AT&T announces the Android-based Samsung Captivate i897 – its own Galaxy S
It’s a big day for Android in the US: while Verizon confirmed the long-rumored Motorola Droid X, AT&T has announced the Samsung Captivate i897 – a heavily-customized version of the Samsung Galaxy S (which should also be announced by T-Mobile).
AT&T says that the Samsung Captivate will be available “in the coming months”, without mentioning the smartphone’s price (I bet it’s not higher than the price of iPhone 4 16GB – $199.99 on contract).
The Captivate has most (if not all) of the features the Galaxy S i9000 has, including:
- 4 inch WVGA Super AMOLED display
- Android 2.1 (this will probably become Android 2.2 Froyo soon)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Google Mobile Services (Android Market, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, YouTube)
- 3.5mm headset jack
- 5MP camera with HD video recording
- 1GHz processor
- 16GB of internal memory
- MicroSD card support
Finally, AT&T will have a high-end Android smartphone. There were many voices saying the second largest US carrier doesn’t want to launch high-end Android devices because that would hurt iPhone sales. The arrival of the Samsung Captivate might mean AT&T and Apple are close to ending their iPhone exclusivity deal – so Verizon can, as rumored, launch the iPhone, too.
Via Press release