AT&T lands latest Android phone, the Samsung Captivate

For AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), the Samsung Galaxy is not far, far away. 

The carrier announced that it is launching the Samsung Captivate, its version of Samsung's flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S. The phone will be available in the coming months, and AT&T did not give a price.

This will be AT&T's fourth declared smartphone running on Google's Android platform, and is another sign of AT&T's embrace of the operating system. On Monday AT&T announced the launch of the HTC Aria, a mid-range Android phone.

Samsung has high hopes for the Galaxy S, which it first unveiled at the CTIA Wireless 2010 conference in March. The device has also been rumored to land at T-Mobile USA.  J.K. Shin, the president of Samsung's mobile communications division, said earlier this week that the device will help boost Samsung average selling price, which, in turn, will translate into higher margins.

The Captivate, which AT&T is describing as a "Galaxy S smartphone," runs on Android 2.1, and has a 1 GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor. The phone is HSPA 7.2-capable, and has a 5-megapixel camera , WiFi, 720p HD video recording, and a 16 MB microSD card. Perhaps the most impressive hardware feature of the device is its 4-inch "Super AMOLED" screen, delivering thinner and sharper displays. Samsung has lavished praise on its screen technology and has said it will be one of the company's key advantages in smartphones.

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