The Samsung Gem is an Android 2.1 powered smartphone. Inside the Gem is an 800MHz processor with 512 MB of ROM. Its color transflective TFT display has a 240x400 resolution and measures 3.2-inches. The Samsung Gem phone also features a 3.1-megapixel camera with autofocus. Read on for the latest Gem news, reviews and videos:
by Evan Blass | April 22, 2011 7:42 AM
Despite having yet to be launched by Verizon, Best Buy has begun selling the long-rumored Samsung Gem Froyo Eclair-powered slate. It's asking just $30 for the 800MHz handset on two-year contract, with shipping said to occur in three to five business days. At this point, months after it was first spotted and weeks after smaller, regional carriers have begun selling their own versions, Verizon's Gem can certainly be considered overdue -- although its 3.2-inch WQVGA screen, 3.2-megapixel camera, and full complement of radios still make it an attractive offer at such a low price point. With ...
by Stephen Schenck | April 7, 2011 12:51 PM
Alltel recently announced that it would begin offering the HTC Merge, but it looks like that Android is bringing along a few of its friends. In addition to the Merge, Alltel now has the Samsung Gem, Motorola Milestone X, and LG Axis. Some of these we knew were coming, some have been at the carrier for a little while already, but together they really help flesh-out the smartphone selection, something all too often lacking from non-major carriers. HTC's Merge is headed to multiple carriers, and why not? Based on the Desire Z, this CDMA model of the hardware has a 800MHz processor, 3.8-inch ...
by Stephen Schenck | April 4, 2011 10:32 PM
Yesterday we spotted Samsung's Gem hiding on Verizon's website, getting us thinking that the phone's release would be imminent. It could still be coming out any day now; for now, some new pictures of the Android phone have turned up, showing it off with full Verizon badging. While you can already grab the Gem through Alltel or Cellular South, Verizon will be the smartphone's major-carrier launch. It's about darn time, too, since the phone has been lurking around since late last summer. That makes the hardware a little stale by today's standards, but that should also mean you'll be able to ...
by Chuong Nguyen | April 3, 2011 9:03 PM
It looks like Verizon Wireless's Samsung Gem smartphone has been outed ahead of time by Best Buy Mobile via the retailer's September buyer's guide, which is listing the Android 2.1 handset as coming soon. The Gem will most likely be a mid-range handset, slotted under the carrier's Fascinate variant of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. The Gem will reportedly come with TouchWiz, Samsung's proprietary UI overlay, along with the Swype on-screen software keyboard. Also on-board are a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi, and 16 GB of storage via a memory card. The handset's styling is reminiscent of ...
by Evan Blass | April 3, 2011 9:01 PM
We've gotten ahold of some material regarding the mid-range, Android 2.1 Eclair-powered Samsung Gem, which we first discovered last month was headed to regional carrier Cellular South. Well now the 3.2-inch, WQVGA Gem also appears en route to yet another smaller provider, namely Alltel, according to the major retailer from which the above screenshot came. No price was given, but a release within the next week is likely. Meanwhile, the long-rumored Verizon-bound Gem has appeared in what seem to be its premiere press shots, although the source of the images made it clear that this was not ...
by Evan Blass | April 3, 2011 9:00 PM
It now looks like the mid-range Samsung Gem is a lock for regional carrier Alltel, as support documents for the 3.2-inch handset have started to appear online. Still no price or release date here, but we'd imagine that it's coming very soon for not more than $50 on contract. Gem already graces the shelves of fellow regional carrier Bluegrass Cellular, and is very likely headed to Cellular South as well. The Eclair-powered touchscreen slate recently showed up sporting Verizon branding, although apparently the word directly from Samsung is that no major network providers will be offering it.
by Anton D. Nagy | April 3, 2011 8:59 PM
We've brought you exclusive renders and news of the Samsung Gem smartphone coming to Alltel at the time the device appeared in Verizon press shots. Alltel recently announced the Samsung Gem mid-range smartphone which is now available for free after a $50 mail in rebate and a two year service agreement. Powered by Google's Android 2.1 Eclair mobile platform, the Samsung Gem features an 800Mhz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera and a 3.2-inch WQVGA LCD touch display, in addition to the usual suspects like Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. It also packs Swype virtual keyboard as its default SIP, besides ...
by Stephen Schenck | April 3, 2011 8:59 PM
Samsung's Gem has been warming up with smaller carriers before its push into the big leagues. After being linked with Cellular South and then Alltel, signs are now pointing to the smartphone's Verizon launch, to wit, Samsung has added the Verizon-badged Gem to its website. The Gem has been circling Verizon for months now, after an inadvertent mention in Best Buy materials last September. The word's been mum on that Verizon release since then, only for an official-looking image of the handset on Verizon to pop up at the beginning of the month. While we still don't have a release date, the ...
by Evan Blass | April 3, 2011 8:58 PM
The mid-range Android 2.1-powered Samsung Gem has just appeared on the Samsung USA site, and although no carrier is listed, its model number suggests that it will be headed to Cellular South -- as does the fact that Cellular South already has Gem image assets up on its site (although no product page yet). Sporting a "fastest in category" 800MHz processor, the 3.2-inch, WQVGA Gem was originally seen wearing a Verizon badge, but the letters "XAR" at the end of its SCH-I100ZKAXAR full serial number would seem to indicate that regional carrier Cellular South is now the destination; Verizon ...
by Chuong Nguyen | April 3, 2011 8:58 PM
After having outed the Samsung Gem for Verizon Wireless in the U.S. early as "coming soon," Best Buy Mobile is now retracting its listing, stating that it does not know when the mid-range Android smartphone may be hitting the carrier. The retailer is now saying: "On page 9 of the September Best Buy Mobile Buyer's Guide we advertised the Samsung Gem (SKU 1200581) as Coming Soon. At this time there is no estimated launch date. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused." Though the release date is now unknown, the listing did provide some important specs for the ...
by Evan Blass | April 3, 2011 4:59 PM
Wireless operators tend to be pretty secure with their web assets, so when mentions of particular phones begin appearing on a given site, it's usually a pretty good sign that device launches are only days or even hours away. Well Verizon was particularly generous this weekend, exposing no less than three upcoming handsets -- the HTC Trophy, Samsung Gem, and HTC Merge -- on various parts of its domain. Although all of these devices are considered a lock for the nation's largest carrier, none have yet been officially confirmed by Big Red. First up is the Windows Phone 7-powered Trophy, a ...