There was a lack of news coverage regarding the Samsung Fascinate, Verizon's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S family, but as of yesterday, tips, leaks, and hints have been pouring in. Android Central received a picture of an internal Verizon document detailing possible launch dates for the device, while Phandroid received a picture of Verizon's phone database, and an entry for the Fascinate. What's more, BoyGeniusReport received some training documents for the device, and to top it all off, Best Buy has started taking pre-orders for the device.
Android Central received a picture of an internal Verizon document which seems to indicate that Verizon employees are already able to pre-order the Fascinate, and that the device will ship by September 6th, with a launch on September 9th. Android Central also notes "that the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards -- taking place Sept. 12 -- are sponsored in part by the "Samsung Fascinate - A Galaxy Phone," which seems to reinforce the feeling that a release is just around the corner.
Phandroid posted up pictures of the Samsung Fascinate in Verizon's inventory. They believe that it might finally be time for the launch of America's last Galaxy S variant "as it seems they’re starting to get some of these into warehouses, according to our anonymous tipster. The weird thing here, though, is that the phone has not yet popped up into Verizon’s equipment guide."
A Verizon employee appears to have given BoyGeniusReport training documents for the Samsung Fascinate. The documents include several new details of the phone, including the likelihood of a launch with Android 2.1, Bluetooth 2.1 +ERD, and Activesync support "for Exchange 2003, 2007, and 2010 servers." There also seems to be that whoever put together the documents suffered some confusion regarding the amount of ROM and RAM:
We’re not sure about the RAM figure listed on these slides. On the fifth slide RAM is listed as 336 MB with 512 MB of ROM, on the 7th slide RAM is listed as 384 with 2 GB of ROM. Obviously one (or both) of these figures is incorrect on the training documentation.
According to Android Central, Best Buy has started taking pre-orders for the device "starting today (Aug. 27) for Reward Zone members, and kicking in on Sunday (Aug. 29) for the public at large." No word on pricing or a launch date from Best Buy. Android Central thinks that the reason for the pre-order offering may "be that Best Buy saw that, too, and is just getting its ducks in a row."
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