Verizon gets a Gem of a phone from Samsung?

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Verizon gets a Gem of a phone from Samsung?
Hey, did you hear about the Android flavored handset expected to be launched by Verizon next month? No, it's not the Fascinate. It's a Gem. No, it's still not the Fascinate-although Big Red's Galaxy S variant is probably a gem of a phone. No, what we are talking about here is the Samsung Gem, a mid-range Android handset that will launch in September with Android 2.1 and the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. The screen appears to be 3.2 inches and will probably be an AMOLED display, just above the diamond shaped optical trackpad. With the Samsung Fascinate expected to bring its high end specs to the carrier a little after the Gem is released, we might see some rather run of the mill specs on the latter device. In other words, we wouldn't be surprised to see something less than a 1GHz chip under the hood. Pricing is also unknown for now, but if you assume that the Fascinate will go for the carrier's $199.99 price for top of the line devices, the Gem could launch $50-$70 lower.

Samsung Fascinate Preliminary Specifications | Hands-on

source: IntoMobile



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20 Comments

1. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i cant believe verizo the best network dont have super smartphones evo -- epic 4--- or the iphone cheap phones verizon need bring better phones en lower plans an data plans

4. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Are you effing kidding me? Then what do you call the Motorola Droid X, Droid Incredible and Droid?

5. gambino37

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 16, 2009

Punctuation really does a lot to help you not sound like an idiot joey. But saying that the EVO is a super smartphone and nothing in Verizon's current lineup qualifies? That kind of permanently solidifies your idiocy. What is an iphone cheap phone? You know what? Nevermind, nothing you said makes sense, as always.

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

@Joey18, dude your a complete moron. Not only is Verizon the now the leading Smartphone distributor AFTER the Droid phones, but we are one of the Last providers still offering Unilimited data. You sitting there talking about super smartphones and you mention the iPhone? My grandma can use the iPhone, how is that super, not to mention the damn thing is falling apart. (and no Im not talking about my grandma) Im sorry but if your idea, which it seems to be, of a super smartphone is a phone with a camera on the front then your mistaken, and an idiot. enjoy your EVO on clearwire's lack of 4g coverage on all your borrowed bankrupt towers. Ill stick to my Droid Incredable, with my unlimited data anywhere in the US on my own network.

7. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Haha well put PapaJay!

8. icardenas

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 09, 2010

joey you cheap ass ...i believe u must be a boost mobile fan or probaly related to steve jobs....just go kill your self...your life is point less

9. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

joey18- Wasn't your last post saying that LTE Verizon is the future....???

11. cellslanger

Posts: 16; Member since: May 12, 2010

Joey, are you retarded?

12. luv_droids

Posts: 30; Member since: May 21, 2010

and not only do they have their starting line up of droids, they also have a good supporting cast in the eris, ally and devour...

18. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lets not insult other EVO users, joey18 isn't a Sprint customer. Pretty sure he's an ATT fanboy.

2. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

Becareful what you say because the VZW Fanboys will give you Droid lashing..

3. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Awesome. Verizon needs a phone like this. They have a bunch of top of the line phones and then mid-range phones, but those mid-range phone were always bulky and had a key board.

17. PHONE_GEEK

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

The phone reminds me of another mid range phone thats kinda bulky with android 2.1. Like the LG Ally (what i have) wich is also a good first smartphone / android smartphone.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

look, its the return of the behold2!!!! LOL. So.. uh.. the main question is why now?

13. JeffdaBeat unregistered

As much as I am loving the smartphones...at what point are we getting an overload? We've had the Droid Incredible, Droid X, Droid 2, Droid Fascinate, and now the Gem... all within what seems like a few moments of each other. I understand having a large diversity, but at one point is Verizon saturating their customer base?

14. DF334

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Look at T-Mobile! They are releasing phones every month and it is always an Android device! They are just starting to get the most prolific Android devices and more!! Why not give your customers a large variety of handsets?? Before everyone bitched because they didn't give a lot of variety!!

15. iheartblueberry

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

You people bitch when companies dont have enough selection and now you bitch because there are too many to choose from. This is proof of how stupid consumers really are.

16. JeffdaBeat unregistered

No, don't misunderstand me. This is not an attack on Verizon or Android. I'm also not bitching about selection. I'm just wondering at what point is the market saturated with high-end Android Smartphones. I told my buddy a few days ago that I feel bad for Verizon reps just because they have to explain the few differences between the phones. They are all pretty awesome, but also have a lot of the same features. And when you keep releasing a brand new high end Android device, it gets difficult for consumers to tell which is which. I like a diversity in smartphones. I like that there are so many very different operating systems out there whether it be Blackberry, iOS, WebOS, Windows Phone 7, and Android. But I am just wondering if it is smart to A. Shack up with one OS and B. Have only a few differences from one handset to another and release these phones so closely together. For example, I think AT&T is wise for trying to diversify themselves and give themselves a bit of distance from the iPhone...but because they were so iPhone heavy for the past few years, I think it will be a downfall for them. So yeah...I'm sorry if you guys though I was going against Google or sounded like I watch bitching...just asking a question.

19. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You can't saturate a market with "variety". You saturate a market with quantity. You can have 10,000 apples, or 5000 oranges and 5000 apples. Same number, variety not an issue.

20. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I wouldn't call Droid X an apple and Samsung Fascinate an orange...

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