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
  • A-GPS
  • 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

Author: Florin

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  • diegoelunico

    Ugly as hell…

    Plus, it looks like a Blackberry, it seems as if Samsung had fired its designers.

  • Dd

    are u looking for 'hello kitty' kinda design?

  • diegoelunico

    No, don't worry, I won't go for that, so you can have the whole collection for yourself.

    I was trying to say, before stupid comments showed up that Samsung last year had great designs:
    Samsung Jet / Omnia II
    Samsung Omnia II CDMA version
    Samsung Galaxy
    Samsung Spica

    and so on. This year seems they lost their design team and are copying every other cellphone on the market. Meh :(