U.S. Cellular confirmed that on Oct. 27 the Samsung Mesmerize (SCH-i500) will be available. 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 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.