AT&T intros its first LTE smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, HTC Vivid (Holiday)
AT&T has officially announced its first two LTE smartphones (which, unsurprisingly, are both running Android): the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and the HTC Vivid.
The smarthpones will become available at AT&T on November 6, both online and in stores – about half a year after Verizon launched its first LTE handset (the HTC Thunderbolt) in the US.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket – which is based on the Galaxy S II LTE that was announced by Rogers in Canada and by NTT DoCoMo in Japan – features Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, a 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 2MP front-facing camera, 16GB of on-board memory, and MicroSD card support.
The Skyrocket will cost $249.99 on contract.
The HTC Vivid (previously known as HTC Holiday) runs Android Gingerbread, too, and comes with a 4.5 inch qHD (960 x 540) display, Sense UI 3.0, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Surround sound, 8 MP rear camera with f/2.2 28mm wide angle lens and 1080p video recording, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 16GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support.
The Vivid will cost $199.99 on contract, coming in two color versions: black and white (unlike Samsung’s LTE handset, which will be available only in black).
“The two LTE-powered superphones will be our 20th and 21st Android devices in 2011, adding to an outstanding year of Android success. We’ve far exceeded our commitment to offer 12 new Android devices this year – now including our first 4G LTE smartphones. We’re delivering an incredible amount of innovation to our customers, which is a huge reason why more than half our post-paid subscribers are using a smartphone,” declared said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.
AT&T takes pride in being the only US carrier to offer both LTE and HSPA+ services – and the new Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid will take advantage of that. Here’s an official promo video showcasing the benefits of AT&T’s 4G LTE / HSPA+ network:
Starting November 6, the second largest US operator will expand its LTE coverage to 9 US markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. AT&T plans to bring LTE to a total of 15 markets before the end of this year.
Interestingly, November 6 is also the date when AT&T will launch its first Windows Phone Mango handsets: the Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash. Unfortunately for Windows Phone fans (and maybe for Microsoft, too), these will not support AT&T’s new LTE network. Or at least not for the beginning. So it’s obvious that Android will win the hearts of customers who want faster mobile speeds, while Windows Phone Mango remains an option only to those who can live with HSPA+.
Via Press release