mobile industry is firing on all cylinders this week: major press events from Nokia, Motorola and Amazon are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, but the opening volley goes to Samsung and Verizon with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Stellar, a 4G LTE handset that seemingly aims to be all things for all people — and for a very intriguing price.
The Samsung Galaxy Stellar sports two discrete modes: Starter and Standard. Starter mode features a simplified interface designed focused around your Favorite apps and targets people who are only starting to dip their toes in the smartphone waters, while Standard mode is a more traditional Android experience.
As if that's not versatile enough, the phone also packs Samsung's SAFE enterprise solutions, which include VPN and mobile device management support, 256-bit AES encryption options and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
Spec-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Stellar doesn't shine quite as brightly, with a 4-inch 800-by-480 display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 3.2MP/1.2MP rear/front cameras. Android ICS, 4G LTE and a micro-SD card slot round things out.
The Samsung Galaxy Stellar will go on sale at Verizon stores Sept. 6, and set you back $50 if you opt for a two-year contract. A $50 mail-in rebate could drop the price to nil — assuming you remember to send it in, that is. The 5-inch LG Intuition Phablet is also slated to touch down at Verizon the very same day.
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