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Samsung Captivate on AT&T

Well will you look at that. The Samsung Captivate -- aka the Galaxy S -- just popped up on AT&T's website. The Captivate will be the third Android phone on AT&T -- behind the Backflip and Aria. Keep your fingers crossed that non-market apps aren't excluded, though we're not going to bet the farm on that.

Want full specs? Here you go:

  • 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen.
  • 1GHz Coretex A8 processor (which they're calling the "1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor").
  • Samsung Social Hub (as seen in the CTIA presentation)
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and 720p video recording.
  • 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.
  • Quadband EDGE, tri-band 3G.
  • Bluetooth 3.0.
  • DLNA out.

Pricing and availability weren't noted, so stay tuned. Full presser after the break. And in the meantime, you can relive our hands-on with the Galaxy S at CTIA. [AT&T]

Update: Eagle-eyed @raam89 points out that the front-facing camera that's on the original Galaxy S is gone in this model. Score another point for the iPhone conspiracy.

AT&T* and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.**, today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Captivate™, a Galaxy S™ smartphone. The Android™ 2.1-powered Samsung Captivate will bring users a fully integrated entertainment, messaging and social networking experience packaged in an alluring, streamlined design surrounding a stunning 4-inch display. 

The Captivate’s powerful set of Web-based features is maximized with the addition of AT&T’s High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) 7.2 Mbps technology, which provides a considerable speed boost to the nation’s fastest 3G network when paired with expanded backhaul.  Speed plus AT&T’s dedicated focus to mobilize everything – including video content, social networking, music and messaging – is reflected in Captivate’s strong feature set. 

The Captivate represents a new breed of smartphones powered by the open and innovative Android platform, with full support of Google Mobile Services including Android Market™, Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™ and more. Users can also access the Android Market™ and customize their experience with more than 60,000 exciting and useful applications. The Captivate also features Samsung’s Super AMOLED display screen technology, a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor and Samsung Social Hub, a feature that integrates the user’s social networking services, messages, personal and business email, calendars and contacts. 

”Add up Captivate’s amazing screen, huge amounts of onboard storage, a super-fast processor, all fueled by the nation’s fastest 3G network and a nationwide  Wi-Fi network and you get a smartphone we know our customers will crave,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

“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,” said Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Mobile. “The Captivate represents a new breed of smartphone that will truly change and enrich the way consumers interact with their device on an everyday basis.” 

Leading Hardware Features
The Captivate provides a premium viewing experience on its large, brilliant 4-inch display powered by Samsung’s Super AMOLED touch screen technology. Super AMOLED technology yields thinner displays, delivering one of the thinnest, most responsive full-featured smartphones in the industry. Samsung’s innovative display technology makes watching movies, viewing videos and playing games come to life like never before, even in bright light and outdoor environments. 

In addition, the Samsung Captivate is designed with a six-axis sensor  that combines the smartphone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to provide a smooth, fluid gaming experience when the user is tilting the device up or down or panning the phone to the left or right. The Captivate’s user interface also supports a series of advanced touch screen gestures capabilities including multi-touch pinch, long tap and zoom and vertical and horizontal swiping. This series of versatile gestures provide easier and quicker access to many applications including location-based services, Web browsing and digital photos. 

Powering the Captivate is a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird Application Processor, which produces amazing 3-D graphics, faster upload and download times and full richness of HD-like multimedia content. The Captivate is also outfitted with 3D sound capabilities, giving the user surround-sound stereo quality, when listening on hard-wired headphones.

Features for All Users
The Captivate keeps users connected with Samsung’s Social Hub, which is built around Messaging and Contacts, both of which initiate the sending and receiving of information, whether it is e-mail, instant messaging, social network updates or SMS messages. Additionally, calendar information from portal calendars, such as Google Calendar™, and social networking services are displayed together in one calendar with two-way synchronization. The familiar text messaging experience is enhanced with group messaging and “reply all” functionality for up to 10 contacts, a threaded conversations format, a consolidated inbox, and enhanced multi-media display. 

In addition, AT&T customers who choose Captivate can take advantage of AT&T Address Book.  A Web-based service, AT&T Address Book syncs contacts to an online address book so customers can access and manage their mobile contacts from their handset – or their PC. Also available to users at no additional charge is access to AT&T’s entire national Wi-Fi network -- any Captivate with the Wi-Fi turned on will automatically connect when in range. 

Not just for social networking and messaging, the Captivate truly brings your home and office computer to the palm of your hand with support for push email and integrated calendar services, including Google™ and Yahoo for consumers and small businesses and ActiveSync for enterprise users. Messaging is simple and easy with the Captivate’s virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype technology, which allows users to input text faster and in a more intuitive way with one continuous finger motion across the screen keyboard. 

True Mobile Entertainment
In addition, the Captivate features best-in-class entertainment features, including future access to Samsung Media Hub, a full library of video and literary content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment. Samsung Mobile looks forward to sharing additional information about Media Hub in the near future and the Captivate will feature a pre-loaded app that can take users to download Media Hub in the future.  The Captivate features Samsung’s All Share application, which enables inter-device connectivity through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology, allowing users to send user-generated video content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices, such as TV’s, monitors and laptops, allowing for a rich, interactive entertainment experience. 

The Captivate is packed full of features that enhance users’ daily life, including a 5.0-megapixel camera/ camcorder with auto-focus and HD video recording (720p)***, MP3 player, 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and expandable memory for photos, videos and music, up to 16 GB.  This combined with an on-board 16 GB of storage allows for up to 32 GB of capacity for music and video. 

The Captivate also includes AT&T Navigator, which offers voice-guided and visual turn-by-turn GPS driving directions with automatic reroute, full-color maps, and real-time traffic alerts and AT&T Family Map, which gives families the ability to track a child's location from a PC or cell phone and request location updates at any time. 

Additional key specifications of the Captivate include Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), full HTML browser with tap & hold zoom), Bluetooth®  3.0 technology. The Captivate also includes tri-band 3G connectivity and quad-band GSM technology, which allows AT&T customers to make calls in more than 220 countries and download data in more than 195. 

The Samsung Captivate is scheduled for release in the coming months at AT&T retail locations nationwide or at For more information or to register for notification when available visit . For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit


Reader comments

AT&T announces the Samsung Galaxy S as the Captivate -- coming soon


The Aria from HTC shoulda had these specs, and this one shoulda been the mid-level. Why? because Htc builds better devices. Now our choice is a solid built mid-level, or a ok built power-house.

I think you're wrong. Every Samsung phone I played with and the one I owned had excellent hardware and build quality. The thing I always hated with Samsung was software - hated the one on feature phones and hate the TouchWiz UI aswell.

At least this has been my experience with their devices here in Europe, but I doubt they sell lower grade hardware in the US.

I agree with houserhythm. I've owned three Samsung phones (one dumbphone and the first two phones in the BlackJack line) and from a hardware perspective, I was thrilled with all of them. The complaints I had were software- (they handled Javascript TERRIBLY) and battery-related (the original BlackJack had a battery life that made the original iPhone seem like it came with its own generator). So granted, it's been a while since I've owned a Samsung phone, But I've always been pretty impressed with their general build quality and their gorgeous screens.

Ok, gotta say it, Captivate, is an utterly fitting name for any phone sold to you by AT&T. It will come with a carrier lock, crippled OS, and a lock in.

Get it unlocked from somewhere else and pop in your AT&T sim. Break the cycle of carrier ownership.

Was the design and name change due to T-Mobile getting the phone as well? Is T-Mobile getting the Europe styling?

I hope when it hits Canada we get the original style. I like it a lot better than this BlackBerry Storm looking phone.

I thought the galaxy s had a front facing camera but in this ATT model there no mention of a front facing cam

This is troubling to me too. Where is the heck is the front facing camera? Did they really take it out so as not to directly compete with the iPhone 4? I was strongly considering moving to Verizon to get the droid X, even though it didn't have the front facing camera (because it never originally came out with one), but to take out a front facing camera while leaving it on the iPhone 4 is unacceptable.

I'm waiting for this phone on T-Mobile. Actully the S Pro which has a hard keyboard. I like the phone a lot. I just wonder how long before it gets 2.2?

I don't know if it is just me Phil but the pictures on the post aren't loading. Is Google Chrome to blame?

maybe you've had good samsung's in the past, but i would have to agree that HTC hardware is above and beyond better than samsung. HTC typically makes superb rock solid phones. of couse exceptions exist. but HTC>samsung hardware no brainer.

Well if the S Pro is going to sprint. Might be worth switching. I read a article not to long ago that said there were several hard keyboards coming? But I haven't seen many. Are they still coming or not? When?

Hmm, I thought those 2 rectangles at 10 o'clock of the AT&T logo was the camera, but I'm betting that's a light sensor and a proximity sensor? Maybe the bigger rectangle is a camera? Meh, I probably would never use it anyway.

As an AT&T subscriber I'm happy with the service in my area, but disgusted with the decisions AT&T makes. Let's take an open platform and a great phone, and cripple them both so it doesn't compete with the iPhone. I don't think it's much of a "conspiracy" anymore: AT&T is the only carrier without a great Android phone, and the iPhone is the only reason why.

This has the potential to be a great phone, but they removed the front camera and I doubt it will let you install apps from unknown sources. Weak sauce, AT&T. This is why I will not be renewing a contract with you and will jump to whatever carrier offers the Nexus 2.

I feel the same way. i don't know about you guys, a front camera doesn't seems really important to me because I don't see myself using it. Saying that, knowing that it exist on other phones out there make me want it (even if i dont use it). By having AT&T taking out features left and right make me want the phone lesser and lesser.

PS i saw the back of the phone and not very fond of the battery cover.

the Sprint Galaxy S will be 4g and Im not sure about the front camera but its a good chance it will have it unlike at&t taking it off..

Better, but still not good enough. I'd like the Evo hardware on ATT. With what Samsung did with the BeholdII I'd balk at any Samsung handset now.

I wonder if the changes to the housing will still allow the Captivate to sync with the home charger as shown on Samsungs website for the Galaxy S.