Following todayâ€™s official launch of the LG Optimus V, Virgin Mobile has cut pricing on the Samsung Intercept Android smartphone, down from $249.99 to $199.99.Â This puts the Intercept higher in the Beyond Talk lineup next to the BlackBerry Curve due to its hardware keyboard, despite the Optimus V launching with Android 2.2 and a $50 lower price tag.
The Samsung Intercept features a hardware QWERTY keyboard, 3.0 inch capacitive touch display at 400Ã—240 resolution, 3.2 megapixel camera with video recorder and autofocus, microSDHC slot with support for 32GB cards, Bluetooth with stereo audio support and Android 2.1.
The Interceptâ€™s own Froyo update is also scheduled for this Spring, though there are methods for flashing the current Sprint Intercept update on the device (which we strongly discourage, see comments for details). While many criticize the Intercepts sluggish performance, it is believed that the Froyo JIT, or just-in-time compiler will resolve those issues. Android 2.1, aka Eclair, which the Intercept ships with has a much slower compiler, which many apps no longer take into account.