A kind tipster let us have a few moments with the Droid Charge, formerly known as the Droid Stealth, and of course we couldn’t resist getting out the camera to show it to all of you. Unfortunately, we only held it for under a minute, otherwise we would have done benchmarks and comparison shots aplenty…but, when it comes to an unreleased phone, you take what you can get!
We’ve been seeing this phone since this past Jan. at CES (Consumer Electronics Show), and it’s gone from having no name, to being called the Droid Stealth and now it appears Droid Charge will be its release name. There is still no firm release date, though our tipster said to expect the handset “very soon“.
The Droid Charge looks great, and it feels light and solidly built, however, the hardware may already be feeling some age prior to release. While the Droid X2 got a Quadrant score of 2453, the Droid Charge came in at 975 (run by tipster off camera). Not bad for a single-core chip, but considering the number of dual-cores coming out now with blazingly fast numbers, it makes you wonder where the Charge will slot in.
Benchmarks aren’t everything, and I will say the device felt fast, and the Super AMOLED screen was predictable gorgeous. Tempering our excitement for this single-core smartphone is word of poor battery life. Our tipster is claiming battery range on par with the ThunderBolt, which is a bit discouraging, but given it’s 1500 maH battery, it’s not surprising. According to our ninja, even with moderate usage (hour or so of calls, checking e-mail every hour, and some light some internet usage), he’s looking for a charger (perhaps that’s why it’s called the Charge?) by 5PM.
Droid Charge Tech Specs
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen (480 x 800)
- 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
- Android 2.2 Froyo, upgradeable
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Mobile hotspot up to 8 devices
- 8 megapixel rear camera, LED flash, auto-focus
- 1.3 megapixel front camera
- 828 MBs internal storage
- microSD memory card slot expandable up to 32GBs
- Bluetooth 3.0
- HDMI-out, 720p HD
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- 1500 mAh LiIon battery
Is the 4G phone you’ve been waiting for?