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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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Galaxy S Pro Variants
By Aikouka on 8/27/2010 10:09:23 AM , Rating: 2
Out of curiosity, has there been any news of other carriers getting Galaxy S Pro variants? The Pro being the one they're using in Sprint's Epic 4G. Mostly personal preference, but I really miss a real keyboard, and Sprint's coverage seems lacking unless you're by a major highway/route.

I wouldn't mind a Pro variant on AT&T or Verizon.




RE: Galaxy S Pro Variants
By torpor on 8/27/2010 10:41:47 AM , Rating: 2
Got a practical question for you:

Since all the Sprint plans with data access have free roaming, does it really matter that much where the dedicated Sprint network is, unless your home is off it?

(I really can't see someone buying one of these phones without a good data plan, and you call out Sprint specifically)

As someone who's had Sprint for 14 years, I can say that I almost never need to go off their network, but when I do, I'm glad there's free roaming. :)


RE: Galaxy S Pro Variants
By bbomb on 8/27/2010 12:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
But when roaming on otehr networks your speed is cut to 1x.


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