Samsung Fascinate Launches from Verizon

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Another high-end Android OS smartphone has been added to Verizon Wireless’ line-up — the Samsung Fascinate debuted this morning.

It offers a 4-inch AM-OLED touchscreen, 1 GHz processor, 5 megapixel camera, and much more.

Samsung Fascinate from Verizon WirelessThe Fascinate costs $200 with a two-year contract, or $580 without one.

It is available now Verizon’s website, but won’t be in this carrier’s retail stores until tomorrow.

This carrier is offer a “Buy One, Get One Free” deal on this model, as long as customers are willing to sign up for wireless service for both devices.

Overview 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 debuted last week, but the Samsung Fascinate, Verizon’s version, is just now hitting store shelves.

All the Galaxy S models have a 4-inch display. The Fascinate doesn’t have a physical keyboard, but ships with the Swype on-screen text-entry system.

Samsung Fascinate from Verizon WirelessIt is debuting with Google’s Android OS 2.1, but an upgrade to version 2.2 is in development.

This Samsung device supports Verizon’s 3G network and includes Wi-Fi b/g/n. It is also able to combine these functions and act as a Wi-Fi hotspot to share its Internet connection with other computers.

This model includes 2 GB of internal storage and is bundled with a 16 GB microSD memory card. Users will have the option of purchasing higher capacity cards, up to 32 GB.

The Fascinate sports a 5.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and an LED flash. This supports HD (720p) video recording and playback.

Other features include Bluetooth and a 3.5 mm headset jack.

As it runs Google’s operating system, the Fascinate comes with a suite of communication, entertainment, and productivity applications. Many of these tie into Google services like YouTube and Gmail, but users are also able to get their business mail through Microsoft Exchange.




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