The Samsung I897 - a device that is beginning to look more like a close cousin of the Samsung Galaxy S (I9000) than the Galaxy S itself - is no longer just a fantasy with Bluetooth certification backing it up, it's an honest to goodness phone. Earlier this week AndroidGuys received a tip from one of their sources indicating that the device would be launching with Android 2.1, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of internal storage, 4-inch AMOLED touchscreen and 800x480 resolution - a slight variation from the 8/16GB memory we were originally told the Galaxy S would be packing. Now it seems that while the specs are very similar, the I897 is actually a different device - though still expected to launch on AT&T.
AndroidGuys' source just sent them a nice little pile of pictures of the phone, one of which is bearing the AT&T moniker, alleviating any questions we may have had regarding what carrier would be getting the device. The source also mentioned a few new details suggesting the phone will be sporting a Snapdragon processor (no mention of processor speed though), and that from the looks of it AT&T has decided to leave Android alone this time, unlike what they did with the Motorola BACKFLIP. I did notice that one of the pictures which displays the home screen still has many icons with Korean text (presumably) below them. I'm not sure if that means much, but I just thought I'd point it out. In any case, it looks like we're getting closer and we'll certainly do our best to keep you in the loop. How's the I897 sizing up to the competition so far? Let us know!