Random tips from those allegedly privy to AT&T meetings are the sort of rumors that we thrive on. So, imagine our excitement when we heard that some handset manufacturer representatives at a recent AT&T store managers’ meeting started showing off their latest wares. Most interesting is the mention of a Samsung SGH-i780 destined for AT&T. Of course, we’d most likely be seeing AT&T launching the Samsung i788 with the requisite frequency support for the US, but we’re not here to split hairs.
The rep mentioned that the Samsung i788 was not yet released, which could be interpreted as “in the pipeline.”
I’ve had the pleasure of playing with the Samsung i780’s optical trackpad and touchscreen at CTIA Las Vegas 2008. It was running Windows Mobile 6.1, so if the Samsung i788 does indeed hit AT&T, it’ll likely be running the newer OS. The i788 has a bit more heft than the Samsung BlackJack II, but that’s to be expected, what with WiFi, GPS, and 3G packed in to the Samsung i788. All in all, the Samsung i788 is what the Samsung BlackJack II should have been…
Look for the AT&T-branded Samsung i788 to drop around the same time as the BlackBerry Bold and Apple iPhone 3G.