AT&T Announces the Samsung Captivate

While everyone was talking about the impending Samsung Galaxy S on T-Mobile, AT&T gave everyone a miss and announced the Samsung Captivate, “a Galaxy S Smartphone.” The Captivate was formerly known as the i897, and was christened the Captivate a couple weeks ago.

Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.1
  • Super AMOLED 4 touchscreen display – with “improved off-axis viewing and better outdoor visibility”
  • Six-axis motion sensor and 3D graphics engine with surround-sound audio
  • 1GHZ Hummingbird Application Processor
  • 5 MP camera with HD (720p) video recording
  • Integrated social networking tools
  • 16 GB on-board memory – expandable up to 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and Bluetooth 3.0
  • AT&T Navigator
  • Cloud Services: Samsung Media Hub and AT&T Address Book
  • Push email and integrated calendar services, including Google, Yahoo, and ActiveSync

AT&T refers to the Super AMOLED display repeatedly in the press release, so we can assume it is proud. It looks like AT&T finally got serious about getting into the Android arena. This is the first real competitor to the iPhone 4 in AT&T’s Android lineup.

“With the launch of the Captivate, AT&T customers will experience a groundbreaking handset with world class features that are unique to Samsung’s Galaxy S class of devices, including Samsung’s Super AMOLED screen technology and 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor.”
Omar Khan, Chief Strategy Officer for Samsung Mobile

If AT&T is proud, it has good reason to be. This looks like a really powerful Android phone. AT&T is emphasizing the HSPA 7.2 Mbps enhanced speeds, and also points out the free access to AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots.

The Captivate will be released in the coming months, according to AT&T. Who knows what that means other than AT&T missed its first half of 2010 deadline. It seems that AT&T is making up for lost time though, so we’ll just have to be patient a little longer. The Captivate is by far the most powerful Android phone in AT&T’s lineup. One wonders what the next phone will bring to the table to top the Captivate. Things are about to get interesting.

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