Samsung Vibrant 4G In The Wild? Maybe Not.

BoyGeniusReport has been sent what is reported to be the first in the wild image of the Vibrant 4G. Calling the phone “smooth,” and “stupid fast,” the BoyGenius source claims the its is running Android 2.3 though with Samsung still working out the kinks the phone as it stands, isn’t running TouchWiz. With the front facing camera it sure looks like it could be the Vibrant 4G.

I have to admit some skepticism over this image however, considering the ease with which one can stick a camera into a current model Vibrant with a little know how and elbow grease. If our leaked release date is real (and we believe it is) why is a phone that is a little over a month away running a stock Android OS right now? Our leaked docs show a TouchWiz based OS and this is T-Mobile we are talking about, so TouchWiz is very likely to grace the Vibrant 4G. Thirty days before launch its pretty tough to imagine that the phone wouldn’t have at least something TouchWiz based running on the phone for proper testing. Also of note, the inclusion of the am/pm in the upper right hand corner, Gingerbread doesn’t include that anymore.

For the moment, I’m highly skeptical of this image. So before everyone get’s all kinds of crazy that the Vibrant 4G is running Gingerbread, hold back that emotion until we see something more concrete.

Seems like commenters over at Android Central and Engadget agree, this seems to good to be true.

BoyGenius Report

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  • Anonymous

    It’s just a Vibrant with the FFC mod and a 2.3 mod.

    The application download checkmark box should be light gray and there should be no PM after the time.

    • http://twitter.com/velazcod Daniel Velazco

      I was about to post this exactly.

      2.1: AM/PM the same size as the time (Just like the picture)
      2.2: AM/PM is a little smaller than the time.
      2.3: AM/PM not even there.

      And yes, the application installed icon on the notification bar is the one found in Android 2.1/2.2, the one in 2.3 is a light gray.

      Here’s an example of a phone running real Android 2.3 (look at the time and the application installed icon): http://twitpic.com/3prwo0

      So as AcaciaStrain said above, it’s just 2.1 with a 2.3 theme and a FFC mod.

  • http://twitter.com/Vision77 Vision77

    Looks like a Vibrant with the FFC mod and a custom rom to me….

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I concur.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I concur.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MatthewSki Matthew Kalinowski

    i hope this is it because if it is stock we know it will get updates but i agree with everyone else is probably just a Vibrant with the FFC mod and a custom rom……

  • http://www.facebook.com/MatthewSki Matthew Kalinowski

    i hope this is it because if it is stock we know it will get updates but i agree with everyone else is probably just a Vibrant with the FFC mod and a custom rom……

  • Anonymous
  • Mr.J

    how is that just a Vibrant, i never knew the original Vibrant had a Front Facing Camera

    • Anonymous

      MR J, you can easily buy the ffc camera kit from ebay and swap your Vibrant’s front glass with the one that comes with the camera kit, after installing the ffc. But in order for it to work, you have to change from stock ROM to a custom ROM that supports the ffc on your Vibrant. I know people who have done this. Galaxy S phone originally comes with ffc…all Samsung did was cover the Vibrant with glass that covered it and stripped ffc support from the ROM.

    • Anonymous

      MR J, you can easily buy the ffc camera kit from ebay and swap your Vibrant’s front glass with the one that comes with the camera kit, after installing the ffc. But in order for it to work, you have to change from stock ROM to a custom ROM that supports the ffc on your Vibrant. I know people who have done this. Galaxy S phone originally comes with ffc…all Samsung did was cover the Vibrant with glass that covered it and stripped ffc support from the ROM.

  • Mauricehall

    Its nothing but a vibrant modded with a FCC running Nero ROM from team whiskey…. don’t be fooled…

  • Real

    REAL!!!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Except its not real.

      • Anonymous

        i know what youmesn, the device seems an awful lot like my vibrant right now, the camera hole looks jagged as if someone cut it and the chrome is dented and scratched already

  • Noupdatesamsungphone

    I will never buy another Samsung phone. I learned my lesson.

    • Zaphod_fl

      Join the Tritterverse revolution.

      Tweet something like this: @SamsungMobileUS & @Samsungtweets I will never buy a Samsung product after the way you’ve treated your customers. #NeverAgain

  • Groundhabit

    he might have done this at home so he could sell it on ebay …. modded his phone to act like a new one with camera so he can post on ebay

    • Anonymous

      Thats not a bad Idea.

  • Gabrielsp85

    it even have the nexus s lwp…. Fake all the way

    • BadBadMan

      Yeah, cus its so hard to switch a wallpaper, right?

  • Rensack

    Who cares. It’s still made by a Pos company named Samsung that will never support their phones once it leaves the shelves.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GRIFVUHCR7SCF2J4ACDIVSVGJM Hilton T.Y

    That looks like my phone running the Nero rom to make Froyo look like Gingerbread, but with the Front facing cam mod done too. Sweet. This phone is the hottest phone I’ve ever owned since I took control of the software on it away from Samsung.

  • Anonymous

    This is obviously fake because there would be ZERO white showing in the camera hole. I’ve had the Nero 3 rom with has Gingerbread parts and my shotty FFC add has a white ring just like this phone does.

    I have no interest in the Vibrant 4G anyway though. FroYo and FFC Mod make my phone near perfect, so they can keep this rehashed variant.

  • http://twitter.com/Syk0Matik420 Beefy McBigDick

    Wow. looks exactly the other vibrant. prob costs more too. I am thinking this is junkware, much like all of samsung’s other phones. And i am 99% sure they are holding froyo hostage until they get people to dish out another $600 on this “upgrade”. ooooooooooo, they added 4g. gonna be useless on samsungs buggy pos phones.

  • http://twitter.com/Syk0Matik420 Beefy McBigDick

    vibrant 1 owners looking to get froyo: all u gotta do is buy the vibrant 4g. BAM! froyo update. stupid americans. we got you.
    Love,
    your friends at Samsung

    • Anonymous

      Man that’s F!@#$d up LOL

  • rjh033

    this may be a fake by all accounts. if u look at the image carefully, the phone looksaleast a month or two old as it is already damaged around the edge and looks worn.

  • Jim

    my buddy is a product tester for t-mobile and i’ve actually seen one of them. its a pretty sweet phone!

  • Ryan

    Haha a Vibrant 4G in the wild? Even when real pics are released… what’s the point? It looks identical to the Vibrant with a new little hole for the FFC. In fact, Tmonews, I am requesting that out of respect for all Vibrant owners who have been screwed, you don’t do any coverage on the Vibrant 4G just to prove a point to TMobile and Samsung. Thank you.

    • rjh033

      actually it is not a Tmobile issue, the problem is samsung. none of the other variants have been garnered with android updates to 2.2 yet. samsung is slow at releasing them and tmobile has to make sure they r not buggy before they relaease.

    • rjh033

      actually it is not a Tmobile issue, the problem is samsung. none of the other variants have been garnered with android updates to 2.2 yet. samsung is slow at releasing them and tmobile has to make sure they r not buggy before they relaease.

      • spiz516

        I’m well aware of how updates work. The point was that TMobile needs to drop Samsung and stick solely with HTC and Motorola.

        • Anonymous

          if you dont like them dont buy them, i still like my vibrant better than g2 and mt4g, probably wont get an update but in all reality its not like they ever have to update phones

    • Crazythunder1968

      and if they do cover it…and will…. the headline should always be something negative, just incase sammy see’s it.

  • Ryan

    Haha a Vibrant 4G in the wild? Even when real pics are released… what’s the point? It looks identical to the Vibrant with a new little hole for the FFC. In fact, Tmonews, I am requesting that out of respect for all Vibrant owners who have been screwed, you don’t do any coverage on the Vibrant 4G just to prove a point to TMobile and Samsung. Thank you.

  • Cliff

    this is not a vibrant 4g. It is a first gen vibrant with a ffc add on and is running a nero rom v3-5 that has bits and pieces pulled from the nexus s…. have a great day… and root root root!!!!!

  • Wilber

    Im going to wait and get the LG Optimus 2X im done with samsung products they always lie about the updates.

    • Mikex

      But will the LG 2X have HSPA+? Thats what I would like to know. If not I’m not sure I want that phone.

      • Anonymous

        I’d have to believe that it will. Any Smartphone released from this point on should be HSPA+

      • Anonymous

        I’d have to believe that it will. Any Smartphone released from this point on should be HSPA+

  • Wilber

    Im going to wait and get the LG Optimus 2X im done with samsung products they always lie about the updates.

  • Mimikr

    Actually with the newest Nero version 5, the “3g” has been replaced with an “H” so that is not a good indicator. And for everyone still complaining about not getting an update, stop waiting for your Mom (T-mobile) and Dad (Samsung) to give you the update and do it yourself. Go to XDA and download the Nero 5 w/Vodoo ROM which is really easy to install and you will have a much faster phone with parts of Gingerbread as others have said and your Quadrant score just as an example my phone went from just over 750 to a score of 1501.

  • Drew

    This phone has SAMSUNG printed along the bottom, so whatever it is or isn’t and might or might not be running the one thing you can count on is that it won’t be what they promise it will be.

    • H2h

      Samsung. I just received the data stick. With 4 bar H+ I cant even garnish 2M! On a brand new i5. Unbelievable.

  • Drew

    This phone has SAMSUNG printed along the bottom, so whatever it is or isn’t and might or might not be running the one thing you can count on is that it won’t be what they promise it will be.

  • LOOK

    screw u!! then you guys try to get a “real” pic then

  • LOOK

    screw u!! then you guys try to get a “real” pic then

    • LOOK

      i bet its guna take you dumbbutts a long time!!

  • Mr.J

    all you guys complaining about Samsung and updates. hell, us MT3G Slide owners havent gotten Froyo yet, and we’re nearing 2.3!!! so bashing samsung cause of an update is stupid IMO cause HTC/Tmobile is jerking us MyTouch3G Slide users as well.i would need another valid reason not to upgrade to this phone from my MT3G Slide other than updates

  • Vdon

    Thats just a Hacked Vibrant that is running Ginger Clone from the XDA Developers Forums.

  • Anonymous

    I was fooled by the Cliq XT then by the Vibrant, I wont be fooled a 3rd time!

  • Derrickps3

    samsung’s name is on the phone=not buying

    • http://www.facebook.com/ElectroHop Jay Alford

      Samsung on any type of device is just a NOOOOOO!!! NO NO NO NO NO NO!!! =] With pride.

  • bluberry

    How could it possibly be real? It says charging at 8% but there isn’t anything plugged into it. It has to be a faked image on the vibrant.

  • bluberry

    How could it possibly be real? It says charging at 8% but there isn’t anything plugged into it. It has to be a faked image on the vibrant.

    • Tristan

      If you look at the top of the phone, you can see the charger is plugged in.

    • Tristan

      If you look at the top of the phone, you can see the charger is plugged in.

  • bluberry

    oops, please excuse that mistake. I didn’t notice the top. Could very well be real then. Only time wll tell.

  • bluberry

    oops, please excuse that mistake. I didn’t notice the top. Could very well be real then. Only time wll tell.

  • Emdiaz09

    What about the 4g nexus s that supposedly was reviewed by the fcc??? Any new on that???

  • http://twitter.com/____valverde Greg Valverde

    def, my next phone…