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AT&T-Branded Samsung i897 Shows Up in the Wild, Cat is Now Halfway Out of the Bag

Some of you probably won’t remember the phone by its model number that showed up in a Bluetooth SIG profile a while ago, but the Samsung SGH-i897 was believed to be an AT&T-bound phone thanks to some McGyver-like work showing that the model number’s structure matched up with past Samsung devices on AT&T.

If that wasn’t a mouthful, then you’ll want to chew on the fact that its specs lined up VERY closely with what we know is the Samsung GT-I9000 (otherwise popularly known as the Samsung Galaxy S). With a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 2.1, and a 5-megapixel camera, putting two and two together lead us to believe that it couldn’t be any other phone.

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If the device that AndroidGuys got their hands on is real (which they’re saying is indeed the i897), then it may not be the Galaxy S after all, but it looks like it’ll be just as good. Their source tells them it’ll be sporting a Snapdragon processor (different from the Cortex A8 found in the Galaxy S), though clock speeds haven’t been confirmed.

I also noticed that there is the default Google search widget on the main page of the handset. Not sure if this is a big deal but I remember reading that the Backflip used Yahoo search instead of Google. Of course this is a developer handset so they still might go with yahoo in the end.

We’re not sure why AG wasn’t able to show us anything past the boot screen, but we’ll always take every little drop that we can get. Even if this doesn’t turn out to be the Galaxy S that we’ve all wanted to land on AT&T, it could be just as powerful for some AT&T users out there who have yet to receive a high-end Android device (except for the upcoming Dell Streak, of course). If they’re able to provide any more details or images, we’ll bring them straight to you.




  • http://www.rikusaki.com PaulMcCartney

    Good. If this is really going to AT&T, this is a HUGE step forward for the Android platform.

  • Dedloc

    Not really excited by this. I don’t like Samsung personally and the UI is a blatant iPhone ripoff. I have an iPhone and thats one of the reasons I want an Android, preferably an HTC. I love the Sense UI. But thats my opinions. On a side-note though, is anyone else worried at how many rumors of Android phones coming to AT&T consist of slider phones with physical keyboards? I know I cant be the only person that doesn’t want a physical keyboard. At this rate, I will be stuck getting the new iPhone if they don’t at least get the HTC legend.

  • http://www.omgandroid.com OMG Android Application Tips

    Its good that AT&T are getting their asses into gear.

  • George Anderson

    @Dedloc
    I, too, do not want a hardware keyboard. I like the Sense keyboard. I’m much faster on it than I am with my TP2 keyboard.

  • DannyB

    I’m on AT&T. I’m worried about the number of AT&T Android’s that DO NOT have a physical keyboard. I want a physical keyboard on a high end phone with a big screen.

  • Kurt

    As an AT&T user who is basically stuck on AT&T, I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it’s nice to see AT&T finally getting some decent Android phones, and hopefully soon. However, if some of the stuff about this is true, I’m a little disappointed.

    I’ve been wanting a Galaxy S ever since I first read about it, and if this truely has a Snapdragon instead of the Hummingbird processor, that’s disappointing. Not necessarily a deal breaker, but disappointing. Also, other places I’ve read about this news, there is some confusion on if it has the Super AMOLED screen or just plain AMOLED. If it has a Snapdragon and just plain AMOLED screen, that tempers my enthusiasm even more. If that’s the case, I may be waiting for the Dell Streak, or seeing what else AT&T gets. As someone who has zero interest in getting an iPhone, I hope AT&T gets it in gear, and finally gets some decent Android phones out soon.

  • Saneok

    I am on the opposite side I am on Verizon and Im planing to switch to ATT for better coverage in my area. But I am only gonna do it when they get a phone worth getting. I am not very interested in the Iphone and I hope ATT gets some impressive handsets soon. 4.0 inches, AMOLED, Snapdragon, 5Mp camera are all acceptable specs for me add Android 2.2 and a good design and Im sold. But are we really going to see something like that on ATT anytime soon. I sure hope so.. even more than that, I am praying for that :)