NYC launch update: Samsung Galaxy S will be named Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate, Epic, and Galaxy S in 5 US carriers

Posted on Jun 30 2010 - 5:55pm by Flux

Today, thanks to US Cellular, Samsung Galaxy S will be covered by 5 US carriers.  For those outside of the US, you can be sure that we Americans have a fun naming game on our hands.  Below is a list are the list of names in respect to the carrier:

  • T-Mobile – Samsung Vibrant
  • AT&T – Samsung Captivate
  • Verizon – Samsung Fascinate
  • Sprint – Samsung Epic
  • US Cellular – Samsung Galaxy S [tentatively]

Here is a video that shows the variants in the June 29th launch event in NYC.


But for people making purchase decisions, what would be the difference?  There are many articles that have stated about same Samsung Galaxy S but different skin and name and yet there are those that inflate facts such as DLNA, Hot Spot, and super AMOLED technology — which we all know are available with all Samsung Galaxy S variants.  Often those articles are to excite you to remember the uniqueness of the phone compared to other brands.

The basic sketch of a Samsung Galaxy S specs are:

  • 4-inch SUPER AMOLED screen (800 x 480)
  • Android 2.1 with TouchWiz Interface
  • Samsung’s Social Hub / Media Hub
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 “Hummingbird” CPU
  • 5MP with 720p video recording
  • 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • 512GB RAM
  • A-GPS, accelerometer, digital compass, proximity sensor, light sensor, FM Radio
  • Android Market pre-installed,

Within just the Samsung Galaxy S variants, there are only small differences that would be of concern:

  1. Launch Status
  2. Appearance and Weight
  3. Functionality (compared to Samsung Galaxy S such as 8 GB storage, no LED flash and no physical keyboard)
  4. Carrier Packaged Apps

Side note regarding processor chip: Articles have mentioned the 1GHz CPU as “ARM Cortex A8 1Ghz processor”, “Samsung’s Cortex A8” and “Hummingbird”.  They are all the same.  Samsung developed with Intrinsity based on the 45nm ARM Cortex A8 that perform tasks 5-10% more quickly while handling the same 2 instructions per clock cycle as an unmodified ARM Cortex-A8 processor (  If you are interested in more information about Hummingbird and the competition, please check out Hummingbird vs. Snapdragon: The 1 GHz Smartphone Showdown but don’t forget to come back!

Below are the comparisons that will be updated as soon as we hear more.  Please help out by commenting and tipping us please!

T-Mobile: Samsung Vibrant

  1. Launch Status: July 15th (androinica)
  2. Appearance and Weight: 122.4 x 64.5 x 9.9mm and 117.9 grams
  3. Functionality: 16 GB internal storage, 2 GB microSD included, no LED Flash, no front facing camera, no 3G mobile hotspot (
  4. Carrier Packaged Apps: full-screen copy of “Avatar,” MobiTV, Gogo® Inflight Internet service, Samsung Media Hub, Sims 3 Collector’s Edition

Other information:

  • Starting July 15 for $199.99 in either dark blue or lavender
  • RadioShack is taking in-store preorders for the smartphone starting July 1: First, purchase a $50 gift card, which will be applied toward the retail price of the device is required. Finally, will receive a $50 gift card by mail after purchasing their phone with qualifying voice and data plan on a two-year contract.
  • T-Mobile’s Even More Plus price for the Samsung Vibrant is $449.99 when all said and done (

phonescoop video:


AT&T: Samsung Captivate

  1. Launch Status: July 18th (Engadget)
  2. Appearance and Weight: 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm and 118 grams (
  3. Functionality: 16 GB internal storage, 2 GB microSD included, no LED Flash, no front facing camera, no 3G mobile hotspot (
  4. Carrier Packaged Apps: AT&T Address book, AT&T Navigation, AT&T Music, mobiTV, Mobile Video service, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Hot Spots, AT&T Radio

Other information:

  • AT&T has a history of restricting non-market Android apps (not approved to be seen on the Market).  There still seems to be no word on this for Captivate.
  • AT&T Hi Mark – the Captivate is $199.99 w/ contract, and $349.99 without.” (facebook)

phonescoop video:


Verizon: Samsung Fascinate

  1. Launch Status: Later this year
  2. Appearance and Weight: N/A
  3. Functionality: 2 GB internal storage, 16 GB microSD included, has LED Flash, no front facing camera, has 3G mobile hotspot (
  4. Carrier Packaged Apps: V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Video on Demand, V CAST Song ID, Visual Voice Mail, V CAST Tones, VZ Navigator, Mobile IM, NFL Mobile

Other information:

  • Not clear whether Samsung will include a video store app as Samsung Epic has
  • NYC launch showed Microsoft Bing search application.  Not sure if there is a choice on search applications. (

phonescoop video:


Sprint: Samsung Epic

  1. Launch Status: Late this year
  2. Appearance and Weight: 124 x 65 x 14 mm and 155 grams (
  3. Functionality: 4G capable, 1 GB internal storage, 16 GB microSD included, has LED Flash, has front facing camera, has 3G mobile hotspot ( Has a dedicated camera button!
  4. Carrier Packaged Apps: Sprint Football and Sprint TV

Other information:

  • Video store not yet reveal but said to include “some of the biggest names in entertainment.”
  • Most certain to get the Android 2.2 Froyo update
  • Has Asphalt 5 preloaded

phonescoop video:


cabbie of commented on What are the best apps for someone who woodworks and likes tools?:

I’m thinking of getting my father a Samsung Epic 4G for christmas. He needs a physical keyboard since he has dexterity that would make a touchscreen frustrating and the large screen would be great for him. He was a chemical engineer by trade and now that he is retired, his hobby is woodworking so I’m trying to find the apps that would be functional, or at the very least interesting and fun, for someone who enjoys that.
Right now, I can’t think of much besides ‘bubble’ which is something that shows if something is level, and maybe ‘Surveyer’ which can show the heights of objects. Any ideas?

Theres a long time between now and then so I might bump this once in a while in case new apps have come out. I’m pretty excited, he’s the only one in our family who doesn’t have an android phone yet and while he says he’s happy with his clamshell phone and T9ing for texts, I know that the physical qwerty keyboard, beautiful super amoled display and turn-by-turn navigation will make him quite happy.

shot by Engadget

US Cellular: Samsung Galaxy S [tentatively]

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  1. Launch Status: Announced June 28th, Fall.
  2. Appearance and Weight: N/A
  3. Functionality: N/A
  4. Carrier Packaged Apps: N/A

Other information:

  • Analysts commented as a “surprise”.
  • US Cellular’s first serious Android phone.

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