November 23, 2011

USA: Verizon officially launches the Samsung Illusion for $39.99

Verizon Wireless officially announced the Samsung Illusion. Just base on how the smartphone looks, its like the Nexus S but in features, its not. The Illusion only sports a smaller 3.5" display compared to the Nexus S' 4" display. Anyway, Verizon is scheduled to launch the device in November 23 (today in the eastern part of the US) for $39.99. Base on the pricing itself, the Illusion is positioned to be a mid-range smartphone.

Samsung Illusion specs:

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
    • TouchWiz 4.0
  • 3.5" (320x480) TFT touchscreen display
    • 165 ppi
  • 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • Memory
    • Internal: 2GB
    • External:  Up to 32GB via microSD card (2GB included)
  • Camera
    • Rear: 3MP
    • Front: VGA (unconfirmed)
  • Connectivity
    • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
    • GPS with A-GPS
    • 3G
  • Sensor
    • Accelerometer
    • Proximity Sensor
    • Digital Compass
  • Interface
    • 3.5mm headset jack
    • microUSB 2.0
  • Battery
    • 1500 mAh

Press Release:


Equipped with Stylish Form Factor, the Samsung Illusion is Made from Post Consumer Material and Has Attained UL Platinum Rating

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the Samsung Illusion™ will be available online at beginning Nov. 23 for $79.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.The Illusion will be available for free with a new two-year customer agreement between Thursday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 28 as a online promotion.
The sophisticated Samsung Illusion smartphone features a sleek form factor and is powered by the nation's most reliable 3G wireless network. The Illusion boasts a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, 3.0-megapixel camera, HTML Web browser, music player and integrated contacts, calendar and social networking applications, as well as access to more than 300,000 apps available to download from Android Market™.
Key features:
• Android 2.3™, Gingerbread– support for Google Mobile™ Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™
• SWYPE™ Technology – input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
• Corporate email support for Microsoft Office Exchange® so customers can synchronize corporate email, contacts and calendars from their office email
• Full suite of messaging options, including text, picture and video messaging
• Mobile Hotspot capability – share 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
• 6-axis accelerometer with compass
• Bluetooth® 3.0 technology – support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access and object push for vCard and vCalendar
• Wi-Fi Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n
• microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB (2 GB pre-installed)

Additional features - Designed with the environment in mind:
• UL Platinum Rating (Underwriters Laboratories) - the Samsung Illusion scored 84 out of 119 points to receive the "Platinum" UL rating
• Rear casing and battery cover are made from 70 percent post-consumer material and 35 percent of the front casing is post-consumer material
• Packaging made from bleach-free paper (post-consumer waste) and printed with vegetable ink
• Box material uses 60 percent recycled paper (post-consumer waste)
• High-efficiency charger with full-charge alarm

• The Samsung Illusion will be available online at on Nov. 23, and will be available in Verizon Communications Stores in January 2012.
• Customers that purchase a Samsung Illusion smartphone will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 for monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on the Samsung Illusion or for other Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to


Source: Endgadget


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