We know a lot of you have waited for this day to come, and you can now rest assured– it’s now finally almost here. We just got an invite from Samsung to an event in New York at the end of the month for a “major product announcement,” with the Galaxy S II’s little “II” logo of course hanging out in the bottom left. And that means just one thing– Samsung’s next generation of the hit Galaxy S line (aka the T-Mobile Vibrant and Galaxy S 4G, Verizon Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G and AT&T Captivate) is now only a couple of weeks away from making its official arrival into the US. If you’re looking for a super-powerful, insanely thin phone with a large and incredible screen you’re gonna want to wait for this.
For those who don’t know, the Galaxy S II is one of the top Android phones available today, with its European version (which was released a few months back and is shown above) packing all the top of the line features you’d expect in a superphone today like a fast 1 GHZ dual core processor, 8 megapixel back camera with second 2 megapixel front camera for video chat, gorgeous 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 16 GB of built-in storage and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. Now the like the original US version of the Galaxy S, we expect the US carriers to customize their versions of the Galaxy S II to differentiate from the others (with different names, designs and even some feature changes like a slightly larger screen, slide-out keyboard, 4G support etc.), but seeing as Samsung’s running this event and not a particular carrier we also expect to see all 4 carriers’ versions on the 29th with releases coming hopefully not too long after that.
We’ll of course have everything you need to know about everything Samsung announces covered for you back here, so stay tuned!
We all know T-Mobile’s got some pretty powerful 4G phones coming out this summer (*cough* HTC Sensation 4G *cough*) but what if you’re looking for a powerful, fast all touchscreen 4G phone right now? For that, we’d like to turn your attention to the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, a phone that’s stylish but quite the powerful beast too. Is it worthy of being your next phone though? For all that info and much, much more read on in our full teen review below.
On T-Mobile and anxious to make T-Mobile’s latest and greatest 4G phone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, your own? Checking each day to see if it will be the day that T-Mobile was talking about when they said this beast was coming in February? Well, you can relax now as T-Mobile and Samsung have today come out from MWC 2011 with some very exciting news for you: the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be coming very soon to T-Mobile, February 23rd to be exact (9 days from now), for an excellent price of $149.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan.
For those who don’t know, the Galaxy S 4G is T-Mobile’s 3rd 4G phone, and packs a whole bunch of awesome specs including:
- 4 inch Super AMOLED screen— Read: an amazing screen
- Access to T-Mobile latest and fastest 4G speeds– up to a blazing 21 Mbps– really, really fast internet that should be rolled out all across T-Mobile’s network as the year goes on. This is the first T-Mobile phone capable of this.
- Front camera with T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik and 5 megapixel back camera
- 1 GHZ Samsung Hummingbird processor— like the Vibrant and other Galaxy S phones. Basically, everything on here should run really fast
- Android 2.2– with access to T-Mobile TV for watching live TV (another first for T-Mobile here).
- 16 GB of built-in storage on an included microSD card— With Inception pre-installed so you can watch an awesome movie right out of the box on that awesome screen.
Yeah, it’s impressive and at $149.99 we gotta say, it’s a pretty sick deal.
For more info on the Galaxy S 4G, see T-Mobile’s site here.
Come on, you really didn’t think T-Mobile would be silent while AT&T announces more details on their first 4G phone and Verizon prepares to release the iPhone? And wow did T-Mobile have a lot to say today, announcing a whole bunch of new info on their upcoming LG G-Slate 4G tablet AND more info on an all new Samsung Galaxy S 4G phone (a successor to the Samsung Vibrant). Read on for all the info.
Sprint users we gotta hand it to ya– it must have been tough watching all these new smartphones get announced and released but only for carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. But don’t worry if you’ve been eying that new Samsung Epic 4G phone for school this year as Sprint and Samsung have just announced that you should be able to get your hands on one just in time for school when it launches August 31st for $249.99 with a new 2 year contract and data plan (in addition to Sprint’s $10 “premium data” 4G charge) and after an $100 mail in rebate (and yes, it is $50 more than Sprint’s other 4G phone the HTC EVO 4G).
Just a brief refresher for those who don’t know, the Epic 4G is Sprint’s second 4G phone (the first being the EVO 4G) and a part of Samsung’s line of high-end Galaxy S smartphones (like the AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant and Verizon Fascinate). In terms of design and specs, it perfectly matches up with what you’d expect from Sprint for their second 4G phone, packing a very impressive feature list including:
- 4 inch Super AMOLED multitouch screen and 1 GHZ Hummingbird processor–Like all the other Galaxy S phones, these should mean that not only does everything look great, but runs great too.
- Android 2.1 with Samsung’s customized TouchWiz 3.o interface– We’re kind of upset this doesn’t launch with Android 2.2 (I mean, the EVO 4G has already been running it for weeks), and all Sprint so far is saying with regards to an update is that it will happen “in the coming months.”
- 5 megapixel camera with flash, autofocus, and 720p HD video recording on back AND a VGA front camera for video calls– Similar to the iPhone 4, just here video calls can be made to other users (like Skype, Qik, EVO 4G, or even iPhone 4 users with apps like Fring) over WiFi, 3G, or 4G.
- WiFi, GPS, 3G, and 4G– Including support for the latest and fastest wireless N WiFi networks.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack and 16 GB microSD card included in the box– And Sprint and Samsung have also teamed up to introduce the Samsung Media Hub so you can buy or rent movies or TV shows and watch them right on that gorgeous screen over 4G. Basically, your good to go right from the start as far as media is concerned.
And of course, this is the only Galaxy S phone to offer a full slide out QWERTY keyboard (as well as a Swype keyboard for when you wanna type on the screen), which also really helps to differentiate itself from the EVO 4G.
So if you’re choosing between the EVO and Epic is the Epic worth the $50 more? It’s a tough call, as on the one hand you’ve got the EVO available today with Android 2.2 and all the latest features like Flash 10.1 support when browsing the web (as well as an even bigger 4.3 inch screen and a higher-res 8 megapixel camera on the back and 1.3 megapixel camera on the front); but on the other you’ve got that full physical QWERTY keyboard and a smaller design that may not feel so ginormous when you stick it in your pocket. Regardless of which you choose though, both look to be great choices and it doesn’t really look like there is a “wrong” one.
But we wanna know Sprint users– if you’re up for a new phone, are you gonna wait a couple more weeks to go with this keyboard packing beast or instead go for the $50 cheaper and already available EVO 4G? Share your thoughts, dreams and plans in the comments.
T-Mobile users looking to pick up T-Mobile’s latest and greatest Android phone listen up: while there have been some rumors that T-Mobile will be launching their version of the Samsung Galaxy S (aka the Captivate on AT&T and Fascinate on Verizon) tomorrow (the same day as the Droid X for Verizon goes on sale), we’ve just received the official word– July 21st for $199.99 with 2 year contract and data plan. Not bad for a phone that includes that 4 inch Super AMOLED screen, 1 GHZ Hummingbird processor, 5 megapixel camera all atop Android 2.1.
And if waiting 6 days to by directly from T-Mobile isn’t your game, you can go try on some jeans and score one for $150 and have it ship tomorrow.
So T-Mobile users– if you’re looking for a new Android phone, are you gonna go for a phone like this, a myTouch 3G Slide, or wait it out for the Motorola Charm?
UPDATE: Well what do you know, it looks like T-Mobile has in fact bumped up the Vibrant’s release date to today. You can get one now from T-Mobile’s site here for that same $200. Enjoy T-Mobile users, and let us know if you get one and how you like it!
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