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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It was a little late in coming, but Verizon's (VZ) - Get Verizon Communications Inc. Report new Samsung Charge superphone -- the first Samsung phone to run on Verizon's uber-fast 4G LTE network -- is, well, fast.


Operating system: Android 2.2

network: LTE 700, CDMA, EVDO revA

screen size: 4.3 inches

screen details: 480-by-800-pixel, Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen

processor: 1-GHz Hummingbird

camera: 8-megapixel with LED flash on back; 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

memory: 2 GB

price: $300 with two-year contract

arrival date: May 16

The Droid Charge is a next-generation Samsung Galaxy S phone that features Bluetooth 3.0, a 32-GB mini-SD card and Verizon's blazing 4G LTE network.

So how fast is that? Other 4G networks provide speeds of 3 or 4 or 5 Mpbs downloads, about what we get from our cable modem connection at home. The Droid Charge clocks in at 13-15 Mbps for most downloads when checked at

Of course, you pay for speed: Verizon wants $300 for the Charge with a two-year contract. That's the price of a 32GB

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When it comes down to choosing between the Charge and Verizon's first 4G smartphone, the $250

HTC Thunderbolt,

it's a tough choice; the Thunderbolt features slightly faster uploads while the Droid Charge has the super AMOLED screen and a 32GB memory. The latter also lasted an entire day on a single battery charge, while the Thunderbolt's lasting power has been, with many of our tests, a lot less than that.

Another Droid Charge incentive: Its weight, which comes in at 5 ounces. That's about an ounce and a half -- or noticeably, to say the least -- lighter than the Thunderbolt.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

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