Verizon Likely To Offer Samsung Droid Prime & Snub Galaxy S II LTE

For some time now the US has been eagerly awaiting Samsung’s Galaxy S II smartphone, the big question being whether it will support 4G LTE upon launch. It was confirmed that the handset would indeed come with 4G, the next big question being whether network giant Verizon would offer it? There has not been any any official confirmation yet but strong sources believe that Verizon will turn down the Galaxy S II and opt for the Droid Prime which is set to be the first smartphone to feature the newest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Korean firm just unveiled new LTE versions of the Galaxy S II smartphone and tablet in Berlin, according to reports from 3G.co.uk. It would seem a strange decision for a huge network provider like Verizon to turn down such a highly anticipated phone, but on a second glance the decision could be a stroke of genius. It has been reported that Verizon will get exclusivity on the Samsung Droid Prime, if they can secure this it will be a massive advantage. They will sell more Droid Primes alone than Galaxy S IIs competing with their rivals.

Samsung’s new devices will soon launch in the US, expected to be offered by all of Verizon’s main rivals, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. It will be the non LTE version for now but AT&T are working to provide full version in the future. It is very likely that Verizon will offer customers the iPhone 5, as a result of this only 1 of Samsung’s flagship handsets will likely be offered. The Droid Prime is more advanced than the Galaxy S II which launched in Europe and Asia a few months back, it has been very popular and will also be in the US.

The Droid Prime will be the first smartphone to come preloaded with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which was leaked a few weeks back. When the 4.0 update is rolled out, the Google Nexus Prime is first inline for the upgrade. The Droid Prime is still somewhat a mystery, however Vision2Mobile reports it could feature a giant 4.5 inch display and duel core processor of possibly 1.5GHz. The Prime is expected to be unique in the fact that it is purely touch screen with absolutely no buttons involved and of course supporting LTE.

Samsung was due to hold an event in New York yesterday; however it has been delayed until later today as a result of Hurricane Irene. We could well be getting some very exciting news from this event later on, with the official Galaxy S II US date expected to be uncovered as well as other device plans. If it does turn out that Verizon go with the Prime rather than the Galaxy, which will you opt for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

  • Anonymous

    Depends on if there is more wait.