According to the AndroidGuy’s anonymous tipster, the Samsung i897, an Android 2.1 device rocking some decent specs, is on its way to AT&T’s shelves, though this hasn’t been confirmed by AT&T. Details of the phone are murky but it may have a 4″ AMOLED display, a 5mp camera and a Snapdragon processor, presumably 1GHz. They speculate that it will be similar to the Samsung Galaxy S which weighs 4.2oz, is 9.9mm thick, sports a 1500mAh battery, full multitouch and 32GB MicroSD support.
That’s good news for AT&T subscribers in light of the announcement that the Nexus One’s, including the AT&T-compatible model, being pulled from Google’s online store — which still hasn’t happened by the way — and also good because if this hits AT&T their subscribers may be able to get a more digestible contract-based price for it, though don’t expect that to be wildly cheap.
A step up from the POS Motorola Backflip they’re selling but hopefully AT&T won’t cripple this phone like they did with the Backflip from allowing users to install software from any source and hopefully they won’t crap it up with the AT&T bloat we’re all too accustomed to receiving. And hopefully someone will figure out how to root the thing soon because that’s what life is all about for us, isn’t it.