After the device was first leaked in internal documentation last month, Boost Mobile has launched the Samsung Galaxy Prevail Android smartphone. The phone is now available for $179.99 at select retailers and online, with a wider release planned for next month.
The device is a heavily customized variant of the Galaxy series with a 3.5 inch capacitive display a WVGA resolution, 800MHz processor with 384MB of RAM, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi, 2.0 megapixel camera with video capture and microSD slot.
It should be noted that Boost Mobile has disabled the hotspot functionality on the Prevailâ€™s stock Android Froyo build. This is the first Android smartphone to launch on the CDMA side of Boost Mobile, the first Android device for Boost being the iDEN-powered Motorola i1. It is not expected that Boost will launch any additional iDEN Android devices, following the Galaxy Prevail’s 3G EVDO underpinnings.
While marketed as a Galaxy device, the hardware is actually based on the Samsung Moment/Intercept series of hardware. While eschewing the slide-out keyboard for a smaller form-factor, the device is still significantly slower from an architectural standpoint than the more-modern Samsung Galaxy S. The Galaxy Prevail does, however, provide significant advancements over the original Moment/Intercept hardware, and will allow Samsung to sell Galaxy-styled devices to the prepaid audience.