Samsung Mobile USA has just announced the upcoming availability of the Galaxy S via three North American carriers: T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular.
T-Mobile’s Galaxy S is called Samsung Vibrant (we already knew this), and looks almost exactly like the handset’s version available in Europe and Asia (i900).
Running Android 2.1, the Samsung Vibrant features a 4 inch WVGA Super AMOLED touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, GPS, Google Maps with free turn-by-turn navigation, Samsung Social Hub, 3.5mm headset jack, 5MP autofocus camera, HD video recording, and Samsung’s 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor.
The Vibrant comes preloaded with EA’s The Sims 3 Collector’s Edition, James Cameron’s Avatar, MobiTV, Kindle for Android, Slacker Radio, and GoGo Inflight Internet. T-Mobile USA will sell the new handset starting July 21 for $199.99 on contract. Customers can pre-order it starting July 1 at Radio Shack. More info here.
Verizon’s Samsung Fascinate has most of the features the Vibrant has, minus the preloaded software listed earlier, and plus Bing Maps, Bing Search, V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator, and Visual Voice Mail.
We don’t know what the Fascinate looks like yet, because neither Samsung nor Verizon has published any photos of it. Also, its release date and price are not known at the moment.
As for U.S. Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy S, this also has specs similar to the ones of the T-Mobile Vibrant. No word yet on the price and launch date.
The bottom line: Samsung is doing a pretty good job in providing iPhone 4 alternatives to customers who aren’t AT&T subscribers and who like other platforms (Android in this case). This will most likely help it further expand its market share in the US.
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