Verizon Wireless customers who are interested in the Samsung Fascinate might not have to wait as long as previously thought. According to information that has leaked out, this high-end Android OS smartphone is going to be released in mid-August.
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 next week, but the Samsung Fascinate, Verizon’s version, is on hold.
Previous unconfirmed reports have indicated that the launch could be as late as October, but these were apparently much too pessimistic — a document leaking from Verizon shows that the launch date is going to be September 9.
In addition, the September 12 MTV Video Music Awards are being sponsored by “Samsung Fascinate a Galaxy S phone”, which helps confirm that this model will be on the market around the middle of next month.
Pre-Orders Start Soon
The retailer Best Buy has announced that it’s going to start taking pre-orders for this Samsung smartphone on Sunday. This is going to be the only option for those who want to be among the first to get this smartphone.
At this point, the price for this model still remains unknown.
Preview of the Samsung Fascinate
All the Galaxy S models have a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen. 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.