Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate Price Leaks Out

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The Samsung Fascinate is going to be released by Verizon in the near future, but this carrier is still keeping some of the details of this high-end Android OS smartphone secret. Despite these attempts, much of this information has leaked out, including the price.

This upcoming model will run Google’s Android OS on a 1 GHz processor and sport a 4-inch Super AM-OLED touchscreen.

According to information leaking from Verizon, the Fascinate will cost $200 with a two-year contract — which has become the standard price for high-end smartphones.

Samsung Fascinate from Verizon WirelessThis carrier has yet to announce when this product will be released, but a previous unconfirmed report indicated that it will hit store shelved on Thursday, September 9.

Those who are eager to get the Fascinate can put in a pre-order now at Best Buy stores.

Preview of the Samsung Fascinate
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 debuted a few days ago, but the Samsung Fascinate, Verizon’s version, has been on hold.

All the Galaxy S models have a 4-inch display. The Fascinate won’t have a physical keyboard, but will ship with the Swype on-screen text-entry system.

It is going to debut with Android OS 2.1, but an upgrade to version 2.2 is in development.

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.

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