Those who are eager to get the Samsung Fascinate, Verizon’s next high-end smartphone, can now reserve one at Best Buy stores.
This upcoming model will run Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz processor and sport a 4-inch Super AM-OLED touchscreen.
Verizon is not yet taking pre-orders for the Fascinate, but this smartphone can be reserved exclusively at Best Buy locations. Doing so requires buying a $50 Best Buy gift card, which serves as a deposit. This card can be used to purchase the smartphone later, or it can be used to buy any other item.
Even though customers can pre-order this smartphone, Verizon has yet to announce what it is going to cost and when it’s going to be released.
Preview of the Samsung Fascinate
In June, all of the top U.S. carriers committed to releasing versions of the the Samsung Galaxy S, which sports a 1 GHz processor and a Super AMOLED touchscreen. Within a few weeks, AT&T began offering the Samsung Captivate while T-Mobile launched the Samsung Vibrant. Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G is coming this week, but the Samsung Fascinate, Verizon’s version, has been on hold.
All the Galaxy S models have a 4-inch display. They don’t have a physical keyboard, but ship with the Swype on-screen text-entry system.
The other versions of this smartphone debuted with Android OS 2.1, but an upgrade to version 2.2 is in development. It’s possible the Fascinate will launch with the new version already installed.
This Samsung device is going to support Verizon’s 3G network and include Wi-Fi b/g/n. It will also be able to combine these functions and act as a Wi-Fi hotspot to share its Internet connection with other computers.
This model will include 2 GB of internal storage and is going to be bundled with a 16 GB microSD memory card. Users will have the option of switching this out with higher capacity cards, up to 32 GB.
It will also sport a 5.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and an LED flash. This will support HD (720p) video recording and playback.
Other features are going to include Bluetooth and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
As it will run Google’s operating system, the Fascinate will come with a suite of communication, entertainment, and productivity applications. Many of these will tie into Google services like YouTube and Gmail, but users will also be able to get their business mail through Microsoft Exchange.