The folks over at Samsung have certainly been busy little beavers over the past few months — apparently Samsung’s recession antidote is to crank out handsets like crazy. Fair enough, as the company is certainly putting some solid new gear on the market and the upcoming U490 Trance is no exception. Falling into the entry to mid-level category, the Trance is headed to Verizon Wireless and will reportedly be a bulkier but way more feature-packed replacement for the Juke. Here’s what has been reported so far:

  • Slider form factor, hidden touch-sensitive buttons on face
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • 1GB internal memory
  • microSDHC support up to 16GB
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack
  • large speaker on the back
  • Mobile Web 2.0 browser
  • No EV-DO (boo)

Not bad, provided the added features don’t push the price too high above the Juke it replaces. The Samsung Trance is slated to hit Verizon shelves some in Q2 so expect it to make a cameo at CTIA. Hit the jump for the full set of slides along with an FCC shot of the back.


Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.