UPDATE: According to information leaking out of Verizon Wireless, the Samsung Fascinate is going to debut in mid-September. For more information:
Verizon announced the Samsung Fascinate several months ago, but has yet to release it. An unconfirmed report indicates that this high-end Android OS model won’t be on the market until mid-Fall.
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. Verizon’s version, however, is on hold.
This has left customers wondering when the Fascinate will be available. According to information supposedly leaking out of Verizon, this model won’t debut until October. The reason for this long delay is not known.
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.