ATandT's Samsung Captivate Smartphone Coming July 18

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2010-07-09 Print this article Print

AT&T's Android-running Samsung Captivate will make its debut July 18, priced at $199. The smartphone pairs Android 2.1 with a 4-inch touch screen, Hummingbird processor, and perks for gaming and social networking.

The Samsung Captivate, the latest smartphone running Google's Android operating system,  will arrive on the AT&T network July 18, for $199 with a two-year contract for voice plan and minimum $15 data service.  

AT&T spilled the beans July 8 on its Facebook site, after first introducing the smartphone June 17. With the Captivate, users will get a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a Samsung 1GHz Cortex A8 processor and Android 2.1.   A world phone, the Samsung Captivate can connect to tri-band 3G networks or quad-band GSM, as well as connect over 802.11 b/g/n or Bluetooth. Also included is AT&T Navigator, which offers voice-guided and visual turn-by-turn directions, and can track a person's location - here, AT&T has in mind parents checking in on kids - from a PC or cell phone.  

The smartphone's camera is 5 megapixels and allows for HD video recording. Gamers are likely to appreciate its six-axis motion sensor and gyroscope, and just about anyone might like its surround-sound stereo audio and MP3 player. The Captivate comes with 16GB of memory, which can be bumped to 32GB.  
There's of course a full HTML browser, support for various email and messaging accounts, and Samsung's Social Hub technology, for more efficiently handing all incoming and outgoing communications.  

Users also get a full suite of Google services, such as Gmail, Google Maps and Google Talk, easy access to the Android Market app store - now 60,000 apps and growing - and will, once it launches, be able to access the Samsung Media Hub, a library of viewing and reading materials.  

The Captivate falls under Samsung's new line of Galaxy S smartphones. On June 15, at the communicAsia 2010 event in Singapore, it introduced the Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5 - both lower-end models. The Galaxy 3 feature s 3.2-inch touch screen, 3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth, WiFi and A-GPS connectivity, in addition to compatibility with GSM and HSDPA networks. The not terribly different Galaxy 3 features a 2.8-inch touch screen and a 2-megapixel camera.   A full spec sheet on the Captivate isn't yet available, but AT&T is for now calling it "one of the thinnest, most responsive full-featured smartphones in the industry."   

Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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