LTE is Here
AT&T announced 8 different LTE devices on Monday at CES, and we've gotten our hands on every single one of these blazing fast mobile machines. Come along for a tour of the phones and tablets that AT&T will introduce over the next few months, including six LTE Android Phones and Tablets.
HTC Titan II
AT&T announced that it will be the first carrier to offer LTE-equipped Windows 7 Phones, starting with the HTC Titan II. The headlining feature of the HTC Titan II--other than its LTE connectivity--is its 16-megapixel camera. Yes, you read that right. It seems a bit over-the-top, but HTC has had a great track record with high quality cameras with the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide and the HTC Amaze 4G. In addition to gobs of megapixels, the camera comes with an f/2.6 wide-angle lens as well as autofocus.
AT&T emphasized the concept of “LTE for the masses”, and with its $300 price tag, the Pantech Element exemplifies that. The Element might not have the most cutting-edge specs, but with a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, LTE speeds, HDMI-out, 1080p video playback and a 5-megapixel camera, you get a lot for your money. Oh, yeah--and did I mention that it's waterproof?
Like the Lumia 800, the Lumia 900 uses the ClearBlack Super AMOLED technology. When I got my hands on with the Lumia 800, I noted that the display had great viewing angles, bold colors, and sharp text. Blacks look deeper and glare is reduced. It does really well in bright sunlight as well. The Lumia has a larger display, however; it measures 4.3 inches, as compared to the 3.7-inch Lumia 800.
The $50 Samsung Exhilarate’s most unique feature is its eco-friendly design. The phone is made from recycled materials, making it the first sustainable LTE device. We don’t have other specs on the phone yet, but we should know more before the Exhilarate hits stores in a few months.
The Pantech Burst has a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 16GB of on-board memory (expandable to 32GB), a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, and support for 1080p video playback. The 5-megapixel camera can capture 720p video and it has a front-facing VGA camera for video chat. And of course, you also get the benefit of AT&T’s fast LTE 4G speeds. All of this is pretty sweet at $50.
Sony Xperia Ion
The Sony Xperia Ion, announced Monday, has some pretty drool-worthy specs. Not only does it hook into AT&T’s LTE 4G network, but it has a 4.6-inch display, HDMI-out, and a super thin design. Oh--and a 12-megapixel camera. And it is pretty darn good.
Samsung Galaxy Note
The Galaxy Note has been out for a while internationally, but now it is headed to U.S. shores. Exclusive to AT&T’s 4G LTE network, the Galaxy Note uses a Wacom-made “S Pen” for note-taking and drawing. Wacom pens recognize both right-handed and left-handed users. It also mimics the act of physically taking notes: The harder you press the pen down on the Note, the bolder your lines will be. Samsung has yet to announce pricing and availability for the Galaxy Note.
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD
We don’t have price or availability date for the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD yet, but what we do have is specs. And impressive specs they are: It'll come with a 4.56-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera, a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, and a razor-thin profile.