And let’s not forget that Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S is still not available. This, the Samsung Fascinate, has just been spotted in the wild.
Doesn’t look at all like pre-release hardware or software, so the only possible reason for it not being available yet is that Verizon may indeed want to pace themselves and only launch the Droid 2 this month.
Too many high-end Android smartphone launches too close to each other and sales may not be as good as expected.
The only noticeable hardware difference seems to be that Verizon’s Fascinate has a metallic body that is quite a departure from its brethren’s plasticky feel.
Also spotted out there somewhere was the Samsung Gem, another Android-powered smartphone due to launch on Verizon. And in this case details are scarce.
It appears to be a low-end to midrange device with a smaller screen than the Fascinate’s 4-incher.
The Gem is presumed to launch in early September, while the Fascinate will only hit the streets towards the end of that month. Perhaps Verizon plan to sell it with Android 2.2 Froyo already on board, as we’ve heard that some versions of the Galaxy S will get that update in September.
There’s no official word on pricing, but judging from past smartphone releases, expect the Fascinate to be $199 and the Gem $149 (or perhaps even $99, that all depends on its actual specs) on new 2-year contracts.
If Verizon can keep up this pace of launching new high-end smartphones all the way into the holiday season in Q4, they should expect very good results from the second half of this year.
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