Well, now we know it's coming soon: this evening Best Buy announced that the Samsung Fascinate for Verizon will be available to Zone Members for pre-order on August 27th (tomorrow, or today, depending on what your clock says). For those of you not in "the zone," you'll have to wait until the 29th to reserve your Fascinate. Pricing has yet to be announced. Full Press release below:
We still have no official word on when Verizon will be launching the Samsung Fascinate, and with the not-so-reliable track record of rumors and speculation in the Android community, we're not looking to hazard a guess.
Still, it's nice to know things are moving along: a Phandroid tipster says that Verizon warehouses are starting to receive shipments of the device. On the downside, while the Fascinate is in the Verizon system, it hasn't made its way into their equipment guide.
Samsung Galaxy S series phones - Captivate, Vibrant, Epic 4G, and Fascinate - are definitely the cool new kids on the block, and Samsung wants everyone to know that.
In this relatively lengthy promotional video, Samsung has showcased all 4 models (though, we don't get much of the Fascinate past the initial glimpse), highlighting some important aspects of these devices, such as:
- Super AMOLED display
- keyboard on the Epic 4G
- 1GHz Hummingbird CPU speed
- 3D audio
- DLNA output
- Android 2.1 Eclair (though, the Froyo upgrade is only 1-2 months away)
- TouchWiz interface
- HD video
- social integration
- apps and 3D games
- browser with pinch-to-zoom
Of course, they forgot to mention that the phones that are already out have been successfully rooted, but we'll keep that between us.
Can You Find Me Now?
A substantial thread on the XDA forums over GPS-related woes for people using the Samsung Galaxy S i9000 has left users of the device puzzled for nearly two weeks across Europe and Asia. Now, there are similar threads for the currently available American versions, the Vibrant and Captivate, that are quickly increasing in length as well.
So, what is this problem? The Galaxy S (for some users) has difficulty locking onto enough GPS satellites to maintain an accurate fix on the user’s position.
Last night, Samsung officially announced their Galaxy S smartphone family at a swank New York City party after several weeks of blurrycam shots, spec sheets and rumors. Spanning all four major US carriers - Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile - the Galaxy S flavors stand to be a surging juggernaut in the HTC dominated Android world.
Incidentally, I was at the event and had the pleasure of doing a live blogging session, followed by some hands-on time with all the phones.