AT&T Gets Its Own Android iPhone Competitor in the Samsung Captivate

Verizon has the Droid Incredible, Sprint has the EVO 4G, and now another carrier will finally get an Android powered, iPhone 4 challenge ready smartphone.

A few months ago, Samsung announced it’s new Galaxy S phone complete with the latest “Super AMOLED” screen which is just like the screen on the Nexus One, but can be seen in sunlight.  At the time we had no ideas when or where the phone might end up.  Now we know where, AT&T, but it’s not clear when. {Engadget}

AT&T has since renamed the phone the Samsung Captivate.  The phone will launch with the same screen, 16 GB of on-board storage, which can be expandable up to 32 GB via micro SD cards.  It has a 5MP camera that can take 720p video, just like the iPhone 4.  The one downside is that the phone will be running Android 2.1 and not 2.2 whenever it launches.  The experience will be somewhat changed with pre-installed apps like Swype and AT&T Navigation.

What AT&T isn’t saying about the Captivate is its exact release date aside from “in the coming months.”  There’s a possibility that it could come out after Android 2.2 is released to the general public, making it obsolete from the start.  AT&T could just be taking a shot at T-Mobile with the announcement, however, as T-Mobile is said to be bringing the same phone coming to its network soon.{Engadget}

Or maybe, AT&T is just trying to remind those who are unwilling to bear the lines for the iPhone 4 that other options will be available.

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