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Samsung Captivate brings fast Android to AT&T

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Thu June 17, 2010

Samsung Captivate ports Galaxy S to US

AT&T signaled a much more serious commitment to Android today by unveiling the Captivate. It serves as a very close port of the Galaxy S and centers on its four-inch Super AMOLED display; by merging the display and touch into one layer, it's not only thinner but is much more visible outdoors than usual AMOLED screens. The screen also provides a better venue for multi-touch as well as the camera's five-megapixel photos and 720p recording.

The phone still runs on a Samsung-created 1GHz Hummingbird processor that gives it both the expected repsonsiveness as well as fast 3D graphics and even some 3D sound. An 802.11n Wi-Fi link and Bluetooth 3.0 are also uncommon. About 16GB of storage is built-in, but a microSDHC slot allows at least double the capacity.

In a tweak to Apple, Samsung noted the phone will have both an accelerometer and a gyroscope to help with gaming that supports it.

Android 2.1 is standard and is customized to add Samsung's own Social Hub, which here not only merges contacts and all forms of messaging but AT&T's web-based Address Book service. DLNA media sharing support is unique as well. The Captivate comes preloaded with Swype's higher-speed touchscreen keyboard and will also have GPS-aware AT&T apps, including its subscription Navigator and child-focused Family Map.

AT&T hasn't said whether it will continue to block non-Market Android apps on the phone.

Launch details are vague for the phone, as AT&T only says that it will have the phone in "coming months" and without a price. In spite of the timing, the Captivate represents AT&T's first truly high-end Android phone and a sign the company is preparing for a time when it may not have the iPhone as a US exclusive; it has been one of the slowest adopters of Android and so far has just the Motorola Backflip and the imminent HTC Aria, neither of which has features comparable to the iPhone 4.

By Electronista Staff


  1. dliup

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006



    No release date
    No specs
    No price

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Well, certainly the specs are going to have

    to match or exceed whatever the iPhone 4 has or it will lose out on bragging rights.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    re: bragging rights

    This is how it apparently works.

    Phone comes out with less 'features' than an iPhone, phone gets called out with "Oh, but where's the front-facing camera and 'FaceTime' and a 'high-resolution display'!?!?!

    Phone comes out with more 'features' than an iPhone, phone gets called out for "just packing in a bunch of features to beat the iPhone on specs!".

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    re: bragging rights

    It just seems iPhone fans are an unhappy bunch of twats when someone other than Apple produces a decent phone. What a sorry lot.

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