Samsung Stratosphere II heading to Verizon in the 'coming weeks' for $130

The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II has been officially unveiled as the latest QWERTY device coming to Verizon. We still don't know the exact date of arrival, but Big Red mentioned that it'll be heading to stores and online sometime in the coming weeks. We do, however, know the cost: $130 with two-year agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate. What about specs? We know that the QWERTY smartphone will offer Android 4.0 (ICS), LTE connectivity, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, NFC and 1.2GHz dual-core CPU. From the sounds of it, we're looking at a pretty mid-range device here -- which ultimately is more evidence that manufacturers and carriers seem to think there's no market for power users who prefer using a physical keyboard. Head below for a brief press release discussing the new handset.

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Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Coming Soon to Verizon Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy™ Stratosphere® II, featuring a full QWERTY keyboard, 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 4G LTE and Android 4.0, aims to balance business and a rich multimedia experience.

The Stratosphere II offers a number of entertainment features. Users can rent or purchase movies from the Samsung Media Hub™ that they can watch right on the Stratosphere II's 4-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen display for high quality video entertainment. S-Beam™ uses NFC to easily share photos, and videos to other compatible devices.

On the business side, the smartphone is Global Ready with the ability to call and email from over 200 countries, has built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity when on the road and supports multi-vendor Mobile Device Management (MDM). With numerous security features like Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and on-device AES 256-bit encryption, the Stratosphere II aims to protect personal and professional information.

The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores in the coming weeks for $129.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.