The follow-up model to the Samsung Vibrant is no longer a rumor. T-Mobile has just officially announced plans to release the Galaxy S 4G, which will be the first smartphone to fully support this carrier’s HSPA+ network.
The upcoming model will be able to transfer data at 21 Mbps under ideal conditions. The other phones that can use this high-speed data network, the T-Mobile myTouch 4G and the T-Mobile G2, max out at 14.4 Mbps.
The Galaxy S 4G is going to debut with Google’s Android OS 2.2 (Froyo). This is not the most recent version of this operating system, as the Samsung Nexus S was introduced last month.
In addition, this model will have a Super AMOLED display, the same type used in the current version of the Vibrant as well as the versions of the Galaxy S offered by other carriers.
What the Rumors Say
T-Mobile and Samsung haven’t been very reticent about the details of the Galaxy S 4G, but quite a bit about this upcoming smartphone has come through unofficial sources.
Previously, it was thought this model would be called the Vibrant 4G, but that’s not the case. The current Vibrant is actually part of Samsung’s Galaxy S series, but T-Mobile decided to re-name it. The new model, on the other hand, is going to stick with Samsung’s name.
It will supposedly be one of the new generation smartphones with a front-facing camera and video chatting software. It is going to come pre-loaded with Qik, a video conferencing app made by a company that was recently acquired by Skype. In addition, the device is going to have a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.
Aside from the new camera, the model’s external design will apparently be essentially identical to its predecessor: a tablet shape with a 4-inch, WVGA touchscreen.
On the inside will be a 1 GHz processor and 16 GB of internal storage — expandable up to 32 GB.
According to information coming from a source inside T-Mobile, the Vibrant 4G isn’t going to hit store shelves for another month, on Feb. 23.