While smartphone enthusiasts eagerly await the day Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus will makes its debut in the States on Verizon, that’s just one of many upcoming releases in the works for the carrier that’s on its way from Samsung. Shoppers who aren’t looking to pay top-dollar for state-of-the-art gear can still find some deals on more affordable, lower-end hardware; the latest such smartphone announced from the two companies is the Samsung Illusion, launching tomorrow.
We saw the Samsung Illusion mentioned in a leak earlier this month, when it looked like the smartphone might arrive with Verizon on November 17. Obviously, that news didn’t pan out, and sales of the handset will actually begin on November 23. While the launch price is about $80 on-contract, the Illusion will be up for sale for just one day before its first big promotional discount kicks-in; from November 24 through 28, you’ll be able to buy the Illusion online for free on-contract.
Even though the Illusion is a far cry from a multi-core superphone, with a 1GHz processor and Android 2.3, it should be a more-than-capable mid-range device. Maybe the most unfortunate spec is the 3.5-inch HVGA display; if you can live with that and the three-megapixel camera, the free-on-contract offer Verizon’s cooking up sounds like it could be a pretty good deal.