Samsung, Sony, Pantech Bringing New Androids to AT&T LTE
This fall, we saw AT&T’s LTE network start with a bang, offering subscribers not one, but two LTE-equipped Androids to choose from in early November. Since then, we’ve heard a lot about additional smartphones planned for the growing 4G network. Today, AT&T really let the floodgates open, revealing, among other new products, half-a-dozen LTE-enabled Androids.
Some of these Androids on their way to AT&T are models we’ve had our eye on for some time. Take, for instance, the over-sized Samsung Galaxy Note, which we’ve spotted already with its AT&T badging and had been expecting the carrier to reveal this week. The 5.3-inch handset will go up for sale in a few weeks’ time.
Also from Samsung, AT&T is getting an upgraded LTE-enabled version of the Galaxy S II, the Skyrocket HD. The 1.5GHz dual-core smartphone will now feature a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED 720p display. Finally from Samsung, there’s the Exhilarate. We haven’t learned much about this LTE Android other than it has a four-inch Super AMOLED display and is being positioned as a “green” smartphone. That means it’s crafted out of recycled materials and will include eco-themed apps.
Not content to let Samsung have all the fun, Sony Ericsson (soon to be Sony) is getting into the game with its first LTE smartphone. We’ve heard the name before, and now Sony’s made the Xperia Ion official. The Android will include a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.6-inch 720p display, and a 12-megapixel camera. The Xperia Ion will come to AT&T during Q2 2012.
Finally, AT&T has a pair of Pantech Androids for its LTE network, the Burst smartphone and Element tablet. The hook here is that AT&T will sell you the pair for just $250 on-contract. You’re really paying for the $250 tablet and getting the $50 Burst for free, but any way you cut it, that’s a lot of hardware for under $300. Both Pantech models will be available on January 22. The Element has an eight-inch display and runs Honeycomb 3.2, while the Burst has a four-inch Super AMOLED screen. There’s no word on other hardware specs, but at $50 on-contract, we wouldn’t expect a very high-end device out of the Burst.