T-Mobile isn’t the only North American carrier that will receive an HSPA+ updated version of an original Galaxy S phone, as the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G has just been announced for Canada’s TELUS (the non-4G version is pictured above). The phone retains all of the prominent features of the original, including a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and 1GHz CPU, but will ship with Android 2.2 and a cellular radio capable of download speeds reaching 21Mbps.
The phone is slated for release sometime this spring, but no pricing information has been detailed. See the press release below for more info.
TELUS introduces Canada’s Fastest Smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G
Canada’s first 4G smartphone will offer Canadians incredibly fast speeds of up to 21 Mbps
Toronto, ON – TELUS today announced the upcoming release of Canada’s first 4G smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G with manufacturer-rated download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second (Mbps). The Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is available from TELUS and is 50 per cent faster than the manufacturer rated speed of any other smartphone in Canada, allowing users to download, browse and stream video faster than ever before.
Boasting a crisp four inch super AMOLED touch screen, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is optimized for presenting vivid colours, offering users a superior viewing experience while watching HD movies, playing games and reading e-books. Powered by Android 2.2, (with 2.3 coming later this year) the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G lets users create their own lightning fast mobile Wi-Fi hotspot to surf the web on a laptop or tablet from wherever they connect to the TELUS 4G network. Equipped with a 1GHz processor, the Fascinate 4G is powerful enough to run multiple applications at once.
“We are thrilled to be working with Samsung to offer Canada’s first 4G smartphone that combines ultra fast download speeds and advanced smartphone capabilities,” said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS. “TELUS is committed to offering our customers the most advanced technology and the richest, most powerful mobile experiences available. The Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G is a great example. It will be the fastest smartphone in Canada a running on Canada’s fastest coast-to-coast mobile 4G network*.”
“Today’s launch by Samsung and TELUS is another example of how we are leading the way for Canadians, as they embrace the power of wireless technology. We are excited to offer the first smartphone in the country to support 4G speeds, for the fastest access to video content, web surfing, downloading and more,” said Paul Brannen, Vice President of Samsung Mobile Canada. “Samsung, as the country’s top Android manufacturer and top wireless handset vendor, is committed to being at the forefront of technology innovation**.”
Powered by Android 2.2, the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G also features:
• A front facing camera for easy video chat
• A 1650 mAh battery for long battery life
• Uncompromised web experience with Adobe Flash 10.1 for a rich browsing exprience
• 5.0 megapixel camera with 4x digital zoom
• Google Maps Navigation providing turn by turn voice guidance and new Google Maps in 3D. Available only on Android.
• Access to more than 100,000 free and paid applications from the growing Android Market, as well as the ability to store apps to the device memory card to free up phone space
• Expandable memory up to 32 GB (16 GB microSD card included)
• Seven home screens to customize with the widgets and apps for at a glance information and updates
Stay tuned for pricing and availability of the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G at TELUS. Please visit www.telusmobility.com/phones later this week for updates and additional information.
*Based on TELUS’ tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres available from national HSPA+ service providers. Internet access speed provided by the network operator may vary due to the device being used, network congestion, distance from the cell site, local conditions and other factors. Speed on the Internet is beyond the wireless network operator’s control and may vary with your configuration, Internet traffic, website server and management policies, and other factors. Coverage maps are approximate. Actual coverage and network services can vary and are subject to change.
**Samsung is the market leader for Android mobile phone shipments in Q4 2010 with 34 per cent of the total market share according to IDC Canada’s Q4-2010 Mobile Phone Tracker. Also according to IDC Canada, in Q4 2010 Samsung continues to be the #1 mobile phone vendor in Canada.