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AT&T Unleashes 5 LTE Smartphones

Not to be outdone by Sprint’s launch of their LTE handsets, AT&T held a developer summit today at CES 2012. There, they launched 5 LTE handsets, along with the Pantech Element tablet that leaked last week.

Making a big splash at the event is the AT&T variant of the Galaxy Note. It officially arrives on US shores with the same internals as the Skyrocket because it’s a LTE handset. This means a Quallcomn Snapdragon dual-core processor vs. the Exynos processor found in the international Galaxy Note. There’s also a revised set of Android buttons below the unchanged 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, as well as a revised pen button color for easier visibility. Beyond that, nothing much has changed from the international version.  The phone will ship with Android 2.3 including Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 Android enhancement suite, and will come in two colors: “carbon blue” and “ceramic white.”

Pricing has not been announced for the Galaxy Note on AT&T, but its expected to arrive in stores in a few weeks.

Up next is yet another variant of the Galaxy S II. This time the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket gets a thin and trim sibling to compete with Motorola and Verizon’s RAZR, the Skyrocket HD. The Skyrocket HD has much of the same features as the original Skyrocket, only it’s thinner with a 1280×720 display.

Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD should arrive in a few months for a undisclosed price.

Samsung will also be represented in the “green” category with the Exhilarate. With 80% of it’s construction coming from recycled materials, it has stout green credentials. As far as how good it is as a phone, it’s strictly mid-range with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and dual cameras. Still, for 50 dollars on contract, it sounds like a great choice for LTE lovers on a budget.

Samsung Exhilarate will be arriving in a few months.

AT&T will also have the SonyEricsson Xperia Ion available for their 4G network. A far cry from the Xperia X10, the Ion rocks a 4.6 inch screen with “Reality Display” technology, a 1.5 Ghz Quallcom Snapdragon processor, and 1 GB of RAM. It further ups the ante with a 12 MP rear facing camera and a 720p capable front facing unit. It’s likely safe to say that self portraits will be clear as crystal on the Ion. It’ll be running Android 2.3 out the gate, with Sony’s Android enhancements installed, but knowing SonyEricsson’s aggressive Android 4.0 upgrade schedule, the Ion should have it very quickly.

Ion will make it’s AT&T debut in the 2nd quarter of 2012

Last but certainly not least is the Pantech Burst. It’ll join the Samsung Exhilarate as the most affordable priced handset in AT&T’s LTE portfolio with a 50 dollar on contract price tag ,and has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. It’ll be on sale January 22nd.

Sources: AT&T via TheVerge, SonyEricsson, Samsung

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