Samsung, and carriers U.S. Cellular and Cellular South have announced the two newest editions of the Galaxy S phones headed to market -- the Mesmerize on U.S. Cellular, and the Showcase for Cellular South. Both phones seem to have the standard 1GHz Hummingbird CPU, four inch SAMOLED screens, 5 MP cameras, and will ship running Android 2.1.
No prices have been mentioned for the Showcase as of yet, but The Samsung Mesmerize will retail for $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate (with qualifying contract of course). We also have a small piece of release news -- the Mesmerize should hit US Cellular on Oct 27, and the Showcase will be available from Cellular South "before the holidays." Looks like both of these smaller carriers will soon have a great phone in their lineup. Follow the break for both press releases.
U.S. Cellular Announces Its Latest Android-Powered Smartphone, the Samsung Mesmerize™
Will be available in stores and at uscellular.com on October 27
CHICAGO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Just days following the announcement of U.S. Cellular's series of industry-first, customer-focused initiatives called The Belief Project, the carrier confirmed the Oct. 27 arrival of its next Android-powered device, the Samsung Mesmerize (SCH-i500). The Mesmerize is part of Samsung's line of Galaxy S™ smartphones and is the third of five smartphones the carrier is launching this year that run on the Android platform. U.S. Cellular will roll out the LG Apex in November and the LG Optimus in December.
U.S. Cellular's growing catalog of Android-powered phones is a key part of its strategy to deliver cutting-edge devices while elevating the customer experience. The Belief Project was developed to fix the frustrations wireless customers have with their carriers, one project at a time, with innovations like "One and Done" contracts, a robust rewards program, simplified national rate plans and the industry's only phone replacement program.
"Customers told us they want access to the newest phones and the Samsung Mesmerize is an impressive Android-powered device for people who want to stay connected to work, entertainment and the people who matter most to them," said Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations for U.S. Cellular. "Our new Belief Plans are value-packed for customers who talk, text and need frequent access to data, and all of our phones are backed by our nationwide 3G network."
U.S. Cellular's new simplified National Single Line and Family Belief Plans offer affordable bundles of voice, text and data. Customers who choose a Samsung Mesmerize can opt for the Premium Plus Belief Plan, which includes unlimited voice and text with 5GB of data, along with U.S. Cellular's industry-leading Overage Cap and Phone Replacement programs.
About the Samsung Mesmerize
The Mesmerize features a brilliant 4-inch Super AMOLED™ touchscreen, making it easier to play games and watch movies in bright environments. Its 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application processor speeds up downloads and uploads, and produces high-quality 3D graphics and multimedia content. Samsung's All Share application allows customers to send video, audio and pictures from their Mesmerize to other DLNA-enabled devices, like TVs and computers.
The Mesmerize operates on the Android 2.1 platform with access to the 80,000 applications available on the Android Market. It includes popular Google Mobile Services including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube, and is pre-loaded with popular U.S. Cellular applications Your Navigator Deluxe, Tone Room Deluxe, My Contacts Backup and CityID. Customers can upgrade their software later this year to access Samsung's Media Hub and migrate to the Android 2.2 platform, nicknamed "Froyo."
The Mesmerize comes with a virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology, allowing customers to input text quickly by sliding their finger over the keyboard in one continuous motion. It also features six-axis motion sensing for responsive gaming, Samsung's Social Hub, a 5 megapixel camera/camcorder that records video in HD, MP3 player and 3.5 mm headphone jack, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 and expandable memory up to 32GB.
The Samsung Mesmerize will retail for $199 after an $80 mail-in rebate and will be available Oct. 27 at U.S. Cellular locations and at uscellular.com.
Samsung Mobile and Cellular South Debut the Samsung Showcase™, a Galaxy S™ Smartphone at CTIA Enterprise and Applications
Features an Android 2.1™Platform, 4-Inch Super AMOLED™ Touchscreen Display, 1 GHz Application Processor, Entertainment and Social Networking Features – on Display at the Samsung Mobile Booth #717
CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2010
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No.1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., and Cellular South, the largest privately owned wireless carrier in the U.S., today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Showcase™, a Galaxy S™ smartphone. The Android™-powered Samsung Showcase (SCH-i500) will bring users a fully integrated entertainment, messaging and social networking experience packaged in an alluring, streamlined design surrounding a stunning 4-inch Super AMOLED display.
“The Samsung Showcase smartphone coming soon to Cellular South customers is a premium Android 2.1 device equipped with Samsung’s Galaxy S class of features”
“The Samsung Showcase smartphone coming soon to Cellular South customers is a premium Android 2.1 device equipped with Samsung’s Galaxy S class of features,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S™ series of smartphones offers users superior features, including a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, Samsung’s Super AMOLED touch screen technology, along with entertainment, messaging and social networking applications.”
The Samsung Showcase represents a new breed of smartphones powered by the open and innovative Android platform, with full support of Google Mobile Services including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Android Market™ and more. The Showcase features Samsung’s Super AMOLED display screen technology, a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor and Samsung Social Hub, a feature that integrates the user’s social networking services, messages, personal and business email, calendars and contacts.
“We’re looking forward to bringing the benefits of one of the world’s most advanced Android-powered smartphones to our customers,” said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for Cellular South. “With its superior touchscreen technology, super fast processor and integrated social networking, the Samsung Showcase offers one of the best Android experiences available today.”
“Coupled with access to thousands of apps on Android Market and some of the best Android devices and service plans, Cellular South is ready to offer consumers the best app experience in the industry,” Hankins said. “We make it easy and simple for consumers to discover the right apps that best meet their personal needs and desires. No other wireless carrier today is following through on that commitment like Cellular South.”
The Samsung Showcase will come preloaded with numerous apps, including two Cellular South Original apps – Text CS and Discover Apps. Both of these apps help consumers get quick, easy and convenient answers to questions about their mobile phone, account and the most relevant apps for their device. A third app – Barcode Scanner – enables users to quickly scan a barcode into their Android-powered smartphone and have Google search for that particular item to find reviews, competitive prices and more. The app also can read QR – or Quick Response – data-matrix codes, which can link users to a website, a discount coupon, contact information, calendar appointment or text message.
The Showcase provides a premium viewing experience on its large, brilliant 4-inch display powered by Samsung’s Super AMOLED touch screen technology. Super AMOLED technology yields thinner displays, delivering one of the most responsive full-featured smartphones in the industry. Samsung’s innovative display technology makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments.
In addition, the Showcase features six-axis motion sensing using an accelerometer and geo-magnetic sensors to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right. The Showcase’s user interface also supports a series of advanced touch screen gesture capabilities including multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and vertical and horizontal swiping. This series of versatile gestures provide easier and quicker access to many applications including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos.
Powering the Showcase is a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, which produces amazing 3-D graphics along with faster upload and download times of HD-like multimedia content.
The Showcase smartphone keeps users connected with Samsung’s Social Hub, which is built around Messaging and Contacts, both of which initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar™, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization. The familiar text messaging experience is enhanced with group messaging and “reply all” functionality for up to 10 contacts, a threaded conversations format, a consolidated inbox, and enhanced multi-media display.
Not just for social networking and messaging, the Showcase truly brings your home and office computer to the palm of your hand with support for push email and integrated calendar services, including Google™ and Yahoo for consumers and small businesses and ActiveSync for enterprise users. Messaging is simple and easy with the Showcase’s virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology, which allows users to input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard.
In addition, the Showcase features best-in-class entertainment features, including future access to Samsung Media Hub, a library of video and literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment. The Showcase also features Samsung’s All Share application, which enables inter-device connectivity through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), allowing users to send video content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices, such as televisions, monitors and computers, allowing for a rich, interactive entertainment experience.
The Showcase is packed full of features that enhance users’ daily life, including a 5.0-megapixel camera/ camcorder with auto-focus and HD video recording (720p), MP3 player, 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and expandable memory for photos, videos and music, up to 32 GB using microSD. Additional key specifications of the Showcase include Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), full HTML browser with multi-touch pinch to zoom, Bluetooth® 3.0 technology, daily briefing widget, which offers instant access to weather, news, stocks, and the calendar and a feeds and updates widget, that lets users get updates from social networking sites instantly.
The Samsung Showcase will be available in Cellular South retail locations in time for the holidays and online at www.celllularsouth.com. For more information about the Samsung Showcase, visit www.samsungmobileusa.com.