Leaked Samsung i897 shows AT&T getting serious about Android

It has been a busy week for AT&T in terms of Android. Already rumored to be announcing a new phone from HTC next month, the carrier appears to be readying a high-end Samsung handset.

Samsung i897 AndroidGuys

AT&T looks like it is ready to be taken seriously when it comes to Android. A recent string of leaks indicate that a rather powerful Samsung handset is right around the corner, ready to battle the likes of the Droid Incredible .

The latest phone to surface, the Samsung i897 is rumored to be running Android 2.1 and powered by a Snapdragon 1GHz processor. In fact, almost every hardware detail from the i897 matches up to the Samsung Galaxy S .

Late last week, the AndroidGuys published the first "in the wild" shots of the phone, which shows it has a sleek design. Interestingly, the phone bears a somewhat different design than that of the Galaxy S. The touch-only device is said to offer a 4-inch AMOLED screen, Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 user interface, and a 5-megapixel camera on back. Rounding out the phone are 2GB internal storage and support for Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth 3.0.

On a side note, AT&T is also hiring a software engineer to help develop and market Android-related devices. A recent job posting on CrunchBoard indicates the carrier has a spot at its Santa Clara office; duties would include "designing and implementing leading-edge mobile platform software," among other things.

Between these tidbits of information and the rumor that AT&T may announce an HTC phone on June 7, it looks like Ma Bell is waking up to Android. This must surely be welcome news to AT&T customers who currently only have the Motorola Backflip to choose from when it comes to Android devices.


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