Verizon Getting the Android OS-based Samsung Fascinate

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In the last few days, all of the top U.S. carriers have announced plans to offer a version of the Samsung Galaxy S, and Verizon is no exception. Its version will be dubbed the Fascinate, and like its siblings will have a 1 GHz processor and a Super AMOLED touchscreen.

This smartphone is going to be released with Android OS 2.1 running on a 1 GHz Samsung Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor.

Samsung Vibrant from T-MobileAll the Galaxy S models will have a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, but Verizon hasn’t revealed what the Fascinate will look like, aside from stating that it will be mirror black with chrome details. As such, it might look like T-Mobile’s version of this Samsung device (shown at right), called the Vibrant, or AT&T’s, called the Captivate.

It will apparently not have a physical keyboard, but it will ship with the Swype on-screen text-entry system.

Wi-Fi Hotspot, 18 GB of Storage, and More
This smartphone 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.

The Samsung Fascinate 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.

Pricing and Availability: Unknown
The date for the release of the Samsung Fascinate is one of the details Verizon hasn’t yet revealed.

The price is also unknown at this time.

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