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  (Source: Engadget)
But will it vibrantly captivate the epic Android-based handset market?

By now, you most likely know all about Samsung's Galaxy S line of smartphones, including T-Mobile's VibrantAT&T's Captivate -- which saw July releases -- and Sprint's Epic 4G, set to launch August 31. The only carrier "officially" missing from the mix thus far is Verizon... until now.

Phandroid, going on some screenshots from a tipster, is reporting that Verizon's Galaxy variant, the "Fascinate," is beginning to arrive in stores, fueling speculation of a September launch. This release schedule would make sense for Verizon because the carrier has been busy the last few months launching all of its new Droid offerings. A September release would give the Fascinate more visibility in what's quickly becoming a saturated market for Android-based phones.

Specs on the Fascinate are almost identical to the Vibrant. BoyGeniusReport has obtained training documents that confirm the following:

  • 1 GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 4-inch Super AMOLED display
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • 720p video recording 
  • ActiveSync support for Exchange 2003, 2007, and 2010 servers.
  • 512 MB ROM
  • Either 336 MB or 384 MB RAM (weird, considering other variants have 512 MB RAM)
  • 16 GB microSD card pre-installed (with support for 32 GB)
  • 2 GB of onboard memory
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (not 3.0, like the newer Droids)

The Fascinate will be running Android 2.1 at launch. According to the training documents, Flash support will be available by "Year End 2010," which means the device will be seeing an update sometime in Q4. Who knows, by then it may be getting Android 3.0 Gingerbread -- an unlikely prospect given Samsung's previous issues rolling out Android updates.

Androinica is reporting that Best Buy Reward Zone customers can pre-order the Fascinate starting today, while regular customers will be able to pre-order on August 29.

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By BOLt on 8/27/2010 9:36:20 AM , Rating: 3
The Samsung Galaxy S line is far more powerful than all other cell phones on the market at this time. See here:

I'm excited about the Fascinate because 1) it isn't gonna have the terribly cheap-feeling, plasticky body like the Vibrant or the cheesy faux-carbon fiber backing of the Captivate (or its sharp corners and spotty AT&T coverage); 2) it isn't gonna be bulky and have a (in my opinion) superfluous slide-out keyboard; 3) it—thankfully—has an LED flash. Plus it's on Verizon, which has arguably the best network in the nation.

I am saddened by the prospect of a tiered data plan, though.

RE: Fascinating!
By BOLt on 8/27/2010 9:39:36 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, I almost forgot: I talked to a Verizon rep about 20 minutes ago. He said that they had no knowledge of the Fascinate being rolled out in the near future.

I am curious as to the sources for this article...?

RE: Fascinating!
By vortmax2 on 8/27/2010 9:58:59 AM , Rating: 4
Verizon reps almost never know anything about pre-releases. You'd think they would get some kind of valid info this close to a launch...

RE: Fascinating!
By DuctTapeAvenger on 8/27/2010 9:58:27 AM , Rating: 2
The cheesy back cover and sharp corners are some of the best parts of the Captivate. It makes it NOT look like an iPhone.

Also, don't forget the absofrigginlutely beautiful screen in your list of reasons to be excited.

RE: Fascinating!
By cubdukat on 8/27/2010 10:46:34 AM , Rating: 2
Will that be in place when the Fascinate launches? I thought I had read somewhere that Verizon was still considering it.

What I really would have liked to have seen was something on pricing. If there's one thing Verizon doesn't need, it's another $200 Android phone. If anything, they should price it in the same range as LG's Ally or the Motorola Devour. (It should replace the Devour!) But if it has to go up against the Incredible, Droid X and Droid 2, it's gonna lose.

RE: Fascinating!
By theapparition on 8/27/2010 11:36:10 AM , Rating: 2
The Samsung Galaxy S line is far more powerful than all other cell phones on the market at this time.

No it is not "far" more powerful, it is comparable performance as many phones on the market currently. In stock form, real world performance is quite lackluster. There is a stall fix that seems to improve performance, but the average user won't know to do this. Hopefully Samsung will fix this in an update. However, it does have better graphics performance which only translates to 3D games, so if that's your thing, than this is the best phone for graphics.

And initial reports indicate that the Fascinate will still be as plasticy as all other Galaxy S class phones. And I seem to remember seeing that it wouldn't have an LED flash, but I could be wrong there.

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