Jun 17 AT 11:57 AM Taylor Wimberly 27 Comments

Galaxy S lands on AT&T as the Samsung Captivate

AT&T customers finally have a high-end Android phone to look forward to. The Samsung Galaxy S is coming to AT&T with the name Captivate. All the specs are the same as what we were expecting from the Galaxy S, but the outer casing has been redesigned and features a checkerboard pattern on the back.

No specific release date was given other than to say the Captivate is scheduled for release in the coming months. Samsung Mobile is holding a big press event on June 29th and we should learn the full details there.

We previously reported that the Galaxy S would come to all 4 major U.S. carriers and it looks like that will come true. A T-Mobile version of the phone has already been spotted and Sprint is gearing up to launch the Galaxy S Pro later this year.

Highlights of the Samsung Captivate include:

  • 1 GHz Cortex A8 Samsung application processor (S5PC110)
  • Super AMOLED 4” touchscreen display — improved off-axis viewing and better outdoor visibility
  • Entertainment galore with six-axis motion sensor and 3D graphics engine and surround-sound audio
  • 5 MP camera with HD video recording
  • Choose from thousands of apps on the Android Market
  • Integrated social networking tools — one place for status updates
  • 16 GB on-board memory for photos, videos, and music — expandable memory up to 32 GB

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New breed of smartphone powered by the Androidâ„¢ 2.1 platform features 4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen, 1GHz application processor and innovative entertainment and social networking features

DALLAS, June 17, 2010 — 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 Captivateâ„¢, a Galaxy Sâ„¢ smartphone. The Androidâ„¢ 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 www.att.com/wireless. For more information or to register for notification when available visit www.att.com/captivate . For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit www.att.com.

Source: AT&T

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  • http://Website pimpstrong

    man they jacked the back up.

  • http://Website NeoteriX

    Looks much nicer than the Samsung branded version, IMHO.

  • http://Website Anon.

    No Camera Flash? Denied.

  • http://Website deeb215

    i just hurled on my monitor! that phone is atrocious. Sprint please don’t mutilate the Galaxy Pro in such a manner i beg of you!

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

      Man, I just feel bad for all my friends on AT&T, which were actually open to the idea of getting this phone… but there’s no way I can recommend this and not feel bad about it. It’s just so… repulsive somehow… what is that, a mutilated blackberry? Why would they remove the flash, and I can’t even tell if this has a front facing camera.

      I was bashing the phone some time ago for looking too much like the iPhone. Maybe the same rules apply at AT&T as do in the app store: This might cause confusion, so we’ll either deny or cripple it.
      Well, you’ve done it.

  • http://www.sitelerhakkinda.com Umut

    I like it.
    It look’s great. :)

  • http://Website JD

    Not going to get it from At&t b/c their data plan. I don’t really want to worry about data usage.

  • http://Website chris

    Ummmm where’s the front facing camera?

    • http://Website Kennon

      So in the photos I see two sensors of some kind under the glass in the front. One I am sure is a light senor but I am not sure what the other one is. I bet they left the front facing camera off to spare AT&T’s network bandwidth of video calls.

  • http://Website Dee

    Steve Jobs to AT&T-
    Your android phones must suck and be crippled, OR ELSE!

    -Sent from my Iphone

    • http://Website adryan


  • tweetygurl

    Like the original version better…

  • http://Website att guy

    What’s with at&t navigation? Don’t you have to pay for that? And doesn’t it come free with Google maps?

  • http://itsalltech.com Andrew

    Notice there is no Front Facing Camera. AT&T wants to make the iPhone their best phone, and don’t want anything else competing with it.

    • http://Website Ash

      I agree. I went in their store to buy my first smartphone. They told me not to buy anything but the Iphone. I wanted info on the Palm Pre Plus and no one in the store knew how to use it. I asked about two other smartphones that I reviewed on the AT&T site and they didn’t offer them in the store….just kept on telling me IPhone. They may have been right, but don’t advertise other phones if you don’t carry them or learn them. I am excited to hear more about the HTC Aria and this phone. I wonder if I will *be allowed* to buy them or try them out at their store.

  • http://Website Perry


    • Mikey D

      It looks like it has a front facing camera and a proximity sensor, if you look closely at the pic.

  • http://Website Anonymoose

    ok so it doesn’t have a front facing camera? so F***ing what? do you really need to look at the person you are calling? You know how you are calling, you hear their voice, thats all you need. If you need to see their face for a conversation then wait for when you can meet in person.

    If you don’t like this phone then stop complaining, don’t get it, switch carriers or wait for something you can jizz your pants over. Simple as that.

    • http://Website dj

      is it really wrong to voice your opinion? if you dont like the comments (im pretty sure most us of dont care) maybe you should say you like the phone and get on with your life. the next topic you might like better.

  • http://Website mike

    did anyone see the banned iphone video ? so f*cken funny….everyone has different taste, some will like the old and some will like the new look, having more options mean more sales to more folks. i would buy an iphone but it is kind of ugly and screen is too small. i’ll wait till GS to come out on verizon or tmo. also i saw the samsung wave and that thing is super fast.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dalex7777 dalex7777

    It looks like At&t made them make the Galaxy look less like the iPhone, which is good, but nuetered the front facing camera to protect the iPhone which is bad, but just temporarily. If At&t doesn’t otherwise cripple this phone, their customers will have their first and closest “Apple to Android” comparison.

  • http://Website Jahy

    Lol they remove the front camera and no flash, failure this is outdated

  • http://Website ERIS


  • http://Website Tyler

    Anyone have an issue with phone powering on and off at any point in time