Samsung Fascinate Review, Specs and Price

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Samsung and Verizon Wireless publicizes the upcoming release of Samsung Fascinate. The Samsung Fascinate is part of Samsung’s Android-powered Galaxy S family smartphones. The Fascinate follows in the footsteps of the Captivate (AT&T), Vibrant (T-Mobile), and Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint).

The Android 2.1 powered device will be outfitted with the super AMOLED 4 inch touchscreen display. Samsung claims that Super AMOLED screen technology bests iPhone 4’s Retina Display – not in terms of display resolution and pixel density, but with superior contrast ratio, color reproduction, response time, and power requirements.

The Other specifications include Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Featuring Swype Technology,5.0-megapixel camera/camcorder, TouchWiz 3.0 UI, 3.0, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), EVDO Rev.A, 2GB of internal storage, A-GPS, and Bluetooth. Samsung Fascinate also supports Google Mobile services like Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market.

The Fascinate smartphone looks a lot like the T-Mobile Vibrant, with touch-sensitive menu, home, search and back keys on the front panel, volume rocker on the left, an annoyingly-placed power button on the right and the all-black plastic construction and chrome accent encompassing the sides. The Samsung Fascinate measures 4.9 by 2.5 by 0.4 inches and weighs a light 4.1 ounces.

Samsung Fascinate is available now for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate (instantly when purchased online) and Verizon plan wise Samsung Fascinate users will require a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly along with an email and Web for Smartphone plan beginning at $29.99 monthly according to the official press release.

Several accessories will be also available at Verizon, including the backup battery (1500 mAH) $40 that charges the phone and spare battery simultaneously and the $40 car dock featuring portrait and landscape modes, turn-by-turn GPS navigation instructions, and Samsung’s Car Home app for quick access to common phone features.

Samsung Fascinate features and specifications:

* Android 2.1 platform – With support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk and Android Market
* Full HTML Web browsing capabilities
* Preloaded with Bing Maps and Bing Search
* 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to transform their phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi-enabled devices
* Super AMOLED Screen Technology – Brilliant display makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments
* Advanced touch screen gestures capabilities, including multi-touch pinch to zoom, double tap to zoom and horizontal swiping, which provides easier and quicker access to many applications, including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos or videos
* Multiple file formats supported, including DivX support
* Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application Processor – Produces amazing graphics, faster upload and download times and HD-like multimedia content
* Six-axis sensor that works with the smartphone’s accelerometer to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right
* Virtual QWERTY Keyboard Featuring Swype Technology – Input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard
* Full suite of messaging options – Text, picture, video and voice messaging; corporate and personal e-mail accounts supported
* 5.0-megapixel camera/camcorder – Auto-focus and LED flash with HD video recording and playback (720p) capabilities to capture photos and videos for playback on your HD television
* WiFi Connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
* Stereo Bluetooth®  Technology – Support for headset, hands-free, stereo, phonebook access, object push for vCard and vCalendar
* Corporate Email – Supports Android Eclair Exchange ActiveSync e-mail to synchronize corporate e-mail, contacts and calendars from office e-mail accounts
* Music and video players and 3.5-millimeter headphone jack
* 2GB internal memory expandable to 32GB, 16GB microSD™ included with handset

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