NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Aiming to crash the party dominated by Apple's (AAPL) - Get Reportnew iPhone, Motorola's (MOT) Droid X and HTC'sEvo 4G, Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S phones at a glitzy event in Manhattan on Tuesday.
The lagging phone maker let loose with a loud performance from rapper B.o.B., but only after announcing deals with
to sell the devices over the coming weeks and months. Samsung will also work with
to sell the Galaxy S during the fall.
While the phones are definitely Android contenders -- they use
operating system and feature a hefty, redesigned touchscreen that looked really good when running
last night -- Samsung faces an uphill battle as the prospect of a
arrival looms a little closer.
Read on for the lowdown on the new Galaxy S family.
Black with chrome details, the Samsung Fascinate will be sold by Verizon and comes with the phone maker's redesigned Super AMOLED display. According to the Korean firm, the new display delivers a contrast ratio of 50,000:1 and a touchscreen response time of one hundredth of a millisecond. With a 6-axis motion sensor and a 4-inch display, the Fascinate is also aimed at the gaming community.
Samsung Epic 4G
Samsung is touting the Epic 4G as a potential challenger to other next-generation smartphones, such as the critically-acclaimed
Like the Evo 4G, the Epic is sold by Sprint and is Samsung's first Android-powered 4G device. The phone maker is also using the Epic 4G to bang a multimedia drum. The Epic 4G will have access to Samsung's soon-to-be-launched Media Hub, a sort of online video store where users will be able to purchase and rent TV shows and movies.
the Vibrant is also being pushed by Samsung as a multimedia device. The phone comes pre-loaded with a number of entertainment features such as the movie
on an external 2-Gbyte external memory card and the
Kindle for Android e-book application. The phone will be available on July 21.
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the Captivate will be sold by AT&T. With a 4-inch display and a 1-Ghz Hummingbird application processor, the phone also comes with Samsung's Social Hub feature, which integrates social networking services, personal and business email and calendars and contacts.
-- Reported by James Rogers in New York
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