AT&T also outs affordable Samsung Exhilarate and Pantech Burst, along with Pantech Element tablet
AT&T’s pre-CES announcement was rounded up nicely with a couple of affordable Android smartphones and a new (and slightly unique) Android tablet. So the carrier made sure that it has a little bit of everything for everyone. All three devices in this post support 4G LTE, which is further proof that AT&T is going all in with the next-gen network. Verizon may have had a head start in deploying LTE in the USA, but AT&T looks like it’s planning to catch up quickly, both in terms of network availability, as well as device range. And up until now at least, it has priced its LTE gear a bit lower than Verizon.
The Samsung Exhilarate (which you can see above) is the first affordable Android smartphone we’ll talk about. This will aim to bring LTE to the masses, so to speak, with its price point under $50 (which we’re guessing means $49.99 – on a two-year contract, of course). The Exhilarate will become available in the coming months (whatever that means), and has some neat ‘green’ credentials, being built to meet many environmental and sustainability standards. It will be made of 80% recycled post-consumer materials, and will come with a 4-inch touchscreen, and two cameras. It will have Eco modes and tools such as an Eco calendar and calculator (again, whatever that may mean). No further details though, so we’re left guessing the remainder of the specs as well as an actual release date.
Next up, we have the Pantech Burst (image above). Also a cheap smartphone, this runs Android and will become available on January 22. Its price will be $49.99 with a new two-year contract. The Pantech Burst will have a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 16 GB of built-in storage, and two cameras (of which the rear one will do 720p HD video recording). It will be out in titanium or ruby red, and it runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.
Last, but not least, is the Pantech Element (seen below), a tablet we’ve heard about a couple of times before (in fact it’s the only device of these three that has been leaked before). Its unique selling point is that it’s splash-proof. So while you shouldn’t immerse it in water, it will put up with the occasional splash without any issues (with all ports closed, mind). The Element also has a size not commonly seen on tablets – its screen is an 8-inch unit.
The Pantech Element has a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front-facing camera, 16 GB of storage, and it runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb. It will also be in stores on January 22, just like we heard a few hours ago. The price will be $299.99 with a new two-year contract.
That said, for a limited time you’ll be able to get both the Pantech Element and the Pantech Burst for just $249.99. You will need to sign two-year service agreements with the carrier, naturally, but that’s a good price to pay for both a tablet and a smartphone in this day and age. Especially because neither is underpowered or anything like that.
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