Verizon Announces the Samsung Fascinate Android Smartphone

June 28, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

And just like that, another Galaxy S smartphone is introduced. Just after we reported on the announcement of the Samsung Epic 4G, we found Verizon’s getting a Galaxy S device of their own. The Samsung Fascinate joins an extensive line of new Galaxy S devices that Samsung’s bringing to nearly every corner of the world.

Pretty much like every other Galaxy S smartphone (except for Samsung Epic 4G which includes 4G connectivity and a physical slide-out keyboard), the Fascinte takes its cues from the original Galaxy S that we learned about back in March at CTIA Wireless. It features Android 2.1 and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, WiFi hotspot capabilities (with the ability to serve data to up to five devices) and everything else a Galaxy S phone is known for.

That includes a 5-megapixel camera, Samsung’s 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a six-axis sensor to correlate with the included accelerometer (gyroscope), HD video recording, WiFi, Bluetooth, DivX support, a beautiful Super AMOLED display, and more. The Fascinate doesn’t look to be coming with a front-facing camera like Sprint’s version, unfortunately. The device comes packed with 2GB of internal storage and is also being shipped with a 16GB microSD card (expandable up to 32GB). No pricing and availability details are ready to be discussed, but I have a good feeling that we’ll see a lot more of this device come this Tuesday when Samsung hosts what looks to be the unveiling party of one of their biggest line of smartphones yet.

Stay tuned to for all the details as we’ll be covering it live from New York. Full press details ahead.

[Note]: Picture is of the international Samsung Galaxy S. We haven’t yet received press images showing how different the Samsung Fascinate looks (that’s if it’s any different at all).

June 28, 2010

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and DALLAS – Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G network, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Fascinateâ„¢, a Galaxy Sâ„¢ smartphone.
Powered by Android 2.1â„¢, the Fascinate is equipped with support for Google Mobile Services, including, Gmail”, YouTubeâ„¢, Android Marketâ„¢ and more.  Additionally, the Fascinate boasts a brilliant four-inch Super AMOLED touch screen display, Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor, and an integrated entertainment, multimedia, messaging and social networking experience.
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Key features and specifications:
– Android 2.1 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market
– Full HTML Web browsing capabilities
– Preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search
– 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to transform their phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
– Super AMOLED Screen Technology – Brilliant display makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments
– Advanced touch screen gestures capabilities, including multi-touch pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and horizontal swiping, which provides easier and quicker access to many applications, including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos or videos
– Multiple file formats supported, including DivX support
– Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor – Produces amazing graphics, faster upload and download times and HD-like multimedia content
– Six-axis sensor that works with the smartphone’s accelerometer to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right
– Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Featuring Swype Technology – Input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
– Full suite of messaging options – Text, picture, video and voice messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported
– 5. .0-megapixel camera/camcorder – Auto-focus and LED flash with HD video recording and playback (720p) capabilities to capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television
– WiFi Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
– Stereo Bluetooth® Technology – Support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, object push for vCard and vCalendar
– Corporate Email – Supports Android ‰clair Exchange ActiveSync e-mail to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office e-mail accounts
– Music and video players and 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
– 2GB internal memory expandable to 32GB, 16GB microSDâ„¢ included with handset
Lifestyle features:
– V CAST Music with Rhapsody®, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator® and Mobile IM , City ID
– Samsung’s Social Hub – Built around messaging, contacts and calendar sync, which allows users to send and receive information, whether it is e-mail, social network updates or SMS messages
– Integrated Calendar information from portal calendars, on Exchange, Google Calendar” and social networking services (SNS), including Facebook®
– Integrated Contacts syncs with Exchange, Google, Twitter and Facebook® and displays a user’s contacts in four categories including Information, History (previous calls and messages), Activities (status updates and notifications on social networking sites) and Media (Facebook profile photos and photo gallery)
– Feeds & Updates – Displays feeds from multiple SNS sites such as Facebook®, MySpace and – Twitter, which also allows users to update their status instantly
– AllShare Application – Enables inter-device connectivity through Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), so users can send multimedia content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices such as TVs and laptops
– Daily Briefing – Instant access to weather, news, stocks and schedule
– Write and Go – Quickly jot down an idea and later decide on a format, such as SMS/ MMS, e-mail, calendar or memo, to send or post to popular SNS sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace
– Weather Clock – Displays current time and weather of the selected city (ability to add and select other cities)
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1Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q1 2010, Q1-Q4 2009 and Q3 and Q4 2008 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.
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