T-Mobile and Verizon Also Getting High-End Samsung Android Phones in the Coming Months
T-Mobile and Verizon users– worried about missing out on all this latest Samsung Android goodness that seems to be sweeping up AT&T and Sprint? Fear not, as both T-Mobile and Verizon have announced today new Samsung phones of their own, and look to carry over all that awesomeness bit for bit.
And I mean bit for bit. Basically, all of these phones– be it on AT&T, Sprint, Verizon or T-Mobile– all stem from Samsung’s new high-end Galaxy S line of Android phones. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all plan to launch the “standard” Galaxy S phone here in the US (each calling it be different names like Captivate, Vibrant– T-Mobile’s name, or Fascinate– Verizon’s name), with Sprint launching the Galaxy S Pro in their Epic 4G (the main difference being that the Pro adds a full QWERTY keyboard, and in Sprint’s particular case, 4G and a front facing camera as well).
So then Verizon and T-Mobile users, what can you expect in your respective Fascinate and Vibrant in the coming months? Like the Captivate and Epic 4G, some of those familiar but still pretty great features:
- A 4-inch Super AMOLED multi-touch touchscreen– Remember those great AMOLED screens on phones like the Samsung Impression and Moment? You know, ones with insane clarity? Not only is this screen much bigger than those (it’s pretty much on par with the EVO’s minus .3 of an inch), this does all of that but in a much thinner design– which when you look at this phone you can tell it’s paid off, as well as fix one of the biggest problems facing AMOLED phones, the horrible quality they produce when in outdoor or bright light areas.
- A crazy thin design– See pic above of T-Mobile’s variant, the Vibrant. Enough said.
- 1 GHZ Samsung Hummingbird processor— For making everything on the phone run fast and smooth.
- Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz 3.0 custom interface— Which offers easy connection to your Facebook or other social networking site so your always connected to your friends.
- 3G, WiFi and GPS– With the WiFi supporting the latest wireless N.
- 3D graphics with gyroscope for better gaming— T-Mobile’s Vibrant will even come preloaded with the Sim’s 3 Collector’s Edition.
- 5 Megapixel camera with autofocus and 720p HD video recording– As seen on the iPhone. However, unlike the iPhone 4 and Epic 4G, these guys won’t be packing a second front camera for video chat.
- 3.5mm headphone jack for listening to your favorite songs— Both phones have a heavy emphasis on media (and with a screen like this, who wouldn’t?). The difference here between Verizon and T-Mobile’s offerings is that T-Mobile will include in the box a 2 GB microSD card preloaded with content like Avatar (a really nice touch and a great way to truly show off that screen) and 16 GB of built-in storage as well (again, great). Verizon’s will be 2 GB of built-in storage and 16 GB on a microSD card (though with nothing known installed).
Ironically given AT&T’s announcement of the Captivate a couple of weeks ago, T-Mobile will be the first of these Galaxy S phones to hit the US– launching on July 21st for $199.99 on a new 2 year contract with data plan. Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have all been pretty quiet with more details, like price and release, for their phones (with Verizon not even releasing pictures of theirs yet)– but we really can’t see any of them not being released by the end of the summer for a price no higher than this.
All in all, with this and the upcoming Droid X for Verizon, this is shaping up to be the summer of Android; and Samsung looks to make sure you can get a solid experience no matter what carrier your on. We’ll have more on all of these phones as we get more info.
Pix from T-Mobile