Both AT&T and T-Mobile have introduced their versions of the Samsung Galaxy S, but Verizon has not yet begun offering the version it promised. Dubbed the Samsung Fascinate, this will have a 1 GHz processor and a Super AMOLED Touchscreen like its siblings.
In June, all of the top U.S. carriers committed to releasing versions of Samsung’s newest Android OS smartphone. Within a few weeks, AT&T began offering the Samsung Captivate while T-Mobile launched the Samsung Vibrant.
According to an unconfiormed report, this device isn’t going to hit store shelves until the end of September.
A Wireless Problem?
Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S — the Samsung Epic 4G — is also still waiting in the wings. Both these carriers use the CDMA cellular standard, unlike AT&T and T-Mobile, which use GSM.
It’s possible Samsung has run into a snag with the CDMA version of this device, but it’s hard to say for sure because Sprint’s version will have many features not included in Verizon’s, most notably WiMAX and a sliding keyboard. The two models could be delayed for completely different reasons.
Verizon could simply be waiting to release this smartphone until after the debut of some other Android OS models — it introduced the Motorola Droid X last month, and is expected to launch the Motorola Droid 2 in a week or so.
Preview of the Samsung Fascinate
This smartphone is going to be released with Android OS 2.1 running on a 1 GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. An upgrade to version 2.2 is in development.
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.
Samsung Fascinate 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.