Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, HTC Vivid First AT&T LTE Androids

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AT&T’s LTE network is still in its infancy, but for those of you lucky enough to live in one of the markets where the service is offered, you’ll soon have a chance to start operating a smartphone on the high-speed network; starting November 6, AT&T has announced it will begin sales of the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid.

Considering AT&T LTE service is only available in half-a-dozen Midwest cities currently (though that number will jump to nine by the time these phones are released, including an East Coast debut in the Baltimore-Washington area), it’s especially surprising to see AT&T get things started with two LTE-supporting Androids. Based on earlier comments, we were starting to think that the company’s offering of LTE devices coming out through the rest of 2011 might be a little sparse.

Unlike the 1.2GHz 4.3-inch Galaxy S II AT&T already has, the Skyrocket features a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen and an upgraded 1.5GHz dual-core processor. It’s main camera is eight megapixels, two-megapixels up-front, and there’s 16GB of flash storage on-board.

The HTC Vivid also goes with a 4.5-inch screen, but in qHD resolution. We’ve been waiting for this one for some time now, showing up a few times as the HTC Holiday or Raider. It’s got a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, eight-megapixel main camera, and 16GB of internal storage.

Compared to Verizon, with its $300 LTE smartphones, this pair seems positively cheap. The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket will run you about $250 on-contract, while the HTC Vivid can be had for a mere $200. At those prices, we wouldn’t be surprised to see these two become popular even where LTE isn’t yet offered.

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Source: AT&T

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!