Samsung Captivate To Be AT&T’s First High-End Android OS Smartphone

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AT&T has just announced plans to offer the Samsung Captivate. This upcoming Android OS smartphone will be well supplied with high-end features, starting with a 4-inch Super AMOLED Touchscreen and a 1 GHz processor.

Samsung Captivate from AT&TIt will be AT&T’s first smartphone running Google’s mobile operating system to sport cutting-edge features, like a WVGA (800 x 480) display and 16 GB of internal storage. 

The Captivate will run Google’s Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor. This operating system comes bundled with an array of software, including Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube, and Google Talk, plus user can find many thousands of additional apps on the Android Market.

In addition, this model is going to come with Samsung’s Social Hub, which integrates email, instant messaging, social network updates and SMS messages. It will also include AT&T Address Book and AT&T Navigate.

Other hardware Features
This smartphone will be able to access AT&T’s 7.2 Mbps 3G network, and it is also going to sport Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0.

The Captivate will include a 5 megapixel camera with support for recording 720p HD video as well as still images.

Other items on the features list include a microSD memory card slot, a GPS receiver, six-axis sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope.

This is a re-branded and slightly redesigned version of the Samsung Galaxy S.

Availability?
Despite today’s official unveiling of the Samsung Captivate, AT&T didn’t say when it plans to release this product, just saying that it will be on the market in the coming months.

The carrier also didn’t reveal the price.

AT&T and Android
In January, AT&T promised to release five smartphones running the Android OS in the first half of this year. So far it has released only one, the Motorola Backflip, and announced plans to offer three more, the Dell Aero, the HTC Aria, and now the Samsung Captivate.  The identity of AT&T’s fifth upcoming Android OS smartphone remains unknown.

At this point, it seems unlikely that AT&T is going to meet its self-imposed deadline of getting all five of these models out by the end of June.

Until today, all of the carrier’s models running Google’s operating system have been mid-range or entry-level. The Captivate is the first with cutting-edge elements.

 

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