Not Coming Soon: Verizon's Galaxy S variant, the Samsung Fascinate

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Not Coming Soon: Verizon's Galaxy S variant, the Samsung Fascinate
With two out of the four major carriers launching their version of the Samsung Galaxy S in the new few days (today T-Mobile launched the Vibrant and on Sunday AT&T will do likewise with the Captivate), what happened to Verizon and Sprint? Actually, as we reported, the latter's model-the Epic 4G-was already the subject matter of a Sprint produced chart matching specs with other high-end Android models. That leaves Verizon as the one carrier that has not printed any promotional material about its Galaxy S model which is known as the Samsung Fascinate. In fact, when we showed you the leaked photo of Verizon's Summertime line-up, the Fascinate was absent. Verizon says that they are getting ready to launch the phone, but they don't know when. And who could blame them, really, with their focus on the sizzling hot Motorola DROID X which is off to a great start after being released today. Verizon doesn't want another phone to break the momentum of the DROID X. Once that model's sales start to wane, then we would expect to be fascinated with Verizon's Galaxy S variant.

Samsung Fascinate Specifications | Hands-on
Motorola DROID X Specifications | Review

source: Android Headlines

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23 Comments

1. ijcopon925

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

DROID X launch, then the DROID 2 launch in August. We might even see a September (maybe even October) release date for the Fascinate.

6. tuminatr

Posts: 1092; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I hope not then it will be a lame duck. HTC and Motorola have a 2.0ghz droid planned for 4th quarter

9. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

They are not gonna release something like that so soon within that amount of time. Especially with the new droid 2 coming out, they would want for that to set like they did the first one, unless it's for another carrier.

19. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

2 GHz is not that early. Most likely 1.3 GHz which hTC Mozart will sport and I do not foresee any smartphone going above 1.5 GHz anytime soon. It's good to be optimistic though.

2. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Much like what happened to the storm 2. It got released when the droid did and was completely overshadowed. Looks like they don't want that to happen to this phone.

14. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

thats a great point!

3. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

good move as DROID is their iphone....except you can hold it normally and it will not drop the call....

10. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Aren't you on AT&T with your Aria, a model that has less but newer than a Nexus One? Why would you even bring something like that into this article? It's been repeated millions of times, so it's presumably an outdone line everyone here already knows about.

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

sorry, bad joke.....signed SHREK

4. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

I would rather take the Droid X any day either way. Sure the Fascinate may have a SUPER AMOLED screen and a slightly better processor (arguably), but those two things aren't even close to enough to get me away from Motorola for a Samsung. I've just had bad experience with samsung phones, and with the success of the original droid and how the phone was built I have to stick with Motorola.

5. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Agreed, my first phone was the Samsung Glyde. When it first came out....god it was awful.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

while ive heard the samnsung arguement over n over again.. and generally i agree with it. a) the hardware specs are not "arguably better", they ARE better.. test after test shows its not a close match. Were not talking a minor difference, we are talking a large difference. It makes the nexus look like the mytouch. Nothing in the android world comes close to the electronics buried in the Galaxy S line. b) its such a high profile phone and on most major carriers only an idiot wouldnt give it 120% support... samsung is a big company, they are not idiots. mistakes and idiots are not the same things. c)the moto droidX is a moto droid with a bigger screen, camera, and slightly better processer. The bulk of the internals are the same, which means its outdated. d) Moto just told the modding community to go to hell with the lockdowns on the droidX while samsung left the front door open for easy rooting of the Galaxy S line. next year we will be talking about how great Moto's comeback with android was and how quickly the squandered it with their lack of updates and their middle finger to the mod community. Great advertising does not make a great phone.. or the Iphone would actually be the best phone.. and its not.

8. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

On the contrary, high specs on the Samsung with the SUPER AMOLED screen, faster processor, more of a super-phone (supposedly) but still...its a Samsung. Various Samsung smartphones have had good specs but still, in the end, didn't do too well. Samsung always seems to lack that certain element that wow's the consumer...and but maybe this time they can ride on the coat-tail of android. We'll see, i guess...but me personally, not impressed with the design of the Galaxy S...at all.

11. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Its not let's see, it's already been shown. Check out the past articles and then check back with us. These Galaxy phones absolutely belittle the Evo. I thought the same thing till I saw the results on the speeds.

12. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Btw I know I said evo, but I thought it was supposed to be the s*** this summer, being the first to have a huge screen with android. :\

15. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Before the original Droid what had Moto done in the last 10 year? Moto was really close to leaving the phone biz and focusing on the network hardware instead. The Droid saved Moto and other than the Droid/Milestone and Droid X all the other Moto Android phones are turds...Backflip, Cliq, Devour, i1 all feel cheap and are just not good phones. The Samsung Monent ,which would be the equivalent to the phone I mentioned, puts all of them to same. Then there was the whole Q series which if you had one of those you know what I'm talking about. The Samsung Blackjack series was better the the Q. All in all Samsung makes better high-end, mid-rang, and lower end phone than Moto no matter what phones you compare. Like others have mentioned, benchmark tests and side-by-side comparisons show the S series blowing the Evo, N1, and Droid X away in these tests. http://androidandme.com/2010/07/news/galaxy-s-lineup-leads-the-pack-in-android-gpu-benchmarks/ The Hummingbird is the fastest Cortex-A8 processor around and has 3x the GPU power of Snapdrogon. Last but not least, those like myself that like to mod and/or load customer ROMs will take a Galaxy over any of new Moto Droids since they look to be looked down for some time with the active eFuse and well-locked bootloader. The Galaxy S has already been rooted on the T-Mobile, At&t, and Euro versions by simply loading one update.zip file to the SD card. Word is that only a line of code will need to be changed in order to use this same methode on the Epic and Fascinate. Oh and they already have a 2.2 port ready to load on them as well!

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Yep, I am trading my ARIA for the CAPTIVATE

21. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Well, ima bit of a techie as well as a graphic designer so im just as much concerned about the look of the phone as i am about what it can do. Button placement...the look of the buttons, the feel of the phone, size, design etc. Could care less about benchmark tests on the hummingbird processor...not too much of a diff. to matter. I like the look of and the specs of the Droid X out of all of the superphones that have been released. Visually, Samsung always lets me down. I would say the Omnia II would be one of the few designs i was happy with...but eh, Windows Mobile.

13. twashington4

Posts: 81; Member since: May 24, 2010

Alright alright...enough already...Droid Incredible, Droid X, Droid 2 and now the Samsung Fascinate...good grief. In the end, very little will separate these phones when someone goes to make a purchase. They can't all be $199.99 after a mail-in rebate. Some manufacturer one is going to bite the bullet when they try to push these things out the door. What's going to end up happening is whatever is in stock at the time is going to be bought by the consumer. I predict a mess because someone is going to be left with a stock of phones noone wants despite being "high end".

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

SAMSUNG CAPTIVATE is a GAMING POWERHOUSE - it beat out EVO 4g, NEXUS one with 2.2, EVO 3G - my ARIA did 34.6 on neocore - not bad.... http://www.androidcentral.com/att-samsung-captivate-benchmarks-and-graphicsgaming-test

20. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

I am going to buy sprint version of phone. Have been with Verizon for over a decade. The droid x and droid 2 are no more than an over clocked droid. Nothing but lame excuses for Verizon. They should get I Phone. They like junk. Looking forward to Sprint phone.

22. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

So you think Sprint has a betterline up? "They should get I Phone"...but then you talk about switchin to Sprint. Not sure i get your logic

23. JDTheMatrix

Posts: 7; Member since: May 03, 2010

Please Sign my Petition if you are like me waiting for this phone :) http://www.petitiononline.com/SAMFASC1/petition.html

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