T-Mobile’s Samsung Vibrant 4G rears its head, Android 2.3 in tow [Updated]

We’ve heard rumors about the existence of the Samsung Vibrant 4G, but now we have crystal clear proof. One of our trusted ninjas has sent us the above image that shows off Sammy’s next generation Vibrant handset, complete with front-facing camera, and a bonus surprise… Android 2.3. Our source, who said they had substantial hands-on time with the device, described it as “smooth” and “stupid fast.” The device will pack a 21Mbps HSPA+ radio to take advantage of T-Mo’s self-proclaimed 4G network along with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. You may notice that the device pictured above is not skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Unfortunately, we hear the good people at Sammy are working on an Android 2.3 compatible version of the interface as we speak… bollocks. Android 2.3 is, however, great news for T-Mobile users considering this device. Hit the jump for a higher resolution image and let us know what you think!

UPDATE: The legitimacy of this image has come under quite a bit of scrutiny. A few things we wanted to add: this source has — in the past — demonstrated access to unreleased Samsung hardware, this source is standing by the image and will try and get additional images to substantiate, and the source doesn’t, to our knowledge, have any impetus to lie. That being said: take the above image with a grain of salt, as it could be — as others have pointed out — a Vibrant with a camera-mod and Android skin installed.

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