While recent photos claiming to be T-Mobile’s unannounced Samsung Vibrant 4G may or may not be genuine, the latest Galaxy S variant is very real and making stops at all the usual certification bodies. After passing through the Bluetooth SIG on December 1st, model number SGH-T959V got its Wi-Fi certs just yesterday, snapping a single Picasa-uploaded photo in the interim (pictured above, clearly altered to obfuscate identifying info). Interestingly, this is the third SGH-T959 variant to appear — besides the original T959 Vibrant on T-Mobile, the T959D found its way to Canada as the Fascinate on Telus. (Confusingly, Fascinate is the name of the AT&T Galaxy S model in the US, while Bell Canada calls its Galaxy S Vibrant, despite having a model number of GT-i9000M.)
Tipped for a February 23rd release, the Vibrant 4G — first outed by TmoNews and verified by accessory manufacturers like Body Glove — is rumored to be nearly identical to the original model, save for an upgrade to 21Mbps HSPA+ cellular data and a Froyo 2.2 build of Android (Hopefully the Vibrant “3G” sees its Froyo upgrade before that release, or there will be some angry legacy device owners out there.) The Vibrant 4G will be going up against Samsung’s Infuse 4G whenever that 4.5-inch handset happens to get released, giving customers the first taste of next-generation Galaxy S hardware.